Nutritional tips for packing brain-boosting school lunches
Parents know kids can't concentrate when they're hungry. But did you know that what children eat - especially in school lunches - can also affect their ability to focus, learn and behave well in the classroom? Packing your children's school lunches is a great way to manage their nutritional intake and help feed their ability to learn.
Dish up the love this holiday season with time-honored recipes
The heart of the holiday season centers around the bonds created during celebrations and traditions - Thanksgiving dinner, cookie exchanges, Christmas and Hanukkah parties and more. These special moments are often created in and around the kitchen. Whether it's an afternoon spent making holiday cookies or sitting around the table enjoying Grandma's famous meatballs, there's something special about quality time spent together preparing for or enjoying seasonal fare.
The term appears on headlines and is splashed on food labels everywhere -"super foods" get people talking. But what really is a super food, and how do you cut through confusion to find the foods that truly have a powerful impact on your health and wellness? Consider this insight from the experts.
With the holiday party season right around the corner, a growing camp of entertaining experts suggests approaching things a little less like Martha Stewart, and a little more like Steven Spielberg. Whether it's a Thanksgiving potluck, or an elegant Christmas dinner, entertaining pros know that "setting the scene" for a memorable event can make a significantly greater impact than debuting the next ambitious dessert recipe.
Money-saving tips to help you stock up this season
As summer winds down, many are heading into a busy buying season with Labor Day soirees and preparing for back-to-school. With the average family expected to spend an average of $634.78 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation, consumers are seeking cost saving strategies to ensure they are getting the most bang for the buck.
What's for dinner? It's a question most of us ask every day. With evening routines packed full of extracurricular activities, chores and preparation for the following day, we don't always have as much time as we'd like to make dinner. Fortunately, a quick, delicious and healthy meal can still be an option for your family, even when you're short on time. All it takes is a little planning, some common ingredients and one trip to the grocery store.
Gifts for foodies guaranteed to leave taste buds dancing
Between the growing trends of boutique restaurants, creative home cooking and entire television networks dedicated to food, you probably know a few people who consider themselves "foodies." Whether they love craft beer, decadent chocolate treats or gourmet cheeses, you can find many great gift ideas for people passionate about food and drink. Make their holiday extra bright by indulging their interests and exploring some of these top trends in food-related gifts.
From cookies to cupcakes, the holidays just aren't complete without freshly-baked treats to gift, serve and enjoy. But baking isn't always a piece of cake, whether you're an expert or novice baker. So this year, as you preheat your oven and prepare to whip up dozens of your favorite recipes, check out these five helpful tips to ensure your holiday cookies don't crumble.
Holiday meals are often the highlights of the season, as nothing beats making memories with friends and family over delicious food and good wine. However, planning the perfect get-together can be difficult and even stressful. To help you get through this holiday season seamlessly, Tom Colicchio, chef/owner of Craft Restaurants and head judge on Top Chef is sharing his tips for planning an effortless holiday meal that will knock your guests' socks off.
See your diabetes in a new light this tailgating season
Tailgates are often synonymous with calorie-packed, high-fat foods that can make it challenging for people with type 2 diabetes to stay on-track with managing their condition. But, even if you have type 2 diabetes, there's no reason to sit on the tailgating sidelines this season.
Going gluten free may not be enough to manage celiac disease
If you suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, joint pain, skin rash, mouth sores or tingling in the legs and feet, you may be one of the approximately 1 percent of Americans who are diagnosed with celiac disease. For those who are diagnosed with celiac disease, following a strict gluten-free diet is currently the only option available when seeking symptomatic relief. While the growing availability of gluten-free products available in stores may make it easier to manage these symptoms, is a gluten-free diet enough to make symptoms go away?
You just had turkey - opt for unique seafood entrees at your next holiday celebration
Certain flavors and foods are strongly associated with the holiday season - seafood, however, isn't always among those favored dishes. But it could be! The right seasonings and a dash of creativity - along with historically low prices on well-loved options like lobster - could make seafood a centerpiece of your holiday menus.
