In this week’s nutrition news: Restaurants are serving lower-calorie fare, an artificial food coloring controversy and the cure for peanut allergy might be near.
Kick off National Peanut Month (that’s March!) by roasting your own. This little nut is getting slammed lately because of a salmonella outbreak (that was caused by a manufacturer’s poor handling, not the food itself), but peanuts are packed with 30 nutrients, including protein and the antioxidant vitamin E. Nuts also contain heart-healthy fats — just stick to a small handful to keep those calories under control.
Recruit the kids to help make this Valentine’s Day treat. These frozen fruit pops feature firm ripe bananas, dipped in dark chocolate and drizzled with peanuts. Peanuts, chocolate and bananas? I don’t know about you, but that would win my heart any day!