Tag: summer

10 Healthy Ways to Use Watermelon

by in Healthy Recipes, July 1, 2015

There are few things better than the fresh crunch of a wedge of watermelon. But this summertime staple is more versatile than you might be giving it credit for. Read more

How to Build a Healthier Summer Cocktail

by in Healthy Recipes, June 30, 2015

If you like to beat the heat with a refreshing alcoholic cocktail, you may be in for more calories than you realize. With sugary cocktail mixes and overflowing alcohol, you could be downing more than 450 calories a drink. Instead, use these simple tips to help build a better-for-you beverage. Read more

Plan a Summer Party with Grilled Fruit

by in Healthy Recipes, June 30, 2015

Summer picnics, BBQs and 4th of July parties are the perfect time to gather friends and family, and cook until your hearts are content and bellies are full. It’s also the best time for grilling, and you shouldn’t feel limited to animal proteins and heavier foods. Try grilling healthier fare like fruits for an easy and delicious twist on traditional desserts. Pineapple, stone fruits and even watermelon are incredible when grilled, and are a fiber-rich alternative to sugar-laden desserts like cakes and cookies. Read more

Healthy 4th of July Desserts

by in Healthy Recipes, June 29, 2015

Although you may be confused by the words “healthy” and “dessert” being used in the same sentence, with a few simple culinary tricks and some smart choices, you can have your cake and eat a slice too. Here are 11 desserts you can enjoy to celebrate America’s birthday. Read more

7 Kebabs for a Healthier Cookout

by in Healthy Recipes, June 28, 2015

While hand-held dogs and soft potato bun-encased burgers stand out in our minds as the all-American cookout foods, there are equally satisfying no-bread-necessary options for your grill. Middle Eastern in origin, kebabs consist of pieces of meat, fish or vegetables grilled on a skewer for easy, one-handed snacking. As far as healthy cookouts go, you can’t go wrong when pairing lean protein and fresh, seasonal vegetables with an array of your favorite spices. This summer, embrace outdoor cooking with these seven good-for-you kebabs that won’t slow down your backyard game of horseshoes.

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7 Healthy Summer Kitchen Hacks

by in Healthy Tips, June 27, 2015

1. Make cold soups in your blender. Take a break from salad with chilled soup. Plus, if you use a high-speed blender, you can make one-pot, no-chop soups. Think about thinning out cold fruit (melon, stone fruits) with a bit of apple juice and lemon juice, or whip up gazpacho ingredients (tomatoes, cucumbers, olive oil, garlic) all in the blender.

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Order This, Not That: Ice Cream

by in Dining Out, June 23, 2015

There’s no need to deny yourself this warm-weather treat for the whole summer — it’s fine on occasion. Ice cream does count as a serving of dairy and contributes a nice amount of calcium. The trick is to know what to order before you walk in the parlor door so the calories and saturated fat don’t get out of control. Here’s how you can scream for ice cream, without having your waistline scream back. Read more

Roasted Peaches and Cream Ice Pops

by in Healthy Recipes, June 21, 2015

Ice pop molds are a life changer.

I must be a little late to the summertime treats party, because I just got my first set of ice pop molds this year. And as soon as I used them, I had one of those “aha” moments like, “Where has this genius tool been all my life?” I suddenly realized that all of my summers prior to this year had been so deprived. Deprived of homemade ice pops, that is. No kid — or adult, for that matter — should go a summer season without some homemade frozen treats. If there was a book of foodie commandments, I’m pretty sure that one would be in the top 10. Read more

Father’s Day Beer-and-Butter Shrimp Foil Pack

by in Healthy Recipes, June 19, 2015

Yes, beer and butter can be healthy! And a little goes a long way in this simple low calorie shrimp dish, which is perfect for Dad’s special day. All of the ingredients are sealed up in a foil packet so the flavor can’t sneak out. It cooks up in just minutes, so there’s more time to spend with Dad! Read more

Gluten-Free Cherry-Berry Biscuit Cobbler

by in Healthy Recipes, June 18, 2015

Summertime means tons of berries and the classic fruit cobbler. Remember the taste of that first juicy spoonful of just-sweet-enough fruit topped with a flaky, golden biscuit? This gluten-free version is exactly that — and it’s a cinch to make.  Read more