Whether it's your child's birthday or your relatives are flying in from overseas to take part in special family gathering, your life is filled with special events worth celebrating. Of course, you'd love to salute every one of them with a once-in-a-lifetime party, but how do you do that without winding up with a garage filled with party clutter that you'll never use again and an empty wallet?
Practice makes perfect: a dress rehearsal for your turkey
The holidays are approaching and before you know it, you'll be thinking about that daunting task of cooking a turkey. This holiday season, make sure your bird impresses all the guests and relatives by conducting a dress rehearsal for your turkey.
With fall's arrival, many people change out their wardrobe, meals and turn up the thermostat, but often forget that just a few simple changes can get their home and other parts of their life ready for autumn. Renowned designer David Bromstad offers his quick and simple tips to transition and transform your interior spaces for the season, no matter your budget or style.
No tricks here: Treat guests to a hair-raising Halloween experience
Whether prepping for trick-or-treaters or hosting a party fit for Frankenstein, turning your home into a haunted house can be fun and easy. With these tips, before you know it, your home will be transformed into the spookiest house on the block.
Gifts to decor: 'Hot' chocolate ideas for the holidays
While many of us consider chocolate welcome and appropriate at any time of year, this most delightful sweet can take center stage during the holidays. Whether you give it as a gift, serve it on a holiday buffet or make it the centerpiece of your seasonal decor, chocolate is always on trend. Here are some hot ideas for making your holiday entertaining a celebration of all things chocolate.
The pleasant weather this time of year is ideal for outdoor gatherings. Instead of a go-to meal of burgers and potato salad, explore your culinary side and try something fresh and different. Entertaining with local vegetables and flavorful garden herbs can be easy, healthy and delicious. Farmers markets are often the best source for ingredients straight from the garden.
Experience the robust flavor of Vietnamese cinnamon
Cinnamon may be the world's most popular baking spice, but all cinnamons are not created equal, and in the foodie world, Vietnamese cinnamon has emerged as the most prized of the bunch. Dark reddish/brown and lushly aromatic, Vietnamese cinnamon is favored for its distinctly sweet, peppery, spicy flavor. Less tannic and more robust than its relatives, it delivers a powerful taste whether used solo - as in those gooey rolls or spirally bread - or in combo with other spices - in a curry or pumpkin pie spice blend, for example.
Fall is a great time to try new recipes. Why? Because the markets are bursting with bounty of the harvest season. Included in that bounty is the fall harvest of grapes, which are in fine fresh supply through January. Besides their long season, grapes are amazingly versatile as an ingredient.
How to maximize the flavor and nutrition of snack mixes
Everyone wants to enjoy foods they can feel good about eating, and snacks are no different. While carrot sticks and crackers with cheese are great go-to options, it's important to mix things up. Snacking should be tasty and combine an interesting medley of flavors, as well as include whole grains and vitamin-rich ingredients, resulting in a savory, nutritious nibble.
Adding in, not just cutting out, is key to better eating habits
When you think of eating right, does your mind immediately turn to what you should cut out of your diet? The list of things you might consider giving up can be long and daunting. As important as it might be to cut out some foods, don't overlook the importance of the things you should add in, such as quality ingredients, appealing flavors and textures, and satisfying portions.
Upgrading your morning routine can pay dividends throughout the day by helping you remain focused and energized. Before life takes in you in a million directions, optimize your start to the day by incorporating these simple steps to slow down and savor.
Whether you're a trained chef or simply enjoy cooking at home, there's always a certain amount of trepidation at the thought of having guests for dinner. Do you go out on a culinary limb and serve something impressively daring, or do you play it safe with a tried and true menu? If you decide to take a chance, how daring are you? And, if your menu is an adventure for the taste buds, what wine do you pair with it?
Can your morning cup of joe make the world a better place?
