Simple Chicken Salad

Simple Chicken Salad

There are no complex ingredients that take away from the delicious flavor of the basic ingredients in this recipe, courtesy of Cafè at Pharr. The cafe also bakes fresh bread daily and does not use any oil, butter, sugar, milk or preservatives to keep the menu offerings healthy. Ingredients1 1/2… Read more...
Stay-Cool Soups

Stay-Cool Soups

While the weather gets warmer, consider trying some cold, refreshing soups to help usher in the summer months. Don’t think that chilled soup is your forte? Jenny Levison, owner of Souper Jenny, recommends starting simple with a bowl of Gazpacho. “In my book, Gazpacho is the perfect summer soup,” she… Read more...
An alternative to the traditional hamburger

An alternative to the traditional hamburger

This dish highlights Mediterranean flavors paired with Greek yogurt to dilute the spiciness. Healthy tip: Butcher shops carry lamb shoulders, which are lower in calories and fat than what you’ll find at your grocery store, and they can grind it for you on the spot. Ingredients:2 lbs lean ground lamb… Read more...

Weighing In

Go green. While additional studies are needed, initial research supports the idea that green tea can aid in weight loss while lowering cholesterol. Fill up on fiber. People consuming more dietary fiber tend to be less overweight because it prevents them from eating so much at each meal. Eat right,… Read more...
Rainbow Connection

Rainbow Connection

Red: Apples, Cranberries, Pomegranates, BeetsHow to eat them: Add apples and cranberries to salads. Enjoy pomegranates as a snack. Steam beets and serve with a meal. Orange/yellow: Squash, Pumpkins, Sweet PotatoesHow to eat them: Steam and drizzle with olive oil, add to vegetable soups, cube and roast or serve in… Read more...
A better brew

A better brew

There is such a thing as a better brew. According to Tom Dargen, director of Brewing Operations at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants (www.gordonbiersch.com), many dark beers such as Schwarz Bier and Guinness are actually lower in calories because they contain less malt and alcohol, despite their strong taste. Also, just… Read more...
Have a Smoothie!

Have a Smoothie!

Smoothie King’s (www.smoothieking.com) Immune Builder uses fresh bananas, frozen strawberries, soy protein, herbs and honey to boost your immune system this fall. The drink’s key antioxidants include vitamin A, C and E, selenium and Echinacea. A 20-ounce smoothie is 280 calories if you “Make It Skinny,” which comes without Turbinado,… Read more...
Rev Up Your Taste Buds This Season

Rev Up Your Taste Buds This Season

Ingredients:1 tbsp expeller-pressed canola oil1 lb lean ground all-natural turkey breast or thigh1 medium organic red onion, chopped1 medium organic green pepper, chopped28-oz can organic diced tomatoes1 cup (8 oz) canned mushroom-tomato sauce or mushroom-marinara sauce from a jar2 tsp chili powder, or to taste1-2 tsp sea salt, or to… Read more...
Save your figure (and arteries) this Thanksgiving

Save your figure (and arteries) this Thanksgiving

TurkeyEat this: Much of the fat content in turkey is just beneath the skin. To reduce calories, remove the skin before cooking. A 3-ounce serving of skinless turkey breast contains 26 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat and 0 grams of saturated fat.Not that:Turkey with skin, and even worse,… Read more...
Cookie Corner

Cookie Corner

Dried cranberries are one of the best sources of a phytochemical known as a tannin, an important contributor to heart health and a powerful antioxidant that has been linked to aging prevention, among many other things. Oatmeal is a good source of fiber, selenium, zinc, protein, iron, copper, vitamin E,… Read more...