NEW Planters Roasted Almonds and Pistachios
New from Planters is a line of roasted almonds and pistachios, including Dry Roasted and Salted Almonds, Dry Roasted Pistachios, Sea Salt and Black Pepper In-Shell Pistachios, and Pistachio Blend. Planters also teamed with Men’s Health for a new heart-healthy combo especially for men, Planters NUT•rition Men’s Health Recommended Mix—a blend of almonds, peanuts, and pistachios. It’s low in sodium, cholesterol free, and a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. We suspect women will like this flavorful, satisfying snack, too.
SereniTea offers a convenient way to make hot or iced tea on the go. Just open one of the single-serving organic Tea Extract packets and add it to hot or cold water. It’s ready right away. Flavors include Lemon, Peach, Raspberry, and Green Tea, each in caffeinated or decaffeinated forms. They’re USDA certified organic and have no calories, carbs, or sugar.
Slather a burger or piece of chicken with a healthier BBQ sauce. Bill’s Best Original BBQ Sauce is organic and gluten free and has no high-fructose corn syrup. Its creator, Bill Fehon, was diagnosed with frontotemporal degeneration and his family honors him by selling his creation and donating 10% of profits to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.
GoGo squeeZ, maker of the first squeezable, resealable, 100% fruit applesauce, introduces its Apple Mango flavor, a 100% fruit blend of apple, mango, and banana with only 60 calories. It joins five other flavors of applesauce to give parents lots of lunchbox options. All GoGo squeeZ products are all natural and free of gluten, dairy, nuts, and artificial flavors and preservatives.
If you love the taste of S'mores but don’t want the fuss and muss, try Balance Bar S’mores. Just unwrap them and enjoy the taste of graham cracker, marshmallow, and milk chocolate. It’s not mere indulgence. Each 200-calorie bar offers 14 grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals.
What’s more comforting when the weather turns crisp than grilled cheese? Get your fill with a little help from 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Alison Lewish. You’ll find it’s not just for lunch but even for breakfast and dessert.
Tradewinds’ refreshing iced teas are made with high-quality tea leaves and all-natural ingredients, in flavors ranging from sweet to diet green tea.
Watch your calories and get exercise but use the power of your mind to help you win the battle of the bulge. Susan Albers shares her mindfulness-based psychological practices to help you combat cravings in the second edition of Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating & Enjoy a Balanced Relationship With Food.
Sharing his personal story to inspire and help you take control of your weight, David Kirchhoff offers a guide to mastering healthy habits that can help you get the weight off and keep it off in Weight Loss Boss: How to Finally Win at Losing — and Take Charge in an Out-of-Control Food World. What does he know about the subject? He has firsthand experience with conquering obesity. He’s also CEO of the largest weight-loss support group in the world, Weight Watchers International Inc.
Kashi has introduced two new organic cereals, Simply Maize and Indigo Morning. Both include organic corn flakes with just a little natural sweetness. Simply Maize is made with whole organic corn puffed into crisp flakes and is sweetened with molasses. It provides 23 grams of whole grains per serving. Indigo Morning blends organic cornflakes with dark blueberries and blackberries, with 22 grams of whole grains in each serving. They’re free of preservatives, artificial flavors, and high fructose corn syrup.
To navigate dining choices in a city known both for great food and, well, less-than-wholesome street food, you could use a friendly guide. Find it in Food Lovers’ Guide to Philadelphia: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings. Food writer Iris McCarthy shares the secrets of Philly foodies and steers you toward the best farmers’ markets, specialty shops, restaurants, wineries, brewpubs, and more. You’ll find that Philly has more to offer than soft pretzels and steak sandwiches (not that there’s anything wrong with those). And if you’re heading to Philadelphia for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, you might need some dining tips in a hurry. Read by Sharon Palmer, RD, in our sister publication, Today’s Dietitian.
Almost everyone craves salty snacks at some point. Make them healthier by choosing your own ingredients with recipes from Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips, and Other Savory Bites by Cynthia Nims. Of course it’s not just run-of-the-mill snacks but munchies such as Kale Chips With Lemon and Ginger, Cumin Lentil Crackers, and Bacon-Chive Bread With Goat Cheese.
Take your workout without you wherever you go with the BodyWorksBand, a resistance band that can give you a complete body strength training workout. To ensure that you do the exercises correctly and safely, the instructions are printed right on the band. Use at home, in a gym, or on the road.
Barlean’s organic Chia Seeds, a non-GMO vegetarian superfood rich in protein and amino acids, also are a great source of omega-3s, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and trace minerals.
Three Sisters makes economical, natural cereals with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives and no hydrogenated oils or high-fructose corn syrup. With a range of products including Naked Wheat, Sweet Wheat, Graham Crackerz, and gluten-free Cocoa-Snapz, this eco-conscious company has something for every taste.
The clear evidence is piling up that a plant-based diet is a key to a longer, healthier life. The benefits include a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease and a sharper brain. But sticking to such a diet can be a challenge. In her new book, The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today, Sharon Palmer, RD, provides all the information you need to begin turning your eating habits in the direction of a meatless diet. She offers a 14-day plan with tools, resources, and recipes to help you transition from a meat-based diet and change the way you eat for life.
If you like to cook with apples or serve them in wedges or slices, the Apple Knife Colori from Kuhn Rikon makes preparation easier. Use it to core, pare, and slice your apples, then fold it for safe storage.
Seamus Mullen credits his grandmother, Mutti, for introducing him to cooking when he was 6 years old. He’d caught a brook trout in the Ompompanoosuc River in Vermont and when he displayed his catch, his London-born grandmother, who had studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, taught him how to clean and cook the fish and continued to nudge him in the direction of his natural calling. You don’t need to know the story, though, to see that Mullen has had a lifelong passion for cooking. It’s evident in every page of his remarkable cookbook. And while his grandmother nurtured his career, a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis shaped his approach of cooking with exceptionally healthful ingredients and his understanding that food influenced his well-being. His Spanish-inspired cuisine and his determination to cook for health drive his new book, Seamus Mullen’s Hero Food: How Cooking With Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better. It’s not food for heroes but food as heroes—18 foods that have a positive influence on health. Everyone who wants to eat healthfully and deliciously should have a copy of this extraordinary book and enjoy dishes such as Corn and Crab Salad, Stone Fruit Gazpacho With Scallops, or Salt-Baked Carrots and Beets.
