28 Healthy Father’s Day Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, June 12, 2013

cheeseburgers
Dad deserves delicious grub on his special day but he doesn’t have to know it’s good for him. Cook him any of these mouthwatering dishes and feel good that you’re feeding him healthy eats.

Starters

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The Healthiest Restaurant Mexican Food Options

by in Dining Out, June 11, 2013

steak taco
If you think a night out at a Mexican restaurant will sabotage your healthy eating plan, think again! With a little knowledge and planning, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Chipotle Mexican Grill
After playing around with their nutrition calculator, I found the most balanced option was a salad with lettuce, 1 serving of steak, black beans, green tomatilla salsa and fajita veggies.

Nutrition Info: Calories: 355; Total Fat: 8 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 40 grams; Carbohydrates: 34 grams; Sodium: 975 milligrams

If you’re in the mood for a taco, choose the soft corn tortilla and one protein (chicken, steak, barbacoa, or carnitas) and top with veggies (lettuce and fajita veggies) and your favorite salsa. This will give you a nutritious meal for around 400 calories.

Check out more healthy Chipotle options.

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5 Signs You’re Over-Caffeinated

by in Healthy Tips, June 10, 2013

drinking too much coffee
Can’t seem to get going in the morning without a jolt? If you recognize these signs, you may be consuming too much caffeine.

1.)    You Can’t Count Cups
You may have heard that a cup of coffee averages 100 milligrams of caffeine, but remember a cup is only 8 fluid ounces. How large is your cup of morning Joe? You might need to do some number crunching.

2.)    You’re Not Sleeping Enough
There’s no disputing that caffeine is a stimulant and some folks find that they are more sensitive to it than others. Be smart – if you know that taking in caffeine later in the day disrupts your sleep – skip it and get some zzzzzz’s.

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Creative Uses for Pita Pockets

by in Robin's Healthy Take, June 8, 2013

pita pockets
As with many convenience items on the market, the pita pocket section of the grocery store has blown up. Sizes ranges from regular to mini to super mini (such as Itsy-Bitsy). You can find pre-cut or whole pitas and varieties include white, whole wheat, multi-grain, high fiber, cholesterol-free and more. Obviously, pita pockets make an excellent vehicle for housing healthy sandwich and salad fillings, but might there be culinary possibilities beyond the obvious? Of course! Read on:

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Food Fight: Turkey Burger vs. Beef Burger

by in Food Fight, June 7, 2013

burgers
It’s an all-out war! With grilling season here, which type of burger should you be tossing on the barbecue?

Turkey Burger
Ground turkey has a reputation for being a very lean meat, but that’s only the case if you choose ground turkey breast. Unless otherwise specified, the dark turkey meat and skin gets mixed in with the light making it fattier than you may think.

A 4-ounce cooked turkey burger (made from a combo of dark and light meat) has 193 calories, 11 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat and 22 grams of protein. It’s an excellent source of niacin and selenium and a good source of vitamin B6, phosphorus and zinc. Choosing ground turkey made from only breast will have 150 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and 0 grams saturated fat. Since it’s so lean, it can end up being too dry and not-so-tasty.

Undercooked ground turkey has been associated with salmonella, so make sure your turkey burger is safe to eat by cooking it to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Check that the proper temperature is reached by using a thermometer.

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20 Healthy Picnic Salads

by in Healthy Recipes, June 6, 2013

farro salad
Need a few new ideas for picnic side dishes? Here are 20 mouthwatering salads you can easily tote along for your next outdoor shindig.

Packing Your Salad
Be sure to pack your salad safely to avoid potential illness. If you’re heading on a long drive, keep it in a cooler surrounded with ice. If you also have raw meat, chicken, or hot dogs, those should be packed in a separate cooler to avoid cross-contamination. The cooler should be stored in the air-conditioned car, not in the hot trunk or roof rack.

To avoid a soggy leafy green salad, pack the salad and dressing separately in the cooler and mix them together right before serving.

Grain & Legume-Based Salads

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Farro With Pesto and Kale

by in Healthy Recipes, June 5, 2013

farro with pesto and kale
This is a go-to recipe in my house as it pleases the masses. I serve it cold in the winter and cool in the spring and summer. Swapping ingredients for the greens or herbs makes it perfect for any season. I like getting creative when I make pesto to add flavor and save money. Baby arugula is in season right now; it adds a bold peppery flavor to a pesto. It also cuts cost until basil is really in season. I like the texture of chopped lacinato kale with the farro but any spring green would be great. Grape tomatoes are a great way to enjoy the flavor of a tomato year round. As tomatoes become more seasonal you can opt for a diced tomato straight from your garden instead.

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Win This Father’s Day Chicken Sampler!

by in Giveaway, June 5, 2013

Omaha Steaks Chicken Sampler

Treat dad on his big day by making dinner for the night—or even the rest of the week!—with this chicken sampler from Omaha Steaks. Four boneless chicken breasts are marinated in a five different seasoning blends: Caribbean, oven-roasted, sesame, BBQ-rubbed and Mediterranean ensure even the pickiest eaters will find something to enjoy.

You can buy your own Omaha Steaks Light & Tasty Chicken Sampler or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite dish to make for dad. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, June 7 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away 4 (3 oz.) Caribbean Chicken Breasts, 4 (3 oz.) Sesame Chicken Breasts, 4 (3 oz.) Oven-Roasted Chicken Breasts, 4 (3 oz.) Mediterranean Chicken Breasts and 4 (3 oz.) BBQ Rubbed Chicken Breasts to one randomly-selected commenter. 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 June 5 and 5 p.m. EST on June 7, 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: $45. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite dish to make for dad?

Build A Better Frozen Yogurt Sundae

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, June 4, 2013

frozen yogurt
Is a loaded frozen yogurt sundae your idea of a healthy treat? Watch out! Here’s what to know before you hit up one of those super-popular frozen yogurt bars.

Portion Distortion
Think about the weight of your frozen treat or your waistline may pay the price. The flavor options can be overwhelming, but simple is best. A 3.5-ounce portion of original tart frozen yogurt has 100 calories. The same amount of a chocolate or peanut butter-based flavor 150 to 170 calories. How big is the cup you typically order? Do the math and use small cups to avoid a calorie overload.

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Parmesan Truffle Fries

by in Robin's Healthy Take, June 3, 2013

It seems “truffle fries” are super trendy these days. No surprise, they’re downright amazing – crisp, golden-brown French fries with hints of earthy truffle oil. Problem is, they ARE French fries after all, which means they dish up about 300 calories and 20 grams of fat per 3-ounce serving. And let’s not forget, the fries aren’t the entrée; they’re often served as bar snacks or alongside chicken, steak and fish. The good news is, you can make your own truffle fries at home in a snap. You can even add Parmesan cheese and still have better nutritional numbers than the one you’ll see on restaurant menus. Check it out – these gems are incredible.

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