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WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking to change up that sugary bowl of cold cereal, quinoa and amaranth are nutritious alternatives.

These tiny grains (they're actually seeds) make excellent and hearty breakfasts, and are rich in iron, protein and magnesium along with many other vital nutrients. Cinnamon is the ideal spice to boost the flavor of these hearty ...

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sweet plums and peaches are great on their own, a good source of potassium and a sweet low-cal snack with only 40 calories each. But you can also use them as the foundation of dishes perfect for summer entertaining.

When it comes to picking out the best stone fruit, look for firm, unblemished skins -- no scratches or bruises. If they're firm ...

FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sweet corn is an irresistible summer veggie and a good source of fiber. Ideally, you want to eat it as soon as possible after it's picked, but you can store corn for up to one week -- keep the husks on and refrigerate in produce bags.

There's nothing quite like biting into fresh corn on the cob, but you can turn this "fruit" of summer from sid...

THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Eggplant is a high-fiber food that will leave you feeling satisfied and well-nourished. Most people think of the classic purple-colored vegetable, but eggplant comes in many varieties, colors and even shapes. All are perfect for a lighter take on a classic eggplant dish that your whole family will love.

One secret to making this Italian stan...

TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Shopping for a gift for a friend or loved one? Instead of wracking your brain over which sweater to buy, keep in mind that gifts for good health are always the right size.

You can be extravagant with a gym membership or a state-of-the-art piece of home equipment, but there are also many choices that will fit even a frugal budget.

For...

MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High in lycopene, low in calories, and rich in vitamins A and C, tomatoes are delicious fruits that can be turned into savory dishes. Try this simple fresh tomato sauce to make good use of this summer favorite.

Fast Fresh Tomato Sauce

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, ...

THURSDAY, July 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Craving a burger but seeking a break from red meat? For a meal that looks decadent but is healthy, too, a juicy turkey burger is the answer.

Though turkey burgers can be dry, a simple addition keeps ground turkey from drying out: Mix a low-sugar BBQ sauce into the meat before cooking. Then enhance the taste with a flavorful condiment t...

WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that omega-3 fatty acids, or omega-3s for short, are important anti-inflammatory nutrients that, along with many other functions, reduce heart disease risk. What's unclear is whether you can get these benefits from a capsule. Studies involving supplements have recently been called into question.

That's why it makes sense to f...

TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pickled vegetables are healthy and crunchy treats, and when you make them yourself, they'll have great savory flavor with a lot less sodium than packaged varieties.

Note that pickled foods are different from fermented foods, such as yogurt and kimchi. Pickling is soaking a food in a salty or acidic solution. Fermentation is the result of a re...

FRIDAY, June 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Looking to boost your fiber and vitamin C in one bite? Forget dietary supplements -- emerald green broccoli is the answer.

Cup for cup, broccoli has more vitamin C than oranges, and only half the calories. It's also rich in folate and vitamin K, the minerals potassium and calcium, and many phytochemicals that may play a role in cancer prevent...

WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Summer is the perfect time to give your stove a rest and kick back with some fast, no-cook meals made with veggies you can grab at your farmers' market.

For a tasty alternative to a ho-hum salad, thinly slice zucchini and toss with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Add a few dollops of ricotta and sprinkle with fresh herbs.

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TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sweet summer fruits make a luscious ending to a meal, but there's no reason to limit them to dessert. Here are three fruity no-cook dishes that will please every palate.

For a sauce with a special flavor punch, add chopped fresh cherries to your favorite salsa recipe. Cherries are loaded with anthocyanins, an antioxidant with a deep red color...

THURSDAY, June 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite its vibrant green and red stalks, rhubarb might be one of the most overlooked plants in the garden.

An acquired taste, it looks like celery and has a tart tang, yet is used in many dessert recipes, from compote to pie. As with cranberries, rhubarb needs quite a bit of sweetness to appeal to the palate. It's often paired with strawbe...

TUESDAY, June 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Creamy and rich, yogurt is a versatile dairy food that can be turned into delicious meals.

It's high in protein, probiotics to help with digestion, and other essential nutrients like calcium. Research has shown that the fat in yogurt doesn't damage your heart, so full-fat is fine unless you're on a low-fat diet for health or to lose weight. ...

FRIDAY, June 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Juicing nutrient-rich green vegetables like kale, broccoli and spinach gives you a brew of many vitamins and minerals, all in just one cup.

But green juices can have an overpowering flavor, so many people want to cut their "bite" with the natural sweetness of fruit and/or a bit of sweetener, such as plant-based stevia or a teaspoon of maple sy...

WEDNESDAY, June 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you grow it yourself or buy it at your farmers' market or grocery store, zucchini is a great way to add variety to traditional dishes and even increase portion sizes of favorite recipes without extra calories.

Love cool cucumber salad? For a tasty variation, use thin strips of peeled zucchini, cut on a mandoline. (Note: Mandoline bla...

TUESDAY, June 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Are you in the mood to mix up something sinful, but don't want to wreck your healthy eating plans? Use a stand mixer to do the heavy blending and whipping for three better-for-you treats.

