My Favorite West Coast Breakfast: Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl

Following my college graduation last May, I traveled to California for the first time in my life. Spending a week there was pure and utter bliss—is it possible to go there and not fall in love? One of my favorite things about San Diego was the abundance of healthy choices on every restaurant menu. (I mean, I swear everything I ate […]

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This powerful duo may provide a big boost to your brain health

On their own, nuts and berries are hugely beneficial to your health. They’re extraordinarily high in antioxidants. Eating a small amount of nuts may even reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Additionally, a study in this month’s Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging found that daily consumption of walnuts can improve cognitive function, or how well your brain works. (Keep […]

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A Refreshing Breakfast to Start Your Day: Green Grape Smoothie Bowl

Green smoothies are vibrant, trendy, and good for you, too—but I’ve had my fair share of not-so-tasty blends. I’m all about throwing veggies into the mix, but they have to be balanced by the right mix of ingredients. Enter green grapes. Not only do they add a gorgeous pop of color, but they also bring a juicy freshness to a spinach-based smoothie. In […]

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You’ve Got to Taste This: Oat My Goodness Granola

The Cooking Light staff is full of granola lovers, and every type is represented here: There are those of us who like to keep it loose and light, as well as an equal number who enjoy goop-y clusters. Those of us who fall in the former category (personally, I love to sprinkle loose oats over my Greek yogurt) have found […]

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Kids in the Kitchen: Sweet-Tart Orange Salad

Dress juicy citrus with honeyed vinaigrette for a bright salad the whole family will love. CITRUS SALAD WITH BALSAMIC HONEY AND PISTACHIOS Hands-on: 17 min. Total: 17 min. Blood oranges are a little bit tart; navels are sweeter—try a mix of the two for a colorful, tasty combo. ¼ cup pistachios* ¼ cup olive oil 1½ tablespoons white balsamic vinegar 1 […]

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A Taste of Nostalgia: PB&J Smoothie Bowl

Growing up, my favorite smoothie combo was strawberry and banana. A trip to the mall wasn’t complete without stopping at Smoothie King for a kid-sized Angel Food (which was bubble-gum pink and downright delicious). But now that I’ve started making smoothies at home, I wanted to bring something new to the duo. Smooth and creamy peanut butter immediately came to mind because it pairs so […]

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4 Ways to Use Leftover Miso Paste

With its savory depth, miso paste is a staple flavoring agent in the Cooking Light Kitchen. White (sometimes called yellow) miso, the mildest variety, can be incorporated into a wide array of everyday dishes to impart a rich, slightly sweet essence. 1) MISO AIOLI DIP Combine 2 tablespoons white miso paste, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, ½ teaspoon lower-sodium soy sauce, […]

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The Ultimate Spring Break Breakfast: Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl

Here at Cooking Light, we’re all about the smoothie. We love a good green smoothie. We dream about the breakfast smoothie. And we’re particularly fond of the under-250-calories smoothie. You name it, we’re blending it—and now pouring it into a bowl. The smoothie bowl, while fairly self-explanatory, is more than just a straw-to-spoon switch. It’s the relaxed, sit-down version of an on-the-go smoothie, […]

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How to Eat Seasonally in Between Seasons

March, like September, is what I consider a transition month–a collection of weeks that lead us away from one season and tease us with glimmers of the next. Transition months are so exciting, but can be brutally frustrating. It’s a near constant scenario of looking into a closet containing [seemingly] nothing to wear, because it’s chilly in the morning and […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus 23–27

It’s late March, which means most of us have been enjoying longer, lighter days and warmer temps (sorry, East Coast!). Time to start on that spring-cleaning to-do list, make Easter and Passover plans, and prepare (or recover from) Spring Break adventures. So, what to cook? Every Sunday, we publish a week of Cooking Light dinners composed of our favorite recipes […]

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