We’re all for celebrating the holidays with decadent food. But if we can cram in more nutrition (and lower the calorie load) without affecting flavor, that’s even better. Here are some of our favorite tips, along with advice from our favorite nutrition experts.
Kale, once spurned for its obligatory green cameos at the childhood dinner table, has undoubtedly emerged as the most fashionable of vegetables. Its ubiquity certainly induces its share of eye rolls, but it “has entered into our culinary lexicon,” says Serena Bass, executive chef of the convivial Italian eatery Lido, in New York’s Harlem neighborhood. “It may not have the excitement of a new discovery any more, but like a tomato, it is far from done,” she says. “It’s what we turn to when we need an earthy punch in soups or salads and feel the urge to binge on B vitamins.” Read more
For a festive addition to any holiday table, try these crispy sweet potato latkes teamed with apple-raisin chutney and jalapeno lime sour cream. Lightly fried (or baked) in heart-healthy olive oil, traditional latkes get a superfood upgrade when you use vitamin A-rich sweet potatoes. Read more
Fresh lemon can be an all-purpose superstar in your kitchen. Try these five hacks where lemon substitutes for hard-to-find ingredients, helps with kitchen cleanup and more.
A healthier Kiss
The thing about Hershey’s Kisses and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars is that they’re always reliably the same, right? Not this year. Hershey’s has announced that both of those candy staples will now be made with simple, recognizable ingredients and no artificial flavors. The formula change, starting with holiday Hershey’s Kisses, is part of the chocolate giant’s larger commitment to greater transparency about ingredients. “We started making our great-tasting chocolate in 1894 with ingredients you might find in your pantry, like cocoa, milk, sugar and vanilla, and we’re continuing that tradition today,” Mary-Ann Somers, Hershey’s vice president and general manager of U.S. confection, said in a press release. “People want to see ingredients that they know and are familiar with in their foods and we’re listening.” The holiday Kisses will also come in packs featuring a SmartLabel QR code that provides consumer access to information about nutrition and allergens. Read more
It’s that time of year when our opportunities to O.D. on cheese and crackers are heavily abundant. We love a baked Brie just as much as the next person, but if you’re hosting a holiday get-together, the cocktail hour should consist of light, refreshing bites that anticipate the meal ahead without completely spoiling it. If there’s a creamy, bubbling-hot dip on the table, it should come as no surprise when your meticulously arranged crudite platter goes untouched and, worst of all, your guests are too stuffed to enjoy the main event. Small bites that are not only light but also quick and easy to make are best for everyone in attendance — especially the host — so choose recipes that require no more than 20 minutes of prep work (the less time, the better). Here are five finger foods you can count on to hit the mark at your upcoming soiree.
During the holidays, lots of liquid calories are guzzled in the form of delicious holiday cocktails. Before you let too many of these calories hit your waistline, check out which cocktails you’re better off avoiding and a few you can sip (almost) guilt-free.
Out with the pumpkin and in with the eggnog! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we move on to the next food phenom of the holiday season … nog-flavored everything!
The holidays are approaching and cookies are one of the most-popular requests. If you’re going to a cookie swap or holiday party, here are 10 cookies you can feel good about baking.