Can't start your day without a cup of coffee? You're not alone; 63 percent of adult Americans drink coffee every day, according to the 2012 National Coffee Association's National Coffee Drinking Trends study. All those cups of joe, however, can do more than give Americans the boost they need to wake up. They also have the potential to help coffee farmers around the world.
The days are getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change colors and team banners are starting to appear on front porches everywhere. It can only mean one thing - football season is back. With it comes more than 32 million fantasy football players and a whole lot of weekend game-watching festivities.
Stressed by social obligations? Tips for an easier holiday season
The holiday season is filled with gatherings of friends and family. As invitations to different holiday events begin to flood your calendar, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to attend everything.
Quick and easy meal solutions for holiday entertaining
The hectic holidays can mean hurried cooks, frantic trips to the grocery store and chaotic menu planning. But it doesn't have to - with some tried and true solutions for easy entertaining, you can reduce your stress and set up a holiday party guaranteed to impress guests from near or far.
You're all too familiar with that one, dreaded moment when the festivities end. It hits you every year like a bad hangover. You promise yourself that once the last sip of eggnog has been guzzled and the cookie jar has been emptied, you'll get healthy.
The grilled cheese: A new spin on an American classic
Still think a grilled cheese sandwich is processed cheese between two slices of white bread? It's time to find out what you've been missing. Mouth-watering bacon, savory onions, sweet fruits, artisan bread all deliciously layered with flavored Cheddars and Monterey Jacks; these are today's grilled cheese sandwiches. If that gets your stomach grumbling, try out these delicious recipes and see if they don't inspire your creativity to create a unique grilled cheese of your own.
Caramel to cranberries: Holiday stain-busting tips keep carpets bright
Whether it's the ghouls trick-or-treating on Halloween, the gobbles of great food on Thanksgiving, or the gatherings of loved ones over the holiday season, you will likely be hosting an event at your home in the upcoming months. Food and friends make the perfect pairing for celebrations - but that can mean spills and splashes on carpets. There's no need to panic when you know the tricks the pros use to treat tough holiday carpet stains.
Trend in nostalgic nosh brings new flavor to fine dining
Seasoned tots with your filet mignon? Fries with parmesan cheese and truffle oil? But of course. Comfort foods with sophisticated flair are plated in abundance at the finest restaurants around the country, as chefs reinvent potato sides like fries and tots with new dips, toppings and custom spice blends. Excitement continues to build as these nostalgic dishes from the kiddie table can now be found making their way to grown-ups' plates.
Once temperatures start to drop, keeping kids active can be a difficult task as weekends migrate away from park visits and Little League games to more time spent indoors. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do in your own home to keep children engaged and help limit their video game and TV time. One of those things is cooking together, which reinforces math, science and reading comprehension skills while building great memories.
Girls' night: Tips to take you from primp to party
Girls' night out is a rite of passage, a time to celebrate friendships and embrace life. Preparing for a big night on the town is often as much fun as the actual outing. Creating the perfect environment for primping is an essential piece of the plan - whether hitting the hottest club or checking out the trendiest new restaurant, a girl knows she has to look good and be in the right mood. Follow these tips for the perfect primping party.
One mac and cheese recipe served 3 ways makes for ultimate comfort food
The chill of the season heralds many changes, including your appetite for heartier foods. This is the perfect time to break out the casserole dishes and whip up your family's favorite comfort foods. Americans seem to agree that when it comes to comfort classics, macaroni and cheese is what they crave. Here are three variations sure to please.
Adding traditional twists to the Thanksgiving meal
Across America, families will be spending Thanksgiving together, and more than likely, enjoying the same menu items they've enjoyed in years past. Interestingly, more than half of Americans would embrace adding new foods or new preparations to the Thanksgiving table this year, and many think that side dishes provide the perfect opportunity to experiment.
The holiday season just wouldn't be the same without the decadent treats and extravagant meals that mark the season. While these treats are tempting, they can wreak havoc on your health in the long term. But swearing off some of the season's best assets will only turn you into a Grinch.
