by Min Kwon, MS, RD in Healthy Recipes, August 17, 2015
by Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D. in Healthy Tips, August 16, 2015
Living in Texas, I’ve learned to embrace the idea of giving my stovetop and oven a break during the hottest time of the year by turning to no-cook dishes. Now that I’m in the middle of a move as well, and without a full kitchen, these kinds of meals have become a necessity. With the abundance of fresh produce available during the summer, there are endless ways to enjoy a heaping salad. However, sometimes you want to introduce an element of fun beyond the bowl. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Food News, August 15, 2015
Are you getting enough calcium? We’re great at making sure our little kids get enough calcium, but as we (and our children) get older … not so much. Yet calcium’s important for everyone: It’s a major player in skeletal health, and also is used to help nerves send signals and muscles contract. Most adults need 1,000 milligrams per day. Women over 50 and men over 70 need 1,200 milligrams per day. Teenagers, pregnant and nursing women need 1,300 milligrams of calcium per day. If you’re not a big fan of milk or yogurt, make sure you’re getting calcium through some of these surprising sources. Read more
by Amy Reiter in Food News, August 14, 2015
Many celebrities have kicking bodies, but what do they like to eat on a daily basis? Here’s a peek into the kitchens of six celebrities — see the healthy food they like to stock up on. Read more
by Amy Chaplin in Healthy Recipes, August 14, 2015
Now in Soda News
There’s lots of news bubbling in Soda Land. PepsiCo has begun shipping its new version of Diet Pepsi, tweaked to eliminate the artificial sweetener aspartame and replace it with two other artificial sweeteners: sucralose and acesulfame potassium (aka Splenda and Ace-K). The company, which is doing a big marketing push behind the reformulation, says it is responding to consumer demand, but it remains to be seen whether the switch from one artificial sweetener to two others will go down easy, particularly with Diet Pepsi stalwarts. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola has not changed Diet Coke, which contains aspartame, but it is engaged in its own efforts to fight sinking soda sales amidst health concerns: Through a new nonprofit organization, the Global Energy Balance Network, Coke is funding scientists who contend that America’s obesity problem is not about how much (or what) Americans eat and drink, but rather about how much we exercise, despite ample evidence to the contrary, The New York Times reports. Read more
by Sally Wadyka in Cookbooks, August 13, 2015
Of all the desserts you may choose to make, those using seasonal fresh fruits are definitely the most fun — their flavors and colors are at their best, and it’s easy to be creative and get delicious results. Using a variety of different fruits makes for the prettiest presentation, but be sure that whatever fruit you choose is ripe and at its peak. Read more
by Emily Lee in Healthy Recipes, Uncategorized, August 13, 2015
Canadian-born Leanne Brown was working on her master’s in food studies at New York University when she became interested in finding a way to get people more engaged in food and cooking — especially those who don’t have a lot of money to spend on it. “I wanted to show people that good food can actually be had for very little,” she said. So she created a collection of recipes geared to the $4 a day food budget of those who rely on SNAP (the government food assistance program formerly called food stamps) and posted it on her website as a free PDF. Several hundred thousand downloads later, she produced an expanded, print version of Good and Cheap: Eat well on $4/Day (Workman, 2015). Here she talks with Healthy Eats about creating delicious food on a budget: Read more
by Christie Bok in Healthy Recipes, August 12, 2015
When we’re talking about dessert, gooey treats fresh from the oven tend to steal all the thunder. But in August, no one can dispute the fact that dessert is a dish best served cold. Plus, if you’re entertaining a health-conscious crowd, it’s much easier to put a healthy spin on a chilled dessert (like lemon ice) than a double-decker cake smothered in buttercream. Savor the end of summer with these lighter sweets, from pudding and pops to parfaits and pies.
Banana Cream Pie (pictured at top)
Velvety vanilla pudding and sliced bananas in a light graham cracker crust make for a special dessert with only 215 calories per serving. Spoon the prepared pudding into the crust just before serving, then top the pie with some fresh whipped cream for a decorative touch.
by Michelle Dudash in Healthy Recipes, August 12, 2015
As a light and refreshing alternative to ice cream, ice pops are a great way to get your fruit (and veggie) fix while still satisfying your sweet-tooth cravings. Though ice pops might typically be on your grocery list, you’ll be surprised to know that they are actually easy to make at home. These fun pops are zesty, fruity and even fudgy, but they’re still healthy enough to keep your summer diet on track.
Honeydew Melon and Cilantro Ice Pops — There’s no question that honeydew melon is the star in Food Network Kitchen’s beautiful green pops (pictured above). But cilantro and lime zest deserve a nod, too, as they help give the pops a bright citrus flavor and great color. By stirring the cilantro into a simple syrup, you’ll get a sweetness throughout without any overpowering herby taste. Add lime zest for visible specks of green and a tangy bite.
by Lindsay Damast in Healthy Recipes, August 11, 2015
Once you taste a freshly made salmon burger, you may never want a frozen, premade patty again — especially when you can make a fresh one with only a handful of ingredients that you likely already have stocked. Whether you use fresh wild Alaskan salmon or frozen fillets, the final results are pretty similar.
As for your bun of choice, it really depends on how hungry you and your guests are, and the type of dietary preferences you are accommodating. It’s easy to offer a few options: 100-percent-whole-grain hamburger buns provide a satisfying main dish, while large iceberg or Bibb lettuce cups serve as a light and refreshing wrap, or you can fold the leaves a few times and tuck them inside the bun — my favorite. If you like your burger loaded with even more toppings, try sliced avocado and pickled banana peppers. Read more
Considering the oppressive heat, beach vacations and last-chance-Summer feelings, August often beckons with a smorgasbord of icy sweets to chill you out both physically and mentally. But don’t just shrug and think, “Well, at least bikini season is almost over.” Your fall wardrobe is lurking just around the corner, with its more restrictive waistlines and non-stretch fabrics. This month, rather than sabotage your season-long dedication to fresh produce and lean grilled mains, opt for these better-for-you — yet totally tempting — frozen treats. Read more