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.
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.
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?
If starting to eat a healthier breakfast — or starting to eat breakfast, period — is on your to-do list, here are a week’s worth to get you going.
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.
Even if you have no aspirations of becoming your generation’s Julia Child, knowing your way around the kitchen can make cooking easier, faster and more enjoyable. Learning a few key skills can mean the difference between a healthy home-cooked meal and yet another night of not-so-healthy take out. Libby Mills, RDN, a nutrition coach and chef, shares five techniques to try. With a little practice, you might be mistaken for Julia Child in the kitchen after all (just minus some of the butter).
In this week’s nutrition news: There’s no sugar-coating a new study on heart disease; scientists back every mom who has ever nagged about breakfast; and — who cares? — most people don’t believe a word of dietary advice, anyway.
Heartbreak for Sugar Lovers
A new study released this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine found that sugar fiends may be in for more heart trouble than they realize. The study observed an association between higher sugar consumption and risk of death from heart disease. But added sugar isn’t found only in sweet foods like soda, cakes and ice cream. Researchers cautioned that savory foods like salad dressing also contain added sugars.
It may not surprise anyone that a 20-ounce bottle of soda can contain anywhere from 15 to 22 teaspoons of sugar per serving, but sugar is also lurking in less obvious places. The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines suggest no more than 10 teaspoons a day of added sugar, but if you’re not paying attention, those spoonfuls can add up fast. Here are 5 sources of sugar found in seemingly healthy choices.
Even diehard smoothie addicts are tempted to take a break from their blender in the dead of winter — frozen fruit and crushed ice don’t feel quite the same when the temperatures plummet and the snow stays on the ground for days. This version of a smoothie, made from warm, simmered apples, feels like comfort food in a glass and is a perfect alternative on chilly winter mornings.