Are Your Food-Storage Methods Making You Eat More?

by in Food News, July 16, 2015

Is the way you store your food at home making you fat? Scientists at Ohio State University have looked into how the home environment may influence eating behaviors — and found that there may be a correlation between where you keep your food and how likely you are to be obese. Read more

Lunch on a Stick, 2 Ways: Chicken Kebabs and Tropical Fruit Kebabs

by in Healthy Recipes, July 15, 2015

What is it about eating food off of a stick that makes it so much fun? These sweet and savory lunchbox kebabs are sure to be a hit with your kiddos, plus they’re nourishing and easy to make. The savory version pairs chicken, summer sweet cherry tomatoes, black olives and mozzarella cheese with a creamy Greek Yogurt Pesto Dipping Sauce. The sweet version takes on a tropical twist with fresh mango and pineapple, plus an Orange Maple Coconut Dipping Sauce. Pack ‘em together in a lunchbox for a kid-friendly, healthy and nutritious meal! Read more

12 BBQ Foods for 250 Calories (or Less)

by in Healthy Recipes, July 15, 2015

Picnic spreads are often chock-full of belly-busting dishes. Be the star of the potluck with these flavorful and sensible options — each has less than 250 calories per serving. Read more

7 Foods Not to Take to a Picnic

by in Healthy Tips, July 14, 2015

Take your meal outdoors when the weather heats up and plan a picnic. But be careful: There are some foods that can sabotage your portable meal. Before packing your next picnic basket, make sure to avoid these foods. Read more

Spiralize It! And Win a Paderno Spiralizer from Williams-Sonoma

by in Giveaway, July 14, 2015

 

Sometimes you just need to take your produce for a spin — or, in this case, a spiral. Easy to use and with a small countertop footprint, the Paderno Spiralizer can turn most firm fruits and vegetables into neat piles of curlicues of all sizes, destined for dishes like salads, stir-fries and pasta. This fun shape may even entice picky eaters to bulk up on their veggies. Read more

5-Ingredient Grilled Shrimp-Stuffed Mushrooms

by in Healthy Recipes, July 13, 2015

Stuffed mushrooms can be much more than bite-size hors d’oeuvres at cocktail parties — they can also be a delicious entree. Portobello mushrooms stuffed with shrimp are a fat-free, protein-packed seafood dinner option containing potassium, iron and zinc. Read more

12 Ways to Eat Cherries

by in Healthy Recipes, July 13, 2015

We love cherry season. These crimson orbs are a treat on their own, or you can add them to dishes at any meal. In addition to being sweet and juicy (or tart and mouthwatering, depending on the variety), cherries have a lot of health benefits as well. They’re rich in heart-healthy anthocyanins and potassium, plus sleep-promoting melatonin. Read more

5 No-Bake Desserts Perfect for Hot Weather

by in Healthy Recipes, July 12, 2015

When the weather heats up and your base kitchen temperature gets too hot for turning on the oven, it’s time for no-bake sweets. You can have your dessert without turning on the heat or reach for the closest tub of indulgent ice cream. These no-oven-needed treats will carry you through until cooler weather arrives. Read more

No-Bake Gluten-Free Fruit Pie Minis

by in Healthy Recipes, July 11, 2015

Why not trade in the average cookie crust for a healthy, nut-based crust? It’s perfect for summer pies, especially these paleo-friendly, no-bake minis. We’ve filled them with a dollop of foolproof lemon curd and topped them with berries, but you can mix and match your favorite seasonal fruit (like peaches, apricots or cherries) and fillings (think jarred fruit spreads, dulce de leche or chocolate-hazelnut spread). Read more

Nutrition News: Sugary Drinks Are a Killer, Unhealthy Restaurant Food, When to Eat Bread

by in Food News, July 10, 2015

Sugary Drinks Are Killing Us … Really

How bad are sugary drinks for us? On a global scale, their toll is staggering. According to a recent analysis of data from dozens of international dietary surveys and large-scale studies, published online in Circulation, sugar-sweetened-beverage consumption causes more than 184,000 deaths — about 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 45,000 from cardiovascular disease and 6,450 from cancer — worldwide every year. (Gulp.) In the United States alone, about 25,000 deaths annually are attributable to sugary drinks, The New York Times reports, noting that experts are calling for the elimination of sugary drinks from our food supply altogether. Read more