15 Winning Game Day Snacks

by in Healthy Recipes, September 22, 2013

buffalo wings
According to a recent study, disappointed fans tend to gobble extra high-cal junk following a tough loss. Whether your team puts up a W or an L may be out of your control, but you can still serve up a healthier game day spread! Score some nutritional points with these smarter spins on football party foods.

Dips
Trade greasy chips for whole-grain baked varieties and fresh veggies, then dunk into these better-for-you dips.

Artichoke-Spinach Dip-Slimmed
Avocado-Feta Dip
Chili Cheese Dip

Wings
Every sports fan wants wings. Instead of frying, grill or broil.

Grilled Chicken Wings with Provencal Flavors
Buffalo Wings with Tangy Cheese Dip (above)
Grilled Spicy Wings

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Top 5 Fall Vegetables

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, September 21, 2013

butternut squash
Fall starts tomorrow! And with the arrival of crisp days comes a bounty of seasonal veggies. Here are my top five, plus delicious ways to incorporate them into your meals.

1. Pumpkin
Pumpkins are fun to turn into Jack-o-lanterns, but you can use the flesh, seeds and empty pumpkin shell in your kitchen to make delicious and antioxidant-packed dishes. If cooking with fresh pumpkin is too labor intensive, use canned pumpkin puree (made from 100% pure pumpkin) to get the same nutritional goodness without the hassle.

Recipes to try:

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Top 20 Uses For Roasted Red Peppers

by in Robin's Healthy Take, September 20, 2013

roasted red peppers
My refrigerator is never without roasted red peppers. Not only do they add smoky, tangy depth to virtually any dish, they’re nutrient blockbusters, boasting 213% of the RDA for vitamin C per 100 grams (3.5 ounces). That’s great news because vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage, boosts immunity, helps ward off infection, and reduces inflammation. Vitamin C is also vital for the synthesis of collagen, a structural protein that maintains the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. But that’s not all. Bell peppers are loaded with antioxidant-rich carotenoids–over 30 different ones to be exact–including beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s explore ways to incorporate roasted red peppers into your regular menu!

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New Twists on Pasta (A Guide to Alternative Noodles)

by in Healthy Tips, September 19, 2013

spelt pasta

Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free pasta, trying to eat more whole grains or experimenting with ancient grains, you can find all kinds of alternative pastas lining market shelves these days. Here’s a quick primer.

Quinoa Pasta
Quinoa is a high protein whole grain (technically, it’s a seed) that has become very popular. The grain provides hefty doses of B-vitamins, potassium, magnesium, selenium, iron and zinc. Quinoa pasta has a nutty flavor and a dense consistency. Although quinoa is gluten-free, the pasta can be blended with other flours, including whole wheat flour, so be sure to read labels carefully.

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Why You Should Give Pale Veggies a Chance

by in Food News, September 19, 2013

white veggies

Health experts keep telling us to eat the rainbow, but according to one recent report, we should be eating more pale produce: Mushrooms, parsnips, onions, cauliflower and potatoes are surprisingly rich in fiber, magnesium and other nutrients. “A potato actually has more potassium than a banana,” says the paper’s author, Purdue University professor Connie Weaver. Another plus: Potatoes provide one of the best nutritional values per penny in the produce aisle—assuming, of course, that you don’t undo all of the good with a deep fryer.

(Photograph by Kang Kim)

Win This Tea Kettle!

by in Giveaway, September 18, 2013

tea kettle

Fall is right around the corner, and cool nights call for curling up with a cup of tea at home. Make eight cups of hot water for pour-over coffee or tea in no time with the 2-Quarter Morning Bird Teakettle from Circulon. This carbon steel pot’s easy squeeze-and-pour handle makes divvying up drinks with one hand extra easy. Available in multiple colors, this tea kettle works on any type of stovetop—and it looks cute, too!

You can buy your own Circulon Teakettle or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite type of tea. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, September 20 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one Circulon Teakettle each to three randomly-selected commenters. 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 September 18 and 5 p.m. EST on September 20, 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: $40. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite type of tea?

25 Delicious Ways to Use Ground Chicken and Turkey

by in Robin's Healthy Take, September 17, 2013

slow-cooker chicken chili
In my house, we love a good meatball, bowl of chili and sloppy joe–all made with ground beef. But I don’t serve ground beef every night. Why? Look at the numbers. One 4-ounce serving of cooked ground beef has more than twice the calories of ground turkey and five times the saturated fat of ground chicken. And that’s for the 90% lean beef.

Here are the stats for 4 ounces cooked:

Ground Beef (90% lean): 261 calories, 14 grams fat, 5.4 grams saturated fat, 32 grams protein
Ground Beef (85% lean): 290 calories, 17 grams fat, 7 grams saturated fat, 32 grams protein

Ground Turkey Breast: 120 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 26 grams protein
Ground Chicken Breast: 160 calories, 2 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 31 grams protein

So I like to mix up my menu by using ground chicken and turkey in dishes that call for beef. Here are 25 great ways to get you started on the same path!

1. Chili (try Food Network Kitchens’ Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili, above), soups, and stews
2. Bolognese Sauce: Use over pasta and mashed potatoes.
3. Burgers and sliders: Add seasonings and fresh herbs as desired. (Try Food Networks Kitchens’ Asian Turkey Burgers or Food Network Magazine’s Asian Chicken Burgers.)

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Coffee Shop Face-Off: Which is Healthier?

by in Is It Healthy?, September 16, 2013

latte

Before you stop for your morning joe, find out how some coffee shop favorites compare.

Latte vs Cappuccino
WINNER: Cappuccino. They deliver the same caffeine jolt (75 milligrams per 12-ounce cup), but a latte has almost double the calories and fat of a cappuccino. The difference is in how they’re made: Lattes are almost entirely milk, while cappuccinos have equal parts milk and steamed foam.

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5 Ways to Curb Sugar Cravings

by in Healthy Tips, September 16, 2013

sugar
Trying to reach for healthy snacks but the sugary treats are calling you? Use these strategies to help douse that sugar-fueled fire.

Kick the Artificial Habit
Research suggests that folks who consume large amounts of artificial sweeteners may increase their likelihood to crave other sweet foods and pack on the pounds. Trying to cut back on sugar? Then cut back on the faux sugars too.

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7 Tips for Avoiding the Freshman 15

by in Uncategorized, September 15, 2013

apple
Whether you are a freshman with on-campus housing and a dining plan or a senior in your own apartment, healthy eating at college is achievable and it doesn’t need to involve deprivation or dieting.

At the Dining Hall 
• Make room for fruit: Most campus dining halls offer a variety of whole fruits such as apples, pears, bananas, and oranges as well as cut fruits like melon and berries. Add cut fruit to your salad, a bowl of yogurt or cereal or, for a sweet treat, pile berries onto a small bowl of frozen yogurt for dessert. Grab a few pieces of whole fruit to take with you as a simple and healthy snack on the go or in your dorm or apartment.

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