Hot Drinks for Cold Nights

by in Healthy Holidays, December 26, 2013

hot drinks
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

whisk
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

porridge

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

truffles
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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How to Build A Better Winter Salad

by in Healthy Recipes, December 22, 2013

kale salad

Winter officially began yesterday, and while there may be a smaller bounty of produce during the cold-weather months, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo delicious, healthy salads. Here’s how to make the most of seasonal winter goodies.

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Vegan Peppermint-Cookie Ice Cream

by in The Veggie Table, December 21, 2013

vegan ice cream
‘Tis the season for all things peppermint! This festive vegan ice cream is rich and creamy (thanks to coconut milk) yet refreshingly cool from the pop of peppermint.

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Tips for Gluten-Free Holiday Baking

by in Gluten-Free, December 20, 2013

gluten-free brownies

Wheat flours are an obvious no-no for gluten-free baking, but gluten is also commonly found in other baking staples like some brands of oats, as well as candies and leavening agents, so it’s important to read labels carefully. It’s also helpful to experiment with recipes ahead of time and find a good standard all-purpose gluten-free baking flour, like Bob’s Red Mill or Trader Joe’s brand.

If you follow a gluten-free diet or are just cooking for guests who do, here are some holiday sweets.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, December 18, 2013

milkshakes

In this week’s news: A sugar vs. fat face-off; the secret to avoiding holiday bulge (yes, exercise works); and more restaurants try (but don’t always succeed) to meet the demand for gluten-free.

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