It’s natural to want to spoil Mom with decadent treats on Mother’s Day. But today is about what she wants, even if that means trimming the calories from her celebratory meal. If creamy pastas and dense chocolate cake aren’t her preference this year, don’t worry: There are plenty of light, seasonal options to work with. Here are a few recipes for a fresh and colorful celebration that will leave Mom feeling satisfied, energized and appreciated. Read more
Eating healthy for the holidays doesn’t mean you have to forgo your favorite dishes. This Easter, indulge in all of the classics like lamb, asparagus and lemon meringue pie with a few lighter takes on the classics. Read more
These beautiful spring dishes capture the green spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with healthy, naturally vibrant ingredients like avocado, cilantro, broccoli and pistachios. Why add food coloring to bagels and beer when naturally green fare (including this festive bright green margarita!) looks and tastes this good? Wow your party guests by serving a lucky spread of green dishes without a drop of dye. Read more
Bring a pre-chilled bottle of bubbly to your next get-together with this insulated tote. Made of neoprene, the BUILT NY tote insulates one 750ml–1L bottle for up to four hours and has a zipper closure and handle for easy carrying.
You can buy your own BUILT NY Champagne Tote or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite holiday cocktail. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, November 29 at 5 p.m. EST.
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So tell us, what’s your favorite holiday cocktail?
Celebrate the Jewish New Year with these delicious recipes. Each recipe is not only healthy, but is also suitable for a kosher-style meat-based meal. And don’t forget to pick up local apples and honey from your farmers market for a sweet start to the New Year.
- Food Network Kitchen’s Matzo Ball Soup
- Chickpea Chicken Noodle Soup
- Beet and Apple Salad
- Red Onion and Cucumber Salad
- Watercress Salad with Dried Fruit and Almonds
The holidays are upon us and the joy of the season is often paired with a good amount of stress. Managing everyday life can be stressful enough so the hussle of the holidays can send some people over the edge quite quickly. It’s a known fact that many people use food to medicate many emotions, including stress. Add to that the abundance of decadent foods around the holidays and the well understood desire not to gain weight this time of year and you have, yes, more stress.
So how can you break the cycle? How can you decrease the amount of stress in your life and become more mindful about your food choices during the holidays and throughout the year? The key is slowing down and asking yourself a few questions.
#1: Baked Ham
Ham is a lean meat but when recipes call for one pound per serving the calories skyrocket to 760 and the fat climbs to 44 grams! Also, when you’re talking smoked or cured foods, the sodium can get out of control.
To lighten: Stick to 3 to 4 ounce portions and lessen the amount of salt added to flavor the ham or use lower-sodium versions.
Order: Fresh and Light
When it comes to tackling the food court, most malls offer the usual suspects of the fast food world. Use our guides make the smartest choices at McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway and Wendy’s.
A salad with vinaigrette dressing (on the side) or a small cup of soup are usually the most sensible options. Check your local mall’s website ahead of time to see which chain restaurants they feature, then download the nutrition info from the company’s website.
Not: Buttery and Sugary
While the smell of butter-drenched pretzels and over-sized chocolate chip cookies are calling out to you, these classic mall goodies can pack in more than 350 calories each. That pretzel also contains more than 40% of the daily recommended amount of sodium, while the cookie boasts 17 grams of total fat and 8 grams of saturated fat. The show-stopper just might be the ooey-gooey cinnamon bun, coming it a holiday-wrecking 880 calories and 36 grams of fat each!
Think sipping on a smoothie or festive coffee drink is better? Think again. A medium-sized smoothie or whipped cream-topped gingerbread latte will also pack in more than 300 sugar-filled calories.
Today is the last day of Hannukah, and Christmas is just a few days away! If you’re caught up in the holiday bustle, this week’s list of reader comments is here to help with suggestions on parties, cookies and homemade gifts. And when you’re ready for a minute to yourself, indulge in a favorite comfort food with a better-for-you spin.
Peanut butter, it seems, is personal. After we tried a few brands in our taste test, we were flooded with suggestions of jars to try. One of our readers even had a great way to use peanut butter in a favorite dip. On the holiday front, if you’re still stuck on gifts to get your foodie friend, look no further than this week’s list of reader comments.