Pantry Raid! 10 Healthy Ingredient Swaps

by in Robin's Healthy Take, February 17, 2014

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Which ingredients to choose — and which to lose? Here’s a quick guide to revamping the pantry and sizing up other common kitchen staples.

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7 Days of Healthy Side Dishes

by in Healthy Recipes, February 16, 2014

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Bored of the same old options? These delicious side dishes, which have fewer than 250 calories per serving, easily deserve to be front and center.

Day 1: Herbed Farro Pilaf
Whip up a batch of farro for a satisfying whole-grain side dish. (The next day, wrap the leftovers in a whole-wheat tortilla and you’ve got a tasty lunch.)

Day 2: Parmesan Creamed Spinach
Sandra Lee’s version of this classic uses pumpkin-pie spice to pump up the flavor.

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3 Ways to Make Brown Rice Positively Tasty

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, February 15, 2014

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Nutty, hearty brown rice is easily a building block to multiple flavorful dishes, which is why it rarely fails to appear on my lunch or dinner menu at least once a week. With a pot of cooked brown rice on hand and a few basic ingredients, anyone can create a delicious healthy meal in about five minutes. These brown rice bowls are also perfect to pack for lunch, as they taste great eaten at room temperature.

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5 Foods Your Heart Loves (and 2 Foods It’s Totally Over)

by in Healthy Tips, February 14, 2014

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Much attention is paid to the heart on Valentine’s Day, but maybe romance shouldn’t be the sole focus. Keeping the heart healthy is the best way to keep love alive — and diet is key to  heart health. Rachel Johnson, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition at University of Vermont and chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee, shares the five most important foods to have in your diet’s rotation — plus the two most important to skip.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, February 13, 2014

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In this week’s news: vending machines that dispense fresh salads; another pro to probiotics; and yes, there’s something called the werewolf diet (howwwl!).

Farm to Fork, By Way of the Vending Machine
A Chicago businessman is attempting to reinvent vending machine food through a business called Farmer’s Fridge. Offerings include jars filled with the likes of Lemon Pepper Chicken, North Napa Salad (with avocado, grapes and pistachios) and Greek Yogurt with Berries, combining upmarket tastes with grab-n-go convenience (salads start at $8). The fresh goodies are delivered to machines daily.

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Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Dulce de Leche Deliciousness

by in Gluten-Free, February 12, 2014

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No need for a box of chocolates to signify Valentine’s Day this year. Instead, just look to your pantry for a sweet-salty idea that will melt anyone’s heart. This dessert combines comforting chocolate chip cookies and tempting dulce de leche, which makes up the molten center. The fact that these stuffed cookies also happen to be gluten-free — that’s the sweetest part of all.

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Salad of the Month: Valentine’s Day Pink and Red Salad

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, February 11, 2014

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Chocolate and sweets are the usual Valentine’s Day foods, but it’s also possible to take a savory approach to mark the day, especially if you play with color. Here, the familiar rich red and pink tones of the holiday come through from the vegetables, which get an exotic deep purple background of black rice plus a snowy-white dab of goat cheese.

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5 Secretly Healthy Chocolate Desserts

by in Valentine's Day, February 10, 2014

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True, true — honesty is the most important part of any relationship. But what’s a little white lie here and there? Or what about a dark, chocolate-smothered lie? It sounds sinful, but here’s the deal: All of these Valentine’s Day chocolate desserts are — wait for it — secretly healthy. They are also all suspiciously delicious, so who’s to know?

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Food Fight: Cappuccino vs. Latte!

by in Food Fight, February 8, 2014

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Cappuccino and latte! Both have their merits: One is a delicious cup of frothy bliss, the other a warm mug of milk-tastic goodness. But which one is the healthier pick? There’s only one way to find out: Get these beverages in the boxing ring! Click play on the video above to watch these caffeinated cups go toe-to-toe (or would that be joe-to-joe?), and find out which coffee contender has the best perks.