Healthy Alternatives

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  • Tuscan White Bean Dip

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    Not all bean dips are created equal: Try this easy-to-make dip, which is low in calories and sodium and packs a hard punch of fiber and protein to keep you fuller, longer.

    15 ounces of cannellini beans

    1 (3-ounce) package of low-fat cream cheese

    2 tablespoons minced rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes

    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

    1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil

    4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

    1 tablespoon freshly-freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    Pinch of red pepper flakes

    Freshly ground black pepper

    3 tablespoons minced scallion (white part only)

    Combine all ingredients, except for scallions, in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add water if necessary to produce a smooth but thick dip. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in the scallions. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours prior to serving. Source: You Won’t Believe It’s Salt-Free! by Robyn Webb. Image: Renee Comet Photography. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2012.

    Makes 2 1/2 cups

  • No Tricks, Just Treats!

    The neighbors might be handing out sugar-loaded goodies this Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow their lead. Try these treats for a healthier (but still festive!) holiday.

  • Meatless: Shake It Up!

    As autumn settles in, we look for new ways to incorporate the season’s best ingredients into our desserts. Pumpkin, cinnamon, maple—they all want a place at the table. For low-calorie desserts that taste like comfort food but offer some surprising nutrition, check out these milkshake recipes from our friends at Arctic Zero.

  • Cook's Corner: A New Way to Tailgate

    Jersey: check. Face paint: check. Foam finger: check.

    Score big with these fun, healthy tips and recipes
  • Veggie Chili

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    This hearty chili is perfect for a chilly October afternoon. Skip the high-fat sour cream and top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and some chopped green onion.

    ¼ cup vegetable oil

    ½ head garlic, peeled and minced

    1 large onion, chopped

    3 celery stalks, chopped

    3 carrots, chopped

    1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped

    1 medium-size zucchini, chopped

    2 cups kale, chopped (optional)

    ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

    2 tablespoons chili powder

    1 tablespoon ground cumin

    1 tablespoon garlic powder

    1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

    2 teaspoons salt

    2 (14-ounce) cans tomato sauce

    2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste

    1 tablespoon maple syrup

    2 (14-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed

    2 (14-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

    ½ (12-ounce) bag frozen corn kernels

    In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat and sauté the garlic, onion, celery, carrots, pepper, zucchini, and kale, if using, (but not the corn) just until softened, about 10 minutes. Add all the herbs, spices, and salt and cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and maple syrup and stir for 3 more minutes. Add the beans and stir for 3 minutes. Add the corn and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

    Source: Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours by Mayim Bialik with Dr. Jay Gordon. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books.

    Serves 8

  • Herby Turkey Sliders

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    Lean turkey meat is a great alternative to beef patties. Serve with fresh vegetable toppings such as tomatoes and avocados for an extra healthy flavor boost.

    ¼ cup minced red onion

    ¼  cup finely chopped fresh basil

    ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley

    1 tablespoon tomato paste

    1 tablespoon minced garlic

    1 ½ teaspoons fennel seeds, toasted and crushed

    1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano

    1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

    ½ teaspoon sea salt

    ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

    ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    1 pound ground dark-meat turkey meat or ground turkey breast

    Combine onion, basil, parsley, tomato paste, garlic, fennel seeds, oregano, lemon zest, salt, red pepper flakes, and pepper in a large bowl and stir. Add the turkey and gently mix with your hands or a spatula until well combined. Shape the mixture into 8 patties. Brush patties with olive oil and put on the grill over medium heat and cook until browned on both sides, about 3 minutes on each side. Cover and cook for 3 more minutes. Serve on buns or alone with your desired toppings.

    Source: Reprinted with permission from The Longevity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson (Ten Speed Press, © 2013). Photo Credit: Leo Gong

    Makes 8 patties/4 servings

  • Grilled Chicken Wings

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    Chicken wings are a tailgating staple, but this simple recipe offers a fraction of the fat and sodium of the deep-fried option. Choose lean cuts of meat and your favorite hot sauce for finger-licking goodness.

    4 pounds chicken wings and/or drummies

    12 ounces hot sauce

    Fine-grain sea salt

    Pour the hot sauce into one large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, seal bag, and turn several times so the sauce coats the chicken. Put the bag in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 2 hours or, for best results, overnight, turning the chicken occasionally to make sure all surface areas are covered with hot sauce. Set up your grill for indirect grilling. When the grill is hot, place the wings in the center of a cooking grate over indirect heat. Close the lid of the grill and allow the wings to cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until they begin to brown. Flip each wing and allow to cook for another 20 minutes, until the wings are crispy and cooked through. Transfer the wings to a serving platter and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Serve with celery.

    Source: Chef Elizabeth Karmel

  • Slim-Down Swap-Outs

    Cutting back on carbs but don’t want to give up your favorite foods? Try these tips for a fresh take on carb-heavy staples.

    >> Turn your taco shell into a lettuce wrap to cut carbs but keep the satisfying crunch.

    >> Use large Portobello mushrooms in place of hamburger buns for a fancy-looking meal packed with potassium.

  • Homemade Peach Ice Cream

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    July is National Ice Cream Month!

    2 cups evaporated fat-free milk

    1 cup fat-free milk

    2/3 cup organic palm sugar

    ½ cup eggs, lightly beaten

    ¼ teaspoon almond extract, or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

    1 cup chopped fresh or frozen peaches

    Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Stir in peaches. Pour mixture into a freezer container of a 2-quart hand-turned or electric churn. Freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Pack churn with additional ice and rock salt, and let stand at least 1 hour before serving.

    Source: myrecipes.com

  • Craft Brews for a Cause

    Although 64 countries require the labeling of GMO foods, the US is not one of them—and the Just Label It campaign is committed to changing that one step at a time. They recently partnered with Peak Organic Brewing, the first brewing company to receive Non-GMO Project verification for its beer. Together, they want to continue the conversation about GMO labeling.

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