Cheesy Comfort Foods You Can Enjoy Guilt-Free

by in Healthy Recipes, October 1, 2015

salami pizza

Treat yourself to cheese. We’re not talking a small cup of cottage cheese. You deserve to partake in pizza night and not feel guilty about it. While comforting eats like a slice of pepperoni or a bowl of mac and cheese get bad reps for being unhealthy, as they often are, cheese is not necessarily to blame. Here are some of our favorite healthy recipes to help satisfy your cheesy cravings.

Healthier Pizza

Transforming pizza into a healthy dinner option starts with the dough. Try using white whole-wheat flour, which will provide great texture and even better nutrition. And for a slightly nutty flavor, add whole grains like bulgur and quinoa. Either way, these healthier crusts taste delicious with traditional toppings — like mozzarella and salami (pictured above) — and unconventional toppings — such as feta and zucchini — alike.

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A Tailgating Menu That’s Sneakily Healthy

by in Healthy Recipes, September 30, 2015

Open your car trunks, dig out your slow cookers and pack your coolers — tailgating season is upon us. And while beer and chips are bound to be part of that roundup, it’s totally possible to add some healthy items to the mix. The key is to sneak in plenty of vegetables, substitute lean meats and beans for higher-calorie proteins, and get in a variety of whole foods. With this tailgating menu, that’s easy to do. Read more

Taste Test: Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza

by in Taste Test, September 29, 2015

If you check the frozen pizza aisle, you’ll see many newcomers to the gluten-free arena. Although gluten-free packaged foods have a bad reputation for lacking flavor, some food companies have stepped up to develop very tasty products. Here is a look at five frozen gluten-free pies. Read more

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

by in Healthy Recipes, September 28, 2015

Fall is upon us — although depending on where you live, the only indication of the changing season might be the calendar. Nonetheless, it’s time to slowly transition from filling our baskets with tomatoes and summer squash to the plethora of autumn harvest foods that are prime for cooking. Read more

Do You Need a High-Speed Blender?

by in Healthy Tips, September 28, 2015

Are you tempted to buy a high-speed blender but apprehensive about making the financial commitment? We don’t blame you. Here are five questions to ask yourself before you make the investment. Read more

Order This, Not That: The Melting Pot

by in Dining Out, September 27, 2015

Got fondue on your mind? Check out our list of do’s and don’ts before your next trip to this ever-popular chain. Read more

Water Fight: These Are the Latest Beverages to Keep You Hydrated

by in Grocery Shopping, September 26, 2015

Whether you’re exercising or just working up a sweat on your commute to work, summer is prime time to focus on staying well-hydrated. You could just hit the sink to fill your water bottle, but considering all of the other options now available may leave you wondering if there isn’t something better to drink. Read more

Nutrition News: Fast-Food Kids, Vegetable Supply, Plate Size Matters

by in Food News, September 25, 2015

Frightening fast-food facts
If you think America has been easing off its love affair with fast food, a new CDC report offers bracing news: On any given day, according to the study, more than one-third (34.3 percent) of all U.S. kids and teens (ages 2 to 19) scarf down some kind of fast food — a number that has remained relatively stable over the past 15 years, despite our cultural push for more healthful eating. And while almost 12 percent of kids and teens got fewer than 25 percent of their daily calories from fast food, nearly 11 percent of them got between 25 and 40 percent of those calories from it — and 12 percent of them gobbled up more than 40 percent of their daily calories from places that traffic largely (though of course not exclusively) in burgers, fries, sodas and the like. Gulp. Read more

5 Surprising Fall Veggies

by in Healthy Recipes, September 25, 2015

Move over, Brussels sprouts: You’re not the only fall veggie that makes for delicious mains and side dishes this time of year. Indeed, there are tons of vegetables out there that simply don’t get as much love as fall favorites like squash, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Take turnips, which can seem intimidating but are actually a wonderful addition to soups, sauteed vegetables and more. Ready to shake things up? Here’s how to use five out-of-the-box fall veggies. Beware: They just might steal the show! Read more

Butternut Squash and Bacon One-Pot Pasta

by in Healthy Recipes, September 24, 2015

As sweater season descends upon us, we usher hearty flavors into our kitchen. Pasta enveloped in a thick, rich sauce of butternut squash and bacon seems just right for this time of year.  Read more