Open your car trunks, dig out your slow cookers and pack your coolers — tailgating season is upon us. And while beer and chips are bound to be part of that roundup, it’s totally possible to add some healthy items to the mix. The key is to sneak in plenty of vegetables, substitute lean meats and beans for higher-calorie proteins, and get in a variety of whole foods. With this tailgating menu, that’s easy to do. Read more
If you check the frozen pizza aisle, you’ll see many newcomers to the gluten-free arena. Although gluten-free packaged foods have a bad reputation for lacking flavor, some food companies have stepped up to develop very tasty products. Here is a look at five frozen gluten-free pies. Read more
Fall is upon us — although depending on where you live, the only indication of the changing season might be the calendar. Nonetheless, it’s time to slowly transition from filling our baskets with tomatoes and summer squash to the plethora of autumn harvest foods that are prime for cooking. Read more
Are you tempted to buy a high-speed blender but apprehensive about making the financial commitment? We don’t blame you. Here are five questions to ask yourself before you make the investment. Read more
Whether you’re exercising or just working up a sweat on your commute to work, summer is prime time to focus on staying well-hydrated. You could just hit the sink to fill your water bottle, but considering all of the other options now available may leave you wondering if there isn’t something better to drink. Read more
Frightening fast-food facts
If you think America has been easing off its love affair with fast food, a new CDC report offers bracing news: On any given day, according to the study, more than one-third (34.3 percent) of all U.S. kids and teens (ages 2 to 19) scarf down some kind of fast food — a number that has remained relatively stable over the past 15 years, despite our cultural push for more healthful eating. And while almost 12 percent of kids and teens got fewer than 25 percent of their daily calories from fast food, nearly 11 percent of them got between 25 and 40 percent of those calories from it — and 12 percent of them gobbled up more than 40 percent of their daily calories from places that traffic largely (though of course not exclusively) in burgers, fries, sodas and the like. Gulp. Read more
Move over, Brussels sprouts: You’re not the only fall veggie that makes for delicious mains and side dishes this time of year. Indeed, there are tons of vegetables out there that simply don’t get as much love as fall favorites like squash, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Take turnips, which can seem intimidating but are actually a wonderful addition to soups, sauteed vegetables and more. Ready to shake things up? Here’s how to use five out-of-the-box fall veggies. Beware: They just might steal the show! Read more
As sweater season descends upon us, we usher hearty flavors into our kitchen. Pasta enveloped in a thick, rich sauce of butternut squash and bacon seems just right for this time of year. Read more
Ready your wicker baskets: It’s apple-picking season. If you’re planning a trip to your local orchard, you’re probably already dreaming about the wonderfully sweet, tart and spicy treats you can make once you get your apples home. Maybe they’re destined for a good old-fashioned apple pie — or maybe you’ll bake them whole with a medley of comforting fall spices. Of course, the butter and brown sugar used in most apple dishes are just as desirable as the fruit itself. But even if you’re using the new season as an opportunity to get back into good eating habits, you don’t have to miss out on this fun autumn pastime. With a few simple modifications, you can make your favorite apple dishes a light treat rather than a once-in-a-while indulgence. From sweet Macouns to tart Granny Smiths, here are six healthy ways to use up your freshly picked apples this fall.
Flat Apple Pie with Perfect Pie Crust (pictured at top)
Deep-dish apple pie is certainly delicious, but it can be a bit cumbersome to eat. Ree Drummond makes a flat apple pie with a crisp, firm crust that’s perfect if you’re looking to grab a slice on the go. By simply reducing the amount of crust involved, you’ll also reduce the number of calories.