5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cheese (Plus 10 Cheesy Recipes)

by in Healthy Recipes, December 5, 2013

broccoli cheddar pocket

Is cheese a staple ingredient of your menus? Here are some nutrition tips, a couple of insights and, of course, some healthy cheesy recipes.

Did You Know?

1. Lower-moisture cheeses, including Parmesan, Romano and Swiss, are lower in lactose and may therefore be tolerated better by people who suffer from lactose intolerance.

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The Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, December 4, 2013

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In this week’s news: More good news about oatmeal, fast-food receipts that make you rethink your order — plus the latest glimpse into Americans’ eating habits.

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Win This Toaster Oven!

by in Giveaway, December 4, 2013

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Simplify weeknight meals and weekend baking with a KRUPS Toaster Oven. There’s no need to power up your large oven when this counter-top one is roomy enough for 6 slices of toast, a 12-inch pizza or a 6-cup muffin pan. Use the toaster oven (which comes with a nonstick bake pan and broil tray) to toast, bake, convection-bake, broil or defrost.

You can buy your own KRUPS Toaster Oven or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite toasted snack. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, December 6 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one KRUPS Toaster Oven 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 December 4 and 5 p.m. EST on December 6, 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: $200. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite toasted snack?

Smoothie of the Month: Pear and Almond Milk

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, December 3, 2013

pear smoothie

When the weather cools, it’s nice to have a seasonally inspired smoothie that’s not cold or frozen. Instead of being blended with lots of ice, this pear and almond milk smoothie is thickened with flaxseed. Soaking the seeds creates a thick gel that not only adds body and a pleasantly nutty flavor to smoothies but, once blended, adds a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Maca root powder, which you can find at health-food stores, gives the smoothie a slightly malt-like flavor.

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Smoothie Add-Ins: Worth It or Waste?

by in Healthy Tips, December 1, 2013

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When you’re already plunking down five dollars or more for a smoothie, it can be hard to justify the additional cost of the various supplements and mix-ins offered on the menu. But with names like “recharge,” “immune booster” and “cold fighter,” the pricey additions can be hard to resist.

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New Additions to the Gluten-Free Aisle

by in Gluten-Free, November 29, 2013

gluten-free piecrust

With more and more gluten-free products on the market, finding the tastiest can be tricky. Here are some recent arrivals to the gluten-free aisle, just in time for the holidays.

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A Healthier Spin on Candied Yams

by in Robin's Healthy Take, November 28, 2013

candied yams

Ever wonder how many calories get racked up at the Thanksgiving table? On average, Americans consume 4,500 calories the day of the feast, and that’s not including breakfast, appetizers or a midnight turkey sandwich. But a little nutritional knowledge is power.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, November 27, 2013

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In this week’s news: The rise of vegan Thanksgiving, food banks that grow kale and the problem with pizza joints and calorie counts.

Pass the Tofu Drumstick
Having a vegan feast is becoming more popular. According to the Department of Agriculture, Americans ate about 12% less meat in 2012 than in 2007. Instead of turkey and trimmings, some Thanksgiving cooks are making tofurkey (tofu shaped like turkey) or cooking portobello mushroom steaks with kale salad, pecan stuffing and mushroom gravy on the side.

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