Don't worry, Mom. In this case, it's OK to play with your food. The latest online social media craze features awe-inspiring galleries of edible art, showcasing everyday ingredients transformed into munchable holiday masterpieces.
Think outside the chocolate box when hosting a holiday cookie exchange
The holidays provide a good excuse to bake and eat cookies. Not the traditional chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies that most of us eat during the rest of the year, but those special recipes that have everyone going back for a second taste. Hosting a cookie exchange is a great way to expose your friends to a wider variety of cookie recipes this holiday season.
Expert tips for adding top home design trends to your holiday decor
From decking the halls to trimming the tree, everyone loves the tradition of decorating their home for the holiday season. It's a time to pull out heirloom pieces and blend them with modern elements to make your home truly one of a kind. This year, refresh your holiday motif with a few top decor trends for a look guaranteed to impress.
Better-for-you snacks to satisfy all your holiday guests
The holiday season is a time for everyone to indulge in delicious foods but doing so shouldn't be a guilt-ridden experience. There are several options available to satisfy your taste buds while still staying on track. The following are some snack options that not only embrace the latest food trends but are sure to please your guests as well.
With the return of cool autumn weather, our thoughts turn to warm, comforting foods. But cold-weather cooking needn't be dull. This year, take your menu cues from restaurant and cooking trends to create fun fall foods your entire family will enjoy.
The holiday season's here - time for enjoying your favorite foods, cider simmering on the stove and gatherings of friends and family. If you're hosting a holiday celebration, prepping your home now will help reduce last-minute chores and make the season more enjoyable.
Space-making ideas create room for holiday entertaining
Every holiday party is as individual as the hosts and interesting as the guests. Yet whether you plan a sophisticated dinner party or an afternoon buffet, all parties do have one thing in common: the need for entertaining space.
Think outside the lunch box to make school lunches they'll love
Many parents prefer packing their kids' school lunches for a number of reasons, from cost savings to the confidence of having better control over what their children eat. But packing the same-old, same-old every day can get tired fast - for both parent and child. By adding a dollop of creativity to packed lunches, parents can ensure they serve something kids will enjoy throughout the school year.
Seven simple tips for prepping your home for the holidays
There's something about the holiday season that makes gathering with family and friends extra special. But between the cooking, decorating and shopping, preparing for the holidays with that never-ending to-do list can be overwhelming.
Tips for successful gift giving this holiday season
This time of year, there is no shortage of holiday gift guides available to help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Whether it's your chocolate-loving aunt or fashion-forward sister, there is an art to selecting just the right things to put smiles on their faces.
Enjoy special holiday meals that have great nutrition
The most wonderful time of the year always means great tasting food! From family gatherings to holiday parties, sweet treats and delicious meals are everywhere during the holidays, but that shouldn't prevent you from eating healthy. Whether it is a side dish, gingerbread cookies or turkey, you can still enjoy the best holiday meals while keeping your health in mind.
Kitchen fires spike during holidays: Keep your family safe
During the holidays, more Americans spend time in the kitchen preparing meals for family and friends. That additional kitchen time also means added risk of home fires. In fact, three times more fires occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day than on any other days of the year, yet many Americans aren't practicing basic kitchen safety. This holiday season, follow these simple fire-safety tips.
The holidays are that special time of year when we open our homes and welcome guests from far and wide. It is a chance for us to connect with old friends and family we may not have seen since the previous holiday season.
Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be difficult at any time of year, but no time places more stress on finding a great gift than Christmas. It goes beyond finding the "perfect" gift for special days and holidays to giving something that reflects your affection or appreciation for the gifts you've received over time from that individual.
Entertaining with family and friends is one part of the holiday season that we all look forward to. But holiday hosting can sometimes be harried. To keep you and your guests merry this season, consider hosting a wine party that shines.
With the hectic back-to-school season underway, it's time to get back to easy weeknight meals. Preparing a wholesome and delicious dinner may feel extra stressful when time is scarce. That's why many busy families rely on slow cookers to get them through the week. In fact, slow cooking can speed up your meal planning in a big way.
