5-Ingredient Roasted Citrus-Brined Turkey Breast

by in Healthy Recipes, December 14, 2015

5-Ingredient Roasted Citrus-Brined Turkey Breasts

If the thought of cooking a whole turkey for Christmas dinner scares you, consider roasting just a turkey breast. With its smaller size, cooking takes half the time, and it requires less room in your fridge and oven — a dream come true! You don’t have to worry about sumo wrestling it into submission or trussing, either. Carving it is a cinch. Marinating the turkey in fresh orange juice produces a juicy interior and crackly brown exterior with a delicately orange-infused, slightly sweet taste. The acidity of the citrus perks up the taste, while reducing the need for added salt. Cooking turkey with the bone in results in a juicier, more flavorful roast.

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7 Weight-Loss Mistakes You’re Likely Making

by in Healthy Tips, December 14, 2015

Trying to lose weight but having a tough time? Here are seven common roadblocks that often thwart progress.

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Kitchen Gifts That Are Worth the Splurge

by in Healthy Tips, December 13, 2015

Equipping your kitchen is much like assembling your wardrobe. You can get a lot of bang for your buck by buying high-quality, versatile staples that will last you for years to come. Whether you’re gifting yourself upgraded kitchenware or looking for the perfect splurge-y gift for a loved one, these items show their value in their versatility, quality and long-lastingness.

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6 Holiday Indulgences Nutritionists Can’t Live Without

by in Healthy Tips, December 12, 2015

Sweet Potato Casserole
They may know a lot more about healthy eating than the rest of us, but it turns out that even those who talk nutrition for a living are still human when it comes to holiday treats. We polled six nutritionists to find out what they’re craving this holiday season — and how they plan to work those indulgences into their otherwise healthy diets.

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Nutrition News: Coke-Funded Group’s Demise, Bite Counting and Portion Reduction

by in Food News, December 11, 2015

Coke-funded obesity group goes belly-up

That didn’t take long. The Global Energy Balance Network, a nonprofit organization that played down the role of calories from food and beverages in the obesity epidemic  (and which, a New York Times expose revealed in August, was funded by Coca-Cola), announced last week that it would shutter immediately “due to resource limitations.” In November, the University of Colorado, where the organization’s leader is a professor, said it would return a $1 million donation from Coca-Cola, while the University of South Carolina, where another of the group’s leaders is on the faculty, says it plans to keep a $500,000 donation from the beverage giant. The announcement came only days after Coke’s chief science and health officer, Rhona S. Applebaum, who helped orchestrate the Global Energy Balance Network’s establishment, announced her retirement.

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3 Paleo Recipes for Newbies

by in Healthy Recipes, December 11, 2015

Whether you’ve gone fully paleo or are just checking out what your dietary options are, these grain-free, refined sugar-free recipes deliver on flavor and protein. There are no special techniques required, just ingredients that are as close to nature as possible. Translation? They’re minimally processed. Making recipes grain-free is easy, thanks to the transformative characteristics of cauliflower as a healthy swap in for white rice. Almond flour takes the place of all-purpose flour for a moist texture in chocolate muffins, and sweet potatoes take the place of your basic white potato. Unrefined sugars like coconut and maple take center stage as preferred paleo sweeteners.

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5 Ideas for a Healthier Holiday Cookie Swap — Fall Fest

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 10, 2015

These festive sweets are ideal for a holiday cookie swap, and they make great hostess gifts, too. If you’re having trouble deciding on just one recipe, go ahead and make them all — it’s totally doable, since each recipe requires just 20 minutes of prep or less. Keep a few for yourself, then bundle the rest in gift bags for your friends and family to enjoy. Holiday “shopping” doesn’t get much easier than that. The fact that they’re all on the lighter side? Consider it a bonus.

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Farro Stuffing with Butternut Squash and Almonds

by in Healthy Recipes, December 10, 2015

We all know that stuffing is a must-have at a holiday dinner, but it’s also a perfect side dish to complement a variety of other dishes for regular weeknight meals. This vegan stuffing stars farro, butternut squash and toasted almonds for an unexpected twist on a fall classic. Farro, a hearty grain native to Italy and the Middle East, is high in fiber and a good source of iron and protein. Similar to brown rice and wheat berries in texture, farro has an earthy flavor and a nourishing chew; it’s a bold choice for a nontraditional stuffing. Read more

6 Holiday Party Survival Guide Tips You Need to Know

by in Healthy Tips, December 9, 2015

The holidays are here, which means party after party and lots of delicious food and flowing cocktails. But don’t fret! You can still fit into that little black dress and enjoy the yummy spread too.

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Holiday Nuts the Healthy Way

by in Healthy Recipes, December 8, 2015

Nuts are a holiday favorite, and there are a lot of ways to get your hands on them. You can buy premade nut mixes, roast them, or make your own spiced nuts.

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