Do-ahead pizza dough: To get more whole grains into your diet, use whole-wheat pastry flour instead of white flour. It's a lighter version of whole wh...

THURSDAY, May 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want to be part of the movement to limit food waste of all kinds? One tasty way is to get the most from all your citrus fruits by using the zest, the brightly colored top layer of peel.

Tangy citrus zest is a natural antioxidant. It's also a "free" food, because it has practically zero calories, yet is full of flavor thanks to the natural oi...

TUESDAY, May 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You know how important it is to eat seafood twice a week, but buying fresh fish and shellfish can seem daunting. You'll find that it's a lot easier if you remember a few simple rules.

When buying whole fish, look for bright, clear eyes. The eyes are the window to a truly fresh fish, because they quickly turn to a dull gray with age. The rest o...

MONDAY, May 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Red or green, sweet or hot, peppers are a great source of vitamins A, C, E and many of the B vitamins, plus minerals like calcium, iron and potassium.

These and other nutrients are jammed into a low-calorie "package" that's perfect for stuffing with other healthful foods. Chili peppers, such as jalapenos and serranos, also add zesty spice to d...

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you love quick breads but crave a healthier treat, this lighter take on Grandma's traditional recipe serves up a lemony lift. And because it calls for whole grains, dried fruit and nuts, it's packed with goodness.

Quick breads are great because they're fast to put together, no kneading necessary. The lemon in this recipe not only flavors t...

MONDAY, May 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The guidelines to eat more vegetables are clear, and eating a rainbow of colors gets you the widest variety of nutrients and phyto-nutrients, those hard-to-duplicate compounds that go beyond vitamins and minerals.

But whether you're at the farmers' market or choosing a side dish at a restaurant, are some vegetables better than others?

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you have a dedicated space in an outdoor garden or just a few buckets on a small patio, there's nothing quite like having your own herb garden for giving your cooking fresh flavor boosts.

But what if you live in an apartment or in a cold climate that can't sustain outdoor herbs in the winter?

The answer is to create an indoo...

WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want chips that deliver great taste without the typical additives in most packaged varieties? Then a food dehydrator is the kitchen appliance for you.

At its core, a food dehydrator is a great way to preserve foods. Because it removes a food's water content, mold and bacteria can't grow. Dried fruits and vegetables make great on-the-go snack...

TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's nothing quite like the smell and taste of warm blueberry muffins. But when you buy them from a local bakery or your favorite coffee shop, they can clock in at 500 calories or more.

Making your own is well worth the time, because you can shave off 300 calories a pop.

This recipe uses whole-wheat pastry flour, available at mos...

MONDAY, May 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Lentils are super nutritious legumes that sometimes take a backseat to beans because they're not always as readily available and aren't sold precooked in cans like many beans are.

But, unlike most dried beans, lentils don't need to be soaked overnight before using and they cook up quickly. In fact, when making lentils, the key is to not...

FRIDAY, May 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An immersion blender is one of the handiest tools you can have in the kitchen. Not only does it let you whip up a soup or sauce in seconds, it stores easily in a drawer.

Put your immersion blender to work making homemade mayonnaise, which you can enjoy plain or flavor any way you like. To master the basic recipe, use light olive oil (not extra-...

MONDAY, May 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pesto is a delicious and fast pasta sauce. Because it can be made in advance and served cold, it's also a perfect do-ahead dish.

The nuts used in traditional pesto are healthful, but whether almonds, walnuts or pine nuts, you may not always want the extra calories they pack in. There are some great variations that are just as flavorful.

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THURSDAY, May 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Living well starts at the grocery store: When you choose the right foods, it's easy to cook and eat healthfully.

As a general rule, shop mostly along the perimeter of the store. This is where you'll find fresh foods, such as the dairy, meat, fish and fresh produce that should be the foundation of your meals. Some of the most nutritious vegetab...

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When you want to create a festive celebration without a fat and calorie overload, a seafood-based salad is the perfect choice. To step up the extravagance, make it with crabmeat.

Crab is high in vitamin B12 and is a delicious, lean protein to pair with fresh greens. If you're buying pre-packaged crabmeat, check it for any bits of shell, then ...

MONDAY, April 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You can often lose weight by making small yet strategic calorie cuts at every meal, rather than eliminating entire meals or cutting portions so severely that you never feel satisfied.

You probably already know that a cup of blueberries with a dollop of creamy yogurt has a fraction of the calories of a slice of blueberry pie. But there are ma...

FRIDAY, April 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Smoothies make for a fast and filling breakfast or snack, but the bloom is off the rose when it comes to their health profile. Turns out that many store-bought smoothies are hidden havens for a crazy amount of calories, many coming not only from the natural sugar in the fruit but also from added sweeteners.

Fortunately, you can take control...

THURSDAY, April 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Zesty ginger is more than just a great way to dress up your favorite recipes. It contains a potent immunity booster -- its active compound gingerol is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compound.

Ginger is also a source of vitamin C and the minerals potassium and magnesium.

