Nutrition News: FDA Sets Sugar Cap, Pros Offer Pantry Tips, Junk Food Gets an Out

by in Food News, November 13, 2015

Junk Food Is Not the Sole Culprit

While no one’s saying soda, candy and fast food are healthy, a new study suggests they alone cannot be blamed for the obesity epidemic. Cornell University Food and Brand Lab co-directors David Just, Ph.D., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D., analyzed the dietary habits of about 5,000 U.S. adults and found that, for 95 percent of the population, there was no link between the consumption of soda, candy and fast food and weight gain. “These are foods that are clearly bad for you and if you eat too much of them they will make you fat, but it doesn’t appear to be the main driver that is making people overweight and obese,” Just told HealthDay. The researchers said eating less and exercising more overall is the key to controlling weight, and they clarified that they are not endorsing a junk food diet, even in moderation. “These foods aren’t good for you,” Just said. “There is no good argument for soda in your diet.” Read more

Butternut Squash, 3 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, November 13, 2015

These three recipes use roasted, pureed butternut squash in ways usually reserved for cheese — and you’ll never even miss it. See how butternut squash lends a slight sweetness to mac and cheese, dip and even baked jalapeno poppers while delivering creaminess.

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6 Healthy Ways to Up Your Carrot Cake Game — Fall Fest

by in Healthy Recipes, November 12, 2015

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means our opportunities for sampling fresh baked goods are about to quadruple. If you’re choosing between a mammoth slice of cake festooned with buttery frosting and a modest piece of carrot cake, the carrot cake is clearly the better choice. Carrots are in peak season right now, and when used in baking, this vivid orange vegetable offers wonderful texture and natural sweetness. Still, the usual embellishments — chopped nuts, dried fruit, cream cheese frosting — all present opportunities for refined sugar and added fat to sneak in. So whether you prefer your carrots in cake, cupcake or muffin form, follow these six tips for turning your favorite carrot desserts into health-minded fall treats.

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What Are Quinces and What to Do with Them?

by in Healthy Tips, November 12, 2015

What Are Quinces

Distantly related to apples and pears, quinces are a fall fruit you might not be as familiar with. They’re shaped like fuzzy, knobby Bartletts, with a lemon-yellow hue when ripe. But unlike apples and pears, quinces are not a fruit you can eat raw. If you try biting into one, you’ll be sorely disappointed. The flesh is spongy and hard, and the taste is supremely sour. But if you stopped there, you’d be missing out. The quince’s charm is unlocked through cooking. Read more

Ginger Maple Pear Ricotta Almond Breakfast Toast

by in Healthy Recipes, November 11, 2015

Nothing against hot buttered toast (it’s comforting and delicious), but in terms of nutrition, there’s definitely room for improvement. That’s why you’ll love noshing on this nourishing Ginger Maple Pear Ricotta Almond Breakfast Toast that you can whip up in five minutes flat. It’s rich in protein, fiber and calcium, which is a bone-building nutrient that many of us fall short on. This toast is a decadent yet healthy way to fuel your morning, and it’s super-easy to make with your favorite whole-grain or gluten-free bread. And take it from me: If toast for breakfast isn’t your thing, it’s fabulous for lunch too!

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Thanksgiving Food Swaps to Save Calories

by in Healthy Tips, November 10, 2015

It’s time to start planning for what might be the most glutinous holiday of the year. While most Thanksgiving offerings are spun from healthy ingredients, the sheer volume, variety, and usually hefty dose of butter can make your holiday meal a belly buster. Instead of packing in the average 4500 calories at the gathering this year, make these 9 changes and cut out a staggering 2000 calories! Read more

Butternut Squash-Orange Pie with Coconut Whipped Cream

by in Healthy Recipes, November 10, 2015

Butternut squash and oranges breathe new life into a classic holiday pie. The natural sweetness of fresh orange juice replaces up to one-third of the added sugar found in traditional pie recipes. The orange’s flavor and acidity also allow for a 50 percent reduction in added salt. While regular navel oranges are a fine and dandy choice for this recipe, there are other options to consider, like extra-sweet Cara Caras and dark red-pigmented Moro oranges (aka blood oranges), which offer a change of pace in flavor and hue. Whichever you choose, read the product sticker. For optimal flavor and freshness, select oranges from within the United States.

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Taste Test: Gluten-Free Stuffings

by in Grocery Shopping, November 9, 2015

For many people, stuffing is the best part of the meal! But steering clear of gluten doesn’t mean missing out on this fragrant, bready side dish. Aside from making your own gluten-free stuffing (thanks, Gluten-Free Girl!), you can choose from a few store-bought mixes. Read more

Order This, Not That: TGI Fridays

by in Dining Out, November 8, 2015

This longtime-favorite chain has changed some of its options to make them lighter. However, there are still some calorie bombs to stay away from. Check out what you should and shouldn’t order the next time you visit your local Fridays. Read more

Vegan Curried Pumpkin Cheese Sauce

by in Healthy Recipes, November 7, 2015

Whether you have food sensitivities and allergies, or you are a foodie, lover of nuts or a pumpkin-on-everything aficionado, this amped-up creamy vegan sauce is sure to satisfy. It’s important to note, however, that this isn’t a substitute for conventional dairy cheese. Instead, consider it a delicious and healthy alternative to your favorite fall dips.

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