10 Healthy (and Easy) Canned Bean Recipes

by in Healthy Tips, October 10, 2013

eggs with beans
From simple sides to upscale mains dishes, here’s how to get more of this tasty and budget-friendly protein into your diet.

What to look for
The health benefits of beans are extensive. Canned varieties make for quick recipes, plus you can’t beat the price. Canned foods do get a bad rap for being super salty, but rinsing and draining canned beans can remove up to 40 percent of the sodium. Low-sodium and no-salt added varieties are also available.

10 Healthy Recipes
Chunky chili, smooth hummus and warm and satisfying baked beans are just a few of the healthy creations you can whip up.

1. Pinto beans: Mexican Eggs with Chorizo and Beans (above, from Food Network Magazine)

2. Pinto beans: Cowboy Beans

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Eggplant Rollatini, Lightened Up

by in Robin's Healthy Take, October 9, 2013

eggplant rollatini
I’m an Italian girl at heart. Only half by birth, but 100 percent when it comes to food. Take eggplant rollatini for example–a classic, baked Italian dish that boasts eggplant slices stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella cheese and then rolled up and smothered with tomato sauce and more cheese. Sometimes the eggplant slices are breaded and fried first (think rolled eggplant Parmesan). As you can imagine, it’s not the lightest dish on the menu. In fact, one serving can deliver up to 600 calories, 38 grams of fat and 900 mg of sodium. Ouch. But, there’s hope!

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Win This Cookbook!

by in Giveaway, October 9, 2013

Cookbook

Based on actress Haylie Duff’s successful blog of the same name, The Real Girl’s Kitchen cookbook features her favorite recipes for healthy living. Try out recipes for quick lunches, salads, and snacks, plus easy kitchen tips for elegant entertaining.

You can buy your own copy of The Real Girl’s Kitchen or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite healthy snack. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, October 11 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one copy of The Real Girl’s Kitchen 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 9 and 5 p.m. EST on October 11, 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: $12. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite healthy snack?

The Veggie Table: Quinoa with Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate

by in The Veggie Table, October 8, 2013

quinoa
In North America, the pomegranate season runs from late summer until early winter, making now the perfect time to start incorporating jewel-like pomegranates into meals and snacks. This dish has just four main ingredients (not including oil, salt and pepper), gets a nutty crunch from the walnuts and a burst of tart juice from the pomegranate that complements the crispy Brussels sprouts perfectly.

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How to Make A Healthier Soup

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, October 8, 2013

broccoli cheddar soup
As the cold weather sets in, bone-warming soups really hit the spot. But there’s no need to pack on the heavy-cream pounds when indulging in a delicious bowl of goodness.

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5 Signs You’re Over-Snacking

by in Healthy Tips, October 7, 2013

crackers
Snacking throughout the day is good for your metabolism and helps to prevent dramatic spikes in hunger, but it’s still possible to go overboard. So check your snacking habits: Are you an over-snacker?

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Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan and Garlic

by in Robin's Healthy Take, October 6, 2013

parmesan spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash is a yellow winter squash with flesh that, when cooked, separates into spaghetti-like strands. It’s super-low in calories and carbohydrates, making it a good substitute for pasta if you’re watching your weight. But anyone can appreciate the sweet and nutty squash tossed with Parmesan, garlic, parsley and good-quality olive oil.

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Healthier Sliders, Three Ways

by in Robin's Healthy Take, October 4, 2013

sliders

Traditional, restaurant-style sliders can have 350 calories and 15 to 20 grams of fat per slider–one little patty on a roll. But sliders are cool, so I found a way to enjoy them guilt-free. With these slimmed-down gems, you can enjoy two sliders for the nutrient price of one restaurant slider, without sacrificing flavor.

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