Make: Lighter Frozen Peach Margaritas

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

Moderate alcohol intake can absolutely be a part of healthy lifestyle — and thank goodness for that, because summer barbeques wouldn’t be the same without a cold drink in hand. A light beer or a glass of wine is generally your best bet, whereas blended fruit cocktails can be loaded with sugar, clocking in upwards of 400 calories. But they’re also delicious. Can we keep the frozen fruit concoction but lose the guilt? I daresay we can.

This drink is bright, fresh, and comes just in time for summer peach season. With a small amount of honey, it’s just sweet enough, and while it is still on the sugary side, the calorie count isn’t out the roof. So give your blender a break from smoothies and get the party started — with a big dose of vitamin C to boot!

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Thirsty Thursday: The Bubbly Strawberry Cocktail You Have to Try

Photo by Stephanie Smith

Photo by Stephanie Smith

Throughout the summer, we’ll be bringing you healthier cocktail recipes concocted by Philly craft bartender and the brain behind Spirit Forward, Dan Hamm, who believes strongly in the powers of fresh herbs and fruits when it comes to whipping up a good drink. 

It’s Thursday and, boy, are we thirsty over here in Be Well Philly Land. You too, you say? Well, we’ve got just the fix: This week’s cocktail, called Off the Vine, features refreshing fresh strawberries, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, some elderflower liqueur, gin and champagne. It’s a doozy — and it’s so easy to make! Free of sugary simple syrups and juices, you won’t feel too bad about drinking it, either. Cheers!

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The Perfect Weekend Brunch Recipe: Lemon-Poppy Seed Pancakes with Blueberry Cream

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Photo by Becca Boyd

Brunch is one of my favorite meals, but going out for bunch can be a big ol’ pain. Two words: the lines. Because I’m not one to wait an hour or more for a table, I’m happiest having an at-home brunch. Besides, whipping up my own pancakes or French toast means I can control what goes in it and on it — a much safer bet in terms of fat and calories than restaurant food.

This week’s recipe is the perfect example of exactly that. The lemon-poppy seed pancakes are totally something you’d find on a brunch menu, but I’m putting a healthier twist on this brunch staple with whole-wheat flour and a creamy blueberry topping made with Greek yogurt. I’d call that a win-win.  Read more »

Why You Need to Start Eating Nutritional Yeast

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A few years ago, I started to strictly limit the amount of dairy I ate. Since doing so, my digestion has improved tenfold: I no longer get stomachaches after eating dinner or feel bloated all the time. The truth is, I really don’t miss milk at all. I’ve found almond and coconut milk to more than fill that void. But I do miss cheese. And, yeah, while I will give in and have it on occasion, for everyday cheese cravings, I use something called nutritional yeast.  Read more »

The Ultimate Healthy Eater’s Dessert: Brûléed Grapefruit with Maple Cream

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

You can’t beat a fresh, vibrant, fragrant, juicy pink grapefruit. On second thought, you can: A grapefruit gets even more delicious when you pop it under the broiler. Really! With a sprinkle of sugar and a burst of flames, the vitamin C-rich citrus fruit is transformed — like magic — into a caramelized dessert no one can pass up.

And, hey, with my Greek yogurt maple topping, you can totally justify have this for breakfast, too. I won’t tell. Read more »

The Insane No-Bake Pecan Bars You Need to Make This Weekend

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

I talk to people all the time who tell me they can’t bake. This is all well and good (or, well, sad as the case my be), but everyone needs a sweet snack now and then, and if you’re not baking them yourself, you’re buying them. While you can find some pretty amazing store-bought snacks, low in preservatives and whatnot, I have yet to find one without an unpronounceable ingredient or two. For your health’s, the environment’s (helloooo, plastic packaging) and your wallet’s sake, getting in your kitchen and doing the work is always worth it. Read more »

Make This for Dinner Tonight: Warming, Healthy Chicken-Fried Rice

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Photo by Becca Boyd

February is sort of a mean month: We’re all pretty sick of winter at this point, but we’re still a far cry from spring. Sigh.

If you’re anything like me, this winter-will-never-end mentality can even seep over into your diet. You’re trying to “be good” by sticking with your healthy-eating goals, but all you really want is to hunker down with a big bowl of warming comfort food.

Good news: I am not here to preach resistance, friends. Instead, I’d like to show you a way to retool your thinking so you can have a big bowl of healthy and light comfort food and eat it, too. This week’s recipe gives you exactly that.

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Make: Easy, Nutritious Split-Pea Soup

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

If this isn’t the season for soup, I don’t know what is. It’s cold and dark, and you might be finding you don’t love how your jeans are fitting these days.

Healthy, nutrient-loaded soups are one of the best ways I keep my diet on track. And when a soup has much protein and fiber as this week’s recipe, making the right choices the rest of the day will be a breeze.

Dried split peas are a widely available legume, bursting with vitamin A and iron, plus they’re naturally fat-free. Because they take a bit of time to cook — you can eat this about an hour after you start making it, but most of the cook time is hands-off — this is a great soup to make on a lazy weekend afternoon. Bonus: The leftovers make for a great weekday lunch.

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4 Delicious Things You Can Make in a Food Processor

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Remember a few weeks back when I gave you my rundown on things I think are a total and complete waste of time to buy at the supermarket, because they’re just so darn easy to make at home? Well. I’m about to add a few more things to the list, thanks to this handy video from the Food Network.

It breaks down four things so easy to make, you only need your food processor and a few ingredients. (By the way, two of them also made my list — great minds and whatnot). Check it out below, and happy processing, people.

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