Plant These 5 Herbs This Month

Herbs are at the flavor-packed center of many of our favorite summer dishes, but at $4 a pop for a tiny bunch crammed in a plastic clamshell, they can add bulk to your grocery budget. Fortunately, many common herbs are easily—and definitely more affordably—grown in containers or beds. Plants and seeds are available at local garden centers, online (you can […]

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Big Is Beautiful: Why Tess Holliday Is So Inspiring to Me

A size-22 beautiful woman and model is on the cover of one of this country’s largest, most influential magazines, People. And what a beauty Tess Holliday is! To see someone like Tess looking so beautiful and radiant on a national magazine is both inspiring and affirming, especially to someone who can relate, as I can, to her story of being bullied […]

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Food Memories Influence Our Snack Choices

That Twinkie you had as a child may still be sabotaging your diet. That’s because our memories of certain foods—even foods we identify as undesirable—are powerful enough to influence our decision-making process and override our preferences, according to a new study in the journal Neuron. The study, which was conducted by psychologists at the University of Basel in England, looked […]

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Bulk Bartending: Make-Ahead Manhattans

When you’re ready to settle down with your favorite sipper, few things are better than knowing it’s already ready and waiting for you. Like our pre-mixed Bottled Negronis featured in the June issue, the following bulk Manhattan recipe is as easy to mix up as it is to make a single cocktail. While it’s great to have an evening drink […]

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Celiac Disease Awareness Hero: A Chat with Alice Bast

  May is the launch of Seriously, Celiac Disease, a campaign that encourages the importance of getting tested for Celiac and having conversations with family members about this hereditary condition. We chatted with Alice Bast, president and CEO of the NFCA, about how to spread the word. “I really started this foundation (National Foundation of Celiac Awareness) to ensure that our community […]

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Hardee’s Most American Burger Is Exactly the Nutritional Disaster You’d Expect

Some food wrecks are hard to look away from. Today Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. began serving their Most American Thickburger, a gargantuan meaty concoction that combines a hotdog, a cheeseburger, potato chips, condiments, lettuce and tomato all on a fresh-baked bun. The 1/2-pound version (it also comes in 1/3- and 1/4-pound variations) checks in at 1190 calories, 29g of saturated fat […]

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Local Find: Farmers’ Fridge—Salad on a Mission

Chicago-based entrepreneur Luke Saunders’ vision of an efficient, affordable, and wholesome lunch source has taken life in sleek vending machines fringed with live greenery. These specially designed kiosks planted in office buildings and food courts in downtown Chicago represent Farmer’s Fridge, the 29-year-old founder’s initiative “to make healthy food more accessible.” Each machine offers a variety of hearty salads made […]

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What You Need to Know About Almond Milk

Stroll the dairy case in today’s supermarket, and you’ll find that it’s no longer just about dairy.  The milk section is now crowded with an array of nondairy milks—including soy, rice, coconut, hemp, and all of the many nut varieties.  Ever wonder how all those nuts compare? Let’s take a look. Nut Milk Basics The good: They’re a great option for […]

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What’s On Our Plate This Week

Each week we round up all the news (or pseudo news) that’s making headlines across the country or just in our offices. – Know GMO. Though they have not confirmed it, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reportedly developing a non-GMO certification program. This means food brands can apply for non-GMO certification and can label their foods non-GMO if and when they meet the […]

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Cooking Light Dieter Says Sayonara to Taco Bell

It’s really easy to tell yourself you’re going to eat healthy … until life gets in the way. I couldn’t count on fifty fingers how many times I’ve had the best of dinner intentions, only to throw in the towel and phone in the pizza. They deliver so I don’t have to ruin my couch’s familiar potato contour! Well, Andrea Carter […]

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