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A Healthy and Delicious Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate your mother by treating her to a delicious homemade brunch. And while brunch can sometimes feel like a decadent version of breakfast (several courses! dessert!), there’s no reason brunch can’t also be healthy. For brunch this weekend, plan a menu that’s as good for you as it is good. Assemble your own healthy brunch menu by choosing one dish from each of the categories below:

Something sweet

Chocolate And Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

Olive Oil Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

Something savory

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Mediterranean Diet Myths Busted

Unlike many fad diets, the Mediterranean Diet just doesn’t seem to go out of style. That’s in part because of a persistent influx of research touting its benefits. To be clear what we’re talking about here, the Mediterranean Diet is a pattern of eating that features a bounty of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, nuts and whole grains; a moderate amount of fish and poultry and wine with meals; and minimal amounts of dairy, sweets and red or processed meats. Find out more about what the Mediterranean Diet is and isn’t with these myths:

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9 Ways to Eat More Greens


Kelsey Nixon’s Mean Green Smoothie
You may have heard that dark leafy greens are incredibly healthy. They are. Leafy greens — such as spinach, kale, collard greens, lettuce, escarole and Swiss chard — are chock-full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, and have been linked to lower risk of certain cancers and heart disease. You should be eating at least 1 1/2 to 2 cups of dark leafy greens each week (if you’re eating them raw, double that number since leafy greens shrink when cooked). If you’re wondering how to actually meet that goal, this post is for you. Here are some ideas for how I work greens into breakfasts, lunches, dinners and, yes, even snacks! (I draw the line at green desserts, however.)

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Healthy, Satisfying Snacks to Pack

It’s inevitable — sometime during the day, either between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner, you’re going to get snack-y. And if you’re at the office or out and about, you could be tempted by a not-so-healthy option (caramel macchiato or candy bar, anyone?) With a little planning, you can avoid diet-derailing visits to the vending machine or office candy bowl. These 9 snacks are easy to pack and satisfy your craving for something salty, sweet or crunchy.

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My Favorite Healthy Recipe From ‘Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping’

Flounder with Corn and Tomatoes

Shooting season two of Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping (premiering Saturday, January 19, at 10:30am ET on Cooking Channel) was a delightful and tasty experience. What could be better than sharing flavorful meals and delicious desserts (that were surprisingly low-cal) with my two friends, Melissa and Aarti, especially considering that the fabulous Melissa d’Arabian handled all of the cooking! While every recipe is a winner in my book, a select few have become staples in my home — and only one (OK, three) can be honored with the title “favorite.”

The flaky Flounder with Corn and Tomatoes (pictured above) takes top honors in the entrée category. It’s a cinch to make (I’m talking weeknights!) and just as easy to clean up thanks to the fact that it’s made in a parchment paper wrap. As for the taste: Even my 9-year-old son was wowed! It’s a great marriage of flavors (sweet corn, tangy sundried tomatoes) and texture (flaky fish, crunchy corn, chewy tomatoes) and the presentation, with the pop of color, is just stunning. It’s hard to believe a dish this flavorful is just 185 calories! I made this with a side of quinoa, a whole grain that brings even more nutrition to the table. You could also try it with bulgur or whole-wheat couscous. All three are a snap to prepare.

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Fuel Your Marathon (Or Your Day): Amaranth Pancakes

Amaranth Pancakes Recipe

The New York City Marathon may be 26.2 miles, but runners rack up many, many more during training. Carbo-loading, the guilt-free consumption of rice, pasta and bread in the days leading up to it, can seem like a reward for months of dedication and hard work. Done properly, you’ll have enough stored energy to see you through to the finish line. Overindulge, though, and you’ll get to race day feeling like someone’s handed you a sack of potatoes and asked you to run it through the five boroughs.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Cook Yourself Sexy

Candice's Go-To Roasted Chicken

Candice's Whole Go-To Roasted Chicken is "dressed to kill" with garlic and herbs.

Cook Yourself Sexy CoverFormer model Candice Kumai admits that she starved herself back in her runway days — and she was miserable. Candice found her “inner sexy” after making a drastic life change: She got out of the modeling business and went to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. Now an Iron Chef judge and a regular contributor to Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, she’s out to prove that eating great and looking great don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Candice’s new cookbook, Cook Yourself Sexy, is full of healthy, satisfying recipes and advice on how to maintain your sexiest self. She’s not about deprivation — there are two full chapters on dessert, and she always favors “FWBs” (Foods With Benefits) over low-cal imitation foods.

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3 Recipes for Farro Salads

Farro Salad Recipe

Lately, farro has been getting a lot of attention, and here’s why: there’s nothing quite as simple and substantial as adding nutrient-rich farro to roasted vegetables or vinaigrette-tossed salads. This spelt-like grain is an ancient strand of wheat from Italy, and it adds a distinctive nutty flavor and chewy texture to any dish.  Hearty and rustic farro salads are a delicious way to incorporate more whole grains in your life.

Here are three recipes where farro takes center-stage:

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Cookbook Giveaway: The Sprouted Kitchen

The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook

The Sprouted Kitchen CoverHealth food skeptics might expect the recipes in a cookbook titled The Sprouted Kitchen to be all sprouts and seeds, rabbit-food style. Not so in blogger Sara Forte’s new book, beautifully photographed by her husband, Hugh. Sure, Sara’s recipes highlight fresh produce, whole grains and unsaturated fats — but they’re also tempting and satisfying. Case in point: the spicy Ranchero Breakfast Tostadas pictured above.

From vibrant seasonal salads to fruit-spiked cocktails to bites of (unprocessed) indulgence in the treats section, the book’s 100 recipes are mostly original, with a few favorites from Sara’s popular blog folded in.

The Sprouted Kitchen‘s recipes are both impressive and easy, so try one for a simple weeknight meal or your next dinner party:

The Sprouted Kitchen carrot salad

We’re giving away a copy of The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods to one randomly selected lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite healthy dish.

So, tell us, what’s your go-to healthy recipe?

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Party With a Purpose: Sweetgreen’s Sweetlife Festival

 

Sweetlife Festival 2012 Cooking Channel

Cooking Channel takes you behind the scenes at the 2012 Sweetlife Festival.

This past Saturday, Cooking Channel went behind the scenes of the East Coast’s most eco-friendly music and food event of the season: Sweetgreen’s Sweetlife Festival.

Sweetgreen, a DC-based salad restaurant known for locally-sourced ingredients and sustainable practices, is expanding fast and bringing its unique salads and eco-friendly philosophy of “living the sweetlife” with it. While jamming to indie-pop, alt-rock, electronic and hip-hop, fans chowed down on eco-friendly fare from all-natural chicken sliders to organic kettle corn, all washed down with earth-conscious cocktails.

Check out the best bites paired with the best music from the festival, plus get Sweetgreen’s best salad recipe to try at home:

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