Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means our opportunities for sampling fresh baked goods are about to quadruple. If you’re choosing between a mammoth slice of cake festooned with buttery frosting and a modest piece of carrot cake, the carrot cake is clearly the better choice. Carrots are in peak season right now, and when used in baking, this vivid orange vegetable offers wonderful texture and natural sweetness. Still, the usual embellishments — chopped nuts, dried fruit, cream cheese frosting — all present opportunities for refined sugar and added fat to sneak in. So whether you prefer your carrots in cake, cupcake or muffin form, follow these six tips for turning your favorite carrot desserts into health-minded fall treats.
What Are Quinces
Distantly related to apples and pears, quinces are a fall fruit you might not be as familiar with. They’re shaped like fuzzy, knobby Bartletts, with a lemon-yellow hue when ripe. But unlike apples and pears, quinces are not a fruit you can eat raw. If you try biting into one, you’ll be sorely disappointed. The flesh is spongy and hard, and the taste is supremely sour. But if you stopped there, you’d be missing out. The quince’s charm is unlocked through cooking. Read more
Nothing against hot buttered toast (it’s comforting and delicious), but in terms of nutrition, there’s definitely room for improvement. That’s why you’ll love noshing on this nourishing Ginger Maple Pear Ricotta Almond Breakfast Toast that you can whip up in five minutes flat. It’s rich in protein, fiber and calcium, which is a bone-building nutrient that many of us fall short on. This toast is a decadent yet healthy way to fuel your morning, and it’s super-easy to make with your favorite whole-grain or gluten-free bread. And take it from me: If toast for breakfast isn’t your thing, it’s fabulous for lunch too!
It’s time to start planning for what might be the most glutinous holiday of the year. While most Thanksgiving offerings are spun from healthy ingredients, the sheer volume, variety, and usually hefty dose of butter can make your holiday meal a belly buster. Instead of packing in the average 4500 calories at the gathering this year, make these 9 changes and cut out a staggering 2000 calories! Read more
Butternut squash and oranges breathe new life into a classic holiday pie. The natural sweetness of fresh orange juice replaces up to one-third of the added sugar found in traditional pie recipes. The orange’s flavor and acidity also allow for a 50 percent reduction in added salt. While regular navel oranges are a fine and dandy choice for this recipe, there are other options to consider, like extra-sweet Cara Caras and dark red-pigmented Moro oranges (aka blood oranges), which offer a change of pace in flavor and hue. Whichever you choose, read the product sticker. For optimal flavor and freshness, select oranges from within the United States.
Whether you have food sensitivities and allergies, or you are a foodie, lover of nuts or a pumpkin-on-everything aficionado, this amped-up creamy vegan sauce is sure to satisfy. It’s important to note, however, that this isn’t a substitute for conventional dairy cheese. Instead, consider it a delicious and healthy alternative to your favorite fall dips.
Hide the Leftover Halloween Candy
Cutting back on sugar consumption can dramatically improve the health of obese children in only 10 days, even when they remain at the same weight, a new study has found. Foods with added sugar were eliminated from the diets of the children who participated in the National Institutes of Health-backed study and replaced with other carbs to maintain calorie intake. The children’s weight was deliberately kept stable; nevertheless, all 43 children in the study showed improvements in blood pressure as well as cholesterol and blood sugar levels. “We can turn a child’s metabolic health around in 10 days without changing calories and without changing weight — just by taking the added sugars out of their diet,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Benioff Children’s Hospital of the University of California, San Francisco, told The New York Times. “From a clinical standpoint, from a health care standpoint, that’s very important.” Read more
Whether you partake in Meatless Mondays or want to include more vegetarian fare in your weeknight meals, here are options your whole family will love!