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Shopping the Farmer’s Market with Chef Tom Colicchio

Healthy Eats was excited when we scored an invite to shop the farmers market alongside chef Tom Colicchio. After all, the influential chef and restauranteur’s name is synonymous with gorgeous produce picked at the height of its season. (Decades before “farm-to-table” was an official movement, he scouted the Union Square Farmers Market for just-picked garden gems to cook at Gramercy Tavern and Craft.)

 

And there’s no better place than the farmers market for Chef Colicchio to help promote Naked Juice’s new line of delicious cold-pressed juices made with botanicals like lemongrass and lavender. As we peruse the stalls, Colicchio points out some of his late-spring favorites, including asparagus, pea shoots, morel mushrooms, ramps and bright yellow broccoli rabe flowers, which he uses to add hits of color and spice to salads and vegetable or grain dishes.

 

When I tell chef Colicchio it doesn’t feel like spring until I make bucatini with pancetta and ramps, I score a pro tip: “Do you know what would take that dish to the next level? Shave a little bottarga overtop.”

 

He also shares one more tip: his recipe for Fish Tacos with Charred Pineapple Relish and Pickled Cucumber Salad (created to complement Naked Pressed Cool Pineapple), a light, fresh and healthy dish that’s the perfect way to celebrate the start of grilling season.

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Gift and Recipe Ideas for Father’s Day

Still pondering the perfect Father’s Day gift? Fishing for creative gift and recipe ideas that scream D.A.D.? Whatever kind of celebration you are planning, we’ve got you covered.

 

For the Grill Master

Hard pressed for a grill but tight on space? Ever planned a backyard BBQ and have it end in a wash out? Dad will love the multipurpose T-fal OptiGrill in sunshine and rain

for everything from grilled salmon to pressed sandwiches.

 

Recipes to try:

Moroccan Grilled Salmon (pictured above)

Rib Eye Steak Panini

Three Cheers

Get the beer flowing with some fun accessories like a state of the art YETI Colster or a Mini Beer Pong set. These gifts may help him exercise a little moderation and portion sizes control. Cooking with beer enhances flavor and even reduces some (not all) of the alcohol. Learn more about the health benefits of beer here.

 

Recipes to try:

Healthy Chipotle Beer and Butter Shrimp Foil Pack (pictured above)

Beer Battered Fish and Roasted Fries

Spice Things Up 

If dad likes things spicy make him a goodie bag from a legit artisan spice shop like Allspicery in Sacramento, California. From dry rubs to dips to BBQ sauce, dried herbs and spices elevate BBQ food to another level.

 

Recipes to try:

Lightened Up Ribs

Chicken or Steak with Balsamic BBQ Sauce (pictured above)

 

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

Housecall: What is male menopause?

a close-up of a serious-looking older man, holding his chin in his handTHIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
Male menopause: Myth or reality?
Hormone changes are a natural part of aging, but the experience is different for men and women. Unlike the more dramatic plunge that occurs in women during menopause, sex hormone changes in men occur gradually. This is sometimes called male menopause. Learn about the signs and symptoms men can expect and the treatment options available.

Video collection: Desk stretches
If you sit at a desk or computer for long periods of time, your muscles may feel stiff and sore. Simple stretches and other physical activity can break up your day and keep you comfortable. Watch these videos to understand proper form and technique for desk stretches.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Is it safe to drink alcohol in moderation after being cured of hepatitis C?
While it’s impossible to say whether drinking alcohol is safe after being cured of hepatitis C, as a general rule, anyone concerned about liver health should avoid alcohol. Find out why this may be especially concerning if hepatitis C has been present in the past.

How accurate are the blood pressure machines in grocery stores and drugstores?
Public blood pressure machines may provide helpful information about your blood pressure, but they may have some limitations. Find out why the accuracy of these machines might be questionable and whether a home monitoring machine or more regular blood pressure measurement by your health care provider might be right for you.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Insect bites and stings: First aid
Cultivating contentment
Hearing aid styles
Mental health: What’s normal, what’s not

HEALTHY RECIPES
Strawberries and cream
Quinoa salad
Spicy beef kebabs
Caesar salad with grilled chicken

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Is there more to hydration than water?
Water is a great choice for staying hydrated. Water is calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available. But water isn’t your only option. Remember that food also contributes to your daily fluid needs. Many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and tomatoes, are 90 percent or more water by weight. Beverages such as milk and juice also are composed mostly of water. In moderation, even beer, wine and caffeinated beverages can contribute to your daily fluid needs.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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Living with diabetes: Tips for watching calories when eating out

Did you know that many restaurants serve meals that exceed the recommended calorie limit? This may make eating out a challenge for many people. Try these suggestions the next time you dine out.

