Get The Grill Ready: Healthy Burger Options Perfect for Summer

Get The Grill Ready: Healthy Burger Options Perfect for Summer

There’s something about firing up the grill in the spring and summer that makes everyone happy. With the outdoor cooking season right around the corner, these healthy burger ideas are as succulent and yummy as they are guilt-free. We even have a few options for the vegetarians in the party. These may become new favorites, and a path for your friends and family to indulge in food that is perfectly guilt-free. Pro-Tips for Burger Aficionados If you’re using fat-free or low-fat meat, like turkey and chicken, adding an egg to the mixture helps to keep it from falling apart on the grill. The benefits of ground poultry are that it cooks a bit faster, and it’s lower in calories and cholesterol. A safe ratio is one egg per pound of meat. Second tip: always leave a hole in the middle of the patty. The hole allows the meat to expand as it cooks, so you still end up with a flat disk and not an oblong meatball. Lastly: don’t press the burgers. Pressing frees all the juices (and why on earth would you want to do that?). As tempting as it is to hear that sizzle, let the patties sit as they cook so the outside sears evenly, keeping those yummy flavors inside. Alternative Meats for Healthy Burgers Turkey is extremely low in both fat and calories. As mentioned above, adding an egg helps hold the patties together on the grill. Ground chicken is also an excellent healthy option for a burger. Look for salmon burgers in the frozen food section; they’re lower in fat than red meat and are...
Appetizer Recipes to Get You Ready for Grilling Season

Appetizer Recipes to Get You Ready for Grilling Season

As soon as the days get longer and warmer, our appetites turn to summery fresh fare, afternoon barbecues, and refreshing, fruity cocktails worthy of sipping by the pool. These recipes below are as appetizing to the eye as they are to the tummy and will tantalize your guests when you bring them out on an iced food server, so they stay crisp and delicious even on a hot summer day. Easy, Fast Caprese on a Stick There’s almost nothing so herbaceous and simple as a Caprese salad, the traditional Italian dish of fresh basil leaves, tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella. In this version, using short bamboo fruit picks, and miniature mozzarella balls, called bocconcini (it means “little mouthfuls”), your guests enjoy an easy eat and go treat that perks up the palate. Fresh basil leaves 1-pint ripe cherry tomatoes 8-ounce container of bocconcini mozzarella Extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt Strip your basil leaves from the stems. Dip them in ice-cold water in a stainless steel or glass bowl to wash. Drain and dry them completely on paper towels. Fold each basil leaf in half or a quarter, so it fits easily onto the end of the fruit pick. Slide on a single cherry tomato and then one bocconcini. Repeat until you’ve used all the cheese. Drizzle olive oil generously over the top, add a few flakes of kosher salt to taste and arrange on your iced food server. Everyone Loves Charcuterie This is where you can have some fun. Visit a local specialty butcher or the meat counter at the supermarket. Get 1/4 to 1/2 pound of thinly sliced salamis, cured meats like prosciutto,...
Delicious Dips and Healthy Chips: Tips for Low-Calorie Snacking

Delicious Dips and Healthy Chips: Tips for Low-Calorie Snacking

Many people in the U.S. are revamping the way they eat. As more and more shift their diets to lighter, low-fat proteins mingled with complex carbohydrates, mid-morning or late afternoon snack time is not only inevitable, it’s advisable. You should, in fact, be fairly hungry every three to five hours when you’re eating right. So, those hunger pangs that visit you around 2 or 3 p.m. every day are completely healthy. Turning your snack time into something colorful and creative will encourage you to keep your lunches light and your metabolism firing. A Primer on Healthy Snacking The key to any snack is one that it’s high in good things and low in bad things. Good things include protein, fiber and whole grains. Bad things consist of too much saturated or hydrogenated fats, refined sugar, and excessive sodium. Usually, the choices are obvious, but it’s best to avoid processed foods, salty fried snacks (sadly, this still includes potato chips), cookies, and sweetened soft drinks. Prepare a Stash of Healthy Chips The more you give yourself healthy, fresh alternatives, the less you’ll turn to the dark side of convenience stores and vending machines at work. Eating light at lunch, like a half sandwich with a small salad, is a lot more appealing if you know that there is a delicious and savory snack waiting for you in the fridge. You can store healthy chip substitutes and dips in the kitchen at work or home to have ready for your mid-afternoon cravings. Because anything fried is high in calories, embrace anything that’s baked and non-sweetened. Whole wheat or whole grain crackers and baked chips are fast and...
10 Bento Box Recipes to Shake Up Your Child’s Lunch Routine

