No-Bake Gluten-Free Fruit Pie Minis

by in Healthy Recipes, July 11, 2015

Why not trade in the average cookie crust for a healthy, nut-based crust? It’s perfect for summer pies, especially these paleo-friendly, no-bake minis. We’ve filled them with a dollop of foolproof lemon curd and topped them with berries, but you can mix and match your favorite seasonal fruit (like peaches, apricots or cherries) and fillings (think jarred fruit spreads, dulce de leche or chocolate-hazelnut spread). Read more

Nutrition News: Sugary Drinks Are a Killer, Unhealthy Restaurant Food, When to Eat Bread

by in Food News, July 10, 2015

Sugary Drinks Are Killing Us … Really

How bad are sugary drinks for us? On a global scale, their toll is staggering. According to a recent analysis of data from dozens of international dietary surveys and large-scale studies, published online in Circulation, sugar-sweetened-beverage consumption causes more than 184,000 deaths — about 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 45,000 from cardiovascular disease and 6,450 from cancer — worldwide every year. (Gulp.) In the United States alone, about 25,000 deaths annually are attributable to sugary drinks, The New York Times reports, noting that experts are calling for the elimination of sugary drinks from our food supply altogether. Read more

Which Fad Diets Are Celebrities On?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, July 9, 2015

Although many folks want the inside scoop on how celebs stay trim and fit, some stars try the most-bizarre and unhealthy diets. Here’s a look at four diets; you won’t believe who’s on them! Read more

5 Classic Cocktails, Slimmed Down — Summer Soiree

by in Healthy Recipes, July 9, 2015

Think twice before you reach for that tiki drink. When you consider that one standard shot (1 1/2 fluid ounces) of 80-proof vodka, rum or gin contains roughly 100 calories, you’re likely throwing back more calories than you bargained for on a typical night out, especially if you’re combining a few of these with sugary mixers. One way to take control of your caloric intake is to skip the bar all together and mix your drinks at home. For a lighter version of your favorite cocktail, start by measuring out the hard stuff. Choose 100 percent juice or use fresh fruits and herbs to flavor your drink in place of overly sweetened bottled mixers. And remember: Size matters. Keep the calorie count under control by pouring your cocktails into 8-ounce glasses, or smaller. Whether you prefer clear vodka or dark rum, here are a few classic cocktail recipes, slimmed down for your next summer party.

Mint Julep
As far as cocktails go, mint juleps are far from the worst. Bobby Flay sticks to the classic combination of bourbon whiskey, mint, sugar and shaved ice when preparing his old-fashioned  Mint Julep (pictured at top).

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Order This, Not That: Ice Cream Truck

by in Healthy Tips, July 9, 2015

When that ice cream truck comes around the corner, my kids go absolutely bonkers. Some days I can’t help but give in to the screams for ice cream. However, I do set limits on better-for-you items to order off the iconic truck. Read more

10 Foods You Aren’t Storing Properly

by in Food Safety, July 8, 2015

Improper storage can ruin the flavor of healthy foods and increase the risk of spoilage. Find out if you’re storing these 10 foods incorrectly and how to make changes if you are. Read more

What Does It Take to Burn Off Your Favorite Summer Foods?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, July 7, 2015

Don’t let the excitement of summer foods go to your head (or your rear end). Find out how much activity it takes to burn off the calories you take in from these summer classics. Read more

11 Healthy Ways to Use Tilapia

by in Healthy Recipes, July 7, 2015

Tilapia is the ultimate crowd-pleasing fish. Its mild flavor and flaky texture make it a great starter fish for kids or anyone who doesn’t like seafood that tastes too “fishy.” Plus, it’s packed with protein and low in calories and fat. As these recipes prove, its versatility makes it a great base for everything from pasta to tacos. Try one of these tasty recipes tonight! Read more

Greek Yogurt Contenders

by in Grocery Shopping, July 6, 2015

For years, Greek yogurt has dominated the dairy case with its high-protein profile and its versatility in the kitchen. (There are even reasons to eat it for dinner.) But new contenders are threatening to oust Greek yogurt from its throne. Here are the major players to watch out for. Read more

The Chef’s Take: Ivy Stark’s Salmon a la Plancha

by in Dining Out, July 5, 2015

When dining out at Dos Caminos, the upbeat Mexican restaurant with outposts in New York, Atlantic City and Fort Lauderdale, chances are the table is graced with warm tortilla chips, chorizo fundido and asada tacos. The feast, however, need not be a gluttonous one. Consider executive chef and marathon runner Ivy Stark’s Salmon a la Plancha, one of the restaurant’s dishes that was featured as a lighter option in honor of National Nutrition Month in March but is now a permanent menu staple. The salmon is accompanied by lemon-herb quinoa and oven-roasted tomato-black olive salsa spiked with pickled jalapenos.

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