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Spice Up Your Diet (and Your Health) with Chile Peppers

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by HylaryL

Red and green chilli peppers You might have heard about the recent debacle where six habanero chile peppers closed an entire school in Colorado. While this story is actually kind of amusing, it’s true that some peppers can be seriously hot. But did you know that the heat chile peppers pack (along with vitamins and antioxidants) are actually really good for you? Chile peppers contain all sorts of beneficial nutrients. . . . more »

Adventures with Avocado

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by HylaryL

Avocados Avocado is one of those foods that seems to have a bad reputation. Often referred to as “green butter,” this delicious fruit is actually loaded with nutrients and healthy fats that have been proven to benefit the body. For example, did you know that avocado is the highest fruit source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that fights heart disease and cancers? It’s also the . . . more »

Crazy for Coconut (Oil)

Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by HylaryL

Coconuts Coconut oil seems to be all the rage recently. From treating Alzheimer’s Disease to being a miracle cure for weight loss, it’s health benefits (whether scientifically proven or not) are being touted far and wide. But is there truth behind the coconut oil craze? To some degree, the positives about consuming coconut oil are real. While it’s not a miracle cure, it does contain medium-chain . . . more »

It’s Tea Time!

Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by HylaryL

Tea and tea leaves When it comes to beverages, nothing has the ability to be quite as soothing or as refreshing as tea. Served hot or cold (and without added sugars, of course!), tea’s medicinal benefits are well known; from reducing blood pressure to aiding in weight loss to remedying the common cold, tea does it all. But did you know that you can do so much more with . . . more »

Pass the Polenta!

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by HylaryL

Polenta Slices Polenta is one of those food items that easy-to-use and delicious but, for some reason,many haven’t added to their culinary repertoire. When you think of what polenta is, cornmeal boiled into a porridge-like consistency, your taste buds don’t necessarily start firing. This might explain why homecooks often stick to things like pasta, rice or potatoes to complement their entrees. Once you realize the delicious creations . . . more »

Not Your Average Asparagus

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by HylaryL

Asparagus In the vegetable world, asparagus is often misunderstood. Commonly served baked or boiled, the sometimes bitter flavor is, unfortunately, what many associate with these long and skinny green stalks. Well forget what you know (or think you know) about asparagus! Now that asparagus, which is actually a member of the lily family, is in season, it’s the perfect time to try something new that highlights . . . more »

Healthy Hot Pockets

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by HylaryL

Did you hear about Nestle’s voluntary recall of their Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets due to contaminated meat? Yikes! Even more alarming, however, is the calorie, fat and sodium content of these and other ready-made frozen meals. One little Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pocket contains 340 calories, 16 grams of fat and 700 mg of sodium. That’s more than a McDonald’s cheeseburger or two crunchy . . . more »

Healthy Chicken Wings? It’s possible!

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by HylaryL

Halal chicken wings Did you know that the Buffalo Wing turns 50 this year? It’s true! Back in 1964 at Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, this delicious party food first hit the culinary stage. Since then, these morsels of spicy, savory goodness have been delighting us with various iterations of sauces, flavors, and cooking methods. Unfortunately, chicken wings aren’t always the healthiest thing to eat. So how . . . more »

Fun with Gluten-Free Foods

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by HylaryL

Woman holding vegetables As someone who has been gluten-free since 2010, I can tell you that the prospect of never eating my favorite pastas, cakes or cookies again can be very troubling. Oftentimes when people hear “gluten-free” they think of cardboard, something lacking in flavor, and other unappetizing things. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth! Forget what you think you know about gluten-free foods, and get . . . more »

Pump Up Your Potatoes

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by HylaryL

Roast Potatoes Potatoes are something almost everyone likes to eat and to cook. They’re inexpensive,versatile, and can be a healthy side dish if prepared properly. Unfortunately, they can also get very boring if you’ve been using the same old recipes for years. So how do you spice your spuds? Check out this delicious looking list Buzzfeed created of interesting ways to use mashed potatoes. The Mashed Potato . . . more »

Freeze! It’s Dinner Time!

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by HylaryL

Man opening freezer door at supermarket When you think of frozen dinners what comes to mind? Probably something sort of edible but not very good for you (at least that’s what I think of!) Well forget what you think you know about eating dinner from the freezer…it’s time to make your own frozen meals! Spending a day cooking and then popping your meals in the freezer for later is a great . . . more »

Why You Should Eat Seasonally in 2014...and How!

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by HylaryL

Winter vegetables There seems to be a lot of talk amongst health and food professionals about eating “seasonally.” More and more, we are being urged to buy fruits and vegetables that are in season, but do we really know why? There are a lot of reasons why eating seasonally is a good idea. It reduces the environmental damage and cost of having foods shipped from places like . . . more »