What Are Quinces and What to Do with Them?

by in Healthy Tips, November 12, 2015

What Are Quinces

Distantly related to apples and pears, quinces are a fall fruit you might not be as familiar with. They’re shaped like fuzzy, knobby Bartletts, with a lemon-yellow hue when ripe. But unlike apples and pears, quinces are not a fruit you can eat raw. If you try biting into one, you’ll be sorely disappointed. The flesh is spongy and hard, and the taste is supremely sour. But if you stopped there, you’d be missing out. The quince’s charm is unlocked through cooking. Read more

Ginger Maple Pear Ricotta Almond Breakfast Toast

by in Healthy Recipes, November 11, 2015

Nothing against hot buttered toast (it’s comforting and delicious), but in terms of nutrition, there’s definitely room for improvement. That’s why you’ll love noshing on this nourishing Ginger Maple Pear Ricotta Almond Breakfast Toast that you can whip up in five minutes flat. It’s rich in protein, fiber and calcium, which is a bone-building nutrient that many of us fall short on. This toast is a decadent yet healthy way to fuel your morning, and it’s super-easy to make with your favorite whole-grain or gluten-free bread. And take it from me: If toast for breakfast isn’t your thing, it’s fabulous for lunch too!

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Thanksgiving Food Swaps to Save Calories

by in Healthy Tips, November 10, 2015

It’s time to start planning for what might be the most glutinous holiday of the year. While most Thanksgiving offerings are spun from healthy ingredients, the sheer volume, variety, and usually hefty dose of butter can make your holiday meal a belly buster. Instead of packing in the average 4500 calories at the gathering this year, make these 9 changes and cut out a staggering 2000 calories! Read more

Butternut Squash-Orange Pie with Coconut Whipped Cream

by in Healthy Recipes, November 10, 2015

Butternut squash and oranges breathe new life into a classic holiday pie. The natural sweetness of fresh orange juice replaces up to one-third of the added sugar found in traditional pie recipes. The orange’s flavor and acidity also allow for a 50 percent reduction in added salt. While regular navel oranges are a fine and dandy choice for this recipe, there are other options to consider, like extra-sweet Cara Caras and dark red-pigmented Moro oranges (aka blood oranges), which offer a change of pace in flavor and hue. Whichever you choose, read the product sticker. For optimal flavor and freshness, select oranges from within the United States.

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Taste Test: Gluten-Free Stuffings

by in Grocery Shopping, November 9, 2015

For many people, stuffing is the best part of the meal! But steering clear of gluten doesn’t mean missing out on this fragrant, bready side dish. Aside from making your own gluten-free stuffing (thanks, Gluten-Free Girl!), you can choose from a few store-bought mixes. Read more

Order This, Not That: TGI Fridays

by in Dining Out, November 8, 2015

This longtime-favorite chain has changed some of its options to make them lighter. However, there are still some calorie bombs to stay away from. Check out what you should and shouldn’t order the next time you visit your local Fridays. Read more

Vegan Curried Pumpkin Cheese Sauce

by in Healthy Recipes, November 7, 2015

Whether you have food sensitivities and allergies, or you are a foodie, lover of nuts or a pumpkin-on-everything aficionado, this amped-up creamy vegan sauce is sure to satisfy. It’s important to note, however, that this isn’t a substitute for conventional dairy cheese. Instead, consider it a delicious and healthy alternative to your favorite fall dips.

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Nutrition News: Cutting Sugar, Fast-Food TV Ad Consequences and November’s Best Vegetables

by in Food News, November 6, 2015

Hide the Leftover Halloween Candy

Cutting back on sugar consumption can dramatically improve the health of obese children in only 10 days, even when they remain at the same weight, a new study has found. Foods with added sugar were eliminated from the diets of the children who participated in the National Institutes of Health-backed study and replaced with other carbs to maintain calorie intake. The children’s weight was deliberately kept stable; nevertheless, all 43 children in the study showed improvements in blood pressure as well as cholesterol and blood sugar levels. “We can turn a child’s metabolic health around in 10 days without changing calories and without changing weight — just by taking the added sugars out of their diet,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Benioff Children’s Hospital of the University of California, San Francisco, told The New York Times. “From a clinical standpoint, from a health care standpoint, that’s very important.” Read more

7 Vegetarian-Friendly Family Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, November 6, 2015

Whether you partake in Meatless Mondays or want to include more vegetarian fare in your weeknight meals, here are options your whole family will love!

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6 Ways to Never Get Bored of Brussels Sprouts — Fall Fest

by in Healthy Recipes, November 5, 2015

Brussels sprouts are a pretty divisive vegetable: You either love them or hate them. But developing a love of these cabbagelike little bundles really comes down to finding a preparation method that suits your tastes. Some eaters adore the nutty intensity of roasted whole Brussels sprouts. Others might prefer them deconstructed in a salad, or doctored up with nuts or bacon. Taking the time to find your favorite preparation method is well worth the effort, since Brussels sprouts can produce some of the easiest, most-affordable side dishes around. Here are a few renditions that you’ll definitely want to tuck away in your recipe book, especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner.

Add (a little) Bacon
Food Network Kitchen knows that salty, crispy bacon makes everything better. When served warm, their Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are welcome at any holiday meal. Since the recipe doesn’t go wild with added butter or oil (there’s enough fat in the bacon), it clocks in at a reasonable 252 calories per serving.

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