5 Healthier Lunchbox Picks (That Kids May Actually Eat)

by in Uncategorized, August 29, 2013

lunch bag

How do we make mealtime appealing to little kids but acceptable to us? With summer winding down and the first day of school approaching, I’ve started thinking of ways to make lunchtime fun and healthy. Here are my product picks.

Juice Box: Vita Coco Kids is 100% natural juice from coconuts blended with filtered water and natural fruit flavors. The Kids line comes in three new varieties: Apple Island, Paradise Punch and Very Cherry Beach. On average, the drinks contain 8 grams of sugar per 6 oz. serving; compare that with traditional juice boxes, which can have up to 30 grams of sugar, even in the 100% juice varieties. The Vita Coco drinks have no artificial sweeteners, are a good source of vitamin C, and have 200 mg of potassium per serving.

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Win This Convertible Picnic Bag!

by in Giveaway, August 28, 2013

convertible picnic bag

Packing a picnic for your Labor Day BBQ has never been easier. Built NY’s Convertible Picnic Bag comes with all of the essentials for a group of four: plastic plates, wine glasses, flatware and napkins, plus a corkscrew and key ring bottle opener. Built-in pocket compartments keep everything in place—including sleeves to safely carry wine bottles. Pack dishes like Creamy Coleslaw and Summer Vegetable Salad in the removable drawstring bag, then adjust the straps for easy carrying. With just one zip, the picnic is laid out and the fun can begin.

You can buy your own Built NY Picnic Bag or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, what you’re making for your Labor Day BBQ. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, August 30 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one Built NY Picnic Bag to one randomly-selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on August 28 and 5 p.m. EST on August 30, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $149.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what are you making for your Labor Day BBQ?

Chia Seeds + Chocolate = Deliciousness

by in Uncategorized, August 25, 2013

chia seeds

We can all use another healthy dessert option, and this recipe for chocolate chia-seed pudding is so healthy you don’t even have to think of it as a treat. (Another huge plus: The recipe is extremely simple.) By combining chia seeds, almond milk (coconut milk will work well also), maple syrup and cocoa powder, you create a sweet snack that is loaded with good-for-you nutrients, including antioxidants, healthy fats, protein, fiber, calcium, iron and potassium. You can eat the pudding alone or top it with chopped nuts, dark chocolate shavings or fresh berries. It’s filling, nutritious and delicious!

Chocolate Chia Pudding
4-6 servings

• 2 cups almond milk
• 2 tablespoons maple syrup
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 2/3 cup chia seeds

In a medium bowl combine the milk, maple and cocoa. Whisk to combine. Whisk in the chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours. Stir before serving (add extra milk to thin to desired consistency).

Katie Cavuto Boyle, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian, personal chef and owner of HealthyBites, LLC. See Katie’s full bio »

21 Smarter Summer Desserts

by in Healthy Recipes, August 24, 2013

peaches and cream
What’s summer without fabulous desserts? All of these delicious treats have 400 calories or under per serving.

Fruit-Based
Stock up on mouthwatering summer fruits before the season is gone! They supply plenty of good-for-you antioxidants in addition to boatloads of flavor.

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Juicing: Myths vs. Facts

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Healthy Tips, August 23, 2013

juice
The juicing craze is still going strong, but many folks are still doing it for all of the wrong reasons. If you love juicing, make sure you’ve got the facts.

Myth: Juicing helps you lose weight
Fact: Although fruits and vegetables are relatively low in calories and have plenty of vitamins and antioxidants, too much of anything can pack on the pounds. Each ½ cup of fruit has about 60 calories. Juicing 4 to 5 cups of fruit comes out to 480 to 600 calories in one serving. If you’re trying to lose weight while juicing, portions still matter. Furthermore, diets that advocate juicing alone aren’t balanced (where’s the protein?) and are often dangerously low in calories overall.

Myth: Juicing is a way to cleanse your body
Fact: Your liver and kidneys were created to detoxify and naturally cleanse your body. Juicing or taking special concoctions won’t do a better job and there is no scientific evidence proving otherwise.

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20 Top Healthy Corn Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, August 22, 2013

corn salad
Corn season is now in full swing. Enjoy this scrumptious veggie in every type of dish from breakfast to salads to side dishes. The toughest decision you’ll need to make is choosing which recipe to pick first.

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Win This Chef’s Knife

by in Giveaway, August 21, 2013

Knife

Make dinner prep extra easy on busy weeknights with Edge of Belgravia’s sharp Onyx Chef’s Knife. Whether you’re slicing peppers for Sausage-and-Pepper Skewers or dicing tomatoes for Gazpacho, this knife will get the job done in no time. The soft touch handle make for easy gripping, while the ceramic blade stays sharp through even the toughest of tasks.

You can buy your own Edge of Belgravia Onyx Chef’s Knife or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your go-to weeknight meal. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, August 23 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one Edge of Belgravia Onyx Chef’s Knife to one randomly-selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on August 21 and 5 p.m. EST on August 23, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $110. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your go-to weeknight meal?

Why You Can Feel Good About Phyllo

by in Robin's Healthy Take, August 20, 2013

spinach tartlets

Whether you call it phyllo, fillo or filo, one thing is certain, this store-bought dough is versatile. Phyllo (Greek for “leaf”) is actually layered sheets of paper-thin pastry dough that, when baked, become light, crisp and flaky, with a wonderful toasted flavor. And there are reasons to feel good about phyllo: Because the dough has no trans fat, no saturated fat, no cholesterol and just 160 calories per 5 sheets, it makes the perfect substitute for puff pastry, ready-made piecrusts and refrigerated pie dough. Try the Spinach and Goat Cheese Tartlets, above (from Food Network Magazine), or any of the tips and recipes below.

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