5-Ingredient Grilled Salmon Burgers with Sriracha Mayonnaise

by in Healthy Recipes, August 12, 2015

Once you taste a freshly made salmon burger, you may never want a frozen, premade patty again — especially when you can make a fresh one with only a handful of ingredients that you likely already have stocked. Whether you use fresh wild Alaskan salmon or frozen fillets, the final results are pretty similar.

As for your bun of choice, it really depends on how hungry you and your guests are, and the type of dietary preferences you are accommodating. It’s easy to offer a few options: 100-percent-whole-grain hamburger buns provide a satisfying main dish, while large iceberg or Bibb lettuce cups serve as a light and refreshing wrap, or you can fold the leaves a few times and tuck them inside the bun — my favorite. If you like your burger loaded with even more toppings, try sliced avocado and pickled banana peppers. Read more

9 Frozen Treats to Cool Down — and Slim Down — With

by in Healthy Recipes, August 11, 2015

Considering the oppressive heat, beach vacations and last-chance-Summer feelings, August often beckons with a smorgasbord of icy sweets to chill you out both physically and mentally. But don’t just shrug and think, “Well, at least bikini season is almost over.” Your fall wardrobe is lurking just around the corner, with its more restrictive waistlines and non-stretch fabrics. This month, rather than sabotage your season-long dedication to fresh produce and lean grilled mains, opt for these better-for-you — yet totally tempting — frozen treats. Read more

Order This, Not That: The Cheesecake Factory

by in Dining Out, August 11, 2015

You can’t escape the ginormous portions at this popular sit-down restaurant. You can, however, opt for some of the better-for-you options that do exist on the lengthy menu. Read more

Six Protein Powders for Smoothie Making

by in Healthy Tips, August 10, 2015

Looking to bulk up your smoothie? Then chances are you’re going to reach for a protein powder. The question is, which one should you choose? As the options get more plentiful, the choice also gets more confusing. Whichever you decide on, be sure to read the nutrition label to see how much you need to use. “Twenty to 25 grams of protein is a safe amount to add, but depending on the protein source, that could mean anywhere from half a scoop to two full scoops,” says Kelly Pritchett, Ph.D., R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more

Is Aloe Water Worth the Hype?

by in Healthy Tips, August 10, 2015

Move over, coconut and maple water: There’s a new drink in town. Aloe water is the newest craze that has hit markets by storm. But what is aloe water, and should you be adding it to your shopping cart? Read more

5 Healthy Ways to Use Matcha

by in Healthy Recipes, August 9, 2015

The culinary world has gone mad for matcha, so we rounded up five healthy ways to use this fine green powder in your kitchen. Read more

Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

by in Healthy Recipes, August 8, 2015

You can make a healthier version of the standard shortcake, and with this recipe you’d never even know it wasn’t the classic recipe!  Read more

Now Trending: Say Hello to the Hawaiian Poke Bowl

by in Healthy Recipes, August 7, 2015

Imagine your favorite sushi roll. Now imagine it deconstructed and served in a bowl: sticky rice topped with marinated raw fish, avocado, scallion, sesame seeds and toasted seaweed. Well, that’s one combination! Poke (POH-key) is a healthy Hawaiian staple of marinated, cut-up raw fish, often made with tuna. Build-your-own poke bowl spots are popping up all over the country, where you can pair your choice of delicate fish with rice and as many toppings as a burrito bar. We’re smitten with the hot-meets-cold and cooked-meets-raw delicious dichotomy of the poke bowl, so we made our own version in Food Network Kitchen, opting for Omega-3-rich salmon as the star. It’s low in calories, high in protein and super easy to prep and top. Read more

Nutrition News: The Truth About Pretzels, Mindless Diet Busters and Activated Charcoal Is a Trend

by in Food News, August 7, 2015

Take a Pass on Pretzels

Pretzels may be better than some fatty chips, but four out of five nutrition experts surveyed by Time say if you’re trying to eat healthy, pretzels shouldn’t be your go-to snack. Although pretzels are low-fat, they are also pretty paltry on the protein and fiber front, and they can be quite high in sodium and carbs. What’s more, they rank high on the glycemic index, meaning they can quickly spike blood sugar levels. “Pretzels are a snack food made from enriched flour, which provides very little fiber and overall very little nutritional benefit,” registered dietitian Kate Patton told the magazine. Patton recommends that those in search of a healthier alternative choose nuts, seeds, roasted edamame or popcorn. Read more

Awesome Summer Salads — Hold the Lettuce

by in Healthy Recipes, August 6, 2015

At this point in the summer, you might be experiencing salad fatigue. But before you abandon your go-to no-cook meal entirely, try a new spin on it. Lettuce-free salads can be a refreshing, crunchy change — and you can dress them and pack them for lunch without any worry about wilting. Unlike their leafy friends, these salads taste even better after a few hours of marinating in vinaigrette. Read more