Nutrition

  • Spinach Salad Nicoise With Golden Beets

    Serves 6

    2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar

    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

    1 garlic clove, minced

    1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

    1 small shallot, minced

    4 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley

    Sea salt and white pepper to taste

    4 medium golden beets, peeled and quartered

    2 cups green beans, cut into 2-inch long pieces

    8 cups baby spinach, loosely packed

    1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil

    4 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled, and quartered

    8 oil-packed anchovy fillets (optional)

    1/2 cup pitted Nicoise olives

    1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

    1. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, and garlic. Whisk in olive oil, shallots, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
    2. Place beets in half of a stainless steel steamer or on the lower level of a bamboo steamer. Place green beans in the other half of the stainless steamer, or on the top level of the bamboo steamer. Steam over boiling water for 5 minutes.
    3. Remove beans, leaving beets in steamer. Plunge beans into a bowl of cold water; drain and pat dry.
    4. Cook beets for 5 minutes longer, or until tender; remove, plunge into a bowl of cold water, drain, and pat dry.
    5. In a large bowl, toss spinach and basil. Drizzle with just enough dressing to lightly coat leaves; toss, and arrange on a serving platter.
    6. In separate bowls, toss beans and beets with just enough dressing to lightly coat, and arrange over salad. Sprinkle with remaining parsley. Arrange eggs around outside edge of platter.
    7. Arrange anchovies (if using) over salad. Scatter olives and nuts atop salad. Serve immediately, with additional dressing on the side.

    nutrition info per serving: 287 calories; 23 g fat; 4 g saturated fat; 141 mg cholesterol; 9 g protein; 5 g fiber; 233 mg sodium

  • Eggplant Sandwich

    Vinagrette
    1/2 cup fresh sawtooth or basil
    1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    Ground red pepper to taste
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    4 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil

    Eggplant
    2 Japanese or baby eggplants, halved
    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
    4 tablespoons soft feta cheese
    2 medium red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, and seeded
    1 cup arugula

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Puree vinaigrette ingredients in a blender until smooth.

    2. Lightly score the inside of the eggplants, drizzle with olive oil, and lay skin-side down on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with more olive oil and roast for 20 to 25 minutes.

    3. Place eggplant halves face-up on four serving plates, season with salt and pepper, and divide feta cheese, roasted peppers, and arugula among the four halves. Drizzle with vinaigrette (you may have some left over). Serve open-faced.

    nutrition info per serving: 548 calories; 27 g fat; 12 mg cholesterol; 6 g protein; 16 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 453 mg sodium

  • In Season: Sour Cherries

    Cherry pie lovers, your time is now. Ideal-for-baking sour cherries, including Morello, Montmorency, and Early Richmond varieties, have super-short growing seasons, making them available for only a few weeks in June and July.

    By Wendy McMillan
  • The Case for White Wine

    Anyone with a regular inclination for cabernet or Chianti must have breathed a booze-infused sigh of relief at some point over the past decade, as recent studies have shown that a moderate amount of red wine has major health benefits, including helping to protect the heart, thwart certain cancers, slow the effects of aging, and prevent neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

    Move over red, white is healthy, too.
    By Sarah Toland
  • Foods that Fuel

    You’d never head to the yoga studio without your mat or to your spinning class without a pair of bike-friendly shorts, yet many exercisers still approach their workout without the proper fuel. Whether you’re exercising for fitness, health, or weight loss, you’ll reap greater benefits if you feed your body the right foods before and after workouts.

    What and when to eat to maxamize your workout.
    By Christie Aschwan
  • Welcome Back, White Fish

    Oily swimmers like salmon and sardines tend to get all the health credit for their high doses of omega-3 fatty acids, but consuming any type of fish may be better than eating none, at least for diabetics.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • The Red Meat-Cancer Connection

    Yet another study—this one including more than half a million people—confirms what our docs have been warning us about: Eating red meat increases cancer risk. So we can’t help but wonder, Why is red meat so bad? Recent research revealed at least part of the answer as chronic inflammation.

  • Crab Salad With Avocado, Apple, and Green Beans

    1 1/2 cups green beans, trimmed at both ends, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
    1 cup Greek–style yogurt
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    4 tablespoons minced fresh chives
    1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and cubed
    1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
    8 ounces cooked lump crabmeat (about 1 cup)

    1. Fill a large pot fitted with a colander with water. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add green beans and coarse sea salt to colander, and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.

    2. Remove colander from pot. Rinse beans with cold water, drain, and pat dry with a clean towel.

    3. Whisk yogurt, mustard, and fine sea salt in a large, shallow bowl. Add green beans, chives, apple, avocado, and crabmeat. Toss and serve.

    nutrition info per serving: 220 calories; 9 g fat; 38 mg cholesterol; 20 g protein; 17 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 610 mg sodium

  • Pink Grapefruit and Fig Tart

    Shell
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
    1 tablespoon butter
    1/4 cup fresh dates
    2 egg whites
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Filling
    2 grapefruit, peeled and pith removed
    1 whole cinnamon stick or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    2 tablespoons honey
    2 tablespoons sugar
    2 cups fresh or dried mission figs, halved (about 10 fresh figs)
    2 cups Greek–style yogurt

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix pecans, flour, butter, and dates into a fine meal in a food processor. Blend in egg whites and salt.

    2. Coat the inside of a tart pan with natural cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper cut to fit, and coat again. Place dough in pan, and flatten evenly with your fingers to form a thin layer. Score dough by poking it with a fork. Place a piece of parchment paper over the dough and cover with pastry weights (use dried beans if you don’t own weights).

    3. Bake tart dough until the sides begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Remove parchment paper and continue baking until the bottom has completely cooked, an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

    4. Segment grapefruit, holding fruit over a bowl to reserve approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup juice. Grate the peel of 1 grapefruit, and place grated peel, cinnamon, honey, sugar, and reserved juice in a saucepan. Simmer on low heat until mixture begins to thicken, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

    5. Remove cinnamon stick from mixture, and stir in figs and grapefruit segments. Place 1 cup yogurt in the bottom of the tart shell, then top with fruit mixture. To serve, cut into 8 portions and garnish with a dollop of remaining yogurt.

    nutrition info per serving: 240 calories; 8 g fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 8 g protein; 39 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 110 mg sodium

  • The Coconut Oil Controversy

    Few foods stump nutritionists more than coconut oil. Enthusiasts credit the serum with preventing heart disease, speeding weight loss, and bolstering immune function, but government guidelines and some nutritionists continue to warn against saturated fat—including the 91 percent saturated fat in coconut oil.

    By Melanie Warner