Foodie-Friendly Reads (and Listens) for the Long Weekend

We’re getting the last little bit of work done around here before we all take off for the long weekend. Whether your Memorial Day weekend plans call for backyard cookouts, a breezy swing in a hammock, or a lazy beach day (I’ll take a little of each, please!), we hope you find some time to settle down with a good […]

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Five on Friday: Gearing Up for Summer 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 warm weather eats, and these produce-centric recipes show off the best of the season. 1. Strawberry, Jicama, and Jalapeño Confetti Salad: Fresh fruit, jalapeño, cilantro, and jicama are tossed in a light lime dressing to create the FitFork‘s salad. Serve it as a side, […]

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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 Switzerland, 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 premixed 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 disease 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 for 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 1,190 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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