by Cameron Curtis in Dining Out, May 3, 2015
by Toby Amidor in Diets & Weight Loss, May 3, 2015
Even a seasoned Mexican chef like Julian Medina knows that his native country’s cuisine can sometimes be heavy and overwhelming. Born in Mexico City, and inspired by his father’s and grandfather’s authentic home cooking, he went on to train professionally at Hacienda de Los Morales and Les Celebrites, in Mexico City’s Hotel Nikko. Now, as chef and owner of Toloache restaurants in New York City and Tacuba in Astoria, Queens, he makes sure to use fresh ingredients and offer a variety of healthy options (while also leading a healthy lifestyle even when he’s not in the kitchen). If you’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year, you can use some of Medina’s tips to keep your fiesta in check. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Taste Test, May 2, 2015
Warm weather is setting in, and many folks are hoping to slim down before slipping into their teeny teeny-weeny bikinis. But before giving a popular diet a whirl, find out if it’s right for you.
This plan is inspired by life in Mediterranean countries surrounded by the ocean. The diet calls for eating fish at least twice a week, consuming minimal red meat, and using lots of fresh herbs and spices. It also emphasizes exercise and the importance of enjoying your meal with the company of family and friends. Here are 15 Mediterranean Diet-inspired recipes you can try.
U.S. News & World Report ranked this diet as No. 3 out of 35 as best overall diet. The recommended foods are healthy and well-balanced. But given that there are numerous versions of the Mediterranean diet, be sure to find one that includes all the food groups and isn’t too restrictive.
by Kiri Tannenbaum in Taste Test, May 1, 2015
With any delicious dip, you must have a tasty chip. In the past several years, an influx of tortilla chip alternatives has hit market shelves. These chips are made with a variety of healthy ingredients and are pretty darn tasty. Here are seven you must try. Read more
by Amy Reiter in Food News, May 1, 2015
Hummus — the Middle Eastern spread that blends chickpeas, lemon, oil (for some), garlic, tahini and salt — is as versatile as it is healthy. It can be the perfect party food, a quick afterschool snack or a preamble to dinner with friends. It’s great as a dip, or used as a complement to veggie kebabs or grilled fish, as part of a mezze plate or as a topper on a club sandwich. Making Ina Garten’s hummus from scratch will definitely impress, but when in a pinch there are many great ready-to-eat options on the market. Not sure which one to pick? Here are the results from our blind taste test. Read more
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Holidays, April 30, 2015
GMO-Free Burrito Bowls, People
Calling all burrito lovers! Chipotle has announced that it has eliminated all genetically engineered ingredients from the food it prepares. The New York Times calls the move “a first for a major restaurant chain,” but notes that it is yet another milestone in the move by many companies to remove GMOs from the foods they offer consumers. “Over the years, as we have learned more about GMOs, we’ve decided that using them in our food doesn’t align with [our] vision,” the company said in a detailed explanation on its website. “Chipotle was the first national restaurant company to disclose the GMO ingredients in our food, and now we are the first to cook only with non-GMO ingredients.” Prices may go up slightly as a result, the Times notes, adding that the company will continue to serve soft drinks that may use genetically engineered corn sweeteners. Read more
by Kiri Tannenbaum in Healthy Tips, April 30, 2015
Chock-full of fresh ingredients like tomatoes, peppers, onion, fruit and herbs, salsa (Spanish for “sauce”) can take on many healthy identities. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these 10 flavorful recipes.
1. Fire Up Fish Tacos (pictured above)
A hint of habanero pepper gives this salsa a sizzling kick.
Recipe: Fish Tacos with Habanero Salsa Read more
by Cameron Curtis in Healthy Recipes, April 29, 2015
Blueberries are hopefully already on the list of superfoods incorporated into your weekly diet. Juicy and sweet, blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants and lower blood pressure, and 2/3 cup of these gems delivers 14 percent of your daily fiber. Recent studies also show they may reduce the risk of breast cancer, improve cardiovascular health and slow down cognitive decline in the elderly.
But don’t limit yourself to the magical blueberry. Berries from strawberries to chokeberries are excellent sources for antioxidants and polyphenols — micronutrients that research shows prevent degenerative diseases. Here are five berries you can try right now that pack a nutritious punch like the almighty blueberry. Read more
by Emily Lee in Healthy Recipes, April 29, 2015
Consumers have been turning to store-bought coffee drinks for their caffeine fix, but with an 11-ounce store-bought Starbucks Iced Coffee + Milk clocking in at 21 grams of sugar, those store-bought blends can be unhealthy. With milk alternatives on the rise, juice brands have entered the coffee market and taken cold brew to the next level by incorporating almond or cashew milk, nuts and even chia seeds into their recipes. Even alternative milk brands like OMilk and Califia have started to play the coffee game by adding espresso or cold brew to their milk bases. But are all of these dairy-free options a healthier way to feel the buzz? Not necessarily. We took a look at a few popular brands and then made our own concoction that’s easy to whip up with a blender at home (no fancy equipment needed). Read more
by Min Kwon, MS, RD in Healthy Recipes, April 28, 2015
Skip store-bought snack bars that are often loaded with sugar and look no further than your own pantry for some from-scratch recipes. Whether you prefer a crunchy, fiber-packed granola bar or a chewier rendition loaded with protein-rich nut butter, there’s a healthy option you can make at home. Read more
Brown-bagging your lunch is friendlier on your wallet and can be better for your waistline. It also allows you to fully enjoy your lunch instead of inhaling it because the majority of your lunch hour was spent waiting in line. But there are some challenges to packing your own lunch, aren’t there?
First, you need to choose a dish that can be eaten as is or easily reheated. Then you need to do a little advanced planning and perhaps some prep. Yes, you can always turn to salads and sandwiches, but sometimes you want something a bit heartier and more satisfying. Read more