Nutrition

  • Focus On: Calcium

    Why You Need It: Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body, is essential for muscle contractions, a healthy nervous system, blood clotting, hormone secretion, and, of course, strong bones.

    By Kristen Bjornsen
  • Make the Rice Choice

    by Melania Junnti
  • In Season: Grapefruit

    This super-citrus fruit is in season in the United States from October until June and comes in white, pink, and Ruby Red varieties. Little known fact: The grapefruit gets its name because it grows in clusters much like grapes.

  • Gluten-Free Baking Basics

    Back in 1997 when next to nobody had heard of the term “gluten free,” I found myself sick—so sick that I couldn’t get out of bed. Sure, I’d experienced the telltale fatigue, migraines, and anemia for years, but with the additional onset of serious gastrointestinal symptoms, my situation had become unbearable.

    Expert help for how to make gluten-free, holiday treats taste good.
    By Elana Amsterdam
  • Soup's On!

    Nothing warms body and soul like a steamy bowl of soup. While our grandmothers had the time and ingenuity to make their soups from scratch, these days we are more likely to pluck ours from a grocery store shelf.

    Suss out the healthiest and most delicious ready-made soups.
    By Cara Hopkins
  • Grilled Black Bean Burgers and Portobello Burgers With Rosemary and Avocado

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    Serves 4

    1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
    1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
    1 cup finely chopped portobello mushroom
    1 egg, beaten
    2 large garlic cloves, minced
    3 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
    Dash cayenne pepper
    Sea salt to taste
    3/4 cup gluten-free bread crumbs or cracker crumbs, finely crumbled
    2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    4 gluten-free buns
    1 small avocado, peeled and sliced
    8 to 12 leaves red leaf, green leaf, or butter lettuce

     



     

    1. Mash beans in a medium bowl, using a potato masher, until most of the beans are mashed, but some remain visible. Mash in onion, mushroom, and egg, mixing well. Mash in garlic, rosemary, and cayenne. Add salt and more cayenne, as needed.
    2. Add 1/2 cup bread crumbs and stir to mix well. Mixture should be sticky, but hold its shape. Add additional 1/4 cup bread crumbs, if needed.
    3. With damp hands, form bean mixture into 4 patties. Transfer each burger to a plate, and brush tops lightly with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
    4. Preheat broiler to high. Lightly brush a baking sheet with remaining olive oil, and arrange burgers on sheet. Broil for 7 to 8 minutes, turn patties over, and broil for 7 minutes on the other side. While burgers are cooking, split buns in half. Place bottom halves on a serving platter and top with avocado. Tear lettuce and arrange on bottom halves.
    5. Remove burgers from oven, place on buns, and serve immediately.

    nutrition info per serving: 565 calories; 19 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 47 mg cholesterol; 17 g protein; 10 g fiber; 164 mg sodium

  • Cherry Coconut Ice Cream

    1 pound fresh and pitted or frozen and partially thawed cherries
    1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/3 cup raw, unfiltered honey 
    2 cups coconut milk 
    1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish

    1. Using a potato masher, coarsely mash cherries, lemon juice, and vanilla. Let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes, mixing occasionally. Pour hot water in a bowl, and set closed honey jar in water to thin texture. 
    2. In a food processor, puree coconut milk and half of cherry mixture. Add honey and process until smooth. In a bowl, combine puree with remaining cherry mixture.
    3. Place bowl in freezer, stirring occasionally, until cold, but not frozen, about 45 minutes. 
    4. Put in ice cream maker; follow directions.
    5. Place scoops of ice cream in serving dishes and sprinkle with coconut flakes. 

    nutrition info per serving: 452 calories; 33 g fat; 29 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g protein; 4 g fiber; 21 mg sodium

  • In Season: Tomatillos

    If not for the parchment-like husk encasing a tomatillo, you might mistake this fruit for a diminutive green tomato. But punchy tomatillos are what give Latin green sauces, most notably salsa verde, that signature tartness.

    By Matthew Kadey, RD
  • The No-Pain Diet

    Remember the last time you had the flu? You slept poorly and felt exhausted, sore, and achy. You couldn’t think straight, it was a task just to drag yourself through the day. If you have fibromyalgia, that’s how you feel almost every day—and unlike the flu, your symptoms don’t go away.

    Foods to fight fibromyalgia
  • 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