Should You Be Eating Avocado Seeds?

by in Healthy Tips, March 24, 2016

Social media is buzzing with tips and videos about how to break down and munch on the part of the avocado that typically gets tossed in the trash. Are avocado seeds the next superfood? Not so fast!

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5 Spring Sides for a Healthier Easter Feast — Sensational Sides

by in Easter, Healthy Recipes, March 24, 2016

Whether you’re serving a juicy glazed ham or a stately crown roast of lamb this Easter, you can count on a filling — and most likely meaty — main dish. If you’re determined to save room for dessert, your best bet is to keep the side dishes light by showcasing fresh spring produce. Your local farmers market will likely have an ample selection of asparagus, peas, and arugula and other fresh greens at this time of year, so make the most of it while the short season lasts.

Here are a few dishes to help turn your Easter celebration into a feast of spring produce:

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3 Ways to Have a Gluten-Free Easter

by in Easter, Healthy Recipes, March 24, 2016

When you’re gluten-free, any holiday — including Easter — can be a challenge. But we’ve come up with recipes that are so good that no one will even question if they’re gluten-free or not. They’ll just be asking for seconds! A make-ahead, perfect-for-brunch breakfast casserole kicks off the day, and whether you’re making ham or lamb for the big feast, easy herbed popovers and hot cross buns will deliciously round out your Easter menu.

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Good or Bad: Alternative Noodles

by in Healthy Tips, March 23, 2016

No matter which fad diet you’re following, pasta is usually on the list of foods to avoid. This has been making dieters incredibly carb-phobic. On the other hand, some dietary restrictions such as celiac disease rightfully call for alternatives to gluten-filled pasta. If you’re reaching for alternatives to traditional pasta, you may not be getting a healthier noodle. Read more

5 Tips to Spring-Clean Your Diet

by in Healthy Tips, March 22, 2016

Many folks are trying to get ready for the warm weather, outdoor activities and, of course, wearing fewer clothes. Instead of worrying about how you’ll look in a bathing suit, use these five simple tips to clean your diet and hopefully shed a few pounds. Read more

Beware of the Low-Sugar Revolution

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, March 21, 2016

If you’re trying to cut out added sugar from your diet, you aren’t alone. Make sure you’re doing it right; get the inside scoop on the sweet stuff.

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Coconut Carrot Cake No-Bake Cookies with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

by in Healthy Recipes, March 20, 2016

Calling all carrot cake lovers! These dreamy cookies are a super-healthy treat, and they’re so easy to make. They are low in sugar, with only 4 grams per cookie, and made with nourishing ingredients, including fresh shredded carrots, nuts, spices and coconut. And you can whip up a batch in your food processor in less than 10 minutes.

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Have You Tried … Rose Water?

by in Healthy Tips, March 19, 2016

This century-old liquid is gaining momentum as a hot culinary trend. Have you stopped to smell the rose water?

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Nutrition News Feed: Label Transparency, Ultra-Processed Foods, The Hearty-Breakfast Myth

by in Food News, March 18, 2016

Who farmed your food?

Curious about what’s in the packaged foods you eat, where the ingredients came from, and who produced them and how? More and more consumers are demanding this sort of information and transparency, and so companies big (Kellogg’s, Hershey, Wal-Mart and Campbell’s Soup, among others) and “niche” (Fish + People, The Real Co.) are responding through a variety of labeling initiatives. “Driving the efforts are consumers’ heightened concerns about health and the environmental and social impact of food production, as well as regulatory and safety worries,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Soon we’ll probably know a lot more about the people who produce our food — a development that is as sweet as it is empowering.

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5 Cupcakes That Are Secretly Lighter — Comfort Food Feast

by in Healthy Recipes, March 17, 2016

Winter is nearly behind us, and that alone is cause for celebration. If you’re planning a coming-out-of-hibernation party, be sure to fill your spread with festive dishes that give comfort-food season the sendoff it deserves. As Julia Child once said, “A party without cake is just a meeting,” so don’t even think about skimping on dessert. To make hosting easier, skip labor-intensive layer cake and whip up a few quick batches of cupcakes instead. That way, you won’t have to deal with cutting and serving. Portion control is yet another benefit of serving cupcakes, especially for the host if there are leftovers. We’ve got devil’s food, red velvet, carrot cupcakes and more — all of which happen to be lighter than your average cupcake recipe, thanks to a few clever modifications.

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