Sharing his personal story to inspire and help you to take control of your weight, David Kirchhoff offers a guide to mastering healthy habits that can help you get the weight off and keep it off in Weight Loss Boss: How to Finally Win at Losing—and Take Charge in an Out-of-Control Food World. What does he know about the subject? He has first-hand experience of conquering obesity. He’s also CEO of the largest weight-loss support group in the world, Weight Watchers International Inc.
Cake pops are fast, fun, and irresistible. Pick up a Babycakes cake pop maker and a copy of 175 Best Babycakes Cake Pop Recipes by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss and you’ll be ready to create tempting (and portion controlled!) treats and even savory appetizers for any occasion. These Strawberry Shortcakes will be a hit at any picnic, barbecue, or summer party.
Beautify your home with a line of household décor products that help ensure the beauty of the earth. Acacia Creations’ eco-friendly, affordable, handcrafted bowls and coasters are made from recycled magazines and fallen olive wood found in Kenya and fairly traded. The company also boasts handmade jewelry and home decor.
I’ve been a fan of James Beard Award-winning chef Cindy Pawlcyn ever since I had a meal at her Wine Country restaurant, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen. In the meantime, I’ve given an enthusiastic nod to two of her cookbooks, Big Small Plates and Cindy Pawlcyn’s Appetizers, which are now food spattered, with dog-eared pages. I’m equally excited by her latest, Cindy’s Supper Club: Meals From Around the World to Share With Family and Friends. The photographs are irresistible, leaving you unsure where to start in these recipes inspired by Pawlcyn’s travels and her exploration of world cuisines. Among the greater temptations: Feijoada, the national dish of Brazil; Chestnut and Green Olive Pork Stew from Italy; and Sake-Simmered Salmon from Asia.
James Campbell Caruso wowed Santa Fe, New Mexico, locals and visitors at El Farol, a famed Canyon Road tapas restaurant, and shared their favorite recipes in El Farol: Tapas and Spanish Cuisines. He’s back with another stunning cookbook and flavors that will have you dreaming of taking a pilgrimage to Spain, the source of his inspiration, and another to Santa Fe, where he’s chef and owner of La Boca restaurant. España: Exploring the Flavors of Spain takes you on a culinary and cultural journey through the country, sharing recipes for salads; soups and stews; vegetable, meat, and seafood tapas; main dishes; and desserts. Caruso introduces you to new flavors and makes familiar foods seem like something utterly new, as in Escalivada (Roasted Vegetables) or Matambre de Cerdo (Stuffed Pork Tenderloin). You’ll want to try every recipe.
Have you ever had kinilaw, lumpia, or pancit? Unless you happen to be Filipino, there’s a good chance that most of the dishes in the newly revised and updated Memories of Philippine Kitchens will be unfamiliar. Authors Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan take you on a compelling journey, shedding light on a Filipino culinary culture influenced by Chinese, Spanish, and American cuisines. The owners of the Purple Yam in Brooklyn and former owners of Cendrillon in SoHo offer 100 of the dishes of their native Philippines, recipes ringing with exotic names, such as Sinacugan, Tata Sing’s Bam-1, Bringhe, or Tidtad Baca. These are dishes both for the adventurous and uninitiated—for anyone in search of new flavors—and for those nostalgic for the cuisine of their homeland.
Every kitchen should have a WellnessMat—a soft, cushioning mat with 3/4-inch polyurethane layer that makes your dishwashing or cooking prep time far more comfortable. With beveled edges, they don’t roll up and always remain flat. They’re guaranteed to retain their form, and their one-piece construction ensures they’ll never tear, separate, or ripple. The easy-to-clean mats come in a range of colors to match any kitchen—or any place where you stand for long periods of time.
There’s nothing unusual about cookbooks on whole foods. But in Lévana Kirschenbaum’s excellent new book, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure & Simple, the whole foods are prepared in the kosher tradition with a gourmet spin. The result is healthy and delicious dishes that will appeal to a broad audience of kosher and nonkosher cooks. As a bonus for people who follow a kosher and gluten-free diet, Kirshenbaum, who is a kosher gourmet cooking teacher and restaurateur, provides an index of more than 250 gluten-free adaptations.
Joy Bauer’s books are favorites at Today’s Diet & Nutrition. Her new book is another. The Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan & Inspiration, drawn from the inspiring experiences of individuals featured in her TODAY show series who have struggled with weight loss, delivers practical lessons in overcoming the impediments to wellness along with potent doses of encouragement and motivation. She delivers nutritious meal plans, tasty recipes, and weight-loss tips and strategies that can help everyone in the struggle to conquer overweight or obesity and reach their fitness goals.
You might expect sugary treats from any book with “muffin” in the title. But you’ll be surprised. For Today’s Diet & Nutrition contributor Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, there’s virtually nothing that can’t be miniaturized and cooked in a muffin tin. The MuffinTinMania.com blogger’s new book, Muffin Tin Chef: 101 Savory Snacks, Adorable Appetizers, Enticing Entrees & Delicious Desserts, is a boon to entertainers who want interesting dishes with unusually attractive presentation. It’s also great for anyone who wants to make kid-friendly meals such as Curry Tuna Noodle Casserole or wants to enjoy meals such as lasagna or quiche but in controlled portions. Kadey creates the perfect party food and reinvents family staples.
