Slow cookers excel at making seriously great soups. The slow simmer of a slow cooker ensures soups are as full-flavored as they possibly can be. Even better, though, is that slow cooker soups are hands-off. Go about your business and you’ll be rewarded with a healthy, hearty pot of goodness whenever you’re ready for dinner.
In a world where passing on the bread basket is the trend, sourdough stands out. More and more people are talking about it, baking it, and eating it. This type of bread is special from not only a taste perspective but a health perspective, too — it’s actually full of good things your standard loaf might be missing.
My Dutch oven is the one thing that never leaves my stove. My favorite thing to do is make my entire meal right inside — easy to make, easy to clean up. Here are 10 of my favorite healthy one-pot Dutch oven recipes.
This time of year, with its dark nights and dropping temperatures, my craving for my comfort food is near-endless. I want to ease the constant chill in my bones with gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, steaming bowls of soup, and thick slabs of lasagna. Luckily, there a few smart substitutions and swaps that will make these dishes a little healthier, without sacrificing any of the comfort.
What’s the oil you reach for the most when cooking? For me, it’s always been olive oil. However, it’s not always the best choice. Here’s when not to use olive oil — and what to use instead.
Canned beans are one of life’s great conveniences. One of a handful of foods categorized as both a vegetable and a plant-based protein, they’re cheap, wholesome, and endlessly versatile. There’s just one tiny problem: Canned beans often taste muted, even a bit tinny, like they came, well, from a can.
If you’re anything like me, when you feel overcome with anxiety for whatever reason, you immediately reach for the pint of ice cream in your freezer. While a bowl of mint chip has its place, and can definitely help in certain situations, there are a whole slew of wholesome foods that may be even better. Here’s what to eat instead.
Like clockwork, I get one singular craving every fall: pumpkin bread. I can skip the apple cider doughnuts and pumpkin spice lattes but I can’t go without baking a heavily-spiced, orange-hued loaf that my husband and I eat slowly all week until there’s not even a crumb left.
After living and studying in Italy for a year, I returned with all the things you’d expect: A knowledge of (and thirst for) good wine, the need to eat pasta on a regular basis, and some semblance of fluency in the language. What I didn’t think I’d come back with was a deep love for a single vegetable.
Are you someone who wakes up and is immediately hungry for breakfast? Maybe you normally crave something hearty like eggs or oatmeal. But come summer, it seems we all have an appetite change.
Pasta is on the dinner table at my house each and every week. I truly find it to be one of the most versatile and satisfying healthy meals I can make. I know, I know, some may tell you otherwise, but I firmly believe it can be a totally wholesome dinner if you load it with feel-good things like colorful vegetables and lean protein and choose a pasta that’s right for you.
If you instantly turn your nose up when you hear the word “sardines”, listen up: You really oughta give them a chance. Here’s why: They’re ridiculously nutritious — packed with protein, healthy fat, and good things like calcium, iron, vitamin B-12, and vitamin D. Perhaps even more importantly — they’re delicious.
For many, fish is something they only eat when they order it at restaurants. There’s just something about it that’s intimidating when it comes to cooking it at home. That’s a shame, though, because getting more fish into your diet is a great way to start on the road towards healthier eating since it’s been shown to promote heart-heart.
When Greek yogurt became trendy a handful of years ago, I jumped on board quickly. It’s rich and creamy thickness immediately made my usual morning bowl of yogurt with fruit and granola a whole lot more interesting.
The Mediterranean diet has been getting a lot of praise recently. While it was voted the best diet at the beginning of last year, its popularity shows no sign of slowing down. Even if you don’t know much about it, you may know that things like vegetables, fruits, olive oil, and fish make up a large component of the diet.
One ingredient that’s present in just about every baked good, whether sweet or savory, is flour. While all-purpose flour is far and away the most popular choice, it’s really just one of many. There are countless alternative flours that are available these days.
My pantry is never without at least a few cans of tomatoes. To me, they are dinner ready and waiting. Right now, that’s more important than ever. My preference is for whole peeled tomatoes, because I find them the most versatile: You can dice them, crush them, or even puree them, if needed.
Sides are where you can get the most creative with dinner. That’s probably why they’re the best part of the meal. They can be dressed up or down depending on the mood and motivation and can easily be tweaked to fit any diet or round out any main dish.
Say the word “casserole” and it’s often a heavy and rich meal that comes to mind. However, that’s just one definition of the dish. Casseroles can be healthy, too.
