No-Bake Back-to-School Protein Bars

by in Healthy Recipes, September 10, 2015

The combination of crunchy toasted seeds, creamy nut butter, and chewy millet and dates makes this protein bar both energizing and satisfying. Packed with superfoods like chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and cacao, it’s the perfect afternoon snack to get you and your family through until dinner. I also added some maca root powder (a South American superfood), but you could add any other superfood or protein powders you like, or simply leave it out. Read more

Fenway Farms’ Kale Salad (Yes, That Fenway Park)

by in Dining Out, September 9, 2015

By Erin Hartigan

The Boston Red Sox are giving new meaning to the term “farm team.” This season, the team’s iconic home, Fenway Park, debuted Fenway Farms, a garden on the roof of the ballpark producing thousands of pounds of ultra-local produce for the stadium restaurants and concessions outlets. Read more

Are You Eating Too Much Sugar?

by in Healthy Tips, September 9, 2015

Convinced that your consumption of sugar is in check? You may be sorely mistaken. Find out how to be more on top of your sugar intake. Read more

Want a Better Egg? So Does Betsy Babcock

by in Healthy Tips, September 8, 2015

What started as a hobby farm back in 2005 and then became a “farm stay” bed and breakfast grew into a major egg business — sort of by accident. “Our customers at the B&B kept raving about how incredible our eggs tasted, so we decided to figure out what we were doing differently that made them so good,” says Betsy Babcock, who started Handsome Brook Farm with her husband, Brian. Turns out, what they were doing was just letting chickens be chickens and allowing them to forage in pastures (instead of keeping them confined in cages or barns). And according to a 2010 study at Penn State, those pasture-raised chickens produce eggs that not only taste better, but they’re better for you. The researchers found that eggs from pasture hens had twice as much vitamin E and long-chain Omega-3 fats than conventional eggs, plus there were higher concentrations of vitamin A — a difference attributed to the hens’ diet. Read more

Healthier Back-to-School, Gluten-Free Snacks

by in Healthy Recipes, September 8, 2015

This school year, why not up the healthy standards of your kids’ snacks? Sure, there are choices everywhere on supermarket shelves, but none are as healthy as the ones you can control yourself — and cook up in your own kitchen. When you’re popping popcorn, shaping pizza crust and rolling oat balls, your kids will want to get in on the snack-making fun, and before you know it, they’ll be asking to make more. Bonus: The whole family gets to spend some quality time together. Read more

Can You Eat to Sleep?

by in Healthy Recipes, September 7, 2015

We’re not great sleepers in this country. According to Healthy People 2020, a science-based government organization, about 25 percent of us suffer from insufficient sleep (that’s less than six hours per night) about half of every month. That’s a lot of lost z’s! Some experts believe that tossing and turning at night can lead to an increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure and even heart disease. That means that a good night’s sleep may be just as important as a well-balanced diet and regular exercise! Read more

5 Fabulous Healthy Spins on a Lunchtime Classic: PB&J

by in Healthy Recipes, September 6, 2015

Hands up if PB&J is a lunchtime staple for your family. Mine! If so, you know how simple, quick and delicious the classic PB&J sandwich can be. But sometimes even a classic needs jazzing up a bit, and that’s where these five fabulous spins on PB&J come into play. Lunch is served! Read more

Easy Baked Pesto Pasta for Labor Day

by in Healthy Recipes, September 5, 2015

Pasta casseroles are perhaps the finest combination of weeknight convenience and classic comfort food. This one is a true crowd-pleaser: rigatoni in a simple homemade pesto sauce, layered with zucchini, tomatoes, red peppers and Asiago cheese, then baked until bubbly. Read more

Nutrition News: Rethink Kids and Peanuts, a New Sugar Substitute, Organics Under Fire

by in Food News, September 4, 2015

New peanuts practice

You know how parents have been urged to delay giving their kids peanuts, lest they have an allergy? Well, scratch that. New research from the National Institutes of Health indicates that putting off the introduction of peanuts into kids’ diets may increase their chances of developing peanut allergies — and the American Academy of Pediatrics has now issued a statement saying it joins other organizations in encouraging health care providers to recommend that children be given products containing peanuts when they are between 4 and 11 months old, especially if those children have severe eczema or are allergic to eggs. The AAP says this earlier introduction, may reduce peanut allergy rates by as much as 81 percent, Time reports, but the organization cautions that, to prevent choking, infants should be given creamy peanut butter and not graduate to whole peanuts until around age 4. Read more

Eggplant Parmesan Flatbread

by in Healthy Recipes, September 4, 2015

Eggplant Parmesan, it’s time for a reboot. People love you, but you’re too high-maintenance. While it’s fine to spend time with you on a leisurely Sunday afternoon, weeknights call for delicious food in minimal time. This flatbread combines the best of both words: simple yet incredibly flavorful. It’s eggplant Parmesan perfection on your table in less than 30 minutes. Read more