Get a tasty pick-me-up with Balance Bar’s new mini energy bars in Cookie Dough and Double Chocolate Brownie flavors. They’re formulated using the 40-30-30 principle: 40% of the calories come from fat, 30% from protein, and 30% from dietary fat. This helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, boost energy, and satisfy hunger. Each bar has 100 calories, 7 grams of protein, and 23 vitamins and minerals.
Are your kitchen cabinets filled to the max? There’s a space-saving solution from Ceramcor. The company’s new eco-friendly Fridgex line of silicone bakeware/food storage pieces go from the oven or the microwave to the table and the fridge. They’re foldable, nestable, and collapsible and come in bright colors such as lime green and cherry red. They’re approved by the FDA for baking and food storage, and their nonstick surfaces are free of BPA and PVC.
Fullbar is a line of products created by bariatric surgeon Michael Snyder, MD, to help people who are not candidates for weight-loss surgery shed pounds. The products contain Slendesta All-Natural Hunger Block and are designed to promote a feeling of fullness so you eat less. New to the line are two flavors of weight-loss bars: Chocolate Caramel and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Also new are Fullbar Gummies and Weight-Loss Gum. And Fullbar Shakes, a blend of protein, fiber, and B vitamins, in Chocolate Silk or Vanilla Dream flavors, can replace a meal to keep you feeling full.
Dark chocolate lovers can get a potent dose of antioxidants and flavonols from Choclatique’s Q-91 to combat free radicals, help lower cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. With a 91% cacao, it gives you more of chocolate’s benefits than even the average dark chocolate. The fiber-rich treat is all natural and free of nuts, dairy, gluten, and artificial flavors and colors.
When you need a sweet treat, you might as well blend an indulgence with a whole grain. Popcorn, Indiana’s new caramel popcorn is free of trans fat, gluten, cholesterol, and preservatives. Also new from Popcorn, Indiana are BBQ Chip’ins.
Endurance athletes may worry that they don’t drink enough to stay adequately hydrated. A greater concern might be that they’ve had too much to drink. Along with a rise in the popularity of sports drinks has come an epidemic of exercise-associated hyponatremia, a potentially fatal condition. Get the whole story in a new book, Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports by Tim Noakes, MD, DSc.
If you’re serious about strength training, pick up a copy of A Woman’s Guide to Muscle and Strength by Irene Lewis-McCormick. You’ll get the fundamentals, in depth, from warming up to cooling down and everything in between. Whatever your fitness level, you’ll find help for developing a strength program and workouts for long-term training.
Kashi’s new snack, Soft-Baked Squares, are made with surprisingly good ingredients and are a great pick for a lunchbox treat. In Chocolate and Almond flavors, they’re made with whole grains and are sweetened with agave, not high-fructose corn syrup. Each bar offers 4 grams of fiber, and the Chocolate flavor delivers 10 grams of whole grains, while the Almond offers 14. The surprise: Each contains nutritious sweet potatoes and beans.
They may seem like words that don’t belong together: running and meditation. But Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche transforms running into a spiritual practice in a fascinating book, Running With the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training the Body and the Mind.
Kuhn Rikon’s three-piece animal print cutlery sets are wild. With nonstick, high-carbon Japanese steel blades and ergonomically designed handles, they come in Cheetah, Zebra, or Giraffe patterns.
Enjoy the flavor of tea without the caffeine in two new decaffeinated tea blends from Numi Organic Tea: Simply Green and Aged Earl Gray. They’re made with a chemical-free carbon dioxide process to retain flavor and health benefits and deliver the best taste.
Widely praised as one of the most effective nutritional approaches to combating heart disease, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) way of eating is now increasingly recognized as a diet plan for everyone, with multiple health benefits, including weight loss. Now a new book can help you use the diet effectively to shed excess pounds, improve your cardiovascular health, and even lower your risk for certain cancers. The DASH Diet for Weight Loss: Lose Weight and Keep it Off—the Healthy Way—With America’s Most Respected Diet by Thomas J. Moore, MD, with Megan C. Murphy, MPH, and Mark Jenkins, is packed with meal plans, resources, and helpful tips and strategies that can educate and inspire you to change your lifestyle and make a significant difference in your health.
Find just about everything you could want in a DVD set to keep body and mind in beautiful balance with Jennifer Kries’ new four-disc set, Hot Body Cool Mind — The Life Force Power System. Kries blends yoga, cardio, dance, meditation, and Pilates in 28 workout combination choices that not only tone and sculpt but also build strength, energize, and combat stress. You’ll get more than two hours of instruction for each level of skill, from beginner to advanced, plus a bonus workout.
This app is much more handy (and fun) than a pedometer. MapMyFITNESS uses GPS to pinpoint your precise location and tracks your fitness session, giving you details about your pace, the duration of your workout, and the distance covered. It will even tell you how many calories you burn because it knows exactly how far and how fast you’ve gone. The app’s Nutrition Center lets you search a database of foods, calculate water consumption, and even track your food intake to get your daily calorie calculations. You can log all this information, map your progress, and edit your workouts. The app will even let you know how much wear you’ve put on your shoes. There’s a handy safety feature, too. If you exercise alone, you can let your friends to know where you are or invite them to join you. There’s a social component as well. You can find friends, exchange workout data, and share your routes. The app is available for the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android.
Just the scent of Bath and Body Works’ Malibu Heat Glowing Body Scrub will make you feel as if you’re in the tropics, with its blend of coconut milk, orange, and pineapple. Use it to get your skin beach ready or just because it feels good.
I’ve seldom tried my hand at making pie, but I see it coming: pies lining the window sills; the aroma wafting through the breeze as it does in cartoons to entice mischievous wildlife; sticky, burned fingers from digging in too soon. This is where your imagination may take you as well after you read Pie It Forward: Pies, Tarts, Tortes, Galettes, and Other Pastries Reinvented by Gesine Bullock-Prado. Author of the baking memoir My Life From Scratch and the cookbook Sugar Baby, Bullock-Prado has charmed me with her new book. Everything about it makes you want to be up to your elbows in dough, with flour dust on your chin, making a happy mess that will yield a sweet or savory pie to die for.
