5 Classic Cocktails, Slimmed Down — Summer Soiree

by in Healthy Recipes, July 9, 2015

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.

Mint Julep
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).

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Order This, Not That: Ice Cream Truck

by in Healthy Tips, July 9, 2015

When that ice cream truck comes around the corner, my kids go absolutely bonkers. Some days I can’t help but give in to the screams for ice cream. However, I do set limits on better-for-you items to order off the iconic truck. Read more

10 Foods You Aren’t Storing Properly

by in Food Safety, July 8, 2015

Improper storage can ruin the flavor of healthy foods and increase the risk of spoilage. Find out if you’re storing these 10 foods incorrectly and how to make changes if you are. Read more

What Does It Take to Burn Off Your Favorite Summer Foods?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, July 7, 2015

Don’t let the excitement of summer foods go to your head (or your rear end). Find out how much activity it takes to burn off the calories you take in from these summer classics. Read more

11 Healthy Ways to Use Tilapia

by in Healthy Recipes, July 7, 2015

Tilapia is the ultimate crowd-pleasing fish. Its mild flavor and flaky texture make it a great starter fish for kids or anyone who doesn’t like seafood that tastes too “fishy.” Plus, it’s packed with protein and low in calories and fat. As these recipes prove, its versatility makes it a great base for everything from pasta to tacos. Try one of these tasty recipes tonight! Read more

Greek Yogurt Contenders

by in Grocery Shopping, July 6, 2015

For years, Greek yogurt has dominated the dairy case with its high-protein profile and its versatility in the kitchen. (There are even reasons to eat it for dinner.) But new contenders are threatening to oust Greek yogurt from its throne. Here are the major players to watch out for. Read more

The Chef’s Take: Ivy Stark’s Salmon a la Plancha

by in Dining Out, July 5, 2015

When dining out at Dos Caminos, the upbeat Mexican restaurant with outposts in New York, Atlantic City and Fort Lauderdale, chances are the table is graced with warm tortilla chips, chorizo fundido and asada tacos. The feast, however, need not be a gluttonous one. Consider executive chef and marathon runner Ivy Stark’s Salmon a la Plancha, one of the restaurant’s dishes that was featured as a lighter option in honor of National Nutrition Month in March but is now a permanent menu staple. The salmon is accompanied by lemon-herb quinoa and oven-roasted tomato-black olive salsa spiked with pickled jalapenos.

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#Patriotic: Our Favorite Healthy Instagram Picks for July 4th

by in Healthy Holidays, July 4, 2015

Healthy July 4thIf your healthy lifestyle doesn’t quite welcome American classics like hot dogs and burgers with open arms, rest assured that it’s possible to eat patriotically on Saturday without completely sidestepping your efforts. When we asked you to share your finest healthy treats on Instagram in honor of July 4th, just like that, our #HealthyEatsFN hashtag was flooded with gorgeous, good-for-you red, white and blue treats. Here are some of our favorites. 

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Nutrition News: Papa John’s Ingredients, Good Fat, Creative Hydration Tips

by in Food News, July 3, 2015

A Healthier Slice

Chalk another one up for natural ingredients. Papa John’s will eliminate artificial ingredients and other additives from its menu items, it has announced. The move will cost the company about $100 million per year, Bloomberg reports. Last year the pizza chain removed monosodium glutamate (MSG) from its ranch dressing and trans fats from its garlic sauce; now it aims to eliminate 14 other ingredients, including corn syrup, artificial colors and several preservatives, many in the restaurants’ dipping sauces, by the end of 2016. The changes may affect some flavors, the company acknowledges, but Papa John’s, the third-largest pizza chain, behind Pizza Hut and Domino’s, is clearly trying to make good on its “better ingredients, better pizza” messaging. Read more

Real Sweet: Bonfire Toffee Lollipops

by in Cookbooks, July 3, 2015

“Primarily this is a book about flavor,” says Shauna Sever, author of Real Sweet, a cookbook that features over 80 treats made with natural sugars like coconut sugar, muscovado, turbinado, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar and more. Read more