Tech tips and tricks for foodies and cooking enthusiasts
There's nothing quite like sharing a meal to keep you connected to friends and family. Between busy schedules and long distances, even a quick meal can be tough to coordinate. Since so much of our lives are managed online these days, a few tech tips and tricks can help keep your life gourmet.
When it comes to making healthy meals and nutritious snacks, mom and dad typically take the lead in the kitchen. But as peak entertaining season gets underway, the additional cooking and baking can keep parents extra busy. Before you let party prep stress you out, remember that this can be a great time to let your children take part in important holiday traditions and learn a lot about cooking and healthy eating, too.
Mouth-watering desserts in small bites are all the rage this holiday season. Guests love the idea of having lots of choices at holiday gatherings, so more options in smaller portions will be popular this year.
Your game plan for disaster-free, tailgating success
Tailgating is an investment in having fun-42 percent of tailgaters spend more than $500 a season on food and supplies. When you're spending that much on your pre-game fun, food failures, cooler crises and other disasters are not an option. Here are a handful of common tailgating disasters and your game plan for avoiding them.
Food is an integral part of many celebrations, and whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a family get-together, chances are there's a baked good in attendance. Perhaps you're thinking of trying your hand at some family recipes you've never made before, or want to experiment with favorites from other holiday traditions. Whatever dish you make this holiday season, these baking basics help ensure success.
Lunch box 101: 10 nutritious tips and tricks for parents
Lunch box nutrition has come a long way from bologna on white bread with a juice drink pouch. As parents get ready to send their kids back to school, an easy lesson on lunch box nutrition may be just the thing to help kids get to the head of the class. Packing a winning lunch is not only about health and nutrition, but also about keeping food fresh and appetizing for kids.
Every host knows the elements of a great party - fantastic food and beverages, just the right balance of sophistication and fun, and decor that speaks to the season and theme of your soiree. In the right combination, those ingredients ensure guests will have a great time. But what about your good time? Staging a party should be every bit as sweet for you as attending it is for your guests.
You don't have to deny your cravings this holiday season. It is possible to create satisfying, sweet treats that are healthier options than traditional holiday fare. With these quick nutrition-savvy tips, enjoying decadent desserts has never tasted so good.
Make eye-healthy foods part of your holiday meals and memories this season
As you plan your holiday menu this season, you may not realize that even your favorite traditional recipes can be easily updated to include more nutritious ingredients. And because vision plays such a critical role not only in enjoying your favorite meals but also in making memories with family and loved ones throughout the holiday season, including foods with benefits specific to eye health can help ensure you can see your best so you don't miss a thing.
With diabetes and obesity cases at alarmingly high levels in the U.S., people are starting to take small steps toward leading healthier lifestyles to try to prevent these issues.Eating healthy and incorporating regular exercise into your lifestyle are some commonly known good first steps, but another great step is "reducing sugar in your diet as a way of reducing glucose and caloric intake," says Dr. Luis Pacheco an Emmy award-winning family physician and professor of medicine at the University of Texas.
Sunday fun-day: How to throw the ultimate football party this season
Football season is here and whether you're a diehard fan or just a fan of all the Sunday parties, chances are you're going to attend or host a get together centered around the country's favorite sport sometime soon.
America's restaurant and foodservice industry provides jobs and careers for 13 million people - 10 percent of our nation's workforce. While restaurants serve as a stepping stone for many - one in three Americans got their first job experience in a restaurant - it's also an industry of tremendous opportunity, where individuals of all backgrounds are given the opportunity to move up the ladder and succeed. In fact, 80 percent of restaurant owners began their careers as hourly workers in the industry.
Wish your soiree could have a bit more swagger? You don't need a celebrity budget and abode to throw a stunning celebration. With just a bit of creative vision and DIY savvy, you'll have an affair to remember in no time at all.