Just right for the season’s salads and sandwiches are Original Brat Hans’ new fully cooked organic grilled chicken breast strips. The free-range chicken raised on an organic vegetarian diet without antibiotics or animal by-products contains no MSG, nitrites, nitrates, fillers, or preservatives.
Teachers, dietitians, and other influencers will want to watch the four-part documentary The Weight of the Nation from HBO Documentary Films, available in a three-disk DVD set with 11 bonus shorts and a 20-page booklet. Leading researchers speak out about the obesity epidemic, addressing the facts, myths, and impact on the healthcare system. The bonus shorts address specific issue such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, poverty and obesity, stigma, and more.
Perfect for entertaining, Kitchen Table Bakers’ award-winning all-parmesan gourmet cheese crisps come in a variety of flavors, including garlic, rosemary, and flax seed. The wheat- and gluten-free crisps are great alone or topped with spreads.
Guard against potentially deadly hospital errors with Secure Threads personalized hospital gowns created by Jeanne Mattick. The gowns, made of soft 100% cotton flannel and available in a range of sizes and colors, have pockets that can be embroidered with personalized patient information, including details pertaining to allergies, blood type, birth date, in case of emergency data, and medical conditions. There’s also an open slit for medical cords. The gowns openings, in the front and back, as well as on the top of both sleeves, close with Velcro to make it easy to put on and take off. And they’ve been designed to protect patient modesty.
Everyone needs a little motivation at some . Get it from speaker, author, and blogger Danielle LaPorte in her new book The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms. Whether you’re foundering in an entrepreneurial venture and need help finding your way or so paralyzed by fear that you can’t leap onto the paths your heart wants to travel, you’ll find straight-talk and common sense with a splash of spirituality—LaPorte’s signature mix of self-help strategies. www.daniellelaporte.com www.crownpublishing.com
Zip List, a website and iPhone and Android app, is much more than a shopping list generator. It lets you create and manage your shopping list, categorize it by store aisle, and pairs it with coupons to save money. You can plan and organize meals, find recipes across the Web, and share recipe idea sand shopping lists with others.
Get kids excited about cooking with Easy-Peasy Recipes: Snacks & Treats to Make & Eat by Karen Berman. Kids can create delicious treats without any help or supervision from their parents with these recipes that require no ovens, stoves, or sharp knives. Each creative recipe has step-by-step instructions and fun illustrations. Kids will love making whimsical concoctions such as Cold Creepy Crawly Noodles.
Get fit with Amy Dixon. The exercise physiologist and celebrity trainer will get your heart pumping with two new workout DVDs. Breathless Body Volume 2: The Edge burns fat with a blend of threshold and high-intensity interval training, while Give Me 10: Core Cuts provides six 10-minute workouts that whittle your middle.
If you’re concerned about too much sugar consumption, you’ll find lots of tips and suggestions for cutting back or cutting it out altogether in Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter by Connie Bennett.
Why go from yoga class to a strength training class when you can get both at once? Kimbery Fowler’s third “yoga-with-a-twist” DVD lets you add strength training to your yoga practice. Yoga + Weights combines moves from Fowler’s Yoga for Athletes class with 3-lb handheld weights to help you develop long, lean muscles. All workout and no philosophy, the program is easy to follow, even for beginners.
Get security from your smartphone with StreetSafe, a mobile personal security service with wireless networks with GPS technology and a 24/7 monitoring center staffed by live trained security advisors. The Walk With Me feature connects you to an advisor who will stay on the phone with you until you reach your destination and will contact 911 if it appears you are in danger. StreetSafe can then provide authorities with your GPS tracking information and personal profile. Another feature of the service is a silent alarm that contacts 911 with a simple slide of the alarm. No conversation is required. Just select service plan at the StreetSafe website, create a profile, and download the app.
Get on-demand streaming fitness videos on your Mac or PC with PumpOne’s FitnessBuilder.com or on your iPad with the FitnessClass App.
People on restricted diets can find places to dine safely with new dining and travel app for Android and Apple from Gluten and AllergyFree Passport. Find safe dining establishments at restaurants and even at Disney World with a variety of apps, including Gluten Free Disney World, Gluten Free Vegan Pizza, Gluten Free Chicago, Gluten Free Meals, and Allergy Friendly Meals.
Cook for Your Life has launched a website to teach healthful cooking practices to cancer patients and survivors and their families and caregivers. A nonprofit organization founded by two-time cancer survivor Ann Ogden, Cook for Your Life is a key resource that offers instructional videos and informative articles about food and cancer along with recipes for various situations, for example, for those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation or those experiencing certain side effects of treatment that affect appetite.
Nourish and hydrate your skin with chia with Larénim Mineral’s new Chia Seed Oil. It contains even more omega-3s than flaxseed oil and also offers antioxidant protection.
Get a powerful five-week fitness plan in Exhale: Core Fusion 30-Day Sculpt, with 30 segments from Exhale’s popular DVD series. Each week’s session includes six 20-minute workouts designed by Core Fusion creators Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp to blend sculpting, yoga, cardio, and strength training.
If you’re having difficulty losing weight, it may be because you’re a farmer eating like a hunter or a hunter eating as a farmer should. That’s the gist of The Hunter/Farmer Diet Solution: Do You Have the Metabolism of a Hunter or a Farmer? Find Out … and Achieve Your Health and Weight-Loss Goals! by Mark Liponis, MD, corporate medical director at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts. It sounds like a fad diet, but it’s an interesting argument for matching a diet plan to meet the needs of two types of people. Acknowledging that some people are successful with low-carb diets (hunters) while others do better on low-fat diets (farmers), Liponis shows you how to find your type and eat appropriately.
Wine lovers can find just the right wine for every meal and situation with Wine Picks & Pairings, a mobile app from wine aficionado Natalie MacLean. The free app for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry, by the author of Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search for the World’s Best Bargain Wine, can help anyone be a more knowledgeable consumer.
