Food

Most of us will attend a number of get-togethers throughout the holiday season. Though spending time with friends and family is good for the soul, it can often take a toll on the waistline. By preparing healthier holiday snacks and appetizers, you can indulge in the flavors of the season without worrying about their after-effects. Whether you're attending large parties or simply looking for a quick treat to enjoy at home, these fast and flavorful snacks will surely satisfy your cravings. Festive Winter Salad This tart and flavorful holiday salad features an assortment of sea... more ...
Autumn is the best time to embrace the flavors of the fall harvest. Though most of us are familiar with pumpkin pie and pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks, there are many more ways to use this delicious winter squash, including in savory dishes.  To make the most of pumpkin season, try out one of the following delicious recipes!  FLUFFY PUMPKIN MUFFINS  These moist, airy muffins are simple yet utterly delicious. Fans of pumpkin pie are guaranteed to enjoy these, particularly as a breakfast treat. Health-conscious bakers can easily reduce the sugar for a healthier version o... more ...
In the past, many of the world's people produced and consumed fermented foods. In ancient Rome, sauerkraut was a popular dish. Kefir, a cultured milk drink, has been made in the Caucasus for centuries. The advent of mass-produced food in the 20th century led to the elimination of fermented foods from the standard Western diet. Today, fermentation is making a comeback. If you're looking to improve your health and add some delicious new dishes to your diet, you'll love these unusual and flavorful cultured foods.  What is Fermentation?  The metabolic process of fermenta... more ...
Descriptions of food as enriched, refined and processed give you, as a knowledgeable shopper, three reasons to avoid them. Enriching a product is a way to replace nutrients lost in the process of modifying it. Refining strips away nutrients as well as fiber, and processing adds artificial ingredients that change food in significant ways. Convenience often persuades some shoppers to buy foods that are manufactured, but reading the labels may encourage you to adopt perimeter shopping as a preferable alternative. Make a Sharp Turn to the RightYour grocery store's configuration may put yo... more ...
Refreshing Recipes for Hot Summer DaysSummer is a great time to eat seasonal dishes. No one wants to spend hours slaving over a hot stove or pre-heating the oven on a steamy summer night. With these fresh and flavorful recipes, you'll be able to enjoy the tastes of summer without breaking out in a sweat!   Tabbouleh Salad This refreshing Middle Eastern salad is ideal for boiling-hot days. Parsley, lemon juice, and tomatoes make this vegetarian dish a refreshing lunch entrée or a palate-cleansing evening meal. Serves: 8-10 Ingredients:  150 g (... more ...
The idea behind veganism is simple: a diet that includes no meat or animal products like eggs and dairy. Whether people are choosing this diet for ethical reasons, or they feel that it will make them healthier, the vegan diet continues to grow in popularity. The question among nutritionists, however, is whether the diet really is any healthier for you than an omnivorous diet. Here, we'll examine some of the benefits and downsides of this diet.     Pros   - Lowers Cholesterol- Studies have proven that a diet that a diet comprised mostly of vegetables can significantly re... more ...
As the weather gets warmer and flowers begin to bloom, try these 5 easy and delicious recipes to celebrate the spring.   Pasta Primavera   Boil a large pot of salted water, then add 12 ounces of fusili pasta. Cook according to the package instructions. In the last 2 minutes of boiling, toss in a half pound of sugar snap peas or broccoli florets, two shredded carrots, and one bell pepper cut into strips. Take out 1/2 cup cooking water to reserve for later, then drain the pasta and vegetables and set aside. Heat 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add... more ...
The holiday season is the perfect time to turn on your oven and warm up your home! From cranberries and oranges to nutmeg and cinnamon, the winter months offer an exciting assortment of seasonal flavors to sample. Do you want to surprise your guests with a new treat this Christmas season? Make one of these simple and delicious recipes for your next holiday party!       YUMMY PEPPERMINT BISCOTTI   Mint lovers will adore this deliciously wintry biscotti recipe. A chocolate and crushed peppermint frosting make this snack a seasonal favorite.   Prep Time: 1 hour ... more ...
As the leaves fall from the trees and the sun sets earlier each evening, the crisp, cool days of autumn can feel especially rushed. Fortunately, the fall harvest brings us a number of great seasonal foods, from tart apples to savory squash. Make the most of these excellent autumnal flavours with these simple, mouth-watering dinner dishes. Even on the coldest autumn days, these hearty meals will keep you warm and fill you up.   CHICKEN KIEV Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes   Chicken Kiev is a quick, filling dish that's straight-forward and easy to prepare, making... more ...
The market for gluten-free foodstuffs is increasing rapidly year by year. In the United States, sales in the niche food market have more than doubled since 2010. Though the gluten-free food industry is now raking in more than $20 billion dollars annually, most of us are still in the dark as to what the "gluten-free diet" really is. Would you benefit from eating gluten-free items, or is the diet merely a passing fad? Read on to learn more!   What exactly is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in a number of grains, most notably wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Gluten is a naturall... more ...