10 Bento Box Recipes to Shake Up Your Child’s Lunch Routine

When you’re looking to shake up your child’s lunch routine and send them off to school with healthy food, the bento box trend is perhaps your best solution. A longstanding tradition in its native Japan, the bento box provides distinct compartments for meats, veggies, rice and fruits, keeping the meal both colorful and tasty. It also cuts down on disposable bags, teaching young kids the advantages of sustainability at the same time. What is a Bento Box? Bento refers to both a single-serving takeout style meal (typically served for lunch in Japan) or a meal packed at home to take to work or school. Bento boxes have discreet compartments and a lid, separating the contents to prevent flavors from running together. Most bento boxes have a large compartment for the main dish, whether that’s sliced up meat, a sandwich or veggie dip. You can use those compartments to pack distinct food groups (grapes, nuts, berries, sliced veggies all work well) so your kid’s lunch is both colorful and diverse. 10 Bento Recipes for All Types of Kids No matter what kind of choosy tastes your child has, there’s surely something for them to enjoy below. 1. Last Night’s Dinner Those hamburgers, that roast chicken, or pork loin roast is probably pretty tasty sliced up and served for lunch the next day. Use the side compartments for a hunk of crusty bread (whole grain, of course), and a side of strawberries for dessert. 2. Peanut Butter Sandwich Bento Recipe Who doesn’t love a little PB and J at least once a week? Fashion up a sandwich, serve some grapes or half...
Our Love of Avocados, Football and Fall

Our Love of Avocados, Football and Fall

Some 10,000-plus years ago, according to archeological evidence, an extraordinarily forward-thinking Mayan, Olmec or Incan native in what is now the Mexican state of Puebla saw a pear-shaped, wrinkly fruit hanging from the boughs of a leafy green tree and plucked it. While those early tribes undoubtedly celebrated what we now call avocados for their hearty, creamy flesh, humankind wouldn’t start calling it a superfood for at least a few more centuries. Since that initial discovery, the fruit (technically a berry, believe it or not) has been cultivated in tropical climates all over the world and is one of Mexico’s biggest exports. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, it’s time to celebrate the world’s most versatile fruit and learn more about why it’s earned the moniker “super” in the first place. So, Are They REALLY that Super? In a word: yes. Because they are fat soluble, avocados help the body absorb other fat soluble nutrients like Vitamins D, K, E and A. Compared to other fruits, avocados rank the highest in lutein, a powerful antioxidant that could help fight off heart disease. Eating 1/2 an avocado provides almost half your daily allowance of Vitamin C and Folate and gives you a whopping 8-10 grams of fiber, roughly 1/3 of your daily requirement. Avos are also full of healthy fats but don’t have any cholesterol, which makes them a heart healthy substitute for cheese or mayo on a sandwich. Just in Time for Football Season As fall approaches and your favorite teams take to the gridiron, pick up a few humble avocados to prepare healthy and delicious snacks for your friends and...
A Delicious House Party Appetizer

A Delicious House Party Appetizer

Are you planning on throwing a house party? Perhaps you’re hosting a shower for a best friend or planning to invite your friends to come over to watch a sporting event;  We all know that party food choices are one major dilemma for party organizers.  This may lead to a stressful preparation if you don’t plan ahead.  While main dishes are the center of attraction, we can’t deny the fact that a delicious appetizer brings the crowd together. So I will give you a great recipe that will surely make every guest of yours want for more and remember the occasion. Before you prepare the ingredients, make sure to use only the best kitchenware.  I strongly recommend using our iKitchenPlus Chilled Dipping Bowls.  This bowl looks stylish and is break-resistant so you can grab it safely without worries.  The bowl sits securely on the ice container keeping your food fresh and chilled for hours.  Plus it comes with a lid so you can always store it in the fridge in case of leftovers. Now, let’s prepare the following ingredients for Loaded Baked Potato Dip with Homemade Chips.  You have two options to prepare the chips.  You can either bake your own chips for a tastier and delicious recipe or you can use a store-bought potato chips. Loaded Baked Potato Dip with Homemade Chips Via: the kitchn Yields 4 to 6 servings (2 cups dip and chips) For the chips: 1 pound small white or gold potatoes 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 teaspoon kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper, to taste For the dip: 8 ounces (1 cup) sour cream...