How Not to Overdo It on Halloween Candy

by in Uncategorized, October 24, 2013

candy corn
Halloween is creeping up, and the scare of a sugar overdose is a concern for parents and children alike. Here are a few tricks for keeping the treat in your Halloween without overdoing it.

• Fuel up: Make sure the whole family (that means you, too, adults) has a healthy meal prior to trick-or-treating. Include lots of veggies, whole grains and lean protein for lasting fullness. The more satisfied you are, the less likely you will be to overindulge on the sweet stuff.
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Win This Cookware Set!

by in Giveaway, October 23, 2013

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Having the right pots and pans in the kitchen is as crucial to a home cook as having the right ingredients on hand. This 10-Piece All-Clad B3 Cookware Set has a vessel for every job: Boil noodles for Meat and Mushroom Lasagna at the same time that you start whipping up the sauce, or simultaneously start Low-Fat Chocolate Pudding for dessert while you’re  making the main course. The double-riveted, stay-cool handles allow for easy maneuvering, while the anodized aluminum is the ultimate nonstick surface.

You can buy your own 10-Piece All-Clad B3 Cookware Set or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, what you’re looking forward to cooking this weekend. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, October 25 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one 10-Piece All-Clad B3 Cookware Set to one randomly-selected commenter. 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 October 23 and 5 p.m. EST on October 25, 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: $599.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what are you looking forward to cooking this weekend?

Make Your Own Fruit Lollipops

by in Healthy Holidays, October 22, 2013

lollipops
There’s no escaping sugar when it comes to a lollipop–but you can steer clear of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Just in time for Halloween, here’s how to make your own delicious suckers with natural flavorings.

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Exercise and Eating: Myths vs. Facts

by in Fitness, October 21, 2013

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Trying to get more activity but not sure where food comes in? Figure out the best way to fuel your exercise sessions by busting these five common myths.

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Guilt-Free Casseroles

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, October 20, 2013

bean casserole
These one-dish wonders are a perfect meal any night of the week. But loads of creamy canned soup, butter and cheese tend to sabotage most casseroles. Here’s how to make the comfort-food favorites with healthier ingredients.

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Easy Pasta e Fagioli Soup

by in Robin's Healthy Take, October 18, 2013

pasta e fagioli
Talk about comfort food. Pasta e fagioli is an Italian dish that literally means “pasta and beans.” Once considered a peasant dish because it consisted only of inexpensive ingredients, the Italian staple has countless variations. Many recipes use bacon or pancetta, but I love the simplicity and overwhelming goodness of this version, crammed with flavor and texture from a variety of fresh and dried herbs, vegetables, white beans, tomato sauce and tube-shaped pasta. Even better? The soup is low in saturated fat and crammed with fiber, boasting 16 grams per serving.

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15 Ways to Use Up Whole-Grain Bread

by in Robin's Healthy Take, October 18, 2013

whole-grain loaf
Got a fabulous loaf of bread that’s just a smidge past its prime? It’s heartbreaking to consider throwing away day-old bread (even several-days-old bread), especially when the whole-grain varieties boast loads of B vitamins and fiber. Happily, there’s salvation for that scrumptious loaf of goodness. Whether you have crumbs, cubes or slices, check out these 15 uses.

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Cheese: Is It Healthy?

by in Is It Healthy?, October 17, 2013

blue cheese
Does this dairy delight have a place in your healthy eating plan? Although cheeses have gotten bad press for being high in artery-clogging fat, the right ones can provide important nutrients to your diet.

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10 Ways to Make a Healthier Pizza

by in Meal Makeovers, October 17, 2013

spinach ricotta pizza
Pizza can go either way: quintessential greasy junk food or healthy combo of fresh ingredients. Which one sounds better to you (and for you)? Here’s how to build a pie with a healthier profile.

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