Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Steel-Cut Oatmeal   Why it’s good for you: Oatmeal is high in the fiber beta-glucan, which lowers levels of bad LDL cholesterol. Nutritionists recommend steel-cut oats because they’re minimally processed, without additives. “Oatmeal is the best way to start your day,” says Brill. “It’s a whole grain and a great heart-healthy food. It has antioxidants that […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Quinoa

Quinoa   Why it’s good for you: Not only is quinoa considered a whole grain; it’s also a complete protein, containing all the amino acids necessary for building muscle and upping metabolism. How to eat it: Try quinoa anytime you’d ordinarily eat rice; it’s also a good ingredient for veggie burgers. Serving size: 1 cup cooked Calories: 222 Recipe: Dr. […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Whole-Wheat Bread

Whole-Wheat Bread   Why it’s good for you: The government’s dietary guidelines recommend that at least half the grains you eat bewhole. This means intact grains that contain the entire grain kernel: the bran, germ and endosperm. Refined grains (which are used in white bread and white rice), in contrast, are milled, meaning the bran and germ have […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts   Why they’re good for you: As a cruciferous veggie, this pungent vegetable contains sulfur compounds called glucosinolates that not only give them their aroma but also help lower the risks of prostate, lung, stomach and breast cancers. How to eat them: Roasted and sautéed brussels sprouts make great side dishes. They’re hearty and great […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Eggplant

Eggplant   Why it’s good for you: “It may be an unglamorous food, but eggplant is packed with fiber and contains the whole gamut of B vitamins, which give you all the energy you need,” says registered dietitian Gloria Tsang, founding editor of Its deep purple color is evidence that it has powerful antioxidants to […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Kidney Beans

Kidney Beans   Why they’re good for you: Loaded with potassium and magnesium, kidney beans help keep blood pressure in check, while their high fiber content helps reduce bad LDL cholesterol, fighting off heart disease. Kidney beans are also rich in iron and protein, making them a great meat substitute for vegetarians. “So named for their […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Spinach

Spinach   Why it’s good for you: Spinach is chock-full of nutrients, including iron, calcium and vitamin A, which keeps the eyes and skin healthy. Spinach also packs folate, which helps the body form healthy red blood cells and prevents birth defects during pregnancy. How to eat it: In your salads, sandwiches and omelets Serving size: 1 cup […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Broccoli

Broccoli   Why it’s good for you: Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family of vegetables, often referred to as cruciferous, which is associated with anticancer benefits as well as reduced inflammation and higher immunity. Broccoli is also high in fiber, and a high-fiber diet can help keep blood pressure down and reduce heart-disease risk. […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Bananas

Bananas   Why they’re good for you: Bananas are high in potassium, which aids blood pressure and is critical for the proper function of the muscular and digestive systems. They’re also high in fiber, which means they’ll keep you fuller for longer. How to eat them: Bananas are a great to-go food. Add a dollop of peanut […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Blueberries

Blueberries   Why they’re good for you: Berries’ vibrant, deep colors mean they’re high in antioxidant compounds. Blueberries are especially high in heart-protective carotenoids and flavonoids, and they encourage heart, memory and urinary-tract health. They also contain high levels of vitamins C and E. How to eat them: Add berries to your cereal or yogurt or blend […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Recipe 6

Apple Why they’re good for you: Apples are high in fiber, specifically a soluble fiber called pectin, which targets and clears away LDL,  the bad cholesterol. Many of apples’ beneficial compounds are contained in the skin, including high levels of phytochemicals, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They’re “the perfect diet food too,” says Janet Brill, […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Recipe 5

Pumpkin Why it’s good for you: Pumpkin is a low-calorie vegetable that’s high in fiber and vitamin A. “Its orange color is a dead giveaway of its high amount of beta carotene, which helps prevent heart disease,” says Brill. “It’s also so versatile for cooking.” How to eat it: There’s no need to cook your jack-o-lantern; canned […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Recipe 4