Ginger root is inexpensive and easy to find in the p...

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want to get more veggies into your diet but feeling bored with the same old side dishes? Making noodles from vegetables is the answer. They're a great substitute for high-calorie, low-fiber traditional pasta and work just as well as a base for your favorite sauces.

While it's possible to use a sturdy vegetable peeler to turn carrots or zu...

TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The body's immune system is designed to fight off threats, like infection-causing germs, through a process called inflammation. But a steady state of inflammation can lead to everything from diabetes to autoimmune diseases to heart disease to cancer.

Many of these health threats don't come from foreign invaders like scary bacteria, but from...

MONDAY, April 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Asparagus is a great spring vegetable that can be a tasty side dish or the starring ingredient in a main course like risotto. And it's more than just delicious -- asparagus is great for digestive health, too.

It's a prebiotic food, meaning it feeds the helpful bacteria that live in your gut. These good bacteria are responsible for eve...

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You might have seen fennel in the produce section of your market without knowing what exactly it was. Fennel is a fragrant bulb that can be a food lover's dream ingredient, because it has a refreshing taste, similar to anise or licorice, and pairs well with other ingredients to create gourmet dishes.

Many cooks miss out because they aren't s...

WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for a cooking shortcut and a way to make food more economical, consider vacuum sealing.

With a vacuum sealer, you can extend the storage life of foods by measuring out the right portion sizes and sealing them in handy bags, either premade or made by you from a roll of special plastic.

Vacuum-sealed foods won't ...

MONDAY, April 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Beef often gets a bad rap, but is it really that bad for you?

Here's the problem: Most cuts of beef tend to be high in the wrong kind of fat. Ironically, though, that saturated fat you see surrounding your favorite cut or those white streaks running through it is exactly what makes beef juicy. But there are tasty ways to get beef's protein an...

THURSDAY, April 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tired of dried-out chicken? Here's how to pick and cook the perfect skinless breast.

Chicken is a lean, versatile protein high in several essential B vitamins. Choose organic chicken breast if it's in your budget. These chickens were raised on non-GMO feed. Organic chicken thighs are often more economical and make delicious meals, including ...

WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to healthy oils, extra virgin olive oil -- EVOO for short -- is the top choice for your healthy pantry.

Because it's the first press of the olives, extra virgin olive oil not only tastes better, but also has higher levels of antioxidants and other micronutrients that may help protect against diseases, from Alzheimer's to breas...

THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a hamburger lover who no longer wants to eat meat or simply wants to cut down on beef consumption, there are ways to get the taste and texture of a traditional burger.

Start by experimenting with beef alternatives like firm tofu. Because it takes on the taste of ingredients in a marinade, you can flavor it with spices and condimen...

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Berries are nature's natural sweetener and they come loaded with benefits. Fiber, vitamins and antioxidants sweeten the deal.

Fresh strawberries are a plentiful spring and summer fruit, so load up on them at the farmer's market. One cup contains 100 percent of your daily vitamin C needs and has just 46 calories.

Here are two grea...

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Fresh vegetables are nutrient-rich diet mainstays and can be inexpensive when bought in season. Simple selection tips will enable you to choose the best produce to turn into delectable meals and, just as important, to store your vegetables to maximize flavor and "shelf life."

Tips for Picking Produce

  • Broccoli should be ...

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Fish is a delicious, lean protein with healthy fats, but many people are afraid to cook it and save it for when dining out.

Whether you avoid cooking fish because you're concerned about causing a fishy odor in your kitchen (which only happens when the fish isn't fresh) or the calories of typical breaded and fried fillets, a nifty technique u...

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Recent research shows that eggs can be part of a healthful diet.

Eggs are highly nutritious because they deliver the essential amino acids your body needs to build and repair muscle and help keep your metabolism humming. Egg yolks in particular contain many nutrients, including vitamin A, B vitamins and hard-to-get vitamin D.

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You already know that iceberg lettuce is low on taste and nutrients, but even the best greens can use a punch of flavor to keep your taste buds interested. Here are two ways to enjoy spring greens.

Peppery arugula is full of flavor and super low in calories, and it makes a great base for a zesty salad. One of the first greens to appear eac...

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cooking healthy at home is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. And your budget doesn't have to take a hit when you stock up on this list of good-for-you foods.

When it comes to produce, it's often easier to save money when buying in season, but many vegetable staples are affordable year-round. Stock these superfood...

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Celebrate spring with farm-fresh foods that usher in the season -- asparagus, peas and watercress. They're low in calories, have fresh flavor and are the perfect way to energize for warmer weather.

Asparagus is the quintessential spring vegetable, high in iron, folate and vitamins K and A. Quick to cook and easy to pair with flavorful ingre...

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Take-out pizza is the ultimate fast food -- gooey cheese, salty sauce, fatty pepperoni, all baked on top of what's basically white bread. But there's no need to feel guilty about enjoying a hot slice once you've mastered a nutritious and delicious pizza makeover.

Add just a few ingredients to your weekly shopping list. It can take less...