Sugar has come under fire lately. We’ve been told to eat less of it, to lower our sugar intake, for our health because it can have negative effects on our weight and put us at risk for things like cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Doesn’t it seem like everyone you know is talking about baking right now? Even the people who hardly baked before. For reasons of comfort or joy or simply because we have the time right now, we all seem to be baking. The days of quarantine are long and tucking into the kitchen to bake cookies and muffins and cakes has been helping me get through them.
A large tub of Greek yogurt is something I have in my fridge at all times. Not only does it tend to be what I reach for most in the morning when I am making breakfast, but it’s a staple when I am making lunch and dinner, too.
Breakfast is essential for me. I am not someone who can begin the day without it — my stomach would protest. Simple and healthy is key, so I am always looking for ideas that meet both criteria. These 7 recipes all fit the bill. They clock in at 5 ingredients or less and can be made in minutes with groggy eyes. What’s best, though, is they’re wholesome and won’t leave your stomach grumbling in a few hours.
If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “pantry lunch” is boxed mac and cheese, think again. Staples such as canned beans and grains can easily be transformed into satisfying, healthy lunches without any need to run to the store.
Breakfast is something we all struggle with. It’s hard to assemble something healthy and satisfying in the morning when you’re still half-asleep waiting for your coffee to be ready. I have a better idea: Prep it ahead of time.
If you happen to have a package or two of chicken sausage in your fridge or in your freezer, know you’re in luck. Since packages are usually vacuum-sealed, they keep well unopened in the fridge and freezer longer than other meats.
If you’re idea of a pantry dinner is a box of dried spaghetti and a jar of marinara, know that’s only the beginning. A well-stocked pantry — that includes both your dry pantry and your freezer — can deliver so much more and is truly the secret to healthy and more importantly, easy, family dinners.
If you’ve ever been able to walk in and out of a Trader Joe’s without buying at least one impromptu snack, you’re a stronger person than I am. There are so many good things to grab that even if I’ve already got plenty of snacks in the pantry at home, I inevitably pick one up to try when I am there.
These days, it feels like the number one goal of grocery shopping is getting in and out as quickly as possible. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t speak up and ask for what you need. Whether it’s at the butcher counter or in the produce section, here’s when and how to get the help you need at the grocery store. 1. When you want your meat prepped… Your grocery store butcher can seriously cut down on your prep time in the kitchen. If you’re making a recipe that calls for butterflied chicken but you’re running late — or you’ve just never butterflied a chicken before — ask the butcher to do it for you. You can also ask the butcher to cut chicken into cubes for a stir-fry or skewers, debone or grind meat, or repackage pre-packaged meat. 2. When you don’t see the produce you want… Have you ever gone to the grocery store to buy a one particular item and it’s out of stock? That always seems to happen to me in the produce department, especially when it comes to things like herbs and more specialized produce such as radicchio or rainbow carrots. There are usually at least one or two employees manning the produce department, though, so go ahead and ask. More often than not, they just haven’t had a chance to restock. 3. When you want to order something they don’t stock… For years, I’d go to multiple grocery stores in search of something my regular supermarket didn’t have — and still come back empty handed. But before you run all over town, know that you can ask your store to order something they don’t usually carry. It’s within reason, of course, but you’ll be surprised by how much they can (and will) actually call in if you request it. Plus, they’ll appreciate that you’re such a devoted customer that you’d rather buy from them then from their competitors.
Stress that we carry with us from our work days and let linger into the evenings has been shown to impair our sleep and overall well-being. Most of us don’t even need the scientific evidence as proof. I find if I don’t make time to really, truly separate from my work and unwind, I generally just don’t feel very good as the week goes on.
We culled the internet for high-protein recipes that take 30 minutes or less to make. Here are 5 that are worth adding to your meal plan.
Each trip to Trader Joe’s feels almost like a scavenger hunt, trying to uncover the recently released snacks, cheeses, wines, and frozen foods. Here are 3 healthy frozen foods I recently discovered.
