The One-Day Fresh Food Challenge

I challenge any willing takers to prove to yourself and those around you (I’m looking at all you role models out there!) that eating healthfully is possible, delicious and feels great.

Choose a meal-sized salad

Choose a meal-sized salad

Keep reading for the reasons why a One-Day Fresh Food Challenge is important, and my meal and snack ideas to get you started.

Why am I asking you to focus on just one day? As sure as a journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step, the diet to get to 100 years starts with a single bite.

Most of us need to make changes to the way we eat; many of us want to; and change is hard. So simply getting started is a big part of the battle!…

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What’s Cooking? Food for the 4th!

Where will you be when the fireworks go up… and more importantly, what will you be eating?

Roasted-Garlic Marinated Half-Chicken

Roasted-Garlic Marinated Half-Chicken

Thankfully, Independence Day falls on July 4th every year, otherwise, we might have had to create a national summer picnic holiday instead.

While we stop to mark our nation’s birthday, we can also celebrate this moment when the real summer bounty begins to appear.

Fresh local herbs and greens make salads exciting. New crops of zucchini and berries add pizzazz to mealtime. And who can resist the lure of a crisp, sweet slice of watermelon?

We’ve gathered five delicious inspirations for your weekend festivities: enjoy picnic-ready salads, an easy grilling favorite and a classic chocolate indulgence for dessert….

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Family Road Trip Snack Tips

Road-Trip-Snack-Tips

Cut Vegetables and Dip

School’s out, summer’s here and the open road awaits. For thousands of families, that can mean only one thing: ROAD TRIP!

So many of my friends are new parents, and they’re always looking for ways to feed and entertain their kids on the road.

So I asked a few moms, “In addition to hand wipes and sunscreen, what else should be packed on a family road trip?” Here are some of my favorite tips:…

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Six Quick Ideas for Peak-Season Berries

Having grown up in Oregon, a state famous for its prodigious berry selection, I learned early on that the best thing you can do with a berry is to (drum roll) just. eat. it. However, that would make this blog post rather uninspiring, so…

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Strawberries

Most folks showcase berries’ goodness in muffins, cobbler and pie, but I’ll be honest with you — I don’t really do a whole lot of baking with fresh summer berries. Peak-season berries are pretty much perfection as they are and, honestly, the last thing I’m thinking about doing on an 80°-plus day is turning on my oven.

Besides, baking is just NOT my strong point (you could do serious damage with good aim and one of my cakes), so I’m always interested in tips that don’t require careful measurement and a gentle touch….

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17 Quick & Easy Kid-Friendly Eats

School’s out for summer! For some of us, the change in schedules means more family meals at home. Parents may be looking for new ideas that are healthy and easy to prepare; it certainly was a hot topic among parents last week at a nutrition workshop I hosted, so it’s been on my mind a lot lately!

Seasonal Fruit Salad

Seasonal Fruit Salad

I’ve gathered some of my favorite ideas to share from MyPlate, USDA, American Dietetic Association, and some of my own from my days teaching nutrition after-school programs in NYC elementary schools. Most of these kid-friendly ideas work just as well for adults looking for simple, healthy solutions. …

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Two Perfect Picnic Dips

Yes, I’m still talking about bean dips… I can’t help it.

White Bean & Caramelized Onion Dip

White Bean & Caramelized Onion Dip

Picnic season is upon us and bean dips make an excellent addition to the blanket — they’re easy to make, are best served at room temperature and can be taken pretty much anywhere since they don’t rely on mayonnaise for a rich, creamy texture.

Even better? These two tasty dips easily double as spreads for al fresco sandwich-making. The white bean dip is fantastic on crusty sourdough with marinated artichokes and roasted peppers; the green pea dip is divine with ham on pumpernickel….

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Juicy Burger Tips from Pat LaFrieda

Where do you find the richest, juiciest, meatiest burgers in New York City?

Pat LaFrieda's Original Beef Hamburger

Pat LaFrieda's Original Beef Hamburger

Those in the know seek out Pat LaFrieda & Son, where they’ve been cutting and grinding top-quality meats for more than 90 years.

We wanted burger tips from the best in the business, so we tracked down Pat LaFrieda himself to learn about his approach….

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Healthier Ways to Grill

Four out of five Americans will be enjoying meals hot off an outdoor grill this summer. This can be good news and bad news for the health-conscious eater.

Turkey Burger from Pat LaFrieda

Turkey Burger from Pat LaFrieda

Bad news, part 1:
A round-up of typical BBQ foods like burgers, steaks, sausages, creamy deli salads, and calorie-rich drinks (e.g. sodas, lemonade, beers, mixed drinks) can quickly add up to more than an entire day’s worth (if not multiple days’ worth) of calories, fat and sodium in one sitting. …

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What’s the Best Way to Top a Burger?

Ask 7 different food fanatics what the best way to make a burger is… and you might come up with 14 different answers. At least that’s what happened to us!

Burger with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Burger with Blue Cheese and Bacon

In honor of Burger Week at the FreshDirect blog, we asked some of our on-site experts to tell us: “How do you top your burger?”

Read on for their tantalizing ideas. Then tell us about YOUR ideal burger at the FreshDirect Facebook Wall….

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Burger Week: 5 Mouthwatering Recipes

It’s Burger Week at The FreshDirect Feed, and we’ll be celebrating America’s favorite sandwich all week long.

Slider Burgers with Pickles and Cheese

Slider Burgers with Pickles and Cheese

To kick off the party, we’ve selected five tantalizing recipe options from our One-Click Recipes section.

Though the word “burger” typically conjures a vision of beef patties sizzling on a grill or in a skillet, there are nearly endless possibilities for what goes between the buns.

From tuna burgers and lamb patties to burgers topped with blue cheese and pineapple relish, these five recipe selections show off a few inventive twists on the classic cookout favorite….

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