Join the conversation about food allergies on the Facebook page and blog of AllergyEats, a indispensable source of information about allergy-friendly restaurants. Get information, debate an issue, offer feedback on topics such as new legislation, product recalls, traveling with allergies, and much more.
There are lots of cookbooks offering recipes for raw, vegan, and gluten-free dishes. Now there’s one that gives you all three. Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan & Gluten-Free Recipes by Douglas McNish. You don’t need to be a strict follower of any of these dietary approaches to appreciate the recipes.
If you love the scent of vanilla, you’ll want to stock up on a line of products featuring Lavanila Laboratories limited edition fragrance, Vanilla Summer. Warm Madagascar vanilla mingles with mango, pineapple, coconut milk, and island sugar cane in the Vanilla Summer Healthy Fragrance, a spray bottle; Healthy Fragrance Roller Ball, a narrow, spill-proof bottle you can take anywhere; and Vanilla Summer Healthy Deodorant, which protects the underarm area with soothing ingredients that also keep you dry and odor free. They contain no petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, sulfates, or parabens.
Learn about new foods and help fight hunger at the same time. Each month, Love With Food members get a curated sample box of hard-to-find seasonal goodies. For each box sent, Love With Food donates one meal to No Kid Hungry, a food bank that operates across the country. When consumers return to the site to purchase full-size products at discounted prices, an additional meal is donated.
Make a unique presentation at your next outdoor feast with Circle Barbecue Skewers from Home Wet Bar. The nonstick metal skewers in a curlicue shape make a pretty plate and are dishwasher safe.
It’s awkward to cut an avocado and, more often than not, lots of the delicious avocado never makes it to the dish or the plate. It’s easy with the new Avocado Knife Colori from Kuhn Rikon. The serrated blade cuts through the avocado skin; the spikes on one side of the blade snag and remove the pit; and the curved side of the blade matches the contour of the avocado to scoop out all the fruit’s flesh.
FuseDance Cardio Melt and FuseDance Cardio Lean are titles in Tracy Mallett’s new DVD series of whole-body toning, low-impact workouts. Cardio Lean blends Pilates with ballet and jazz in standing, floor, and barre exercises. Cardio Melt, while still low impact, is high energy and speeds the beat with jazz, funk, salsa, and ballet along with athletic fitness moves. They’re easy on the joints but challenging enough for results.
Not just a recipe book, How to Cook Gluten-Free is also a primer on cooking skills for people with special needs. You’ll learn how to make all the basics, get a cache of handy tips, and find recipes for gluten-free versions of your favorite foods, even homemade versions of store-bought goods such as Campbell’s condensed soup. Author Elizabeth Barbone is the founder of GlutenFreeBaking.com and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She teaches classes on gluten-free baking and writes a weekly gluten-free cooking column for SeriousEats.com
Teach your kids about food at the same time they learn the English and Spanish alphabets in a unique book, Healthy Foods From A to Z / Comida sana de la A a la Z. Each page in the first section represents a different letter of the alphabet. Along with the image of a face, rendered in various vegetables, are photos of the vegetables whose names begin with the page letter. Each vegetable has a caption in both English and Spanish. Subsequent sections let kids make their own faces and enjoy a number of projects involving art, math, science, and language. The book ends with a seven-page chart with captions and photos to inform kids and their parents about the health benefits of 70 superfoods.
Women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can get answers about all aspects of the disease as well as a dietary strategy for combating symptoms in The PCOS Health & Nutrition Guide: Includes 125 Recipes for Managing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by naturopathic physician Jill Stansbury.
Treat yourself to new line of skin care products from L’Occitane: Angelica. The line includes an instant hydration mask enriched with hyaluronic acid, pure water, and angelica water; an exfoliating gel with tiny microbeads; and a hydration face mist to replenish the skin’s moisture.
If you read only one book about diet and nutrition this year, make it one of the best. As obesity rates skyrocket and nutrition misinformation multiplies, Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, and Malden Nesheim, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, provide the voice of reason in Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, exploring the issue of calories and why they are the crux of the matter when it comes to nutrition and obesity. Their scope is wide, from basic science to the politics of food, and their message is one that needs to be heard again and again. It should be required reading for everyone who eats.
Shake up your fitness routine with Tracy Mallett’s Fuse Dance Cardio Lean. One low-impact workout incorporates Pilates, ballet, and jazz moves to burn fat and another, a floor barre workout, targets the abdominals. Also new is Tracy Mallett’s Fuse Dance Cardio Melt containing one fat-burning workout that blends dance, intervals, and athletic moves, and another with dance-inspired strength-training moves and cardio intervals to sculpt and strengthen.
You don’t have to be southern to love Bob’s Red Mill’s new Southern-Style White Corn grits. It’s made from California white corn and with a special milling technology to produce a tastier and healthier product. Also new from Bob’s Red Mill are Gluten-Free Oat Bran, Gluten-Free Extra Thick Rolled Oats, Quick-Cooking Steel Cut Oats, and Organic Quick-Cooking Steel Cut Oats. And while we’re talking about Bob’s, read People Before Profit: The Inspiring Story of the Founder of Bob’s Red Mill.
Make and store fresh citrus juice with JuiceLab’s citrus juicer that lets you get the most out of the fruit with the least effort. The ergonomically designed container holds 5 ounces of juice and features a nonslip ring on the base to prevent slipping and a drip-free spout to prevent spillage. A separate measuring cup serves as a lid so you can keep the juice in the refrigerator. In two colors, yellow and white, it’s BPA free, 100% recyclable, and dishwasher safe.
Microplane’s dishwasher-safe and easy-to-clean Garlic Mincer makes light work of mincing garlic in uniform pieces. Just fill it with peeled cloves and squeeze.
