New Twists on Pasta (A Guide to Alternative Noodles)

by in Healthy Tips, September 19, 2013

spelt pasta

Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free pasta, trying to eat more whole grains or experimenting with ancient grains, you can find all kinds of alternative pastas lining market shelves these days. Here’s a quick primer.

Quinoa Pasta
Quinoa is a high protein whole grain (technically, it’s a seed) that has become very popular. The grain provides hefty doses of B-vitamins, potassium, magnesium, selenium, iron and zinc. Quinoa pasta has a nutty flavor and a dense consistency. Although quinoa is gluten-free, the pasta can be blended with other flours, including whole wheat flour, so be sure to read labels carefully.

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Why You Should Give Pale Veggies a Chance

by in Food News, September 19, 2013

white veggies

Health experts keep telling us to eat the rainbow, but according to one recent report, we should be eating more pale produce: Mushrooms, parsnips, onions, cauliflower and potatoes are surprisingly rich in fiber, magnesium and other nutrients. “A potato actually has more potassium than a banana,” says the paper’s author, Purdue University professor Connie Weaver. Another plus: Potatoes provide one of the best nutritional values per penny in the produce aisle—assuming, of course, that you don’t undo all of the good with a deep fryer.

(Photograph by Kang Kim)

Win This Tea Kettle!

by in Giveaway, September 18, 2013

tea kettle

Fall is right around the corner, and cool nights call for curling up with a cup of tea at home. Make eight cups of hot water for pour-over coffee or tea in no time with the 2-Quarter Morning Bird Teakettle from Circulon. This carbon steel pot’s easy squeeze-and-pour handle makes divvying up drinks with one hand extra easy. Available in multiple colors, this tea kettle works on any type of stovetop—and it looks cute, too!

You can buy your own Circulon Teakettle or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite type of tea. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, September 20 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one Circulon Teakettle each to three randomly-selected commenters. 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 September 18 and 5 p.m. EST on September 20, 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: $40. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite type of tea?

25 Delicious Ways to Use Ground Chicken and Turkey

by in Robin's Healthy Take, September 17, 2013

slow-cooker chicken chili
In my house, we love a good meatball, bowl of chili and sloppy joe–all made with ground beef. But I don’t serve ground beef every night. Why? Look at the numbers. One 4-ounce serving of cooked ground beef has more than twice the calories of ground turkey and five times the saturated fat of ground chicken. And that’s for the 90% lean beef.

Here are the stats for 4 ounces cooked:

Ground Beef (90% lean): 261 calories, 14 grams fat, 5.4 grams saturated fat, 32 grams protein
Ground Beef (85% lean): 290 calories, 17 grams fat, 7 grams saturated fat, 32 grams protein

Ground Turkey Breast: 120 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 26 grams protein
Ground Chicken Breast: 160 calories, 2 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 31 grams protein

So I like to mix up my menu by using ground chicken and turkey in dishes that call for beef. Here are 25 great ways to get you started on the same path!

1. Chili (try Food Network Kitchens’ Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili, above), soups, and stews
2. Bolognese Sauce: Use over pasta and mashed potatoes.
3. Burgers and sliders: Add seasonings and fresh herbs as desired. (Try Food Networks Kitchens’ Asian Turkey Burgers or Food Network Magazine’s Asian Chicken Burgers.)

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Coffee Shop Face-Off: Which is Healthier?

by in Is It Healthy?, September 16, 2013

latte

Before you stop for your morning joe, find out how some coffee shop favorites compare.

Latte vs Cappuccino
WINNER: Cappuccino. They deliver the same caffeine jolt (75 milligrams per 12-ounce cup), but a latte has almost double the calories and fat of a cappuccino. The difference is in how they’re made: Lattes are almost entirely milk, while cappuccinos have equal parts milk and steamed foam.

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5 Ways to Curb Sugar Cravings

by in Healthy Tips, September 16, 2013

sugar
Trying to reach for healthy snacks but the sugary treats are calling you? Use these strategies to help douse that sugar-fueled fire.

Kick the Artificial Habit
Research suggests that folks who consume large amounts of artificial sweeteners may increase their likelihood to crave other sweet foods and pack on the pounds. Trying to cut back on sugar? Then cut back on the faux sugars too.

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7 Tips for Avoiding the Freshman 15

by in Uncategorized, September 15, 2013

apple
Whether you are a freshman with on-campus housing and a dining plan or a senior in your own apartment, healthy eating at college is achievable and it doesn’t need to involve deprivation or dieting.

At the Dining Hall 
• Make room for fruit: Most campus dining halls offer a variety of whole fruits such as apples, pears, bananas, and oranges as well as cut fruits like melon and berries. Add cut fruit to your salad, a bowl of yogurt or cereal or, for a sweet treat, pile berries onto a small bowl of frozen yogurt for dessert. Grab a few pieces of whole fruit to take with you as a simple and healthy snack on the go or in your dorm or apartment.

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Great Muffin Makeovers

by in Healthy Recipes, September 15, 2013

Apple Muffins
Store-bought muffins, a grab-and-go favorite, can average a hefty 400 to 500 calories each. Make your own healthier version and you’ll get the same delicious flavor for about half the calories.

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Last Call for Tomatoes and Cukes!

by in Uncategorized, September 14, 2013

tomato and cucumber salad

Summer may be winding down but there are tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes still ready for harvest. Refreshing, crisp and colorful, this simple salad is the perfect side dish to almost any meal. I swapped the traditional herbs like basil and parsley for anise-flavored tarragon, which lends it to fall flavors and comfort foods as well.

Tomato, Cucumber and Radish Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette
• 1 bunch of radishes, stems removed, halved
• 1 English cucumber, halved and cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved if large
• 1 tablespoons tarragon, leaves whole
• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
• 1 tsp Dijon mustard
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a medium bowl, combine the vegetables.

In a small bowl, combine the tarragon through mustard. Whisk to combine. Toss with vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.

Photo by Yoni Nimrod

Katie Cavuto Boyle, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian, personal chef and owner of HealthyBites, LLC. See Katie’s full bio »


16 Healthy Apple Desserts

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, September 13, 2013

apple with crisp topping
Hard to believe, but apple season is just about under way! Here are a few ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Classic Desserts
Nothing says apple season like pie and other baked goodies. These lightened-up versions deliver the flavor you love for fewer calories.

Apple Crisp
Flat Apple Pie with Perfect Pie Crust
Rustic Apple Pie with Dried Cherries
Apple Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers
Apple Cranberry Galette
Apple-Berry Brown Betty

Weeknight Desserts
These easy, guilt-free delights make for fabulous after-dinner sweets during the week.

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