Five on Friday: Back to School with Our Bloggers’ Connection

Join us each month as we round up our favorite seasonal posts from the Cooking Light Blogger Connection. This month’s theme is Back to School, and these fun recipes are sure to add variety to lunch boxes and ease dinnertime stress: 1. Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Bars: These nut-free bars from The Redhead Baker are a nutritious breakfast for kids on the go. […]

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Food Label Literacy: What do expiration labels mean?

Food labels are important. So then why do they feel like an obscure language that needs to be decoded and deciphered? It’s not uncommon practice to throw away loaves of bread and bags of apples way past when we should or much earlier than necessary just so we can avoid asking the embarrassing question: Can I eat this? We talked to NSF […]

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Watermelon Water Revelry

Watermelon juice. At any age, it’s one of the most satisfying natural beverages for a summer day. Whether you’ve gone melon-crazy and find yourself with a trunk full of the striped fruit, or you’ve made the Watermelon Leather and now have two jugs of leftover watermelon “water,” I have a few ideas for you. The best part? Watermelon is refreshing […]

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Cooking Light’s Collegiate Football and Food Kickoff

Come the waning days of August, when the weather cools ever so slightly and anticipation hangs in the air thicker than all the gooped-up butter on Paula Deen’s kitchen utensils, there’s an unspoken understanding here in the South: Plan a wedding during college football season at your own peril. Because when the first SEC game kicks off this Thursday, August 28th, weekends […]

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Eating Whole 30: Week 3

By this week, eating Whole30 feels normal. Drinking soda water + lime in bars feels normal; passing the plate of brownies right on by feels normal; ordering sandwiches without bread, cheese, or enthusiasm feels normal… The novelty of this whole shebang has worn off, and I’ve simply accepted it as my lot in life [for roughly one more week]. On […]

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Craft a Better Cold Brew: Homemade Coffee Ice Cubes

For immediate refreshment and downright deliciousness, iced coffee is my go-to choice on a steamy summer day. The first sips are pure bliss — crisp, smooth, and revitalizing —but then the ice begins to melt. Suddenly, that thirst-quenching, full-bodied iced coffee is now a watered-down disappointment. While my first thought was just that I needed to drink the coffee faster, […]

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Milk vs. Almond Milk: The Numbers

They’re interchangeable as a white liquid for cereal, but in terms of nutrition, they’re quite different. Almond milk has very little protein and no calcium naturally. Dairy milk is often higher in calories. 8 ounces of 2% reduced-fat milk > 122 calories, 4.8g fat, 8g protein 8 ounces of 1% low-fat milk > 102 calories, 2.4g fat, 8g protein 8 ounces of […]

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Taste Test: Our Favorite Almond Milks

We tasted almond milks in three flavor categories. We tried all of them plain. Any milks with more than 14g of sugar per cup were eliminated. Our Favorite Sweetened Almond Milk 365 Everyday Value Organic Original Almondmilk $3.39 (64 fluid ounces) This milk’s great flavor is what you should expect from good almond milk—a warm, tangy nuttiness that’s balanced by […]

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Go Meatless Once a Week with Healthy Habits Hero, Ivy Manning

Embracing meat-free meals requires a simple shift in plate balance. The country’s collective culinary focus is shifting from the meat to the potatoes (and kale, quinoa, and cauliflower). Chefs, many of whom have spent the past decade in a bacon-fat-fueled haze, are waking up to the pleasures of all things vegetal. Home cooks, whether driven by environmental or economic reasons, […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — August 25-29

Every Sunday, we publish a week of Cooking Light dinner plans filled with our favorite recipes—both from current issues and classics. Each meal is designed to be ready and on the table in 45 minutes or less so that you have more time to enjoy the food you’ve prepared and the company of those you’ve prepared it for.

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