by Serena Ball in Healthy Recipes, June 6, 2016
by Silvana Nardone in Healthy Recipes, April 11, 2016
The green onion is often sprinkled on dishes as a garnish — as an afterthought. But in these tender, buttery scones, spring onions shine. They add the freshness of herbs, but are not too delicate to stand up to hearty whole-wheat flour.
The terms “scallion,” “spring onion” and “green onion” are basically interchangeable for recipe use. However, if you find what are labeled “spring onions” at a farmers market, grab them. When locally grown and freshly harvested, spring onions have a flavor that is fresher and slightly sharper than that of those pencil-thin green onions available in produce sections year-round. Use only the fresh green leaves in these scones — and save the white parts of the spring onion for adding snappy crunch to sandwiches.
In terms of nutrition, all onions contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant. And phytochemicals in onions known as allyl sulfides may reduce the risk of some cancers and have been found to increase heart health. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Recipes, September 15, 2013
Some muffins you find at your local bakery, supermarket or even in your own recipe box should really be labeled “cupcakes.” But there’s no reason why muffins can’t taste good — and be good for you. Take your pick from the recipes below for protein (Banana-Peanut Butter Swirl Muffins), mood enhancement (Triple Chocolate-Maca Muffins) or an Omega boost (Seeds-n-Roots Farmer’s Muffins).
by Food Network Magazine in Healthy Holidays, December 14, 2012
Store-bought muffins, a grab-and-go favorite, can average a hefty 400 to 500 calories each. Make your own healthier version and you’ll get the same delicious flavor for about half the calories.
by Robin Miller in Uncategorized, July 9, 2012
Food Network Magazine staged a holiday face-off and asked a registered dietitian to name the better choices. Before you bake your holiday faves, see how these staples stack up.
Bleached Flour vs. Unbleached Flour
WINNER: It’s a draw. The less processed version isn’t always the better pick: Unbleached and bleached flour have identical calorie, fiber and protein counts. The FDA regulates the ingredients used to whiten flour, so they’re only added in safe amounts. But if you’re worried about eating something with the word “bleach” on the label anyway, go the unbleached route.
Raisins vs Dried Cranberries
WINNER: Raisins. Raisins and dried cranberries have similar amounts of sugar, but all of the sugar in raisins comes from what’s naturally present in grapes, while more than half of the calories in dried cranberries can come from sweeteners that manufacturers add to make them taste less tart.
by Dana Angelo White in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, November 6, 2011
- Mini Banana Muffins
I don’t know about you, but I cherish brown bananas. Not for my cereal. Not banana splits. Not even for smoothies. I weave the soft, sweet gems into the best banana muffins you’ve ever tasted.
If you buy bananas a lot, you’ve probably noticed that their ripening speed is completely unreliable. Sometimes they last a week, other times, one day. Now it won’t matter. Add my mini muffins to your recipe arsenal and you’ll beg those yellow bunches turn brown. My muffins are super healthy too. Can you believe one slice of regular banana bread (about 3 ounces) has more than 325 calories and 10 grams of fat? That’s like an indulgent dessert. You can enjoy three of my mini muffins (also 3 ounces) for just 174 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. Now that’s a treat! Plus, I make the batter in a food processor so the entire process takes about 3 minutes.
by Toby Amidor in Food News & Trends, March 26, 2010
“Flour” is basically the ground meal of any grain. While wheat is most common, oats, corn and rice (among others) are also available. Wheat flours are the classic choice for most baked goods and also tend to have the greatest variation. Types will differ by the coarseness of the grain, amount of gluten (a protein with elastic “chewy” properties), and the presence of any additional ingredients.
by Karen Ostergren in Uncategorized, December 5, 2009
In this week’s nutrition news: Jamie Oliver’s new TV show takes on fat America, stay fit by moving an hour a day and baby food is the latest snack trend.
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by Karen Ostergren in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 5, 2009
Between holiday parties and cookie swaps, December is definitely the month for baking. Before you heat up the oven, check out this week’s list of reader comments for tips on trimming the sugar and fat in cookies and other baked goodies.
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by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, December 1, 2009
My mom and I team up in the kitchen every December to tackle the holiday baking, but this year I’m on my own. Crispy rice cereal squares were the first cookies I ever learned to prepare, and these treats are definitely on my list this year. I love the festive dash of food coloring. You can choose red, green or whatever color says “holidays” to you. Better still, this version is lower in fat than the typical butter-soaked recipe. Because this is an egg-free mixture, there’s no harm in sampling as you go along.
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Sugar helps make baked goodies puffy, golden brown and moist, but plain granulated sugar isn’t your only option. Whether you’re looking to cut calories, use less processed ingredients or simply change up the flavor, here are some options.
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