Tag: quinoa

Spotlight Recipe: Giada’s Herbed Quinoa

by in Uncategorized, January 13, 2012
Giada's lemony herbed quinoa.

We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers and healthy eating advocates to host a Healthy Every Week Challenge, a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #gethealthy.

Quinoa is technically a seed, but is often categorized as a whole grain (it counts for whole grain week of the January Challenge!). This ancient grain made our recent list of 10 Foods that Fill You Up because it’s high in protein (8 grams per serving) and fiber (5 grams per serving). Quinoa is one of my favorite grains because I love its nutty flavor and texture, but also because it cooks quickly (as opposed to wheat, rye and spelt berries, which I love but that take forever to cook).

If you’ve never cooked quinoa before, Giada DeLaurentiis’ Herbed Quinoa is a good basic recipe to start with. It’s a great side dish served with chicken, fish or pork, or add a scoop to mixed greens and a few toasted walnuts for a filling lunch salad.

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Top 10 Foods That Fill You Up

by in Healthy Tips, January 11, 2012
Nuts are a high-protein snack that will keep you feeling full.

Do you find yourself hungry 30 minutes after eating? Certain foods can help keep you satisfied so you avoid mindlessly munching throughout the day. Add these 10 filling foods to your daily repertoire.

#1: Oatmeal
A bowl of warming oatmeal can help jump-start a cold winter day and keep you satisfied, thanks to all that fiber.

Recipe: Apple Harvest Oatmeal

#2: Cottage Cheese
This underappreciated food has a perfect balance of fat, carbs and protein. You can count on the combo of protein and fat to help fill you up. Top ½ cup of low fat cottage cheese with fresh fruit or granola or use cottage in dip, quick bread, or pancake recipes.

Recipe: Cottage Cheese Biscuits

#3: Nuts
Pistachios, pecans, almonds, walnuts, or cashews— nuts contain healthy unsaturated fat combined with protein to help keep you satisfied. With an average of 7 calories per nut, a small handful (about an ounce) makes a great snack.

Recipe: Almond Lover Trail Mix

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Inside Scoop: Hot New Foods

by in Food News, October 18, 2011
new foods
Hot new foods to look for at the grocery store.

Is your head swirling with all the newest “healthy” products you see on market shelves? I just attended the annual Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo in San Diego, California where I was able to check out several hot new items. Here are my top 7 tasty finds.

pom juice1. Lite Pom
Who doesn’t love the goodness of pomegranate juice? But many folks find juice in general to be overly sweet with too much sugar. Pom Light contains 75 calories per 8 fluid-ounce serving and 18 grams of sugar. That’s 50 percent fewer calories and almost half as much sugar than the regular version of Pom juice. Yes, light juices exist but Pom cuts down on the sugar by mixing it with water. Sound crazy? Think about this: Many folks who find juice too sweet or they want to cut down on calories mix juice with water at home. And since you’re getting less juice, the cost is cheaper too. Pom Light comes in really fun flavors like dragonfruit, black currant, blackberry, and pomegranate (the dragonfruit was particularly tasty).

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Grain Salad 5 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, June 22, 2011
Ellie's Wheat Berry Salad
Ellie's Wheat Berry Salad

Shake up your summer sides with a new take on a wholesome classic: grain salad. Couscous, quinoa, bulgur, brown rice and wheat berries are just some of the grains widely available in markets. Give these 5 grain-filled recipes a try.

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Meet This Grain: Quinoa

by in Healthy Recipes, March 30, 2011
Scallops With Citrus Quinoa
Scallops With Citrus Quinoa/ Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

You cook it up just like other whole grains, but this quick-cooking, nutrient-packed goodie has more protein than any other. Find out how to work some in to your weekly meals.

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Reading List: Foods of the Future, Breast Milk Cheese & Raw Food Safety

by in Food News, March 12, 2010


In this week’s nutrition news: Soda taxes help shed pounds, how to choose the right nutrition expert and cheese made from breast milk — would you eat it?

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Spotlight Recipe: Sweet Potato Quinoa

by in Healthy Recipes, October 31, 2009

sweet potato quinoa
Make the roasted sweet potatoes the night before and store in the refrigerator for a super-easy prepartino of a nutritious, seasonal lunch.

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Katie's Healthy Bites: 4 Get-You-Going Breakfasts

by in Healthy Recipes, September 27, 2009

Katie's Breakfast Cookie
You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again — breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating it kick-starts your metabolism, improves your concentration and can even help you maintain a healthy weight.  But, yes, busy schedules mean we don’t always make the time.

Your day’s first dish doesn’t have to be elaborate — just make sure it packs a powerful punch. If you’re breakfast wary, check out four of my favorite standbys for the busy workweek.

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Top 5 Pantry Must-Haves

by in Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, July 23, 2009

Even with loads of fresh produce coming into season now, you still need to keep your pantry stocked with some go-to staples. In addition to standards like brown rice and whole-wheat pasta, here are some other pantry must-haves that are affordable, healthy and easy to find.

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Katie's Healthy Bites: Cooking with Quinoa

by in Healthy Recipes, July 5, 2009

Most folks call quinoa (pronounced “keen-whah”) a grain, but it’s actually a seed — one that originated thousands of years ago in the Andes Mountains. Dubbed “the gold of the Incas,” it’s treasured because of it’s nutritive value (more protein than any other grain or seed!). I love it for its yummy nutty flavor.

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