7 Unexpected Foods to Put on Your Grill

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/30/2012 - 11:09

I think one of the biggest obstacles people have in getting creative with their grill is not understanding the incredible range of foods that can be cooked on it. Hot dogs and burgers are great, but they only scratch the surface of what a grill can do. One of the tastiest things I ever cooked on a grill wasn’t even meat! Last summer, as part of a weekend grilling spectacular, my friends and I seared big, flat watermelon “steaks” on the grill. The results tasted great.

3 tricks for healthier macaroni salad

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 10:40

Macaroni salad is one of those dishes that you just have to have at a Memorial Day gathering. The ingredients are cheap, it’s easy to make (and make a lot of) and has a wonderfully creamy texture and mild flavor that everyone loves.

But if you think your typical macaroni salad is harmless, think again. Right when you’re about to squeeze back into that bikini, good old macaroni salad will make that task a little more difficult. A typical 1-cup serving packs 370 calories and 22 grams of fat. Yikes.

What is umami? The basic taste you’ve never heard of

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 10:44

A few months ago, I took on an ambitious cooking project that made my wife scratch her head. It left our kitchen a mess and the entire house smelling like smoke; it took up an entire Saturday and, worst of all, it didn’t even produce a viable meal! My poor spouse thought I was crazy: what had I gained from all that effort? But then she tasted the result.

10-minute "soft-serve" you can make in your food processor

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 09:30

Ever heard of yonanas? It’s a one-ingredient frozen dessert made with ripe bananas that has the texture of soft serve ice cream without any added fat or sugar. Sounds pretty good to me, except that I’d have to purchase a $50 machine to make it and I’ve made a commitment not to buy single use appliances. But I am curious to try this wonder dessert.

Your 4-week “slim down for summer” plan

Submitted by admin on Mon, 05/14/2012 - 10:07

Summer is around the corner and you know what that means—shedding layers, baring skin and wanting to look (and feel) your best. And there’s good news. I’ve put together a 4-week plan that can help you lose that stubborn extra weight, while giving you healthy eating tools and strategies that you can keep using to continue and maintain your weight loss.

Here’s your 4-week plan to slim down for summer:

Does drinking water make you smarter? Plus 6 benefits of staying hydrated

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/08/2012 - 11:05

Water accounts for 60 percent of our body (or about 11 gallons or 92 pounds inside a 155-pound person) and is essential to every cell. So it’s not to surprising that new research—reported on at the recent British Psychological Society Annual Conference in London—found that college students who brought water with them into an exam scored higher marks than their counterparts who didn’t have water.

The secret to cooking juicy pork chops without the fat

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/08/2012 - 10:09

Pork chops are one of my favorite meats to grill. They’re quick cooking and relatively cheap, but they haven’t always been so well received. The popularity of pork took a nosedive in the 1970’s because people were concerned about fat. To quell their fears, producers bred leaner pigs so the pork we’re eating today is much healthier (has less fat) than the pork you could buy 30 years ago.

Sneaky food swaps to cut 875 calories

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:43

Even though (or maybe because) I’m a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I think that healthy diets should leave room for indulgences. (Small treats won’t break your diet and may even help you stick to an overall healthy eating pattern.) That being said, I think there are plenty of tasty ways to substitute healthier ingredients for higher-calorie foods without feeling like you’re making a big sacrifice taste-wise. Here are some of my favorite swaps. Try them all and you can save 875 calories!