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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Five on Friday: Throw an Emmys Dinner Party

There’s no denying it’s been quite a year for television. We begrudgingly said goodbye to Breaking Bad, shamelessly binge-watched Orange is the New Black, and traveled back to the post-Edwardian era with Downton Abbey. We sat stunned at the plot twists in House of Cards and are counting down the days until Scandal returns. Needless to say, we’ll be tuning into the 2014 […]

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Eating Whole30: Why Variety and Balance Matter

A major benefit (or pain in the tail, depending on the day) of cutting out the food groups we tend to most heavily lean on is being forced to explore new styles of cooking and new foods all together. As with most things in life, trying new and unfamiliar foodstuffs is a gamble that can lead one to jubilant victories […]

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Eating Whole30: Week 2

My comrades and I have successfully made it halfway through our Whole30 without fudging the thing up too bad. Our cravings for Talenti and Taco Bell have mellowed [sort of], we’re progressively firming up our disciplinary muscles, we’re naturally falling into healthier habits, and we are most certainly continuing to learn. Like, we’ve learned that weighing in is not the […]

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Do I Need to Refrigerate a Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting?

Should I refrigerate a cake iced with cream cheese frosting? Last night at 11 p.m., I found myself asking this question. I had cut a piece of freshly-frosted cake and then realized everyone I would feed cake to was in bed and wouldn’t be able to eat my cake until at least 8 a.m. (Well, probably more like noon, since […]

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