Some people never leave the house in the morning without coffee. Others can’t walk out the door without first catching the news. And some claim their cell phone as their one necessity item. But for me, it’s breakfast. I cannot leave my house without first figuring out what’s to eat.
I’m a huge fan of breakfast and treat it as a special part of my everyday routine. Weekdays are a bit rushed leaving me little time for elaborate items like pancakes or quiche. But weekends? That’s another story. I find few things more alluring than waking up at a leisurely hour, moseying to the kitchen and making a delicious breakfast to be eaten over coffee in bed.
Although pancakes are my all-time favorite morning item, I’m always up for trying new recipes. So when I saw this idea to crack an egg into an avocado and bake it, I knew I had to try it. (more…)
By Jessie Gorges
Easter is now over, and while your children (and maybe even you) are waking up from your sugar coma with a belly ache, a nice healthy meal is the perfect thing to get you right back into the swing of things. Luckily, you probably have a whole carton of eggs left in your fridge that didn’t get hard boiled or dyed that you were planning on tossing before the expiration date hits. Before you throw them away, consider using them in one of these healthy and delicious egg recipes that will energize your family and undo some of those handfuls of jelly beans you had yesterday.
French toast: Whisk four eggs in a bowl. Mix in a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Add a cup of milk. Dip a slice of bread in the mixture, and cook on a sprayed skillet or griddle. Heat them on low and flip. You’ll know they’re done when both sides are golden brown. Do that 12 times, and you can serve a family of five.
By Jessie Gorges
Easter isn’t far away, and nothing is more symbolic of Easter than an egg. Its symbolism is simple to understand: rebirth and the resurrection of Jesus. However, the act of boiling an egg is not.
Whether you’ll be making deviled eggs for your Easter gathering, or boiling and dying them for an egg hunt, that painstaking task is unavoidable. Not to worry, because listed below are the most precise directions to creating the perfectly egg- not too runny in the center, and no unappetizing gray ring around the yolk.
Here are four simple steps to boiling an egg, and the results will never disappoint you:
Easter is really the first holiday of spring. It’s so refreshing to come out of the winter slump and be greeted by the fresh sights, smells, and tastes of spring. If you feel the same way, don’t weigh down your Easter dinner with the same heavy and rich recipes you used in the colder months; instead, embrace the tastes of the season.
Going by the in season produce for April, we’ve gathered a few recipes that you can feel good about serving this Sunday. Light on calories, focused on seasonal ingredients, and even most with minimal effort, we hope this is your healthiest Easter yet!
Flavorful, Delicious Main Dishes
Apricot Citrus Stuffed Ham – This recipe calls for the fresh citrus zest that is in season now and will refresh the way your family enjoys an Easter ham.
Grilled Moroccan Pork Tenderloin Kabobs – Kabobs are a great way to not only take your cooking outside, but keep the meal light, as they lend themselves to smaller portions.
Lobster Stuffed with Crab – Ditch tradition and enjoy these succulent shellfish, now in season. This recipe takes a bit more work, but the result is truly worth it. (more…)
By Jessie Gorges and Kelsey Murray
Forget the Peeps and chocolate bunnies; get your children, significant other and family members something healthy this year for Easter.
According to Dr. Kavey on WebMD.com, too much sugar can be a problem for children because it can lead children into lifelong obesity. “The reason that we think of it as a problem is because of the big rise in obesity in childhood, and that rise has occurred over the same time period that there’s been a major increase in the amount of simple sugar that children consume.”
Check out these healthy Easter basket treats with little to no sugar that everyone is sure to love.
Tune in to The Rachael Ray show on Friday, April 22nd for some tips on how to make Easter a healthy holiday from chef Rocco DiSpirito. Easter candy doesn’t have to be bad for your family, that’s why chef DiSpirito will help you build an Easter basket that’s fun and healthy! Plus, he’ll share a decadent recipes for silken chocolate mousse that’s way fewer than 350 calories.
Rocco DiSpirito is the author behind Now Eat This cookbook and the Now Eat This Diet. The cookbook features 150 of your favorite comfort foods, made-over to be more nutritious and lower in calories. He’s also frequently a guest on The Biggest Loser, where he helps contestants learn to cook healthy yet delicious meals.
Check your local listings for exact show times.
by Kelsey Murray
For many people, Easter is a religious holiday that causes them to meditate on the sacrifices their Creator made for them. For most children, however, Easter is all about the Bunny and the candy. For the parents of these children, Easter is about sugar-highs and trips to the dentist.
If you are a parent and want to give your children healthier candies and chocolates this year (or if you just have a sweet tooth yourself), consider these Easter sweets instead of your usual standbys.
Dark Chocolate Covered Nuts. Almonds, walnuts, cashews, and other nuts provide healthy fats that are essential for your body to function properly. Dark chocolate provides antioxidants while also lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol and boosting your mood (every woman knows that chocolate has magic mood-lifting powers). The combination of nuts and dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) usually weighs in at 210 calories per 1.4 ounces while also providing 8 percent of your daily dietary fiber.
When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for Easter. After a Lent of no treats, Easter brought a basket of chocolaty goodness and a sugar high that caused a crash reminiscent of the 1929 stock market disaster. When I had my own children, I realized that the calories in many Easter treats just weren’t worth the exercise required to work them off, and that I could craft a basket for my kids that would be just as happily received, and also better for them too.
Here are the calorie counts of some of the most popular Easter basket treats, and some lower calorie alternatives that won’t have you in spin class long after the taste has left your lips.
- 1 Cadbury Cream Egg – 170 calories
- Cadbury Chocolate Eggs – 12 eggs, 190 calories
- Peeps – 4 Peeps, 130 calories
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg – 190 calories
- 7 ounce hollow Easter bunny – 1,050 calories (more…)
This week we love eggs. In celebration of Easter, we’re applauding the incredible-edible egg, which is as close as you can come to a perfect food despite suffering ridicule in years past for its potentially cholesterol-raising effects.
Whether you love to scramble them, whip them up into a quiche, sunny side them up or hard-boil them, the egg’s versatility and its stellar nutrition profile makes it a no-brainer why these cute, compact wonders are at the top of any nutrition expert’s healthy-eating list.
Maybe it’s just me but it appears that in the past years, most of our holidays have turned into candy holidays. It used to be that Halloween, Easter and a Valentine’s Day box of chocolates were the holidays that we often celebrated by relishing in a chocolate candy heart or a caramel-filled egg. Not only have these three traditional candy holidays turned full throttle in their assortment of every kind of candy on the market wrapped up in festive packaging, but Thanksgiving, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, and the Fourth of July have also joined the bandwagon. I don’t remember eating red, white and blue Blow-Pops growing up, but come mid-June, they are a ubiquitous item in candy aisles with kids (and even adults) sucking on them as they fire up the barbecue.
Don’t get me wrong, I am about as happy as a kid in a candy store when I’m in a candy store, but I think our preoccupation with and overindulgence in sugar is something to look at as we read the daily health headlines that provide ongoing evidence of the increasing waistline in this country’s childhood and adult populations.