We’re all familiar with old-fashioned potato salad, an equation involving peeled white potatoes, cut into wedges and boiled, then tossed in a creamy-tangy dressing of full-fat mayonnaise and white vinegar. Perhaps you’ve encountered some diced celery, chopped onion and hard-boiled eggs tossed in for varied flavor and texture. No one can contest the comforting appeal of the classic recipe, but there are infinite other ways to prepare this cookout staple without tossing your nutritional goals out the window. Here are five alternatives to get you started. These reimagined potato salads come with some pretty appealing nutritional benefits — without sacrificing any of the flavor.
You already know that the health of your skin is a reflection of the foods you put in your body. But what about the foods you put on it? Basic ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and pantry can have surprisingly potent effects on your skin. “As an added bonus, a DIY facial or scrub is so fresh and smells so great,” says New York City-based celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas. “As a skin care professional, I think ingredients that are fresh, natural and organic make for better results.” Read more
Leave it to a local farmer to give new life to a part of a plant that is usually tossed in the trash (or the compost). Discover the seasonal beauty of the leaves of the Brussels sprout plant. Read more
There’s no need to deny yourself this warm-weather treat for the whole summer — it’s fine on occasion. Ice cream does count as a serving of dairy and contributes a nice amount of calcium. The trick is to know what to order before you walk in the parlor door so the calories and saturated fat don’t get out of control. Here’s how you can scream for ice cream, without having your waistline scream back. Read more
Trying to be a health-conscious shopper but confused by all of the info plastered on food packaging? Beware of these common misleading claims.
Having a well-balanced, healthy breakfast can provide your body with important nutrients to jump-start the entire day. Incorporating important nutrients, like calcium, vitamin D, potassium and fiber, will get you on the right track for a healthy habit. If you don’t have time to make a meal from scratch, reaching for a healthy breakfast bar, a low-sugar cereal or fiber-filled oatmeal is a great quick option for your morning meal. Nature’s Path put together a prize pack of Qi’a breakfast options that get their energy from three super seeds: chia, hemp and buckwheat. The superfood combo will give you a plant-based protein-, fiber- and omega-3-filled start to your day.
So, tell us, what’s your favorite healthy breakfast? Read more
Ice pop molds are a life changer.
I must be a little late to the summertime treats party, because I just got my first set of ice pop molds this year. And as soon as I used them, I had one of those “aha” moments like, “Where has this genius tool been all my life?” I suddenly realized that all of my summers prior to this year had been so deprived. Deprived of homemade ice pops, that is. No kid — or adult, for that matter — should go a summer season without some homemade frozen treats. If there was a book of foodie commandments, I’m pretty sure that one would be in the top 10. Read more
Breakfast is supposed to get your day off to a healthy start, not fill you up on sugar. While breakfast cereals are convenient, many popular options are filled with empty calories. Shake some of the sugar out of your morning by reaching for these cereals instead.
As the saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. My husband reminds me of its truth and wisdom every day. So on this Father’s Day, treat the special man in your life with a dish that he won’t soon forget. While it’s tempting to spoil him with a multicourse meal, I’m sure you’d rather spend quality time with him than with the appliances in your kitchen. This hearty and flavorful appetizer not only has all the elements that men adore, but it also takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. Its deliciousness will become even more elevated if loving, small hands get involved in the super-easy pizza-making process. It is true: There are special powers hidden in the adorable hands of children. Read more