Ring in the New Year with Healthier Cocktails

by in Healthy Holidays, December 31, 2013

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With alcohol flowing throughout the holiday season, it’s important to be mindful of how much you guzzle. Here are 10 delicious cocktails for less than 250 calories a serving.

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Spaghetti Carbonara (Minus the Heavy Cream)

by in Robin's Healthy Take, December 29, 2013

 

spaghetti carbonara

A little like bacon and eggs with spaghetti instead of toast, this classic Italian dish is as simple as it is decadent. The traditional recipe is made with cured pork jowl (guanciale) or bacon. And although some recipes call for cream, true carbonara contains none.

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A Dairy-Free Cheese That Everyone Can Love

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, December 28, 2013

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It’s perhaps not surprising that people who can’t eat dairy are delighted when they discover this nut cheese. What is surprising is that cheese connoisseurs seem to thoroughly enjoy it as well.

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5 “Health” Foods That Are Overrated

by in Healthy Tips, December 27, 2013

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There are plenty of things that are — without debate — good for you. A plate of steamed vegetables with brown rice, for example. Or a bowl of fresh fruit. Or a piece of poached salmon. But there’s a long list of other foods that, despite wearing a so-called “health halo,” might not be the nutritional powerhouses everyone seems to think they are. Read more

Hot Drinks for Cold Nights

by in Healthy Holidays, December 26, 2013

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Whip up either of these warming beverages to close out a winter’s gathering or a chilly night. They’re perfectly portioned to prevent the seasonal tendency to go overboard.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, December 25, 2013

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In this week’s news: Scientists say that fiber is (still) good for heart health; nutrition experts explain why you might want to give your kids a whisk; and the CDC finds that Americans just can’t quit salt.

More Reasons to Go with the (Whole) Grains
In a study published this month in BMJ, researchers observed a lower risk of heart disease for every additional 7 grams of fiber consumed per day. The review of 22 previous studies, conducted at the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds, in England, also looked at types and sources of fiber. Those who ate a combination of fiber sources from whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables had the lowest risk of heart disease.

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Breakfast of the Month: Coconut Millet Porridge with Berry Compote

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, December 24, 2013

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Millet is a golden-colored, gluten-free whole grain that tends to be a little dry when cooked, like rice or quinoa, but becomes soft and creamy when simmered with extra liquid. The addition of coconut milk complements it perfectly and gives porridge a luxurious texture and richness that really is a step up from your average winter breakfast cereal.

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Last-Minute Gift: Homemade Chocolate Truffles

by in Healthy Holidays, December 23, 2013

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It’s hard to beat the decadence of chocolate truffles, but they’re not always as sinful as they might seem. These homemade ones have about 50 calories, 3 grams of saturated fat and 5 grams of sugar apiece. Best of all, the chocolate treats are far easier to create than you might think, making them an ideal last-minute gift.

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