If pumpkin brings to mind jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes, you’re behind the times. Pumpkin is a season in the food world, synonymous with autumn. It’s a flavor that lends a certain “fall-ness” to every food (and drink) product you can think of … and many you never dreamed of. Here’s a roundup of some of the healthier offerings we’ve noticed in Pumpkin Season 2015. Read more
With game-watching parties, tailgating and fall festivals here, a hearty meal centered around piping-hot chili is always a crowd-pleaser. In the past, I’ve created chili recipes with complex ingredient lists, but this version has only five simple ingredients. I find that after I sprinkle on my favorite toppings — avocado, fresh lime juice and whole-corn tortilla chips made with expeller-pressed oil — there isn’t much of a difference in taste. The prep time, however, is noticeably shorter. And this dish uses more kidney beans than beef, helping you improve on plant-based eating efforts. The secret to the chili’s rich sauciness is mashing half of the kidney beans. Read more
It’s the end of a busy school day and your kids come home with a hankering for one of the usual culprits — pizza, tacos, maybe chicken tenders. These fast-food staples may not hold the title of Healthiest Dinner on the Block, but with a few simple modifications, your kids’ favorite finger foods can become wholesome homemade dishes. Ease back into a busy fall schedule with these quick, kid-friendly dishes you can feel good about eating.
Chickpea Crust Pizza
With a few alterations, family pizza night can be a healthy tradition rather than a once-in-a-blue-moon indulgence. Food Network Kitchen fortifies the classic finger food with a high-fiber chickpea-flour crust. For a classic presentation, top it off with crushed tomatoes, provolone cheese and chicken sausage (which is significantly leaner than pork or beef). Gluten-free households can rely on this as their go-to pizza recipe, but it’s also ideal for families simply looking to trim back calories at dinnertime, as the recipe serves four and contains just 274 calories per serving.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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