Every foodie will want to pick up a copy of the story of one of the leading figures in American food. An intriguing book, The Man Who Changed The Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance by New York Times best-selling author Thomas McNamee is a delicious read. In an age where all it takes is a computer to be a “food critic,” it’s fascinating to explore the life of the man who created true food criticism and set the bar high for all food writers who followed. Likely there would be no such word as “foodie” without Clairborne’s accomplishments and his far-reaching influence.www.simonandschuster.com
If you’ve ever enjoyed it with sushi, you know seaweed is tasty, but what on earth do you do with it when you’re cooking? Pick up a copy of Fabulous and Flavorful Gim: A Collection of Korean Seaweed Recipes Developed by Faculty Chefs From The Culinary Institute of America. It’s published in English by the Korea Agro-Fishers Trade Corporation, a South Korean government agency that promotes trade and exportation of Korean foods and beverages to the United States in partnership with the institute. You’ll learn how versatile seaweed is and how you can easily add it to any number of every day dishes. To get more information or a copy of the book,
Stow all your gym or yoga gear and apparel in one of the new totes from Hadaki’s spring and summer collection, available in solid, matte colors or patterns. The City Tote is big enough to hold a yoga mat, towel, and change of clothes, and there’s a Lunch Pod that gives you convenient storage for a water bottle and after-workout snack. It keeps food cold or warm with an insulated interior and a magnetic closure to keep the food secure.
If you care about getting the best food for yourself, you probably want the best for your dog. If you want to skip the prepared, processed dog food and give your dog home-cooked nutrition, you can do so quickly and with little expense. Get ideas and recipes from Rick Woodward, aka the Dog Food Dude. His book Feed Your Best Friend Better: Easy Nutritious Meals and Treats for Dogs may give your canine companion a longer life and certainly a more delicious one.
Red’s All Natural, a maker of frozen burritos, has added something new to its product lineup: frozen quesadillas. Just pop them from the box into a pan, on a grill, or into the microwave and get a tasty lunch or snack with fewer than 300 calories but plenty of protein and fiber. The quesadillas—made with veggies, spices, beans, whole grain brown rice, and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats—come in four varieties: steak, pulled pork, buffalo chicken, and bean and cheese. And look for Red’s burritos in turkey mole, chicken, steak, and beans and rice varieties.
Even if your kitchen is your favorite room and you’d like nothing more than to linger there exploring new techniques, you don’t always have time to take it so slow and easy. Turn to Missy Chase Lapine on busy workdays and any time you’re in a squeeze but need to put some healthy (and low-cal) food on the table fast. When you don’t have time for whole foods or fancy recipes—and let’s face it, even whole food devotees have those days—turn to The Speedy Sneaky Chef: Quick Healthy Fixes for Your Family’s Favorite Packaged Foods. When you can’t make it from scratch, you can at least make it a little more healthful. And Lapine’s recipes aren’t just fast, they’re loaded with nutritious extras. But shhh … don’t tell the kids because she hides the evidence. With a what-they-don’t-know-won’t-hurt-them approach, she sneaks fruits, veggies, and whole grains into dishes so the kids won’t be any the wiser. Who knew you could put hummus in mashed potatoes or bean purée in cookies!
Need a Father’s Day gift for a beer-loving dad? Cap Pops Bottle Opener from Cork Pops opens both twist-off and pull-top bottle caps. Just pop it over the bottle, press on the cylinder, and the cap comes off. It comes in chrome and beer-bottle-brown plastic.
More options if your cravings are turning south of the border: homemade tamales you can order online from Texas Tamale Company: The Mexican Deli. In five tasty flavors—beef, chicken, spinach cheese, pork, and black bean—they’re free of lard and gluten. Don’t overlook the Cilantro Sauce de Julia or the sauces, salsas, and chilies.
Need help choosing healthful snacks? Turn to Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks by Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer, with Lisa Tsakos. Pick your favorite indulgence by brand name, and they’ll offer a more healthful counter suggestion. It makes it easy to satisfy the need for junk without actually having junk.
It’s hard to believe the new Fudgy Chocolate Mini Cakes from Vitalicious have only 50 calories. These crave-worthy treats will satisfy your sweet tooth and give you a dose of fiber, protein, carbs, and 15 vitamins and minerals, without artificial colors or preservatives.
Just in time for strawberry season, Kuhn Rikon’s new Strawberry Knife Colori makes it easier to prepare berries for snacks, salads, and cooking. The handy, compact folding tool lets you use a rigid scoop to remove hulls then slide that back in place and pull out a small paring knife from the other side for slicing. Also from Kuhn Rikon, the Vase Mister is a kitchen must-have. Use it to spray pans, deliver flavor with less fat, and infuse oils and vinegars with herbs and spices. Get two and pair an oil mister with a vinegar mister for quick and light salad dressings.
Canyon Ranch, the renowned destination health resort, scores a win with its first venture into fitness DVDs. Canyon Ranch: Strong & Sculpted let you get the Canyon Ranch fitness experience in your home, with three workouts—core, strength training, and yoga—from three of its instructors. As a bonus, it comes with a recipe booklet containing dishes from Canyon Ranch chefs, plus three bonus segments on cooking with superfoods, building lean muscle, and maintaining healthy joints, featuring its integrative health experts.
Plum Organics continues to make it easy to feed your baby well. Fruit & Veggie Whole Grains are three gluten-free, ancient grain recipes in convenient BPA resealable squeeze packs. Similarly packaged are three varieties of Yogurt Mish Mash, a fruit and veggie yogurt smoothie that delivers 20% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance of calcium and vitamin D. And Teensy Fruits, soft fruit snacks with no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients, come in three varieties packaged in small portions. Each product is GMO-free and certified organic.
It’s easy to stash your keys, money, and credit cards while you’re working out. Tuck them into the SPIband Wrist and Ankle Pocket. The duofold design protects your belongings, and the soft, durable materials provide the comfort. If you need to stow more belongings, try the original SPIbelt with a bigger pouch that straps comfortably around your waist.
