Smoothie Add-Ins: Worth It or Waste?

by in Healthy Tips, December 1, 2013

smoothies
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

kale
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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Win This Champagne Tote!

by in Giveaway, November 27, 2013

Champagne Tote

Bring a pre-chilled bottle of bubbly to your next get-together with this insulated tote. Made of neoprene, the BUILT NY tote insulates one 750ml–1L bottle for up to four hours and has a zipper closure and handle for easy carrying.

You can buy your own BUILT NY Champagne Tote or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite holiday cocktail. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, November 29 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one BUILT NY Champagne Tote 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 November 27 and 5 p.m. EST on November 29, 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: $20. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite holiday cocktail?

3 Ways to Tame Your Sweet Tooth

by in Healthy Tips, November 26, 2013

cinnamon

Many people are addicted to sugar, even if they don’t realize it. Sugar is hidden in cereal, bread and sauces. It’s poured into desserts, soda and coffee drinks. It lurks in processed foods in many forms (syrups, cane juice, fructose and turbinado, to name just a few). Consuming all of this sugar increases our desire for it, as evidenced by research demonstrating how sugar activates the brain’s reward systems much the way drugs do.

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Which Super Food is the Most Super of Them All?

by in Ask the Experts, Healthy Tips, November 25, 2013

avocado
We’ve all heard the term “super food” being tossed around. But which super food tops the list? Nutrition experts around the country were asked to choose one food they consider better than the rest. Here’s what they said.

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Healthy Ways To Cook with Bacon (No, Really)

by in Healthy Recipes, November 24, 2013

bacon
I admit it: I’m a dietitian who loves bacon. But instead of gorging on greasy slabs, I’ve found ways to add the delightfully salty and smoky flavor to my favorite dishes a little at a time.

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