Eat chocolate – for your health!

Think eating healthy means eschewing your favorite foods? If one of your favorite foods is chocolate, then you can indulge without guilt. In case you haven’t heard, chocolate is good for you!

Healthy Recipe: Fresh Tomato Salsa

Summer is a time of abundant fresh produce, and few fruits or vegetables scream summer like tomatoes straight from the vine. Tomatoes have many uses in the kitchen. Of course there is the infamous bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, and many folks enjoy taking advantage of summer’s abundant harvest by canning tomato sauces and salsas for use throughout the year.

Infused Water: How to Make It and Why You Should Be Drinking It

We’ve written before about the benefits of staying hydrated, and the topic of appropriate fluid intake is at the forefront of many people’s minds during the warmer summer months. When it comes to hydration, we know that water is a better, more healthful option than sugary, flavored beverages. We also know, though, that the taste of plain water is just not appealing to some. Thankfully, water infused with fruit, herbs, and even vegetables is making plain water everywhere more appealing.

Foods to Fight Allergies

An allergic reaction to substances such as tree pollen, grass pollen, mold, and ragweed causes the body to release inflammatory substances, including histamine, that attempt to rid the body of the allergic trigger. A diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods may help reduce inflammation in the body, which may lessen the blow of those pesky allergy symptoms.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

Maybe you’ve only ever seen rhubarb in your grandparents’ garden, or maybe you’ve glanced at it while walking through the farmers market. If you’ve never actually cooked with it, now is the time to reconsider.

Healthy Recipe: Avocado Dip

Avocado is the perfect base for a creamy, flavorful dip. Because this dip is vegetable-based, it’s low in saturated fat and is less inflammatory than those that are dairy-based. This recipe adds a little sour cream into the mix, which gives it a smoother consistency than a traditional guacamole and which may make it more palatable to those who aren’t in love with the flavor and texture of avocado. Sour cream also adds a probiotic punch to the mix, and most of us could use a little more of that digestion-promoting, immune supportive element.

Eating for Your Heart

Each week, it seems, a new study comes out promoting the heart-health benefits of a new food. It can be hard for even the most nutrition-conscious among us to keep up. Fortunately, there are some eating recommendations on which most scientists and doctors agree. 

Trendiest Foods of 2016

For whatever reason, every year has a newly-famed food or two, even if such foods have been around for centuries—kale is the perfect example. This year is no exception, as some foods are already making their way into the spotlight. Here’s a short list of 2016’s potential celebrities.

Recipe: Quick and Easy Cornbread Muffins

Cornbread is a wintertime staple for many. After all, it is a pretty perfect accompaniment to a hot bowl of soup or chili. Unfortunately, many boxed cornbread mixes are high in sodium and sugar and additionally contain unwanted additives. Fortunately, though, cornbread is easy to make at home, and these cornbread muffins are simple, tasty, and no exception to the easy-to-make rule.

Kitchen Safety During the Holidays

 When care is not taken to create and maintain a safe kitchen environment, accidents ranging in seriousness from minor cuts and burns to broken bones and major fires can occur. Take these precautions to ensure that food and drink preparation is a safe and cheerful experience during this holiday season and in the days to come.

Easy Chocolate Truffles

A traditional truffle is a soft chocolate candy made with butter and sugar and rolled into a ball. Due to their richness, truffles are often thought of as an extremely indulgent treat. They also have a luxurious reputation, which causes many folks to be hesitant about making them at home. Good news: we’ve got a recipe for truffles that is simple, easy, and not loaded with sugar and fat. Best of all, there is no melting of chocolate involved.

The Thanksgiving Table: Beyond the “Stuffing”

It seems that the focus of Thanksgiving has shifted from stuffing a turkey to stuffing faces. For many folks, holidays are a time for food and fellowship, and sometimes indulging in both is really good for the soul. Discomfort can ensue, though, once delighting in festive foods turns into majorly over-consuming them. Too often, this discomfort turns to misery when self-loathing for having eaten too much begins. This Thanksgiving, focus on all the nutritional goodness the table can offer (there’s a lot!), and you might just find that complete enjoyment—without misery—is possible.

Savory Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile and are just as delicious and satisfying in a savory dish as they are in a sweet one. This recipe is a perfect example. It’s warming and fragrant, and it’s light but richly flavorful. In a nutshell, it’s totally appropriate for the Thanksgiving table. And, it can be made several hours in advance and tossed in the oven just before mealtime.

Recipe: Steel Cut Oatmeal with Maple Cinnamon Nut Cream

Oatmeal gets a lot of publicity due the fiber content and concentration that give it a heart-healthy reputation. It gets less publicity for a being a brain food , but it’s deserving of this reputation too. Oatmeal really has a lot of goodness to share with us, especially if prepared with steel cut oats, which are less processed than rolled or old-fashioned oats, and much less processed than instant oats or oatmeal. Because of this, steel cut oats have the benefit of inducing a much less dramatic rise in blood sugar than other types of oats or oatmeal.

This recipe includes directions for overnight preparation, which requires less hands-on time and attention than traditional preparation , but either method will work. Though the title includes the word cream and preparation results in a creamy product, the recipe does not call for any dairy product, so it is appropriate for those who avoid milk and dairy products due to allergy or intolerance.

Brain Food

The development of dementia and/or the decline of cognitive function are often the most frustrating and emotionally challenging effects of aging for many individuals and their loved ones. Research on such effects is ever evolving, and we still have a lot to learn regarding development, prevention, and treatment. What we know for sure is that food choices have the potential to positively impact brain health.

Benefits of Staying Hydrated

There’s a reason that for as long as we can remember, we’ve been instructed to drink eight glasses of water each day. While eight glasses isn’t necessarily the magic number for every person at every stage of life, it’s a good reference and a good reminder that drinking an adequate amount of water is vitally important for good health. Of course water is important during hot summer months when our bodies cool themselves by releasing heat via sweat, but it’s equally as important every day of the year.

Fiber-Rich Roasted Root Vegetables

Fiber is associated with good health in people young and old. It promotes digestion, blood sugar balance, and cardiovascular health, and it’s these benefits that make adequate consumption of fiber especially important as we age.

Eat the Rainbow

Ask almost anyone what kinds of foods should be eaten for good health, and an answer that includes “fruits and vegetables” is almost guaranteed. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and water—all of which are essential for nourishing the physical, mental, and emotional body. In addition to fruits and vegetables, most people know that it’s important to eat some type of protein and that whole grains should have a pretty regular place on the plate. An important aspect of healthful eating that is sometimes overlooked, though, is the color palette of the plate created when a meal is assembled.

Healthy Eating Recipe: Easy Mixed Berry Salad

This simple recipe uses balsamic vinegar to add a subtle sweetness and another layer of flavor. Fresh basil is incorporated and pairs nicely with berries to produce a rich but refreshing taste. A dash of cinnamon and a pinch of salt go a long in rounding out the flavor profile without being overbearing. The more fruit, the merrier the taste, so feel free to add fresh cherries, watermelon, or sliced peaches