Written on December 27, 2011 at 11:27 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Theresa K. Brady, editorial intern
Football season is in full swing and the playoffs are just around the corner! Tailgating and mid-game snacks are a must at viewing parties, but it’s all too easy to grab handful after handful of greasy potato and tortilla chips (not too mention the high-calorie dips they often come with—onion, nacho cheese, etc.).
Luckily, we stumbled upon a new, more vitamin-packed option that will still cure your chip cravings. Food Should Taste Good’s kettle cooked sweet potato chips are 100 percent all natural and are gluten-free, so you can bust them out at a party and still accommodate people’s dietary restrictions. Bonus: One serving—15 original flavored chips at 150 calories—provides 175 percent of your daily value of vitamin A and three grams of fiber!
Besides original, three other varieties are available:
- Salt & Pepper Sweet Potato
- Barbeque Sweet Potato
- Salt & Vinegar Sweet Potato
Since there’s no better combination than chips and (guilt-free) dip, so we asked Food Should Taste Good’s Chef Ryan for an easy, light and flavorful dip recipe. Here’s his recommended pairing for the original flavored chip:
Fig & Goat Cheese Puree
Yield: 6 cups
Serves 12 to 15
- 10 ounces, dried Calimyrna figs
- 22 ounces goat cheese
- 16 ounces sour cream
- ½ cup honey
- Cut stems off figs and place in food processor, process until well chopped.
- Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth, occasionally scraping the sides of the bowl. Serve chilled.
Now tell us: What’s your favorite game day snack?
Written on July 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Theresa K. Brady, editorial intern
Ice cream is a summertime staple—in fact yesterday was National Ice Cream Day! But sadly, the frosty treat isn’t always bikini-friendly, so I like to swap in frozen yogurt for some of those scoops.
Besides providing a healthier and practically fat-free alternative, frozen yogurt is a better source of calcium than standard ice cream, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., spokesperson for the American Dietetics Association and FITNESS advisory board member. Need more of a reason to make the switch? Many frozen yogurts contain “good bacteria” that is beneficial for your digestive system, according to Marjorie Nolan, R.D., a nutrition counselor in New York City.
I took on the (not so) difficult task of touring the yogurt options near our offices. My unscientific personal picks:
- Best Texture: Pinkberry
- Best Vanilla: Red Mango
- Best Chocolate: Pinkberry—I think it tastes better than chocolate ice cream!
- Lowest Calories: Tasti D Lite. Several flavors are offered that have 70 calories per ½ cup.
- Most Unique Flavor: Tasti D Lite’s PB Moosemellow (90 calories, 2.5 g fat)
- Most Bang for Your Buck: Certain locations of several yogurt vendors allow you to serve yourself and pay by ounce so you only pay for what you eat!
- Most Topping Options: 16 Handles. More than forty are available.
If all of those flavor and topping combinations have you feeling a bit overwhelmed, try one of these sure-to-please mixes that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
- Chocoholic: chocolate frozen yogurt, dark chocolate chips, cocoa puffs, drizzle of chocolate
- Tutti Fruity: strawberry frozen yogurt, fresh pineapple, fresh raspberries, fresh kiwi fruity pebbles
- Happy Trails: original frozen yogurt, granola, peanuts, raisins, M&Ms, drizzle of honey
If you don’t have a frozen yogurt shop near you or prefer at-home snacks, take a look at our Healthy Snack Awards in the July/August issue for plenty of healthy treats that are sure to cool you down.
Now tell us: What is your favorite summertime dessert?
Written on March 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm , by Sarah D'Angelo
One of the best parts about working here at Fitness: all of the healthy treats that come across our desks in hopes of getting on our radar. We’re knee-deep in taste testing for our upcoming food awards (look for it in the July/August issue!), and amidst all the piles of good-for-you goodness, I found a new granola bar that caught my attention.
18 Rabbits is a new (ish) line of granola and bars, chock full of whole ingredients—oats, seeds, fruit, nuts, honey, etc.—and lacking in un-pronounceable additives. Not too sweet, chewy and delicious, the Nibblin’ Apricot was a perfect breakfast in a pinch, especially since it did not contain almonds—a maddening allergy that I have (seriously, do you know how few granola blends and bars are almond-free??). Check out all of the yummy flavors here.
Tell us, what’s your favorite granola bar? Any other almond-free goodies that I should know about?