If, for whatever reason, you’re trying to eat less sugar, dessert might feel like a no-go. Luckily, that’s not completely true. While many treats are off the table, you can still enjoy some sweet things without ditching your new low sugar lifestyle. Opting for naturally sweet things like fruit and sweeteners like honey and maple syrup — and enjoying both judiciously — means you don’t have to completely rule out dessert when the craving hits. Here are 5 recipes to prove it: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Less Sugar from Sally’s Baking Addiction Chocolate chip cookies are probably the first thing you’d think you can’t enjoy on a low sugar diet. These, however, are made with sucanat instead of white or brown sugar. Sucanat is a natural sweetener made from dehydrated cane juice and is sweeter than regular sugar so you don’t need to use as much. These cookies contain 15 grams of sugar rather than the usual 25 grams. Photo Credit: 52 New Foods Sugar Free Apple Tart from Jennifer Tyler Lee There’s so much natural sweetness in apples and cinnamon that there’s really no need for sugar at all in this cozy apple tart. Feel free to add additional warming spices like nutmeg, clove, and cardamom to give it even more perceived sweetness. Balsamic Berries with Honey Yogurt from Kitchn Toss fresh berries with balsamic vinegar and the vinegar magically draws out the berries’ sweet juices, even if they aren’t perfectly in-season fruit. That means you barely need to sweeten the Greek yogurt that tops them so you can skip the honey if you so choose. No Sugar Added Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream from Beaming Baker This recipe probably seems too good to be true, but it is indeed chocolate peanut butter ice cream made without sugar. The secret is bananas, which when frozen, blend into a creamy frozen treat that’s also vegan. Healthy Baked Pears with Cinnamon from Running on Real Food When you bake pears, they become so incredibly sweet and special. These get drizzled with maple syrup before going into the oven but really, you don’t need it to satisfy your sweet tooth. For texture, try sprinkling them with some chopped, toasted nuts before serving. Hungry for more? Attention Whole Foods Shoppers, This Budget-Saving Tip is a Must 5 Things to Eat When You’re Craving a Candy Bar 7 Healthy Breakfast Ideas Naturally Rich in Collagen Learn How To Meal Prep & Batch Cook With Us! Discover a simple strategy for meal prep that will show you how to cook once, with just a few simple ingredients in your pantry, and have a variety of healthy, delicious meals for days. Click Here to Register!
As much as the grocery store has a reputation for being expensive (maybe heard it being referred to as “Whole Paycheck”), I never really felt that was totally the case even when I was on a tight student budget. Whole Foods has always had good sales if you seek them out, which I did on the regular as a student and still do today.
The mid-day energy slump is something we all face. Mine usually hits right around 3:30PM, when the end of the day seems like it might never arrive and lunch feels like it was so very long ago. The only thing that tends to get me over that late afternoon hump is a good snack.
While Costco is indeed a place where you can buy a three and a half pound bag of Hershey’s Kisses, it’s also a place that’s filled with wholesome things. Their snack selection is vast and you just never know what you’ll uncover on each visit.
Collagen — the protein is our bodies that’s responsible for supple skin and elasticity — is something we naturally make less of as we age. To fight the loose or wrinkled skin that comes with getting older, so many of us try to ward it off with an abundance of creams and serums. The truth is, there’s really no guarantee they’ll do much and honestly, it gets expensive.
While I am not a strict vegetarian, I do try to eat meatless as much as possible just because I personally feel my healthiest when I do so. I find the easiest way to do that is to have a handful of quick convenience foods on hand to reach for at any time, which makes cooking a meatless meal as easy as possible. Here are 10 items to keep in your kitchen to ensure vegetarian eating is as simple as can be.
This time of year, it’s easy to get cooped up inside, lazing on the couch for way longer than we should. It’s cold and snowy and there’s a pandemic going on outside! And yet: We all know that getting up and getting out, even when it’s blustery outside, is good for us. Here are five easy ways to boost your energy and kickstart you back into action. 1. Drink some water. Dehydration is an instant energy-killer. Often, when you’re feeling sluggish, you’re actually just be thirsty. Try this: Drink a tall glass of water or two and see how you feel. Then, keep a carafe of water nearby so you can keep refilling your glass throughout the rest of the day. Read more: 5 Hacks to Maximize Hydration 2. Take some deep breaths. When you forget to take a few deep breaths throughout the day, you limit the amount of oxygen flowing through your body and to your brain — which, in turn, can affect your energy levels. The solution? Stop what you’re doing and take a few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, filling up your lungs each time. You’ll be surprised how much good it does. 3. Go for a walk — even if it’s cold out. Getting outside may be challenging when it’s cold outside, but it is one of the easiest ways to boost your energy. Fresh air has a way of getting your head moving and you’ll feel a lot more like yourself, even if you just take a quick 10-minute walk around the block. 4. Grab a healthy snack. Take a look at the clock and see how long it’s been since you last ate. Or simply take a second to listen to your stomach. Snacks like a banana with peanut butter, a handful of nuts, a hard-boiled egg, string cheese, or some veggies with hummus are naturally energy-boosting because they have a nice mix of protein, fat, and carbs to give you a much-needed jolt. 5. Try some energizing oils. Aromatherapy can be a powerful tool — and you don’t need to take a deep dive in order to reap the benefits. Keep a small bottle of energizing peppermint or eucalyptus by your desk. When you feel an energy drop, dab a drop or two on your wrist or neck or simply take a whiff straight from the bottle. Other great oils to try are orange, ginger, rosemary, and grapefruit.
