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Win This Champagne Tote!

by in Giveaway, November 27, 2013

Champagne Tote

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.

We’re giving away one BUILT NY Champagne Tote to one randomly-selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on November 27 and 5 p.m. EST on November 29, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $20. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite holiday cocktail?

22 Healthy Rosh Hashanah Recipes

by in Healthy Holidays, September 3, 2013

garlic chicken
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.

Starters

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Navigating the Stress of Holiday Eating

by in Healthy Holidays, December 21, 2012

holiday stress
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.

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8 Tricks for Lightening Up Holiday Foods

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 13, 2012

eggnog
We heart holiday food, but holiday food doesn’t always show love our waistlines. Use these simple tricks to lighten up your favorites.

#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.

Other tips to lighten up baked ham

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Order This, Not That: Mall Foods

by in Dining Out, November 26, 2011

mall food court
‘Tis the season for holiday shopping but don’t let a hectic trip to the mall lead to a Santa-like physique. Use our tips for more figure-friendly shopping snacks.

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.

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Weekly Bits: Treats For You & Yours

by in Reader Tips & Comments, December 19, 2009

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.

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Weekly Bits: Nutty For Peanut Butter

by in Reader Tips & Comments, December 12, 2009

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.

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Healthy Eats Gift Guide: What to Make & Share

by in Healthy Holidays, December 8, 2009

Gifts
Whether it’s for Hanukkah, Christmas or just because, ’tis the season for giving gifts. If you’re interested in giving away food-related gifts, skip those high-calorie candies or basket of sweets, and check out our ideas instead.

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Weekly Bits: It’s the Holiday Season

by in Healthy Holidays, Reader Tips & Comments, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving is over, but the holidays continue for several more weeks! On this week’s menu of reader comments: turkey stuffing, potato swaps and mindful eating tips for your next celebration.

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How To NOT Overdo It at Thanksgiving

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, Thanksgiving, November 24, 2009

Tips for Not Overdoing It
From October to December, it seems like we go into eating overdrive. The secret to a guilt-free Thanksgiving meal is finding balance without feeling deprived. Use these tips to help you throughout the holidays, no matter where you’re celebrating.

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