What’s not to love about Planters Creamy & Crunchy Peanut Butter? It tastes great, fills you up, gives you energy, and satisfies one-third of your daily need for protein and 10% or more of your daily need for seven essential vitamins, including vitamin E and magnesium. It’s also lactose free and contains no preservatives or artificial colors. You can spread it on bread, but don’t forget you can also cook with it. Visit the website for recipes by Chef Marcus Samuelsson.
Take your dog for a walk in comfort—for both of you. The Perfect Leash, from Just Ducky Products, makes walking the dog safer and more comfortable, absorbing your dog’s energy thereby helping you prevent shoulder pain that can occur when the dog pulls or makes a sudden bolt after a squirrel. The polyurethane leash stretches, so your rotator cuff doesn’t have to. It’s odor, chemical, and UV resistant and will not crack, fray, or lose its shape.
Protect and beautify your skin with Molton Brown’s first antiaging Skincare and Body collection, 10 pieces designed for individual skin types and to target specific problems. And guard against sun damage with Molton Brown’s Karanja Sunshield SPF 30. It’s infused with ayurvedic karanja tree seed oil and pongamia plant extract and has a sheer, smooth, matte finish. Wear it under or over makeup.
For people who have no time to cook yet want to avoid fast food, there’s the convenience of Lifestyle Elevate. Order items online and find them on your doorstep. Order combo packs in four sizes, the smallest with 12 items and the largest, appropriate for a family, with 36 items. Pick from a range of options such as soup and salad combos, side salads, snacks, protein salads (Chef’s, BLT, Cobb, or Caesar Chicken), and even an oatmeal, apple, and raisin breakfast. Your food arrives with a shelf life of at least seven days. A soup and salad combo (garden salad and vegetarian vegetable soup) has fewer than 100 calories, and a breakfast of steel-cut oats and an apple, raisins, and a packet of turbinado sugar on the side has 230 calories.
Now you can have more and still meet your diet needs at dinner. Weight Watchers Smart Ones Satisfying Selections frozen meals now offer 30% larger portions and more substantial pieces of meat and vegetables than the brand’s other items. Each meal counts for 8 to 10 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, and has 25 grams or more of protein and fewer than 400 calories. In five varieties—Ziti With Meatballs & Cheese, Sesame Chicken, Chicken With Broccoli & Cheese, Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo, and Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry—they’re ready in no time on the stove or in the microwave.
Beets are even more lovable thanks to Love Beets, a line of fresh beets that come prepared, so you don’t have to do the messy job yourself. The baby beets are cooked in their own juices and prepared with one of four marinades. Packaged in clamshells and vacuum sealed, they’re a perfect snack and can be tossed into salads and other dishes. If you need reasons to love beets, they’re low in calories, nearly fat free, a good source of folic acid, and known to lower blood pressure. They’re also believed to be aphrodisiacs.
Protect against sun damage with a chemical-free sunscreen from Elemental Herbs. Elemental Herbs Sunscreen Sport in a tube gives you nongreasy 30 SPF protection for face and body, and Elemental Herbs Sunstick, in coconut or unscented, provides mess-free application in a stick with SPF 30 protection for the face, nose, ears, and more. Made with pure, non-nano zinc oxide, they go on clear with no white residue.
Every kitchen could use a Kuhn Rikon Kochblume Spill Stopper. The handy silicone device does double duty: It prevents boiling liquids from spilling over onto your stovetop and prevents splatter in the microwave. In green, purple, or red, it comes in two sizes, a 10-inch for pans that are 6 to 8 inches in diameter, and a 12-inch for pans that are 8 to 10 inches in diameter.
You munch popcorn at the movies and count on it as a healthful snack. But did you know you can cook with it? Why wait for your next double feature to enjoy this whole grain. Pick up a copy of Christina Dymock’s 101 Things to Do with Popcorn. You’ll get great recipes for balls and bars, granola and trail mixes, savory popcorn spice blends, and sweet snacks.
Pack your lunch without taxing the environment using BPA-free containers from the black+blum Lunch Box Collection. The items, from lunch pots to Bento boxes in a range of sizes, colors, and shapes, are microwavable and dishwasher safe. The lunch pot comprises two pots that lock together, letting you segregate ingredients to eat separately or mix later. It includes a spork and carry strap.
Your kids will enjoy the shapes, and you’ll love the health benefits of the new Veggie Littles from Dr Praeger Sensible Foods, an all-natural line of frozen foods with items that are low in cholesterol and saturated fat and free of artificial colors or flavorings.
It’s not easy coming up with new ways to prepare two of the healthful go-to ingredients in most diets—potatoes and rice. Get ideas for practically every day in 300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s Guide by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh and 300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes: Also Including Legumes and Whole Grains by Katie Chin. You’ll never again be stumped for a fresh and nutritious way to make everyone’s favorite staples—even for dessert.
Need ideas for a dish to bring to a Super Bowl party or an everyday gathering? Grab a copy of Fix-It and Enjoy-It! Potluck Heaven: 600 Stove-Top and Oven Dishes That Everyone Loves by Phyllis Pellman Good. There’s nothing fancy here, just tried-and-true crowd-pleasing dishes that travel well from home cooks across America. So ditch that same-old casserole you always make and try something new for your next picnic, block party, or book club.
On any given night in the neighborhood, you can bet that ground meat is on the menu in a majority of homes. You can also bet that it’s in the same tired dishes that are easy to throw together and hard to get excited about. That can be a scenario of the past thanks to James Villas’ From the Ground Up: Hundreds of Amazing Recipes From Around the World for Ground Meats Including, Chicken, Pork, Seafood, and More. Why eat that all-too-familiar burger casserole or Salisbury steak when, with no more effort, you can have French Seafood Quenelles; Italian Beef, Wild Mushroom, and Orzo Casserole; or Gingered Turkey and Pecan Turnovers?
