10 Ways to Use Dates

by in Robin's Healthy Take, November 5, 2013

dates

Dried dates are portable treats that satisfy any sweet tooth, but who knew the gems were crammed with nutrients? And I mean crammed, boasting loads of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Here’s a sampling of what they deliver:

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Cauliflower Can Do What?

by in Healthy Recipes, November 4, 2013

cauliflower
You’ve had it roasted, sure, or maybe you’ve whipped it into soup. But cauliflower turns out to be capable of more–much more. The pale cousin of broccoli has some impressive hidden talents. Here are five surprising things you can do with cauliflower.

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Are Some Salts Healthier Than Others?

by in Healthy Tips, November 3, 2013

salt

Sodium is a necessary nutrient, but most people overdo it on salt. The daily recommendation is to limit sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams per day (less if you suffer from high blood pressure). Given our love of the kitchen staple, it’s not surprising that more and more salt choices are appearing on store shelves. Besides standbys like table salt and kosher salt, you may have come across fancier options like pink Hawaiian or fleur de sel. But no matter which salt you choose, it’s best to keep the portions in check. Here’s how several salts differ in sodium content, flavor and culinary uses.

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Fresh Pumpkin or Canned? 11 Healthy Recipes

by in In Season, October 31, 2013

pumpkin bread
This time of year, everyone goes a little pumpkin crazy! Get in on the action with these healthy dishes, which call for either fresh pumpkin or canned (take your pick).

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18 Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, October 30, 2013

squash stew
Comforting meat and poultry dishes aren’t the only meals perfect for slow cookers. How about vegetarian fare, soups and desserts too? The possibilities are endless!

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Win This Blender!

by in Giveaway, October 30, 2013

ninja blender

Whip up smoothies, soups and more with the Ninja Ultima Blender. The Ninja’s speed range allows you to gently blend or totally crush ingredients, and the dual-blade system breaks down whole fruits, vegetables, greens, seeds and ice. Plus, chop fresh herbs for dishes like Spicy Pasta with Tilapia, or emulsify Holy Moly Guacamole.

You can buy your own Ninja Ultima Blender or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, how you’d put this blender to use. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, November 1 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one Ninja Ultima Blender 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 October 30 and 5 p.m. EST on November 1, 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: $199. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what would you whip up in this blender?

Which Halloween Candies are the Least Scary?

by in Healthy Holidays, October 29, 2013

peanut butter cups

Doorbells across America are about to start ringing! But for the health-conscious among us, there’s no need to be scared off by all sweets. Before digging into bags of sugary loot, check out this lineup of candies.

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10 Uses for Olives of All Kinds

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

olives

When it comes to phytonutrients (plant nutrients), olives offer powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, some of which are unique to olives themselves. For example, olives contain hydroxytyrosol, a phytonutrient that may help stave off cancer and bone loss. Also in olives’ favor: Almost three-quarters of olives’ fat is oleic acid, a heart-healthy, monounsaturated fatty acid. Olives contain linoleic acid (another essential fatty acid) and alpha-linolenic acid (an Omega-3 fatty acid). This high concentration of “good” fat means olives may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and help decrease blood pressure. Studies show that olives may also provide health benefits to much of the rest of the body, including the respiratory, nervous, immune, inflammatory and digestive systems. Ready incorporate olives into your menus? Here are 10 great ways.

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