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...
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...
Refresh Your Palate and Detox Your Body with Delicious Infused Water

Refresh Your Palate and Detox Your Body with Delicious Infused Water

What is it about spa water that is so inviting? Is it because every time you have it, you’re already relaxed and decompressing from a nice soak and a massage? Either way, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy that same luxurious feeling right at home with your own infused water. Check out these recipes below and learn a more about how you can do a little daily detox. How Water Helps You Detox Your body is constantly detoxifying itself through your circulatory system: your blood carries lymphatic fluid and other impurities out through the renal system to keep them from building up in your muscles and other organs. Of course, the more you help that process along with exercise, stretching, massage and hydration, the better you’re likely to feel. Drinking water supports this process and is even more important during the hot summer months or after a workout. Having flavored water around may encourage you to drink more and could also help replenish some of the nutrients your body loses naturally throughout the course of the day. Infused Water That Really Hydrates Every time you work out, your body loses a lot of its natural potassium. Refueling with healthy doses of potassium could help improve regular bowel movements (not a glamorous topic, but a very important one) and prevent muscle cramps. Watermelon is extremely high in potassium. Experiment with watermelon-flavored water by adding 4 cups lightly mashed watermelon and a half dozen (or more to taste) sprigs of mint to a 3-quart water infusion pitcher and let it stand. Drink throughout the day, especially after just before and after a workout and...
Best Foods for Good Breakfast

Best Foods for Good Breakfast

It turns out our mothers were right — a healthy breakfast really is important. Research abounds that shows that eating breakfast consistently fends off major illnesses, including diabetes and heart problems. Your morning meal also raises your brain power and improves your mood. Unfortunately, with our high-paced lives, sometimes we feel like we have to choose between a healthy breakfast and all our other morning responsibilities. Whether you’re trying to get in a good run before work, want to get a jump on your morning deadlines or need to head out early to beat traffic, a hearty, nutritious meal seems difficult to work into the beginning of your day. If this sounds like you, make a smarter, faster choice with these three nutritious breakfast options that you can make in 10 minutes or less. Veggie Scramble with Cheese: Quick Protein, Healthy Fiber Eggs might seem arduous for the morning, but this breakfast from Men’s Health Magazine is a meal in under two minutes. Just crack and beat two to three eggs into a bowl and whisk them together until the yolks break. Then, add a half cup of pre-sliced veggies, such as mushrooms, and a handful of mozzarella (or your favorite cheese) to the bowl. Pour the entire mixture into a hot, pre-greased pan and scramble the concoction for a minute or so, until the eggs firm up. For extra energy, pop a couple of slices of whole-grain bread into the toaster and turn your scramble into a sandwich to enjoy on the way to work. Fruity Smoothies: Countless Options Keep Breakfast Meals Fun Smoothies come together in a matter of minutes, 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...