Another healthy chip you’ll rave about is Boulder Canyon Natural Foods’ Garden Select Vegetable Crisps, a blend of 12 vegetables in three flavors: Red Ripe Tomato, Hearty Cheddar, and Sour Cream & Chive. A good source of fiber, these chips have no gluten, trans fats, MSG, or cholesterol, and they have 30% less fat than traditional salty snacks. Each serving of the kosher-certified chips contains three-quarters of a serving of vegetables.
Cookbooks by 2006 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Barbara Kafka are always something to celebrate. Home cooks devoured Vegetable Love, and this is the season to savor every recipe in Soup: A Way of Life. But her newest, The Intolerant Gourmet: Glorious Food Without Gluten & Lactose, will be cheered not only by people with food intolerances—who seldom have cause to refer to their food as glorious—but also by anyone with a craving for good taste. Whether you are gluten-intolerant are lactose-intolerant, (or both or neither), Kafka has dishes to please for all meals and occasions. In 300 recipes for dishes such as Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Roast Quail with Fennel, and—yes, of course there are sweets—Chestnut Doughnut Holes, she demonstrates that you can give up dairy and gluten without sacrificing flavor or texture.
People with celiac disease have come to count on Carol Fenster to make their lives easier and more flavorful. Now she’s making meals more palatable for gluten-intolerant vegetarians with her latest book, 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes: Quick and Delicious Mouthwatering Dishes for the Healthy Cook.
You know a cookbook must be worth your attention when people have been reading it for longer than you’ve been alive—particularly if you’re middle-aged or beyond. Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook was first published in 1950, and more than 65 million copies have been sold through the years. It seems fitting that in its most complete revision yet—Betty Crocker Cookbook, 11th Edition: 1500 Recipes for the Way You Cook Today—there’s a nod to technology. The book is available in print and e-book formats, and readers have access to an online cookbook destination with 400 bonus recipes and 85 videos. It brims with classics as well as new recipes that reflect an increasing interest in eating healthfully. You can’t go wrong with a book people have trusted for well over a half century.
Cookies kick-started more than one love affair for Dawn Casale. She fell in love with making cookies, quit her job at Barneys New York and started a Brooklyn bakery called One Girl Cookies. It was such a hit that she needed help. So she turned to professional baker David Crofton to help her grow the business and then fell in love with him. Together, they operate the bakery and have written One Girl Cookies: Recipes for Cakes, Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies, and Cookies From Brooklyn’s Beloved Bakery, which is likely to capture your heart, or at least your sweet tooth, with recipes such as Aunt Tina’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Southern Red Velvet Cake, and Espresso Caramel. And if you need to feel a bit virtuous about exploring this book, it’s not all about sweets. You’ll find recipes for delectable biscuits, granola, and even homemade butter.
Tart cherry juice has been known to improve muscle recovery in athletes. Now a study finds that it provides symptom relief for people with knee arthritis. But if your muscles aren’t sore from exercise and you don’t have arthritis, you may enjoy Cheribundi—in five flavors—just for the taste or the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Boost your health with the antiviral and antibacterial properties of green tea. Get the healthful antioxidants in brewed and bottled tasty green teas from Teas’ Tea. They’re all natural in unsweetened, sweetened, or lightly sweetened (with natural cane sugar) and have no artificial flavors.
If you can’t be among those lining up to eat at Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, co-owned by Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, and Joe Bastianich, you can still enjoy the exquisite tastes that have garnered raves since the restaurant opened. In The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes From Los Angeles’s Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Silverton, with Matt Molina and Carolynn Carreño, shares the dishes family and guests might find on the table at her summer home in Panicale, Italy. Don’t expect fancy, but do expect extraordinary—for example, Ricotta Gnudi With Chanterelles, Porcini-Rubbed Rib-Eye Bistecca, or Sautéed Broccolini With Chiles and Vinegar. Cheese lovers come to the mozzarella bar in the Osteria just to watch Silverton create. In Mozza, she shares her zeal in an introduction to the variety of fresh cheeses she serves. Master a few of her recipes and your friends may soon be trying to make reservations to eat at your house.
Now in paperback and a recent winner at the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference, Barry Estabrook’s Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit is a disturbing, incisive, eye-opening story of factory farming that everyone should read to understand the system of food production in America today. It’s disheartening, to say the least, but ultimately gives hope that the current state of affairs is not beyond repair.
You want to eat well but just don’t know what to make. Problem solved. Camilla V. Saulsbury gives you enough choices for a year or more in 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness. It’s a way of eating everyone can live with.
Wrap food packages, cords, and appliance wires—almost anything you can wrap—with a Q Knot. Colorful and reusable, it has nonslip gripping teeth that you can adjust to release and re-tie with ease. And for more heavy-duty tasks, there’s Q Knot Pro, with different teeth that provide a firmer grip for a stronger hold for needs associated with tools, wires, gardening, and garage items.
Do you know how to ensure that your athletic children get adequate nutrition? Turn to a trusted source. Anita Bean, an athlete, sports nutritionist, and best-selling author has a new book, Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes, that covers the basics of sports nutrition with a special emphasis on the nutritional needs of young people along with a selection of recipes that will appeal to school-aged kids.
Have you ever stood dazed by all the mouthwatering ingredients in a gourmet shop or grocery, dying to buy and try everything but having no idea what to make of your purchases? Then this one’s for you: Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food: A Grocer’s Guide to Shopping, Cooking, and Creating Community Through Food by Sam Mogannam, owner of San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Market, and Dabney Gough. Mogannam gives you a tour of the grocery, section by section, along with lessons in how to select and prepare foods from the deli, butcher, grocery and cheese departments, dairy case, bakery, and even the wine and beer shop. It’s that rare book that not only supplies recipes you can’t wait to try but also gives you an education in food and kicks up your culinary skills more than a notch.
Whether it’s you, your husband, your son, or your best friend, you know the type: people who will cook almost anything on their prized grill (and swear it tastes better because of it). They’ll want the Griddle-Q, a heavy-duty stainless steel grill-top griddle that lets you grill and griddle cook simultaneously. In three sizes, it fits securely on any outdoor grill.