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Health Benefits of Yogurt – Win Chobani...

 

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Yogurt is one of my family’s favorite “go to” foods. I blend it with frozen fruit for a quick breakfast smoothie, pack it with a granola bar and fresh fruit for lunch and I use it in the summer as a base for a popsicle or to make tart frozen yogurt.  Rich in calcium, protein and other healthful nutrients, yogurt really packs a punch.

Yogurt can also be a fantastic source of probiotics, look for live and active cultures written on the label.  Probiotics are “good” bacteria that your body actually needs. Based on the strain, probiotics have been shown to increase immunity and improve digestion. Greek yogurt is typically strained of excess liquid, creating a thicker texture that is very popular right now.


 

How to Lose Weight on (and After) Purim

 

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Erma Bombeck once said, “I’ve been on a diet for the last two decades.  I’ve lost a total of 789 pounds.  By all accounts, I should be hanging from a charm bracelet!”  With Purim just around the corner, here are a few tips and tricks to have fun, without all the fat.

As you instinctively reach for a hamentasch on Purim morning, do you find yourself thinking: It’s okay to stray from my eating plan because: “I’m celebrating” or “I really want it, everyone else is eating it” or “it’s only a little piece, I’ll make up for it later.”  The reality is that the food in front of you tempts you to try it and eating generates immediate rewards (and other “gains” as well), while the rewards from watching what you eat might take weeks, months or even years!


 

Secrets to Popping the Perfect Popcorn – WIN...

 

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My relationship with popcorn started innocently enough.  When I was younger, I began seeing Orville Redenbacher.  As I grew older, I discovered Paul Newman. He was hard to let go of, but over the past couple of years I found new varietals popping up in the grocery store and farmer’s market.  With names like Autumn Blaze, Sunset Fire, Blue Heron and Black Hills, popcorn has gone gourmet.

Popcorn varieties are broadly categorized by either the shape or color of the kernels, or the shape of the popped corn.  While the kernels may come in a variety of colors, the popped corn is always off-yellow or white.  According to the Star-K, raw kernels do not require kosher certification.


 

Vitamin D – Demystified

 

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Growing up in Florida, I was always jealous of the snow day.  With the exception of the occasional life-threatening hurricane, huddled in a windowless room with a flashlight and a battery-operated radio (which is about as fun as it sounds) we always had to go to school! (more…)


 

Snow Day Cooking with the Kids!

 

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The children are cheering and calling their friends to share the great news. It’s a snow day! No school!

It’s wonderful fun at first, but we all know that the parent who is staying home with them will have to deal with snow-day cabin fever. After the kids have built their snowman, made snow angels, and thrown a few snowballs, they’ll be stomping into your kitchen whining that there’s “nothing to do.” (No, this is not the time to remind them about that book report. When you have a day off, do you want to be reminded about the presentation you have yet to prepare, or the pile of laundry waiting for you?)


 

Chicken Soup for the Sniffling Soul

 

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It’s that time of year again, the weather is getting colder, the kids are in school hanging out with other pint-sized germ magnets and everyone is sniffling, sneezing and wheezing.   Some people pop pills or do cough syrup shots to get through the day.  Others use vitamin C to boost their immune system “naturally”.  Although we all sometimes need an over the counter cure for the common cold, check your kitchen cabinet before your medicine cabinet.  Chicken soup, sometimes referred to as “Jewish Penicillin”, may be all you need. (more…)


 

Kosher Banana-Pecan Bread and Muffins Recipe

 

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Contributed by: BONNIE TAUB-DIX, MA, RD, CDN

As a mom of 3 growing boys, ages 22, 19 and 14, I’m always looking for great snack recipes. I came up with this healthy treat that’s high in fiber, low in fat, and loaded with flavor.


 

Golden Polenta & Egg with Mustard Sauce

 

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Here’s a streamlined version of Eggs Benedict: purchased polenta, boiled eggs and an easy, no-cook homage to hollandaise. It’s a quick dinner any night of the week or a great weekend brunch.


 

Cranberry & Ruby Grapefruit Compote

 

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Light enough to follow even a substantial meal, this pretty compote has a refreshing balance of sweet and tart flavors. Serve with vanilla frozen yogurt for dessert or with plain yogurt for breakfast or brunch.


 

Cranberry, Cherry and Walnut Marmalade

 

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Fresh cranberries get crunch from walnuts and an infusion of sweetness from dried cherries in this take on a classic marmalade. Leftovers are great on a turkey sandwich.


 

Blueberry-Maple Muffins

 

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Whole-wheat flour and flax seeds give these maple syrup-sweetened blueberry muffins a delicious, nutty flavor. Compared to a traditional version of the recipe, they have four times the dietary fiber and substitute healthful monounsaturated fat (canola oil) for saturated fat (butter).


 

Quick & Kosher Winter Squash: Fast Facts

 

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Winter Squash

Quick & Kosher Squash Facts & Fantasies:


 

Introducing: Kosher Gluten-Free Flour Mixes!

 

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A couple of months ago, we launched the Quick & Kosher Bites newsletter, a monthly roundup of my favorite supermarket picks and finds.  It’s a peak at products that are new, some exclusive to Kosher.com, favorites, and classics that I want to make sure you know about.

This month’s Baking Bites: King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour mixes.


 

School Daze: Nutritious and Delicious Breakfast...

 
 

Weekdays are challenging when it comes to feeding a family. Getting the kids off to school with an energizing breakfast in their bellies and making it to work on time is tough. And by mid-afternoon when they get off the school-bus you know they’re going to be ready for a snack, regardless of what they ate for lunch. Making sure that your kids eat balanced and healthy meals that are still filled with flavor is no easy feat, but it can be done. (more…)


 

Sun, Sand and Sandwiches

 

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Growing up in Florida, I took the beach for granted. I lived less than 20 minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean and when people asked if I was near a beach, I said no.  Like old men in shorts wearing knee-high dress socks and dinner that starts at four in the afternoon, people think and act differently in Florida. In Florida, if you don’t live close enough to walk to the beach, you only go when family or friends are in town to visit.
After living in New York and braving freezing cold winters, I finally learned to appreciate the beach.  I make sure to be especially nice to my friends with summer vacation homes and I strategically plan my visits to family in Florida around December.
Every parent knows going to the shore is no day at the beach. Planning a day at the ocean is harder than preparing a tax return.  When my kids were very small I would spend half the day making sure they don’t eat the sand and the other half cleaning the sand off of them.  Luckily, as my kids grow older, things get a little easier.  Listening to the sound of the crashing waves, smelling the coconut-infused suntan lotion in the air and watching my children defy the laws of gravity with their sand castles makes it all worth the effort.
I can live with the sandstorm that follows us home in the car for what seems like weeks.  I can even grimace through the inevitable sunburn in the shape of a handprint.  But I can’t tolerate being hungry! If you don’t keep kosher, you can always buy food at the beach. Mediocre pizza, cheese steaks and hot dogs abound.  As you might expect, the choices are unhealthy and expensive, but at least there are choices.
If you keep kosher, you need to be a little more creative and plan ahead. I once brought bagels (good idea), but I forgot to have them pre-sliced (bad idea) and spread (very bad idea).  By the time we were ready to sit down to eat, I couldn’t tell the sand from the sesame.
The editors of joyofkosher share their top 10 ideas for healthier, tastier, and cheaper ways to enjoy a day at the beach.

1)     When packing food for the beach, think food safety first. Stay away from anything with mayonnaise, eggs or milk – they don’t last long in the heat.