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Month: July 2017

5 Tips for a Healthier Smoothie Bowl

5 Tips for a Healthier Smoothie Bowl

5 Tips for a Healthier Smoothie Bowl They’re trendy and colorful, but are acai and smoothie bowls actually good for you? Exactly how the nutrition stacks up isn’t an easy question to answer: certain ingredient combinations can ratchet up calories and carbs faster than you […]

How to Lose an Extra Half-Pound a Week

How to Lose an Extra Half-Pound a Week

How to Lose an Extra Half-Pound a Week Good news: The effects of a tough workout may last a lot longer than the time you’re in the gym. Thanks to excess postexercise oxygen consumption (EPOC)—also known as the “afterburn effect”—your body may continue to torch […]

Soon You Can Send Your Friends a Sandwich Emoji

Soon You Can Send Your Friends a Sandwich Emoji

Soon You Can Send Your Friends a Sandwich Emoji

One day, not long from now, we’ll look back on these days as a primitive era when we couldn’t text someone an emoji of a sandwich on our iPhones whenever the sandwich-y mood struck us.

That will change later this year, when Apple releases its new sandwich emoji as one of 56 new emoji characters that will be made available for iOS, macOS and watchOS devices.

The company recently offered a preview of several forthcoming emoji, to be officially released as part of Unicode 10.0 by the end of 2017. The wholesome-looking sandwich — white bread, lettuce, cheese, tomato, and some kind of pinkish lunchmeat, in case you are curious or hungry — was among them.

So was a rugged, split-open coconut. I guess because sometimes you feel like a nut?

Other food-related emoji due for release, possibly as part of the launch of iOS11 and the new iPhone 8 in the fall, include broccoli, a slab of raw steak, a twisty salted pretzel and canned food. There’s also a bowl with a spoon, a cup with a straw, a takeout box and chopsticks, as well as a dumpling, a fortune cookie and pie.

The Unicode Consortium, the governing body that approves a standard set of emoji every year, announced the list of approved emojis for 2017 in June. Those emoji are then translated by platform, such as Apple, Twitter, Facebook and Google.

In honor of World Emoji Day (yes, there apparently is such a thing), Apple also gave a sneak peek at a few other emoji coming soon to its devices — including a zombie, a zebra, an elf, a breastfeeding woman, a woman with a headscarf, a bearded guy, a (cute, but controversial) T-rex, and a blown mind.

I’d probably use that last one right now, if I had it.

Also a coconut, a broccoli and a slab of steak.

Amy ReiterFood Network FeedAugust 1, 2017

Buyer Beware: The Dangers of Confusing Food with Supplements

Buyer Beware: The Dangers of Confusing Food with Supplements

Buyer Beware: The Dangers of Confusing Food with Supplements Are you looking for the magic pill for weight loss, increased energy or anything else that ails you? You aren’t alone. While the draw of dietary supplements is strong and the claims compelling – don’t be […]

One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalists to Go Home

One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalists to Go Home

One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalists to Go Home The nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they’re forced to make quick decisions about […]

Chefs’ Picks: Kid-Friendly Snacks in NYC

Chefs’ Picks: Kid-Friendly Snacks in NYC

Chefs’ Picks: Kid-Friendly Snacks in NYC

Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Chefs in New York City work practically non-stop, which makes a food break with family all the sweeter. And though they may helm their own professional kitchens, these top toques let their kids steer the way when it comes time to get some grub. From cooking together at home to sharing scoops at an ice cream shop, here is what the future food fans of the Big Apple love to eat.

French Fry Flip
For most kids, green is a feared color in the food rainbow. But that’s not the case for the daughter of Navjot Arora. As chef of modern Indian soul food restaurant Old Monk, Aurora has found just the trick to get his little one to love a particularly green food. He uses his culinary wizardry to transform okra into fries. “They are a healthier version of a typical kids’ snack,” says Aurora. Served at Old Monk, the fries are made by cutting okra into thin slices, which are dredged in chickpea flour then pan-fried. A sprinkle of dried mango powder balances the savory bite. In addition to the okra fries, Aurora has gotten his kids to embrace another veggie-centric snack. “At home as an after-school snack, my kids and I take the leftover cauliflower, potatoes and peas to make toasters, which is a type of Indian sandwich similar to a panini.”

