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Recipe: Red and yellow natural food dyes

Bright colors make food all the more enticing, and FoodFacts.com has always cautioned consumers against the excessive consumption of foods containing artificial food colorants (AFCs). This National Candy Month, we discussed some of the health problems associated them. Of the AFCs, we covered the two most commonly used by food manufacturers in the United States, Red Dye #40 and Yellow Dye #5.

Thankfully, there are brands of natural food colorants available for the health-conscious parents and bakers. On the other hand, you can also make your own chemical-free food dyes. In this blog post, we are sharing a recipe for red and yellow food dyes made from fruits.

Ingredients

  • To make red, use raspberries
  • To make yellow, use mangoes

Directions

  1. Start with either fresh or frozen fruit. Put it in a blender to create a thick liquid.
  2. Use a fine strainer to remove seeds.
  3. Pour juice into small saucepans and cook over medium heat until mixtures are reduced to thick, colorful pastes.
  4. Pour into frostings, dough or batter. Stir color evenly.

Note: Pour excess into ice cube molds and freeze to store, and defrost thoroughly before next usage.

 

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Recipe: Spinach salad with apples, cranberries, avocados and pecans in balsamic vinaigrette

Eating salad daily is one of the simplest ways you can do to jumpstart your efforts to implement healthy eating habits and dramatically improve your health. It is a convenient way to work in a heaping serving of fresh fruits and vegetables, which are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

Salads start off healthy, what with the natural ingredients that make the base. However, many salads wind up being unhealthy because of the toppings and dressings that people embellish them with either at home or at restaurants.

FoodFacts.com shares this salad recipe that’s guaranteed high in nutrition and low in calories.

Time: 30 minutes

Serving: 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine spinach, apples, cranberries and avocados.
  2. Drizzle the salad with the dressing and toss.
  3. Chop pecan halves into smaller bites and sprinkle on salad.
  4. Serve immediately.

 

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Healthy dishes for Father’s Day cookout

It’s almost Father’s Day! Are you still looking for a great gift for Dad? Take a hint from the old adage, “the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” and give him something he’ll truly appreciate: eau de grill.

Last month, FoodFacts.com shared some healthy recipes to prepare for Mom to treat her like the queen that she really is. Today, we’re sharing this perfect Father’s Day cookout menu to whip up this Sunday that will make the king of the grill really proud.

Brunch

maple-709982Get Dad all fired up by making his first Father’s Day meal special. The sweet flavor of maple syrup and the oak smokiness of a touch of bourbon make up the brilliance of this concoction. This will make Dad’s pre-grilling pancake brunch something he’ll definitely be glad to wake up to.

Get the recipe: Bourbon Maple Syrup

Foodfacts.com recommended ingredient: Great Value Pure Maple Syrup

 

Appetizer

img_4867Warm that barbecue mojo up with some shrimp skewers. This dish is so easy to prepare that you may even want to start serving it to the family on a regular basis. This low-key, stress-free dish is great to get both the appetite and family conversations going.

Get the recipe: Pesto Shrimp Skewers

Foodfacts.com recommended ingredient: Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Peeled & Deveined Large Uncooked Shrimp

Main Dish

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Dad is most likely going to expect the usual steak or burger, but he won’t be disappointed with this salmon dish for his main course. It’ll get him just as satisfied and filled – with fewer calories and much less fat, at that – he won’t be missing his favorite red meat staples.

Get the recipe: Plank-grilled sweet soy salmon

FoodFacts.com recommended ingredient: Goya Cooking Wine – Dry White

Side Dish

asparagus-353941This side dish recipe is low-calorie and low-carb, and could easily be the official side for every grilling get-together this summer. The acidity of the Sriracha toasted pecan vinaigrette pairs perfectly well with the nice, smoky flavor of the grilled asparagus.

Get the recipe: Grilled Asparagus with Sriracha Toasted Pecan Vinaigrette

FoodFacts.com recommended ingredient: Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili Sauce

Dessert

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Two ingredients, one delicious dessert. Broiling mango brings the fruit’s natural sweetness out, which is balanced by the lime juice. This broiled mango treat will definitely cap off your Father’s Day cookout with the sweet taste of summer.

Get the recipe: Broiled Mango

FoodFacts.com recommended ingredient: Lime

 

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Recipe: Provençal Tian

While FoodFacts.com is all about promoting more fresh produce consumption this National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, we thought we’d share this healthy, delicious and easy-to-prepare comfort food from Provençe, France.

Provençal tian is a French term that pertains to both the shallow earthenware as well as the dish prepared in it. Traditionally, Provençal tian is made with eggplant, zucchini and tomato.