Cinnamon roll or coffee cake? Butter or gravy? Learn the smart swaps for your holiday indulgences
The holiday season just wouldn't be the same without the decadent treats and extravagant meals that mark the season. While these treats are tempting, they can wreak havoc on your health in the long term. But swearing off some of the season's best assets will only turn you into a Grinch.
'Tis the season to entertain: A simple guide to artisanal wine and cheese pairings
Planning a get together with close friends or family this holiday season and fretting over what to serve? Regardless of theme or guest list, a delicious artisanal cheese and wine platter is a great way to start off any gathering. By following these simple guidelines, creating the perfect pairings can be one of the simplest things on your to-do list this holiday season.
Planning ahead is key to throwing a memorable party
There's nothing more chic than entertaining with ease and seamlessly bringing family and friends together over a great meal at a fashionable table. If you want to be known as an unforgettable host, follow these tips for entertaining in style to impress guests at your next event.
The nice thing about cold weather is that it creates the perfect opportunity to enjoy the warmth of family and friends or some quiet time alone. What sounds more pleasant than placing some wood in the fire and curling up in front of the TV with a new movie? When planning a movie night, here are some tips that can help create a comfortable evening for the whole group.
Gracious etiquette tips to survive holiday gatherings
Whether you are hosting a fantastic holiday gathering or you're the gracious guest, ask yourself this question: Are you comfortable with your knowledge of etiquette? Are you confident in your table manners or do you admit you take your cue by watching those around you?
'Tis the season of wonderful company and delicious food! It's also that time of year to bring friends and family together, but preparing for holiday gatherings along with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping can often be stressful and time consuming. In fact, Thanksgiving is the most stressful holiday for home cooks as more than one in three Millennials plans to host a gathering at their home and 57 percent have noted feeling pressure when preparing a holiday meal, according to the Allrecipes' 2013 Annual Holiday Survey. Following are a few easy tips to simplify your holiday planning so you can spend more time with loved ones.
Shake up snack time with a pop of flavor inspiration
Today, Americans eat around 16 billion quarts of popcorn every year making it the nation's favorite snack food by volume. Naturally rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, low calorie air-popped popcorn has more iron than eggs and more fiber than traditional salty snacks. In addition to being healthy, it's wallet-friendly. For about 25 cents, you can pop enough kernels to satisfy a family of four. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, what makes popcorn the greatest snack is its ability to adapt to consumers' ever-changing palettes.
Looking for a great space to chill out and hang with the dudes? Call it the basement, the garage, a home bar, or just a room dedicated to enjoying the game - it's your man cave. This year, take your space to the next level with these important game day essentials. If you're lucky - it'll become a known game day spot for seasons to come.
Excited about hosting a holiday party; but dreading the decorating? You don't have to spend a great deal of money or invest a lot of time to get your home holiday ready. There are a number of quick, easy and inexpensive projects you can complete to update your decor before the first guest rings the doorbell.
The countdown to this year's holiday season has begun. Department stores have decked the halls. Families are scheduling trips to visit far-away loved ones. And hosts everywhere are stressing about entertaining family and friends during this frantic season of peace and good will.
Don't let food allergies dim school kids' enjoyment of holiday treats
The holiday season means lots of fun, celebrations, parties and treats in schools across the country. Everyone looks forward to these events, but it's important to keep in mind children who have food-related allergies. Extreme reactions to food allergens can spoil holiday enjoyment for kids, so take steps to ensure food allergic children don't come in contact with trigger foods.
Celebrity chef Art Smith 'cooks up' a recipe for type 2 diabetes management
When celebrity Chef Art Smith was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008, he took the news as a wake-up call. Soon after, he began working with his doctor to develop a treatment plan that was right for him. He also made changes to his diet to include more fresh vegetables and started exercising five days a week, which led him to eventually lose 120 pounds.
Kids around the country are heading for school. For parents, now is the time to think about providing nutritious meals in kids' lunch boxes and on the kitchen table - keeping them energized and focused throughout the day, and above all else, healthy.