Look over on your kitchen counter — are they sitting there? Those super-ripe bananas must be used ASAP or else they’ll get tossed. Let these 10 healthy recipes — smoothies, muffins, pancakes and more — come to the rescue!
In this week’s news: Diet may be key to diabetes prevention for women; pizza constitutes a staggering percentage of kids’ caloric intake; the guidance on salt for older adults gets a bit grainier.
This topic is super near and dear to my heart. I deal with trying to satisfy everyone’s likes and dislikes in my own home all the time. What mom (and dad too) doesn’t want to make everyone happy? If I were the kind of mom to give labels, I’d call Rex a protein lover. He’ll devour a steak in the blink of an eye. Eggs are his go-to at breakfast, and he has never, ever had a problem with chicken two nights in a row. Maizy, on the other hand, is partial to carbs. She loves a sweet potato, eats the quinoa first off of her dinner plate and if she could have granola every morning, she’d be a happy puppy. As their mom, I simply want them to like the healthy food I’m dishin’ out. I want them both to be happy. I want them to eat healthfully. And I want to prep only one meal each night that satisfies all of us. Is that too much to ask? I have a kitchen, not a restaurant, right? Sometimes it feels like my wants are unfulfilled wishes, but more often than not, I can pull off dinners that make everyone happy.
The brown-bag lunch of yore, complete with turkey on whole wheat and an obligatory apple, has thankfully gotten a more sophisticated facelift. Today’s kids are no longer rewarded for eating soggy sandwiches (those are fast becoming obsolete in a world of lunchboxes stuffed with free-range chicken salads and tabbouleh) with a sugar-high-inducing chocolate chip cookie. Instead, they can be fueled by wholesome, good-for-you snacks. Here are five tasty alternatives.
Call it a takeout-container takedown, a boon for the environment or, if you prefer, a headache for New York City restaurants. The Big Apple is banning those plastic foam containers often currently used for everything from cold drinks to hot meals, with tepid “doggie bag” contents somewhere in between. The citywide prohibition, which was announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio last week, will go into effect in July.
Take a glance around the airy dining room at Natural Epicurean — the health-minded restaurant at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. — and you may be surprised to find diners perusing tablets, not menus. The tablets are stocked with in-depth nutritional information, allergy alerts and gluten-free ratings for the menu developed by Sous Chef David Patterson with guidance from the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. “A growing segment of diners are in tune with nutrition and diet, and they are reaching for our tablets, because they are looking to eat well, but they may have dietary restrictions,” said Patterson.
It’s the best time of year for warm and cozy slow-cooker recipes. Keep things healthy for snacks, mains, sides and even dessert with these make-ahead creations.
Tea is well-established as a healthy drink for many reasons – it’s low in calories and filled with antioxidants, just to name a couple. But are you in tune with the vast array of options and flavors? Get better acquainted with this ancient brewed beverage.
Chia pudding in all variations is one of my most-popular recipes with friends and clients. It’s sweet and light, is irresistibly creamy and lends itself well to a variety of flavors. Making a batch is a virtually mess-free endeavor, with only a blender and a bowl to clean, and this is also the perfect dessert to serve when you have no desire to stand over a stove. The only caveat is to allow enough time for the mixture to chill completely; overnight is best.
When plagued by the question, “What to cook?” the answer lies in a savory tart. Whether you’re preparing breakfast or dinner, appetizers or the main meal, a tart makes a quick solution — one that can easily be adapted to any dietary needs (hello, gluten-free chickpea crust), time constraints (hello, ready-to-bake pizza dough) or number of guests (hello, unexpected holiday visitors). And with the right ingredients, it can even be low in sodium too.