7 Seasonal Uses for Fresh Tomatoes — Summer Soiree

by in Healthy Recipes, Uncategorized, August 6, 2015

Canned tomatoes and jarred sauces are key to surviving winter. But as long as summer’s here, we should make the most of this ruby-red treat in its purest form by consuming our tomatoes fresh, the same day of purchase (or shortly thereafter). Whether you’re converting sweet cherry tomatoes into chunky gazpacho or juicy heirlooms into a hearty salad, this versatile fruit is the winning ingredient in many a summer dish. When choosing tomatoes, look for smooth, bright, blemish-free skin. And remember: A ripe tomato should be fragrant and yield slightly to pressure. Whether you get them from the grocery store, the farmers market or your own garden, these healthy recipes will inspire you to use summer’s essential fruit in everything from soups to salads, and even homemade jam.

Crustless Caprese Quiche (pictured at top)
Food Network Kitchen offers a mealworthy riff on the classic caprese salad in the form of this creamy quiche. Forgoing the crust will not only cut back on preparation time but also save significant calories. Before baking, adorn the top with thinly sliced plum tomatoes for an eye-catching dish.

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Strawberry Couscous Breakfast Bowl

by in Healthy Recipes, August 6, 2015

My kind of breakfast is one that is well-balanced and delicious, and can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes. Overnight oats and smoothie bowls certainly fill that bill. Another quick and easy breakfast favorite for many is a bowl of cereal, which, more often than not, is filled with sugar and processed ingredients. So skip the sugar rush and try a hearty whole-grain breakfast bowl to boost your energy and mood. While oats are likely to be the first choice, there is a wide assortment of healthy whole grains, like millet, amaranth, farro and quinoa, to keep your breakfast from becoming mundane. Want to add some texture and amp up the nutritional profile? No problem. Mix in your favorite toppings like fruits, nuts, coconut and flax seed. Read more

These Are the 5 Photoworthy Smoothies of Your Social Media Dreams

by in Healthy Tips, August 5, 2015

Smoothies are a breakfast, lunch and snack staple these days (even great for dessert!). They’re perfect for when you need something to go, and they combine nutrient-rich fruits and veggies of all kinds. But a major breakfast bummer is a smoothie destined for social media greatness that turns muddy from the wrong combo of ingredients. We stopped by Liquiteria — the masters of photoworthy smoothies themselves — in New York City to learn how to get the best combos for the prettiest smoothies. They make 4,000 of them a week! Read more

7 Foods Nutritionists Won’t Eat

by in Healthy Tips, August 5, 2015

Everyone splurges once in a while, even nutritionists. But these healthy eaters won’t touch certain foods. We asked some of the most-famous nutritionists from around the country which foods they’d snub — you’ll be shocked by some of their responses. Read more

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Wrap with Greens

by in Healthy Recipes, August 4, 2015

Though the history of the wrap is disputed, one truth remains: The sandwich substitute is often wrongly labeled as a “health food.” While eating a wrap packed with lean protein and veggies definitely provides key nutrients your body needs, the vessel your ingredients are wrapped in may be sabotaging that “healthy” label. One 12-inch whole-wheat tortilla — a standard for a wrap — has 310 calories and more than 50 grams of carbs. One way to take your calorie count into your own hands is to swap that bread — be it a tortilla, rice paper, lavash or pita — for greens. Large leafy greens make a seamless substitute for traditional wraps and are a delicious alternative to bread. Read more

Summer Recipes That Prove Vegetarians Get Enough Protein

by in Healthy Recipes, August 4, 2015

Think the peeps following a vegetarian diet are getting the short end of the stick at the summer get-together? Think again! Here are seven protein-packed recipes that will convince you otherwise. Read more

Celebs’ Favorite Healthy Foods

by in Food News, August 3, 2015

What healthy foods are the stars noshing on these days? Here’s an inside look at what’s hot in celebrity kitchens. Read more

Don’t Throw Out Your Leftovers! Here’s How to Use ’Em Up

by in Healthy Tips, August 3, 2015

It’s a scene familiar to many households. After dinner is over, you carefully wrap up any leftovers and stash them in the fridge. Then, a week later, you find them rotting in the fridge and throw them away. So what’s keeping your family from finishing up food that’s left behind after a meal? Read more

What’s the Proper Serving of Nuts?

by in Healthy Tips, August 2, 2015

Add nuts to your list of superfoods: They’re brimming with protein, anti-inflammatory vitamin E and plenty of minerals. However, as with most other foods, portions do matter. Too many handfuls of any nut can quickly rack up hundreds of extra calories. Here’s a great way to remember the recommended portion size for your favorite nuts. Read more

Summer Wheat Berry Salad  

by in Healthy Recipes, August 2, 2015

Chimichurri is a flavorful, tangy herb sauce that originated in Argentina. It’s traditionally served as a condiment for grilled meats, but its punchy flavors are fantastic on just about anything. Since one of the dominant ingredients is red wine vinegar, you can use it as a dressing, making it perfect for a summery salad like this one. Here, the zesty combination of parsley, cilantro, garlic and hot pepper livens up the earthy flavor and texture of wheat berries. The addition of crisp cucumbers, juicy sweet corn kernels and cherry tomatoes creates a refreshing, light meal. If you like, you could choose another large grain in place of the wheat berries, like spelt berries, wild rice or Israeli couscous. Read more