Picnic spreads are often chock-full of belly-busting dishes. Be the star of the potluck with these flavorful and sensible options — each has less than 250 calories per serving. Read more
Take your meal outdoors when the weather heats up and plan a picnic. But be careful: There are some foods that can sabotage your portable meal. Before packing your next picnic basket, make sure to avoid these foods. Read more
Sometimes you just need to take your produce for a spin — or, in this case, a spiral. Easy to use and with a small countertop footprint, the Paderno Spiralizer can turn most firm fruits and vegetables into neat piles of curlicues of all sizes, destined for dishes like salads, stir-fries and pasta. This fun shape may even entice picky eaters to bulk up on their veggies. Read more
Stuffed mushrooms can be much more than bite-size hors d’oeuvres at cocktail parties — they can also be a delicious entree. Portobello mushrooms stuffed with shrimp are a fat-free, protein-packed seafood dinner option containing potassium, iron and zinc. Read more
We love cherry season. These crimson orbs are a treat on their own, or you can add them to dishes at any meal. In addition to being sweet and juicy (or tart and mouthwatering, depending on the variety), cherries have a lot of health benefits as well. They’re rich in heart-healthy anthocyanins and potassium, plus sleep-promoting melatonin. Read more
When the weather heats up and your base kitchen temperature gets too hot for turning on the oven, it’s time for no-bake sweets. You can have your dessert without turning on the heat or reach for the closest tub of indulgent ice cream. These no-oven-needed treats will carry you through until cooler weather arrives. Read more
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
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
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
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.
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).