Meet the Dragon Fruit (and Make Dragon Fruit Recipes!)

by in Healthy Recipes, June 15, 2015

Aptly named, this native South American fruit (also called the pitaya) looks like a mythical fire-breathing artichoke with its pink-to-reddish, or sometimes yellow, scale-like leaves. Dragon fruit is actually the flower from a plant that grows in tropical regions, which blooms at night just once! Cut it open and you’ll find the fairy tale continues: The inside of the fruit resembles and tastes like a cross between a pear and a kiwi. It’s slightly sweet, creamy and refreshing. Read more

Vegetarian Arugula Chickpea Power Salad

by in Healthy Recipes, June 15, 2015

It’s prime time for farmers markets, and the bounty of fresh produce means summer cooking is in full swing. Enjoying foods at their seasonal peak is not only delicious, but it’s more nutritious, affordable and better for the environment. Read more

Kid-Friendly DIY Taco Salad Lunchbox Bowl

by in Healthy Recipes, June 14, 2015

Hands down, taco night is the favorite night of the week at our house. My kids love the DIY factor of assembling their own tacos, and I love the “no complaint” factor. Did I forget to mention, my husband and I love tacos too? It’s a win-win for everyone! This love for a weeknight dedicated to tacos led me to come up with this recipe for DIY Taco Salad Lunchbox Bowls. After all, if kids love tacos at dinner, why not put a fun spin on it and let them assemble their own taco salads at lunch? Read more

Bowl + Spoon: Double-Pesto Zucchini Noodles

by in Cookbooks, June 13, 2015

“What I do well is what I care about most, which is produce,” Sara Forte wrote in the overview of her new book, Bowl + Spoon. Fans of her popular website, Sprouted Kitchen, can already attest that Forte is an ace with produce, and her passion and care for the ingredients she works with shine through in every vibrant recipe in Bowl + Spoon’s pages. The concept of the book is simple: It’s a collection of dishes that you eat from a bowl, with a spoon (or a fork; she’s not picky). “This book is a collection of recipes inspired by the marriage of flavor, color, texture, and wholesomeness that compose a dish —  nestled in a bowl, in particular.” Read more

Nutrition News: Commercial Egg Shortage, Labels and Local Foods, and a Way to Eat Fat and Stay Lean  

by in Food News, June 12, 2015

The Great Egg Crisis of 2015

Worried about the commercial egg supply crisis brought on by the rapid spread of deadly bird flu across U.S. farms? Rightly so. The H5N2 virus has stricken and in many cases killed nearly 47 million birds, most of them hens who provided eggs for processed foods or bakeries. In only weeks, a third of the commercial egg supply has vanished, leaving bakers scrambling. The good news is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has approved the importation of egg products from the Netherlands to help relieve the pressure, and seven countries are now approved to import shell eggs for use by bakeries and food processors: Chile, Argentina, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. Even though the flu will likely abate when temperatures rise, the effects on egg supply may linger for years. Meanwhile, the price of eggs for consumers has skyrocketed more than 120 percent, prompting some shoppers to buy less-affected cage-free and organic eggs, which haven’t seen as great a price surge. Read more

9 Nutrients You’re Not Getting Enough Of

by in Healthy Tips, June 12, 2015

Try as you might to eat healthy, chances are you’re falling short on at least one of these key nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, folate, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber. On average, Americans don’t get enough of these so-called shortfall nutrients, according to the latest draft of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for All Americans. How much do you need? How do you get more? Hint: Eating a lot more fruits, vegetables and minimally processed whole foods will get you there.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Gluten-Free

by in Healthy Tips, June 11, 2015

If you’re part of the 1 percent of the American population that suffers from celiac disease (or lives with someone who does), even the smallest amount of gluten can have a negative impact on your digestive and overall health. Use these tips to avoid cross-contamination and keep your kitchen safe for everyone. Read more

7 Healthy Slaws for Every Palate — Summer Soiree

by in Healthy Recipes, June 11, 2015

Whether you prefer creamy or bright slaw, we can all agree that the best takes on this cookout classic are crunchy, light and refreshing. Here are seven recipes that fit the bill, making good use of cabbage, fennel, snow peas and more.

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How to Make a Healthier Burger

by in Healthy Tips, June 10, 2015

It’s time to fire up your grill and get ready to make everyone’s favorite cookout food: burgers. Although burgers have a bad reputation for being unhealthy and high in calories, it doesn’t have to be that way. Use these tips to help build better-for-you burgers all summer long! Read more

Tea Time: Celebrate National Iced Tea Day

by in Healthy Tips, June 10, 2015

If warmer temps aren’t reason enough to toss some ice cubes in with your tea bag, then perhaps National Iced Tea Day is. With so many interesting and exotic leaves available from the far reaches of the globe, today’s iced teas bring health benefits that have been relied on for centuries. Here are four good-for-you varieties to try in honor of National Iced Tea Day. Even tea, however, should be enjoyed in moderation! Read more