Order This, Not That: Ice Cream

by in Dining Out, June 23, 2015

There’s no need to deny yourself this warm-weather treat for the whole summer — it’s fine on occasion. Ice cream does count as a serving of dairy and contributes a nice amount of calcium. The trick is to know what to order before you walk in the parlor door so the calories and saturated fat don’t get out of control. Here’s how you can scream for ice cream, without having your waistline scream back. Read more

Be Wary of These Top 5 Label Claims

by in Grocery Shopping, June 22, 2015

Trying to be a health-conscious shopper but confused by all of the info plastered on food packaging? Beware of these common misleading claims.

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Tell Us Your Favorite Healthy Breakfast and You Could Win a Superfood Breakfast Prize Pack!

by in Giveaway, June 22, 2015

 

Having a well-balanced, healthy breakfast can provide your body with important nutrients to jump-start the entire day. Incorporating important nutrients, like calcium, vitamin D, potassium and fiber, will get you on the right track for a healthy habit. If you don’t have time to make a meal from scratch, reaching for a healthy breakfast bar, a low-sugar cereal or fiber-filled oatmeal is a great quick option for your morning meal. Nature’s Path put together a prize pack of Qi’a breakfast options that get their energy from three super seeds: chia, hemp and buckwheat. The superfood combo will give you a plant-based protein-, fiber- and omega-3-filled start to your day.

So, tell us, what’s your favorite healthy breakfast? Read more

Roasted Peaches and Cream Ice Pops

by in Healthy Recipes, June 21, 2015

Ice pop molds are a life changer.

I must be a little late to the summertime treats party, because I just got my first set of ice pop molds this year. And as soon as I used them, I had one of those “aha” moments like, “Where has this genius tool been all my life?” I suddenly realized that all of my summers prior to this year had been so deprived. Deprived of homemade ice pops, that is. No kid — or adult, for that matter — should go a summer season without some homemade frozen treats. If there was a book of foodie commandments, I’m pretty sure that one would be in the top 10. Read more

The Best Lower-Sugar Cereals

by in Grocery Shopping, June 21, 2015

Breakfast is supposed to get your day off to a healthy start, not fill you up on sugar. While breakfast cereals are convenient, many popular options are filled with empty calories. Shake some of the sugar out of your morning by reaching for these cereals instead.

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Carne Asada Naan Pizza Bites for Father’s Day

by in Healthy Recipes, June 20, 2015

As the saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. My husband reminds me of its truth and wisdom every day. So on this Father’s Day, treat the special man in your life with a dish that he won’t soon forget. While it’s tempting to spoil him with a multicourse meal, I’m sure you’d rather spend quality time with him than with the appliances in your kitchen. This hearty and flavorful appetizer not only has all the elements that men adore, but it also takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. Its deliciousness will become even more elevated if loving, small hands get involved in the super-easy pizza-making process. It is true: There are special powers hidden in the adorable hands of children. Read more

3 Savory Spins on Greek Yogurt

by in Healthy Recipes, June 20, 2015

We bet you love topping your yogurt with fruit or honey, but have you tried putting a savory spin on this creamy, protein-packed staple and eating it for lunch? We stopped by New York City-based Greek yogurt mecca Greecologies to get a few ideas for taking your yogurt to the next level of savory goodness. Read more

Nutrition News: NYC Salt Proposal, “Healthy” Foods to Skip, Real vs. Artificial Sugar

by in Food News, June 19, 2015

NYC’s Planned Salt Shakeup

During his long reign as mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg introduced public health initiatives, including banning trans fats in food prepared in NYC restaurants and requiring restaurants to post calorie counts. Now, his successor, Mayor Bill de Blasio, has proposed requiring chain restaurants to print a warning symbol (a little salt shaker) next to menu items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, the recommended daily intake per U.S. guidelines. The Wall Street Journal reports that restaurants aren’t happy about the plan, which the city’s Board of Health will vote on in September. “Every single ingredient if it’s in excess could obviously cause you problems,” restaurant industry advocate Melissa Fleischut griped to the Journal. “Do we label every ingredient?” Read more

Father’s Day Beer-and-Butter Shrimp Foil Pack

by in Healthy Recipes, June 19, 2015

Yes, beer and butter can be healthy! And a little goes a long way in this simple low calorie shrimp dish, which is perfect for Dad’s special day. All of the ingredients are sealed up in a foil packet so the flavor can’t sneak out. It cooks up in just minutes, so there’s more time to spend with Dad! Read more

Gluten-Free Cherry-Berry Biscuit Cobbler

by in Healthy Recipes, June 18, 2015

Summertime means tons of berries and the classic fruit cobbler. Remember the taste of that first juicy spoonful of just-sweet-enough fruit topped with a flaky, golden biscuit? This gluten-free version is exactly that — and it’s a cinch to make.  Read more