Cow Trax
Farm Fresh
It’s a pretty sure bet that ice cream can win over practically any child, and it’s certainly true in Chef Darren Carbone’s house. When he’s not in his lower Manhattan Mexican restaurant, El Vez, he’s off to Connecticut for some ice cream straight from the creamery. “I take my kids to an ice cream shop called Ferris Acres in Newton, Connecticut, that’s nested among a field of pastures, whenever we have a free second,” he says. “It’s a very popular, remote spot that draws massive lines of kids and families.”

Egg Tacos
An Egg-cellent Choice
It seems Chef Julian Medina’s daughter has inherited her dad’s passion for Mexican food. “My daughter Olivia loves taquito de huevo (scrambled egg tacos),” says Mexico City-born Medina, who oversees a slew of Mexican restaurants in New York, including Toloache. “She eats them any time of the day with salsa verde.” Olivia also shares her dad’s enthusiasm for making this Mexican dish. If not ordering taquitos off the menu at one of her dad’s restaurants, “she cooks them herself at home,” Medina says.

Try your own take on the Mexican specialty with this easy Egg Tacos Recipe from Food Network Kitchen.

Chef Galen Zamarra
Sizzle Reel
By day, Executive Chef Galen Zamarra of Mas (farmhouse) in the New York neighborhood of Greenwich Village prepares cuisine reminiscent of the South of France. But by night, those French-accented dishes give way to a culinary darling of another sort: the dumpling. For Zamarra, this fried snack has proven to be the perfect food for viewing flicks as a family. “We like to make dumplings for movie night,” he says. “We make the dough and filling, form them and fry them off, and sit around the TV with a huge plate of dumplings.”

Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast. Chefs in New York City work practically non-stop, which makes a food break with family all the sweeter. And though they may helm their own professional kitchens, these top toques let their kids steer the way when it comes timeRead more

Samantha LandeFood Network FeedJuly 31, 2017

The 14-Day Plank Plan

The 14-Day Plank Plan

The 14-Day Plank Plan You already know the plank is a great core exercise. So we’re adding plank variations to amp up your training, target your midsection from different angles to test your muscles (and your mind). Welcome to the 14-Day Plank Plan that will […]

Take 5: Summer Slow Cooker Dinners

Take 5: Summer Slow Cooker Dinners

Take 5: Summer Slow Cooker Dinners A workhorse during winter months for stews, chili and hot cider, slow cookers are often forgotten during the warmer months in favor of outdoor meals cooked on the grill. But then reality kicks and you realize that grilling on […]

Eat Like a Trainer: 8 Trainer-Approved Breakfast Recipes

Eat Like a Trainer: 8 Trainer-Approved Breakfast Recipes

Eat Like a Trainer: 8 Trainer-Approved Breakfast Recipes

Talk to most trainers, and it seems they are up at the crack of dawn, work all day with clients, work out themselves, and then often have business, family, friends and personal matters to address. It’s a lot, and they check every item off their list with energy to spare.

What gives them that go-go-go pep? It turns out it’s combination of drive and the right foods, starting with a nutritious breakfast. We asked personal trainers to share the recipe for their go-to morning meals.

From eggs to oats to pancakes and the requisite smoothie, here are eight trainer-endorsed recipes to fuel your day — and your muscles.

EGGS OVER VEGGIE HASH
This breakfast, from Maria Macsay, a yoga teacher and instructor at 305 Fitness and SLT in New York City, puts bars and smoothies to shame. “I love this simple, yet nutritious, meal post-workout because it’s the perfect balance of protein, fiber, healthy fats and carbs, which supports repair of muscle tissue and replenishes the body’s energy supply. I always feel satiated, nourished and light after this meal,” she says.

Eggs-over-Veggie-Hash

Ingredients

  • Coconut oil
  • 4–5 sliced Brussels sprouts
  • Sliced fennel, as desired
  • 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato, cubed
  • 4 chopped kale leaves
  • Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1–2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1–2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Directions

Warm coconut oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add Brussels sprouts and fennel and sauté for 5 minutes. Add sweet potato, kale and a pinch of salt. Continue to sauté until vegetables are soft and a fork easily pierces the sprouts.

