15 Ways to Use Up Whole-Grain Bread

by in Robin's Healthy Take, October 18, 2013

whole-grain loaf
Got a fabulous loaf of bread that’s just a smidge past its prime? It’s heartbreaking to consider throwing away day-old bread (even several-days-old bread), especially when the whole-grain varieties boast loads of B vitamins and fiber. Happily, there’s salvation for that scrumptious loaf of goodness. Whether you have crumbs, cubes or slices, check out these 15 uses.

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Cheese: Is It Healthy?

by in Is It Healthy?, October 17, 2013

blue cheese
Does this dairy delight have a place in your healthy eating plan? Although cheeses have gotten bad press for being high in artery-clogging fat, the right ones can provide important nutrients to your diet.

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10 Ways to Make a Healthier Pizza

by in Meal Makeovers, October 17, 2013

spinach ricotta pizza
Pizza can go either way: quintessential greasy junk food or healthy combo of fresh ingredients. Which one sounds better to you (and for you)? Here’s how to build a pie with a healthier profile.

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Win This Dehydrator!

by in Giveaway, October 16, 2013

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Dehydrated fruits and vegetables aren’t just for outdoors-y types going on a camping trip. Apples, pears, bell peppers, tomatoes—you name it—can be turned into healthy, portable snacks for anyone. Instead of always turning to store-bought versions, enjoy ones you make at home with the Excalibur Dehydrator. The five-tray machine provides 8 square feet of space to dry many different foods—even meat.

You can buy your own Excalibur Dehydrator or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, what you’re most excited to dehydrate first. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, October 18 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one Excalibur Dehydrator to one randomly-selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on October 16 and 5 p.m. EST on October 18, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $249.95. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what are you most excited to dehydrate first? Fruits? Veggies? Meat?

Breakfast: Myths vs. Facts

by in Myth vs Fact, October 15, 2013

breakfast spread
There’s so much misinformation swarming around about breakfast. Read on for the facts about this important meal.

Myth: My kids should eat breakfast, but I don’t have to.
Fact: As a mom or dad, you need even more energy to keep up with your kids! Also keep in mind that parents set an example for their children. If your kids should see you munching first thing in the morning, they are more likely to make it a lifelong habit.

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5 Frozen Foods to Stock (and 5 to Skip)

by in Grocery Shopping, October 14, 2013

frozen peas
Your freezer was created to preserve food for long periods of time. But filling it with junk can sabotage any healthy eating plan. Here are five items worth purchasing, and five you’re better off passing up.

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More Foods That Fill You Up

by in Healthy Tips, October 13, 2013

oranges

Ever wonder why a doughnut leaves you hungry within moments of finishing, while a bowl of oatmeal keeps you full for hours? An innovative study conducted in the 1990s looked at how “full” someone stayed after consuming 240 calories of a variety of foods. The top five scorers were all whole foods and, surprisingly, the No. 1 food to keep you full is often vilified for its high carbohydrate content. (Note: Most vegetables were not included in the study, likely due to the fact that consuming 240 calories of kale would require a lot of chewing! But based on the factors associated with satiety, I assume they would score very well.) Here are six foods that made the list.
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15 Uses for Fruit Preserves (Beyond Toast!)

by in Robin's Healthy Take, October 12, 2013

fruit preserves
No matter what variety of fruit preserve you choose–orange marmalade, strawberry, apricot, mixed berry, peach, raspberry-cranberry, or even boysenberry–the low-sugar varieties can be a healthy cook’s BFF in the kitchen, with just about 8 calories and 1 gram of sugar per teaspoon. Here’s how to liven up a variety of meals, far beyond toasted bread.

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Delicata Squash with Sunflower Seeds

by in Uncategorized, October 12, 2013

delicata squash
It’s winter squash season which means sweet, savory roasted vegetables that warm us on cold days. It also means tough, thick squash skin that can be a pain to peel or cut away. Delicata squash is the perfect solution, as the small, delicate squash can be eaten, skin and all. Try this recipe for roasted delicata squash with sunflower seeds. (The addition of the seeds adds protein, healthy fats, iron, calcium and a yummy, nutty, flavor.) This is a simple, healthy, any-night dish.

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