Best Healthy Foods

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Are Cold Cuts Healthy?

Recipe to Try: Turkey Apple Cheddar Sandwich

Deli turkey, ham and roast beef are the most commonly eaten cold cuts in the U.S. Adding these sliced deli meats to your sandwich can make for a tasty lunch—and they're convenient, too. But you might be wondering if processed deli meat is healthy or not. We break down the latest science and what you need to know to shop for healthy cold cuts.

This Is How Much Protein You Need to Eat Every Day

Protein is the stuff of life. From your hair to your fingernails to your muscles, protein is the glue that holds each cell in your body together, and what makes up many major hormones and antibodies. That's why getting enough protein in your daily diet is important. New evidence suggests exactly how much you need depends on a host of factors: your diet, age, health, activity level and—for women—whether you're eating for two. Here's everything you need to know to make sure you're eating the right amount of protein.

How to Cook Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is perhaps the most versatile winter squash. It's sweet and light when cooked, but also substantial enough to stand up to both long cook times and quick sautés. Though available all year, winter squash is best enjoyed during harvest season—late summer through early winter. It's also a super-nutritious food. Like other varieties of winter squash, butternut squash is packed with antioxidants and fiber. This is your one-stop guide for how to shop for and store butternut squash, delicious ways to cook it, and why it's so good for you.

What Does a Healthy Serving of Carbs Look Like?

Oh, carbs. People love to love carbs and love to hate carbs. But carbohydrates aren't a demon food. In fact, they provide energy to our bodies and brains, and the right ones are packed with other nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals.

How to Buy the Best Hot Dogs

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, hot dogs are a cookout staple. So if you're in charge of the shopping, here's what to keep in mind to pick franks that are reasonably healthy and tasty and buy the best hot dogs. The biggest stumbling block is sodium. We found several dogs with over 600 mg—and that's before the bun and condiments. Plus, know the terms on the package, as there's a whole host of confusing ones.

The Best Ice Pop Brands to Buy

Enjoy the blast of cool air as you open the freezer case to buy ice pops. Here's how to find ice pop brands that are healthy AND tasty.

Fruit pops range from all-fruit ones to confections made with sugar, coloring and fruit flavor. Stick with those that list fruit or fruit puree first on the ingredient list (or second after water). Many pops are made with fruit juice, which provides some of the same nutrients, but they usually have more total sugar. Look for ones that are 100% juice.

Healthy Foods to Feed Your Kids When They're Sick

Are there healthy foods you can feed your kids when they're sick to make them feel better? When I was a child and had a cold, my mother would make me "honeygar," a homemade tangy-sweet mixture of honey and apple-cider vinegar mixed with hot water. And when I had an upset stomach, a glass of ginger ale was the tasty cure-all. I'm not sure these home remedies did much to cure my illness, but they tasted good and they did make me feel better. Isn't that the point, after all?

Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin—quite possibly everyone's favorite fall vegetable—is really, really good for you. Granted, if you're consuming only super-sugary processed foods that claim to deliver pumpkin flavor with zero actual pumpkin added, you're missing out on all the nutrition pumpkin has to offer. Pumpkins and other orange fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes, papayas and mangoes, are bursting with carotenoids. Carotenoids are fierce pigments that multitask to keep you healthy.

Cardamom Coffee Is the Cozy Brew We're Craving Right Now

Every few years, when I'm lucky enough to visit my friend in the Hamptons, I make sure that we have time to stop at Hampton Chutney Co. in Amagansett, a tiny little South Indian takeout shop that cooks up dosas—large, crispy crêpes—wrapped around savory fillings (they also have two locations in NYC). We go for the breakfast dosa, but I leave dreaming about the cardamom coffee.