5 Meaty Mains for Father’s Day

by in Healthy Recipes, June 17, 2015

 

These dishes are easy to do for a Sunday lunch or dinner and will impress the whole family, not just Dad. If he is always the cook in the kitchen or at the grill, give him a break for Father’s Day and cook him one of these meaty mains.   Read more

The Next Hybrid Fruit is… The Peacharine

by in Food News, June 17, 2015

If you’re a big fan of peaches and nectarines, this news was made for you. You can now purchase a hybrid of summer’s top stone fruits in one juicy bite: the peacharine. The ones we tried from the Baldor Mobile Market were the Magenta Queen variety (available only in June) from Kingsburg Orchards in California. With the fuzzy outside of a peach and the sweet and smooth inside of a nectarine, this is the perfect combination of two seasonal favorites. Plus, it’s a one-for-one swap for the peaches in all of your favorite peach cobblers, crisps and pies.   Read more

Is Chocolate the New Coffee?

by in Healthy Tips, June 17, 2015

Chocolate lovers have a lot to be happy about lately. New research is emerging all the time about the potential health benefits of this sweet treat. The cacao plant (from which chocolate is made) is a rich source of antioxidants called flavanols. Antioxidants keep you healthy by fending off free radical damage that leads to — among other things — cancer. And flavanols have specific benefits for your heart: They can lower blood pressure, make blood platelets less sticky and improve blood flow — all of which helps prevent heart disease. Read more

What Do Nutritionists Eat for Lunch?

by in Healthy Tips, June 16, 2015

Lunch can be a tricky proposition. During a busy workday, there’s often no time to make something healthy — and sometimes barely time to grab a meal on the go. But without a nutritious lunch, it can be hard to power through your afternoon (meaning you’re more likely to give in to a sugary snack). So we’ve turned to the professionals for some lunchtime advice. Here, five nutritionists who are Healthy Eats contributors share their favorite midday meals. Read more

5 Tropical-Cocktail Calorie Bombs to Avoid This Summer

by in Healthy Recipes, June 16, 2015

Sipping cocktails may seem like a good way to relax and cool off during the blistering heat, but many restaurants’ mixed drinks are boiling over with calories and sugar. Some of your favorite cocktails can have as much as 800 calories per drink! Guzzle three cocktails in the course of the day and you can potentially be taking in more than 2,000 of the daily recommended calories from empty-calorie beverages alone. Here are five tropical cocktails that are calorie bombs and that you may want to think twice about ordering. Read more

Meet the Dragon Fruit (and Make Dragon Fruit Recipes!)

by in Healthy Recipes, June 15, 2015

Aptly named, this native South American fruit (also called the pitaya) looks like a mythical fire-breathing artichoke with its pink-to-reddish, or sometimes yellow, scale-like leaves. Dragon fruit is actually the flower from a plant that grows in tropical regions, which blooms at night just once! Cut it open and you’ll find the fairy tale continues: The inside of the fruit resembles and tastes like a cross between a pear and a kiwi. It’s slightly sweet, creamy and refreshing. Read more

Vegetarian Arugula Chickpea Power Salad

by in Healthy Recipes, June 15, 2015

It’s prime time for farmers markets, and the bounty of fresh produce means summer cooking is in full swing. Enjoying foods at their seasonal peak is not only delicious, but it’s more nutritious, affordable and better for the environment. Read more

Kid-Friendly DIY Taco Salad Lunchbox Bowl

by in Healthy Recipes, June 14, 2015

Hands down, taco night is the favorite night of the week at our house. My kids love the DIY factor of assembling their own tacos, and I love the “no complaint” factor. Did I forget to mention, my husband and I love tacos too? It’s a win-win for everyone! This love for a weeknight dedicated to tacos led me to come up with this recipe for DIY Taco Salad Lunchbox Bowls. After all, if kids love tacos at dinner, why not put a fun spin on it and let them assemble their own taco salads at lunch? Read more

Bowl + Spoon: Double-Pesto Zucchini Noodles

by in Cookbooks, June 13, 2015

“What I do well is what I care about most, which is produce,” Sara Forte wrote in the overview of her new book, Bowl + Spoon. Fans of her popular website, Sprouted Kitchen, can already attest that Forte is an ace with produce, and her passion and care for the ingredients she works with shine through in every vibrant recipe in Bowl + Spoon’s pages. The concept of the book is simple: It’s a collection of dishes that you eat from a bowl, with a spoon (or a fork; she’s not picky). “This book is a collection of recipes inspired by the marriage of flavor, color, texture, and wholesomeness that compose a dish —  nestled in a bowl, in particular.” Read more

Nutrition News: Commercial Egg Shortage, Labels and Local Foods, and a Way to Eat Fat and Stay Lean  

by in Food News, June 12, 2015

The Great Egg Crisis of 2015

Worried about the commercial egg supply crisis brought on by the rapid spread of deadly bird flu across U.S. farms? Rightly so. The H5N2 virus has stricken and in many cases killed nearly 47 million birds, most of them hens who provided eggs for processed foods or bakeries. In only weeks, a third of the commercial egg supply has vanished, leaving bakers scrambling. The good news is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has approved the importation of egg products from the Netherlands to help relieve the pressure, and seven countries are now approved to import shell eggs for use by bakeries and food processors: Chile, Argentina, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. Even though the flu will likely abate when temperatures rise, the effects on egg supply may linger for years. Meanwhile, the price of eggs for consumers has skyrocketed more than 120 percent, prompting some shoppers to buy less-affected cage-free and organic eggs, which haven’t seen as great a price surge. Read more