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Chipping Away at Chips 'n' Dips for Healthier Options

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Chips 'n' dips are the backbone of backyard entertaining. If you chip away at the chip 'n' dip legend, though, what you might find are options that, instead of being mere indulgences, could be healthier snacks boasting gourmet flavors.

Nothing could be easier for warm weather entertaining than mixing up a quick dip and placing it on a patio ...Read more

Changing Seasons Should Mean Changing Oatmeal

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Piping hot oatmeal is often a hallmark of winter. Hearty add-ins, like milk, maple syrup and dried cranberries, also complement cold weather. Do you shed oatmeal during spring and summer, just as you would your winter wardrobe?

Reconsider. The king of superfoods is amiable to seasonal adjustments, which not only guarantee nutrition, but ...Read more

Great Grilling

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My favorite warm-weather hostess gifts or any holiday presents are one and the same -- small cast-iron BBQ saucepots crafted with platform bases to sit out of the way on the corner of the grill well above flames or heat. They come with a brush to baste or glaze while grilling, or can warm sauces as accompaniments to outdoor meals.

The pots ...Read more

A Bite Can Go a Long Way

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If you're looking for a clever way to reduce dessert portions -- for your kids or yourself -- bites can go a long way. Whether you prepare your own from your favorite recipes or zip into a supermarket bakery, treats like brownie bites, mini cupcakes, muffins and tiny cookies are big on flavor and lighter on calories, carbohydrates and fat.

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Mix and Match Cool Desserts for Healthier Warm-Weather Treats

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Warmer spring weather often means cravings for cool treats. Even if you're on a quest for a bathing suit body, it doesn't preclude indulging in ice cream, especially if you supercharge it. Many popular chains offer mix-ins that turn your ice cram into your own custom flavor. Emulate the process at home, and your scoop will hide some healthy ...Read more

Smoothing Over Objections to Beans

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I placed the smallest one from my stacking mixing bowl set next to my healthy instant cup of tortilla soup. It was called that, even though black beans were the first listed ingredient, brown rice the second and tortillas the last -- even behind spices. I strategically positioned the tiny bowl, which fits about 2 tablespoons of food, so that I...Read more

Flour Power Is in Your Hands

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When you walk down a supermarket flour aisle, are you like a kid in a candy store? Years ago, the choices were generally all-purpose white and wheat. Thanks to artisanal bakers, our purposes have expanded, though, and Oregon-based Bob's Red Mill, founded in 1978, alone distributes about 50 varieties of flours to supermarkets and online, ...Read more

Let Salads Serve as Shortcuts

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Spring is salad season. Restaurant menus, online pages and cafe sidewalk chalkboards are often bursting with descriptions of conglomerations featuring seasonal bounties. Entree salads make their entry this time of year.

When you want to emulate at home, whether traditional treats, like a chef or Cobb salad, or a one-of-a-kind spring special, ...Read more

Pea Protein Is Muscling Its Way Into Meals

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Fresh peas are in season in spring, but pea protein is becoming increasingly in demand all year round. Perhaps you'll first notice it as a supplement or "boost" at your favorite juice bar, as part of a dish at your local cafe or on supermarket shelves next to the old stalwarts, whey and soy protein powders.

I was first introduced a few years ...Read more

Sip Some Slightly Tipsy Tea

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A place in libation history has long been held by Long Island iced tea. Little did I know that I might go down as the creator of Staten Island ale tea. The beverage from the first aforementioned New York City suburban island is of course the powerful concoction of five liquors and lemon juice that may slightly mimic the flavor of iced tea and ...Read more

Raise the Bar with Food Nutrition Bars

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Food and nutrition bar makers have done a lot of work for you. With precision, they have balanced calories, fat, fiber, carbohydrates and other elements. Flavoring has also become sophisticated, with offerings that have covered everything from sweet to savory, such as those featuring international spices, like Kind bars Strong line.

As "A ...Read more


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