In a separate pan, cook eggs over-easy or over-medium, based on your preference.

Plate vegetables. Top with olive oil, eggs and nutritional yeast. Recipe makes 1 serving.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 470; Total Fat: 23g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 10g; Cholesterol: 370mg; Sodium: 316mg; Carbohydrate: 36g; Dietary Fiber: 14g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 27g

LOADED SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH AVOCADO & ROASTED POTATOES
Eggs are a classic breakfast, and who can say no to avocado? “I’m always on the move and start my mornings early, so my go-to healthy breakfast needs to be something quick and easy to whip up,” says Lita Lewis, founder of Thick Athletics Apparel and U by Kotex FITNESS partner. “This is one of my faves. What I love most about this recipe is how delicious it tastes. Not only does it fuel me with the energy I need to take on my day, it also leaves me feeling fully satisfied.” Lewis likes to serve her scramble with roasted potatoes (she makes them ahead of time so it’s just heat and eat) and half a fresh avocado.

Loaded-Scrambled-Eggs

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • Spring onions, to taste
  • Cilantro, to taste
  • Halved cherry tomatoes, to taste
  • 1 dash paprika
  • Optional: roasted potatoes, avocado

Directions

Scramble eggs, egg whites and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Add to a frying pan with spinach, spring onions, cilantro and tomatoes. Cook to desired doneness. Serve topped with additional spring onions, cilantro and paprika. Recipe makes 1 serving. 

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 200; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 370mg; Sodium: 251mg; Carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 18g

OMELET “MUFFINS”
Take your omelet on the go by turning it into egg muffins, like these from the S.O.S. Food Plan by Ashley Borden, master trainer, lifestyle consultant and author. “I can easily eat these post-workout or, when I’m working early, just grab two and go,” she says. “The colorful veggies have antioxidants, and I usually top them with sliced avocado for more sustained energy and hot sauce.”

Omelet-Muffins

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 8 ounces any lean meat
  • 2 cups chopped vegetables such as mushrooms, red bell peppers, broccoli, asparagus and/or onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 1 dash garlic powder
  • 1 dash paprika

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F and line a muffin pan with eight paper liners. Beat all ingredients together in a bowl. Divide among muffin cups and cook 18–20 minutes until set. Makes 4 servings at 2 muffins each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 219; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 405mg; Sodium: 348mg; Carbohydrate: 0g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 0g; Protein: 24g

ENERGY-BOOSTING BREAKFAST COMBO
Eggs or oatmeal? Why not both, says Instagram fitness star Anna Victoria. “My favorite homemade breakfast is a veggie omelet and berry cinnamon oatmeal,” she says. “It’s quick and easy to make, it gives you energy to start off your day on the right foot, and it’s a macro-balanced, whole-food meal.” Try finding that at a fast-food joint or coffee shop.

Energy-Boosting-Breakfast-Combo

Ingredients

Veggie Omelet

  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 dash of pink Himalayan salt
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2–3 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons bell peppers, chopped

Directions

Heat oil in a cooking pan over medium-low heat, tilting the pan to spread oil.  While the pan is heating, crack eggs and egg whites in a bowl and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add tomato and pepper to the pan and sauté or 1–2 minutes. Pour eggs into the pan and let sit for 1–2 minutes. Once it is nearly cooked, use a spatula to flip one side of the omelet onto the other side. Let cook for 1 additional minute.

Ingredients

Oatmeal

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 handful mixed raspberries and blueberries
  • Cinnamon, to taste

Directions

Mix oats and coconut milk in a bowl. Heat in the microwave per package directions. Top with raspberries, blueberries and cinnamon.