When the weather dips, I find myself immediately adding soup to our weekly meal plan. Until spring hits, a big simmering pot makes a recurring appearance and I never complain. What’s not to like about a warming meal meal that makes it easy to load up on good things like vegetables, beans, and whole grains this time of year.
Regardless of what dietary restrictions we may have, we’re all constantly on the lookout for quick and easy breakfast ideas to fill our rushed mornings. If you’re a vegetarian, or simply someone who is trying to eat less meat and more vegetables, grabbing a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on your way into the office is off the table.
I resisted keeping my freezer stocked with frozen fruit for a long time. First of all, my small freezer has limited space and I truly felt my favorite pint of ice cream (Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey, in case you’re wondering) was more worthy of said space.
Skip the potato chips and try these snacks instead.
While it’s most common to crave flavors, like salty or sweet, I find I actually crave textures more often. When my husband first met me, he thought it was a funny tendency, that I’d call out the need for a crunchy snack or a creamy dessert, but now he’s used to my quirk.
Shake up your morning routine.
You’ll be hard pressed to find something as comforting and satisfying as a bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Even thinking about digging into a bowl gives me homey feelings of cold weather breakfasts all through my lifetime.
If you were to ask us a couple of years ago if we’d be enthusiastically drinking “milk” made from oats and water, I’d have flatly said: Not a chance. Well, currently there isn’t just enthusiasm over oat milk, there’s pure exuberance. Here’s everything you need to know about the alt milk du jour.
If you want to save some money, remember these tips.
When I was living in New York City on a show-string student budget, Whole Foods was my neighborhood grocery store. My options were either to schlep bags home from the cheaper grocery store 10 blocks away or figure out how to make shopping at Whole Foods affordable.
Where to get your dose of this super-powered mineral.
There are too many benefits of magnesium to count. It’s crucial for bone and heart health, metabolism, has the potential to prevent or relieve migraine headaches, and can even relieve PMS symptoms.
Vitamin D is often referred to as the “happy vitamin” because it may have an affect on your overall mood. It’s got a myriad of other health benefits, though, including maintaining bone and teeth health, supporting the immune and nervous system, and assisting with heart and brain function.
How to get your fill of this important B Vitamin.
B-12 might seem like a far-fetched thing you need to consume, but it’s actually quite an important vitamin. A member of the B family of vitamins, B-12 is crucial for brain and nerve health as well as the production of red blood cells and DNA.
Like clockwork, my sweet tooth likes to kick it just as I am cleaning up after dinner every night. Sometimes I ignore it, but more often than not it’s too loud to be ignored.
Whether or not you regularly shop at Whole Foods, you’ve likely heard it jokingly called “Whole Paycheck”. The grocery store has a reputation for being, well, pricey. I visit Whole Foods almost weekly though, and I tend to disagree.
Your coffee will thank you.
The world of alternative milks is so vast these days it’s enough to make your head spin. That’s good news if you’re looking to branch out from your usual almond milk routine but it can be daunting to know where to start.
For whatever reason, maybe you’re trying to cut back on caffeine. Perhaps you’re gotten a little too reliant on your coffee habit and want to trim down to have you back to feeling your best. Know that you don’t need to go cold turkey unless you really want to.
Spaghetti is just the beginning.
While I love taking the time on a lazy Sunday to make and slowly simmer my own marinara sauce, I fully support the convenience of the jarred stuff. You’ve got an almost-instant dinner when you toss it with cooked pasta (something I ate a whole lot of growing up), but that’s really just skimming the surface.
Avocados are a powerhouse of healthy fats, which means they’re a great choice whenever you’re looking to fill your plate with something wholesome and sustaining. Just half an avocado contains 10 grams of monounsaturated fat and 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, both of which are important for heart, brain, and blood health.
Cucumbers are 96% water, so it’s no wonder it’s a vegetable we reach for without hesitation when hydration is on our mind throughout the hot summer months. 1 cup, with its peel, also contains just 16 calories and is a good source of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, and potassium.
While so many of us have newly fallen in love with cauliflower for being a low-carb sweetheart, that’s just one of many of its selling points. 1 cup of cooked florets contains just 5 grams of carbs, yes, but also only 28 calories, and a whopping 90% of your daily vitamin C needs.
At its most basic, the Mediterranean diet is one that’s full of colorful fruits and vegetables. That’s just the beginning though.
The moment I realized there’s more than one way to cook gnocchi, my life forever changed for the better.