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Nutritionist-Approved Cocktails to Sip All Summer Long

Popular summer cocktails like margaritas and daiquiris can tip the scales at more than 600 calories per serving. Since moderate alcohol consumption (1 drink a day for ladies and 2 for men) can be beneficial to heart health, cocktail lovers should seek out sensible sippers. So here are 6 cocktails that keep things on the skinny side for the summer season.

Whiskey

Fresh mint leaves and only 1 teaspoon of sugar provide an abundance of cool and minty flavor in a refreshing Mint Julep (pictured above). 

Tequila

Lots of fresh fruit permeates this Watermelon Plata Tequila Cocktail with cell-protecting antioxidants. Blending fresh watermelon into the mix provides a vibrant pink hue.

Gin

Brewed tea adds flavor to cocktails like this Mango Ice Tea with Gin for practically no calories. Dial up the flavor with 100-percent fruit juice.

 

 

Vodka

Cucumber juice makes for extra refreshing summer cocktails like in our Cucumber Cocktail. Garnish with cucumber slices so your guests know what’s causing all the deliciousness.

Wine

Lighten up vino with sparkling water, as Giada does in her Wine Spritzer. Calories will be diluted but the love for this spritzer certainly won’t be.

Non-Alcoholic

Always have a tasty and refreshing alcohol-free beverage recipe on standby. This spin on a traditional Cape Codder is perfect for any summer celebration.

 

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

Housecall: Yoga for your mind and body

two women and a man doing yoga in front of a wall of windows in a sunny spaceTHIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
Yoga: Fight stress, get fit and stay healthy
Yoga is a mind-body practice of physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. In addition to the fitness benefits, this combination of physical and mental disciplines may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind, and reduce your feelings of stress. Learn more about yoga and whether it might be right for you.

Diabetes prevention: 5 tips for taking control
Making a few simple changes to your lifestyle may help you avoid Type 2 diabetes and its serious health complications, including nerve, kidney and heart damage. It’s especially important to make diabetes prevention a priority if you’re at increased risk of diabetes, such as if you’re overweight or you have a family history of the disease. Start by taking these healthy steps.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Would cutting back on coffee help me lose weight?
A plain cup of brewed coffee has fewer than five calories and no fat. But adding flavorings, sweeteners and dairy — whether at home or your favorite coffee shop — adds extra calories. See how many calories these extras can add to your coffee.

Can carpeting be an asthma trigger?
Reducing exposure to asthma triggers is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent asthma flare-ups. Because carpeting can be a reservoir for allergy-causing substances, replacing it with hard flooring may be a good idea if you have asthma. But synthetic flooring also can have allergy triggers. Learn more from Dr. James Li, a Mayo Clinic allergic diseases specialist.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Health benefits of the Mediterranean diet
Slideshow: Caring for your skin when you have psoriasis
HIV testing: An overview
Rheumatoid arthritis versus osteoarthritis

HEALTHY RECIPES
Lemon rice with golden raisins and almonds
Tossed greens with pasta, fruit and balsamic vinaigrette
Fattoush
Warm coleslaw with honey dressing

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Base tan? Bad idea
Are you going on a beach vacation and planning a visit to the tanning salon to get a base tan first? There’s little evidence that a few sessions of indoor tanning will protect your skin from sunburn. And repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation — from the sun or tanning salon — increases your risk of premature skin aging and skin cancer. The best way to prevent sunburn is to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., cover up, and use sunscreen liberally and often.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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Going the distance: Taking the high road
How you respond to disappointment says a lot about you. Will you reveal yourself to be petty and vindictive, or will you rise above it? Learn more from Dr. Edward Creagan, a Mayo Clinic oncologist and palliative care specialist.

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