Make: Low-Cal Lemon Poppy Seed Angel Food Cake

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

I eat a lot of salad. I eat a lot of almonds. I eat probably too much fruit. I don’t, however, eat a lot of cake, and I’m betting you probably don’t either. Let me be clear: It’s not because we’re healthy eaters who consistently make the “right” diet choices; it’s simply because, outside of the occasional birthday party, we aren’t offered cake very often. Let’s remedy this crisis, shall we?

Today, I have for you a cake that’s 100 percent whole grain, made with natural sweeteners and topped with fresh fruit. Best part: It clocks in at around 250 calories a serving.

Since angel food cake is virtually free of fat, adding a moderate amount of freshly whipped cream is pretty much a given. (Aside: You can also make coconut milk whipped cream, which is to die for.) It’s cake–real cake!–minus the guilt.

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What to Eat This Week: Creative Cookout Dinners

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One of summer’s greatest perks is being able to grill-out whenever you feel like it. And around this time of year, when the average temperature in my air-condition-less kitchen at any given moment is about 80 degrees, that’s pretty much every day. But getting your grill on all week long requires a bit of creativity, because let’s face it: No human being can eat hot dogs and burgers seven days a week. (Okay, no one over the age of nine, at least.) So to help get your creative cook-out juices flowing, we’ve rounded up five healthy recipes that are bursting with summer flavors. Tacos, grilled peaches and grilled pizza are just a few of the delicious eats you’ll find on this list—but no burgers, I promise. So get out of your blazing hot kitchens and get your grill on, folks!

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7 Healthy-Eating Philly Pinterest Boards You Need to Follow Now

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There’s no doubt about it: healthy eating is the bomb. It’s good for your your body, your brain—it can even up your Instagram following if you style it correctly. The only problem is, without a bazillion and one sources of inspiration, coming up with healthy recipe ideas can be tough. And after a long, draining day of working/watching cat videos on YouTube/twisting yourself into a pretzel during hot yoga–or whatever it is that you do during the day—the last thing you want to do is rack your brain for a healthy dinner idea, right?

We’re totally with you. So to make sure none of us ever has to think of a healthy dinner recipe again, we’ve scoured the depths of Pinterest to find the most amazing healthy-eating recipe boards our fellow Philadelphians have to offer (aside from ours, of course!). Here, seven totally drool-inducing Pinterest boards overflowing with years—maybe even decades!—worth of healthy recipes and inspiration. Happy cooking, friends!

(Warning: Pinterest is like Pringles—once you start, you canNOT stop. Case in point: I spent an entire two days this week just looking at Pinterest boards. You’ve been warned.)

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Make: 20-Minute Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

Are you in a healthy dinner rut? I’m talking the same old dinner of grilled chicken breast, salad and brown rice night after night? If the answer is yes, it’s time for a change: These lettuce wraps are fun to eat, and they are just about as light as you can get when it comes to dinner. I often order lettuce wraps at restaurants when I’m looking for a light dinner option but truthfully, if you don’t make it yourself, you never really know how “light” a dish actually is. These wraps taste just as good as any restaurant’s version, but here, you control the oil, sugar, and ingredient list.

Plus, these wraps are snazzy enough for company and—I promise you on this one—they actually take just 20 minutes to put together.

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