3-Step Southwestern Dip

Ingredients 1 (0.4-ounce) package dry ranch dressing mix 1 (16-ounce) carton reduced-fat sour cream 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro Preparation Combine all three ingredients in a bowl, stir well, and serve with low-fat pita chips or fresh veggies.   Yield: Makes 16 servings (serving size: 2 tablespoons dip and 1/2 cup vegetables)   Nutritional Information Calories per serving: 81 […]

6 Exercises That Make Stress Go Away

The summer sun brings longer days, but sadly, no more hours to help complete life’s routine responsibilities. Between work, family, and general daily duties, your schedule can get a little hectic. That said, a busy life is just one more reason to make sure you get some exercise–not an excuse to skip it. It has […]

Polenta & Vegetable Bake

This healthful and comforting vegetarian casserole is perfect on a cool night or any time of year when you want to remember clear, brisk October evenings. Makes: 8 servings Active Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium eggplant, diced 1 small zucchini, finely diced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly […]

3 Moves to a Strong, Beautiful Back

Get the beautiful, well-toned back you want, no matter what your level of fitness. A strong back is a pain-free back. To shore up all the muscles along your spine, try these moves from Geri Ainbinder, head trainer at Synergy Fitness in Baldwin, New York. Work up to three sets of each.   Beginner: Superman […]

8 Food Rules to Follow

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) and the USDA publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which basically tell us what we should be eating. To advise them on what these nutrition “rules” should be, the Secretaries of these two agencies appoint a committee of top scientists to review loads of research […]

Cinnamon Oranges

This simple dessert works any time of the year, but its flavors will be the best and brightest in the winter when oranges are at their peak. Makes: 4 servings Active Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients 4 navel oranges 2 tablespoons orange juice 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Preparation […]

Kid’s Pizza Roll-Up Bento Lunch

This easy pizza-inspired roll-up is a kid-pleaser. Make crunchy vegetables more appealing by selecting colorful varieties like orange and purple cauliflower—and don’t forget the dip! Keep ‘em smiling with watermelon cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Makes: 1 serving Active Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Ingredients 1 8-inch whole-wheat flour tortilla 2 tablespoons prepared pizza […]

Health Food Fake-Outs

Stroll down any supermarket aisle — even the candy one — and you’ll find shelf after shelf of foods that sound so good for you, they might as well be vitamins. And many menus are equally heavy on the hype (some large smoothies actually have more calories than 16 doughnut holes, FYI). The thing is, […]

Lemony Carrot Salad

Tangy lemon and fresh dill make a bright dressing for shredded carrots. Makes: 2 servings Active Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 small clove garlic, minced 1/8 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 cup shredded carrots 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 1 tablespoon […]

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna

Sure, the slow cooker’s great for stews and soups, but it also happens to make a mean lasagna! In this ingenious slow-cooker recipe, all you have to do is chop your veggies, then layer the ingredients (raw) into the crockpot. Serve with: Garlic bread and a green salad. Makes: 8 servings Active Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 2 […]