Time: 20 minutes to prepare ingredients; 40 minutes to bake

Serving: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggplant, cut into thick slices
  • 2 zucchini, sliced
  • 2 large brown onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Provençal herbs: rosemary and thyme sprigs
  • Ground black pepper and salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat earthenware with olive oil, and arrange eggplant alternately with zucchini, tomatoes and onions.
  3. Repeat sequence to fill the dish, making sure to fit the ingredients tightly.
  4. Sprinkle minced garlic, salt, pepper, and rosemary and thyme sprigs.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until vegetables are tender and browned around the edges.

Provençal tian is usually served as a side dish for grilled, baked, barbecued or roasted meat.

Note: Serve in a clear dish to show off the layers!

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Recipe: Grapefruit and kale detox salad

Yesterday, FoodFacts.com shared a list of amazing foods that detoxify your body. If you’re still recovering from the excess of food and drinks consumed over the Memorial Day Weekend, here’s an easy grapefruit and kale salad recipe that will aid your cleansing.

Time: 15 minutes

Serving: 2

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of kale, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 grapefruit, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup salted almonds, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 4 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Toss kale, grapefruit, Parmesan cheese, and salted almonds in a large bowl.
  2. Pour coconut oil, honey, and grapefruit juice into a container and shake well to combine.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and toss to evenly coat kale leaves.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve chilled.
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Recipe: Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal Muffins

Celiac disorder, like any other diseases that require dietary restrictions, can be challenging. However, this does not mean that people stricken with celiac disease are compelled to eat bland foods because of their sensitivity to gluten. FoodFacts.com is happy to dispel that perception and share this easy-to-make, healthy AND delicious gluten-free banana bread baked oatmeal muffins!

Time: 15 minutes

Serving: 12

Ingredients

  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 over-ripe medium-sized bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In one bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, mix all the wet ingredients.
  4. Add dry to wet and mix only until combined.
  5. Fold in the raisins.
  6. Spoon batter into lined or greased standard-sized muffin pans and silicone liners.
  7. Bake for about 11-14 minutes.
  8. Let muffins cool before drizzling Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup, if using.

Note: Be sure to store muffin in an airtight container.

Tip: Turn this recipe vegan by replacing the eggs with flaxseed eggs and forgoing the Hershey’s syrup.

Recipe: Watermelon and cucumber smoothie

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Temperatures are rising. Seasonal fruits are back in the stands at supermarkets and pop-up food bazaars. ‘Tis the season for colorful, fruity smoothies, and Foodfacts.com is happy to share this refreshing concoction from Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family! This vegan-approved watermelon and cucumber smoothie is great for helping you stay hydrated during the hot summer months.

Bonus: it’s said to be an effective antidote to hangover, too!

Time: 15 minutes

Serving: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 cup peeled and sliced cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 liter sparkling water, chilled

Additional ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine watermelon, cucumber, lime juice, salt, and mint in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Be sure to press to release all liquid.
  3. Fill a tall glass with ice, and pour 1/2 cup of the watermelon and cucumber mixture.
  4. Add 1/2 cup or more of the sparkling water.
  5. Stir in agave to taste.

Note: Store leftover mixture covered in refrigerator for up to one day. Be sure to stir well before drinking.

 

Recipe: Turmeric tonic

FullSizeRenderSpring allergies? Foodfacts.com has a wellness shot to help you combat the sneezes: turmeric tonic!  This trendy superfood contains a decongestant compound, and acts as anti-histamine. It also has analgesic and anti-bacterial properties, which means, it is great in treating allergies!

Time: Less than 15 minutes

Serving: 2

Ingredients

  •  2 cups coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions

  1. Place coconut water, turmeric and ginger root in a blender, until ginger is finely shredded.
  2. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a jar.
  3. Add lemon juice, sea salt and honey.

 

Disclaimer: Consult your doctor before using turmeric for allergy treatment. Ask about dosage and time intervals for ingestion appropriate for your health condition. 

 

Have A Healthy Valentine’s Day

Sure, it’s easy to get carried away with the aisles filled with bags of Valentine’s Day candy. Hey, you might even feel a little guilted into buying these indulgent treats. But be careful, some of these treats are filled with unhealthy ingredients, calories and fats. A chocolate free Valentine’s Day?? No, no, we aren’t suggesting that! But there are healthier Valentine’s Day treats and we tell you all about them in this video:

And remember, everything in moderation!

Check out health scores for your favorite candies here:

Make Nutrition your Tradition with Wholesome Holiday Recipes

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Gingerbread Granola | Foodfacts.com

Most Foodfacts.com members and blog readers know that a healthy diet is an important weapon in the fight against disease. Often, the holidays are a time of overindulgences, stressors, and hurried schedules that can challenge healthy eating. Committed to encouraging healthful dietary choices, Texas Oncology adds another good-for-you holiday recipe to its easy-to-make, nutritious holiday collection – Gingerbread Granola. Low in sodium and high in fiber, Gingerbread Granola is packed with healthy ingredients like flax seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, golden raisins, and dried apricots, making it a delicious and nutritious way to celebrate the season. Continue reading