Walnuts Why they’re good for you: Nuts tend to be high in calories and fat, but the monosaturated fat in nuts is healthier than the saturated fat in meat and dairy products. And their high omega-3-fatty-acid levels make them a go-to for heart health. A recent study also found that walnuts carry some of the highest antioxidant content […]

Guide: The Healthiest Foods of All Time (with Recipes) – Recipe 3

Salmon Why it’s good for you: Salmon, especially wild salmon, is rich in vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, which will protect your heart. Research has found that omega-3s may also be associated with protecting against premature brain aging and memory loss. How to eat it: Grill your salmon with lemon, garlic and a little soy sauce. If you […]

Pumpkin and spinach cannelloni

  Serves: 4 Time to make: 45 mins Total cost: $17.12 / $4.28 per serve Instructions Step 1Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a 1 1/2-litre (6 cup-capacity) ovenproof baking dish. Step 2Cook pumpkin in a large saucepan of boiling water for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain, mash roughly with a fork then set aside to cool […]

Quick bean and pasta soup

  Instructions Step 1Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add diced onion and cook over a medium-high heat until lightly browned. Dice the next 3 vegetables, adding each as it is prepared, then add stock and 1 cup water. Add beans and heat mixture to a simmer. Step 2Stir in macaroni. Add bay leaves […]

Kids Can Make: Oatmeal-Chocolate Snack Cakes

These delightful treats have a soft, tender crumb that harks back to old-fashioned snack cakes from the grocery store. For little kids: Let them dump the ingredients into the mixing bowls, whisk together the dry ingredients and stir in the chocolate chips. For big kids: Let them measure out the ingredients, spray the baking pan […]

22 Simple Ways To Start Eating Healthier This Year

1. Cook a big batch of grain or beans once a week. Then you can use that as a base for tons of other healthy meals throughout the week. A single pot of quinoa can turn into everything from a veggie bowl to breakfast cereal. 2. Drink your coffee and tea black. Shutterstock No cream, no sugar. You’ll get used to […]

Rainbow Themed Recipes & Crafts for Parshat Noach

With this week being Parshat Noach, I wanted to share some fun (and of course frugal) rainbow ideas for cooking and crafting with your family. Rainbow Recipes Remember this beautiful rainbow cake last year, from the talented Melinda Strauss atKitchen Tested? Here are her instructions for making this masterpiece. If a full cake is a bit too labor intensive for […]

Peach Mango Smoothie

Last month Cooking Light ran a nice feature of several smoothies that used Greek yogurt as a base. I tried several of them, including one with watermelon, cucumber, and mint (delicious). Inspired by their article, I played around with this old favorite from their archives that I adapted for Greek yogurt, and I love it! Between the […]

“Naked” Turkey Burgers w/ Grilled Red Potatoes

Are you feeling refreshed after enjoying last weeks ( Hawaiian Tropic Smoothie )? Let’s move right along to the next portion of this summertime series (we don’t want to waste any beach time)! This recipe feature provides an at-a-glance list of healthy and convenient foods to pack in your cooler for your day of fun in the […]

Recipe Roundup: Chicken Parm Wraps

In keeping with my goal to take the Pinterest world by storm and try EVERY skinny recipe ever created, I tried another recipe from my Skinny Eats board.  This is by far the easiest recipe in America and was very filling.  I served it with a light Caesar salad kit from Wal-Mart.  This will definitely […]

Cherry BBQ Drumsticks

Ingredients:   12 chicken drumsticks 1 bag (16 oz) frozen pitted cherries, thawed 2 oranges, juiced 1 lemon, juiced 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped ½ Vidalia onion, finely chopped 1 cup ketchup 1 tsp smoked paprika 3 tsp ancho chile powder 2 tbsp tomato paste ½ cup water 2 tbsp canola oil Kosher salt and […]