Recipe makes 1 serving at one omelet and one bowl of oatmeal each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 357; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 370mg; Sodium: 473mg; Carbohydrate: 33g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 24g

BANANA PEANUT BUTTER OVERNIGHT OATS
Overnight oats are the solution for people who don’t want to do more than pour cereal and milk into a bowl in the morning. Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl the night before, pop in the fridge, and you can grab and eat in the morning. This recipe from Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott, cofounders of Tone It Up, is delicious, too. “Peanut butter and bananas … what’s not to love? Plus, the fiber in the oats helps slowly release glucose into your body for steady energy levels,” they say. Pack it in a mason jar so you can take it to the office if you’re in a rush.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 4 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla Tone It Up Protein
  • 1 banana, sliced

Directions

Combine everything in a bowl. Divide among two mason jars. Let sit in the fridge overnight. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 352; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 235mg; Carbohydrate: 45g; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 17g

SIMPE APPLE PANCAKES
Pancakes are one of those recipes that seems like it takes a long time, but actually comes together quickly. Try these tasty, no-sugar-added flapjacks from Cassey Ho, creator of POP Pilates and POPFLEX. “I love this breakfast because it’s not only delicious, it’s packed with protein and complex carbs to keep me full and energized throughout the morning,” she says.

Apple-Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon nut butter
  • 1/2 small apple, spiraled or chopped
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon, optional

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, applesauce, almond flour, coconut flour and baking powder. Heat a griddle or pan over medium-low heat and coat with cooking spray. Reduce to low heat. Using a small measuring cup, scoop batter to make two pancakes. Cook for 2–3 minutes per side, or until firm and cooked through. Top one pancake with nut butter and cinnamon, if using. Place the other pancake on top and add apples and more cinnamon. Recipe makes 1 serving.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 356; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 370mg; Sodium: 226mg; Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 20g

GREEN SMOOTHIE
Green smoothies run the gamut, from sweet and fruity to grassy and kale-y. For those who prefer to mask the flavor of their greens, try this recipe from celebrity trainer, nutritionist and author Harley Pasternak. “It’s packed with protein and fiber, which helps make you full and stay full. Plus, if you’re not a huge fan of green veggies, it’s a delicious way to get in your greens without hardly tasting them,” he says.

Green-Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach leaves, packed
  • 1 ripe pear, unpeeled, cored and chopped
  • 15 green or red grapes
  • 3/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped avocado
  • 12 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup water, skim milk or almond milk (if needed to get the blender going)

Directions

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smoothie reaches desired consistency. Recipe makes 1 serving.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 245; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 8mg; Sodium: 132mg; Carbohydrate: 39g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 24g; Protein: 20g

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN PROTEIN PANCAKES 
ModelFIT trainer Rahel Ghebremichael turns to protein pancakes when she needs to fuel for a busy morning of teaching and training clients. “Teff is a small, gluten-free grain that I grew up on and recently started incorporating into my non-traditional foods,” she says. It has protein, fiber and iron to support your muscles.

Gluten-Free-Vegan-Protein-Pancakes

Ingredients

Dry

  • 1/2 cup teff flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink salt
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder

Wet

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons applesauce
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk

Directions

Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk several times.

Combine chia seeds and water and let sit for 2–3 minutes until a gel forms. Combine with 1 tablespoon coconut oil, applesauce and almond milk.

Mix wet and dry ingredients.

Set a pan over medium-high heat and grease with remaining tablespoon coconut oil. When hot, ladle in pancake mix to desired size and cook about 3–4 minutes, until pancake begins to bubble. Flip and cook another 3–4 minutes. Serve topped with maple syrup and fresh fruit as desired. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 300; Total Fat: 17g; Saturated Fat: 13g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 15mg; Sodium: 357mg; Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 10g

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Banana-PB-Overnight-Oats

Talk to most trainers, and it seems they are up at the crack of dawn, work all day with clients, work out themselves, and then often have business, family, friends and personal matters to address. It’s a lot, and they check every item off their list with energy to spare. What gives them that go-go-go …

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Brittany RisherUnder ArmourJuly 30, 2017

Beat the Summer Heat with Yogurt: Try Lassi

Beat the Summer Heat with Yogurt: Try Lassi

Beat the Summer Heat with Yogurt: Try Lassi When temperatures soar, it’s time to bust out the blender and whip up cool, creamy lassi to beat the summer heat. Sometimes sweet and sometimes savory, lassi is always soothing thanks to a heavy dose of yogurt. […]