Healthy Breakfast

"An apple a day" might be one of the best sayings. One medium apple is under 100 calories, and a good source of fiber and vitamin C, with zero fat, cholesterol or sodium.

A healthy diet is packed with a lot more fruits and vegetables than the average American diet. And with overweight and obesity impacting the quality of life for more Americans than ever – from our young children to our elderly – it’s time to change the way we eat. The ever changing science about micronutrients may be fascinating (it is!), but part of pushing back the tide of today’s poor eating habits can be as simple as this: eat more fruits and vegetables.

May I offer up the quintessential fall apple for your consideration. Apples are not only in season and locally available right now (read: high quality and affordable), they’re also widely loved, making them a simple choice for adding more produce to the day’s diet.
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09/21/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
Apple Pie

Empire, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples are some of the best apple types to use in Apple Pie.

It seems like a riddle, doesn’t it? After all, all apples look the same. So, does it really matter which apple you use to make a pie? Um, yes.

If you want your apple pie to be super tasty, you need to choose an apple with great texture that’s also tart and sweet. The apple you choose needs to hold its shape after baking, which means it needs to be just mushy enough but still melt in the mouth. (More…)

09/19/2011 by in The Sweet Life - Comments are closed
Healthy Breakfast

Start your day off right with a fried egg over greens, FreshDirect salsa, local heirloom cherry tomatoes, grilled red onions, shishito peppers and a side of whole wheat toast.

Don’t just have a morning, have a great morning! How? By starting your day with a healthy, well-balanced breakfast.

It doesn’t have to be a big meal, but a little something in the AM really does get the day started right.

Skipping breakfast makes it more difficult for the brain and body to perform well.  Adults who eat a healthy breakfast are better able to focus and be productive throughout the morning, and are more likely to have lower cholesterol levels and better weight management. (More…)

09/13/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
Sushi Surprise

Wrap vegetables in bread to look like sushi.

The school year is still fresh, but if you’ve already run out of creative ways to make lunch, the prospect of brown bagging can begin to feel like a drag.

Improve your lunchbox IQ with a few smart lunch ideas for the kids (or yourself!). These tips from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine will get you started on the right foot.

Don’t miss the One-Click Recipes from Everyday Food Magazine and more in our selection of Lunchbox Favorites! (More…)

09/12/2011 by in Everyday Food magazine - Comments are closed
Heritage Chicken

Heritage Chicken is the perfect ingredient for roast chicken recipes!

Over here in the FreshDirect offices, there’s much ado about Heritage Chicken and the truth is — every word is true.

We’ve grown fond of the Weaver family, who raise these chickens on their family farm in nearby PA.

I’ve also learned that there’s a reason Heritage Chicken, aka Pollo Buono, is so hard to find. It’s a rare bird and it’s absolutely delicious. Here are some ideas on how to prepare this Heritage Chicken at home to share with your family.

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09/09/2011 by in One-Click Recipes - Comments are closed
Smart and Simple 4 minute meals

Our Smart & Simple 4-Minute Meals section is 1 of 10 easy ways to shop for healthy foods on FreshDirect.com.

Happy September! It’s a time when we go back to school, back to work and back to health! FreshDirect delivers high quality food that is fresh and affordable for you and your family, which helps make the healthy choice the easy choice. Here are my 10 best recommendations for shopping for health.
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09/07/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
Fruit and Yogurt

Easy weekday meals for a family can be made by adding protein to just one of our 4-minute meals.

I have three requirements when I make dinner for myself at the end of a busy day (already spent in the kitchen!). 1) Preparations must be fast 2) It should be pretty healthy 3) Ingredients must be great.

It’s the last requirement which really allows me to keep things simple. If you have great ingredients, less is more. And I don’t like leftovers but also hate wasting food, so rarely do I over-produce, which allows me to keep portions manageable.

Normally I’ll make a salad or some mixed grain and greens and then top up with a cooked protein – which I cook à la minute. So where most of the components are a quick mix, a chop or a stir, the only real cooking is a simple hunk of protein. From my recently launched line of vegetarian meals, I frequently use their components within them in broader and newly combined ways, particularly the grains. Let me explain….

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09/05/2011 by in Short Cuts - Comments are closed
Shrimp Kebabs

Grilling for Labor Day? Check out our 5 Labor Day recipes!

There’s nothing better than a Friday before a long weekend, right? You’re hours away from family gatherings around a picnic table, barbecues with friends and dining al fresco under the warm glow of the sun.

To inspire you for your Labor Day weekend grilling, we put together a list of recipes that will please all of your guests. Whether you’re grilling tofu, shrimp, ribs, burgers or chicken, we’ve got you covered! Check out our list of 5 Labor Day recipes to try this weekend: (More…)

Heritage Chicken farmer

The Weaver Family: Marlin and Darla with their kids: Eric, Emily, Zachary, Joshua, twins Jonathan & Caleb, Jacob and one on the way!

Would you leave your office job for a life working on a farm? Two years ago, that’s exactly what Marlin Weaver did and it changed his life.

Though his wife grew up on a farm, Marlin was new to farming. He was, however, very passionate about food – especially sustainability and how food is raised.

So when he and his wife had the opportunity to take over his wife’s family farm, he left his suit and tie lifestyle for a more rural one. For him, the change meant he could happily work together with his family everyday raising chickens that he felt were the best quality for his family (and yours!).
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Dumplings

For hungrier kids, our new Kids Meals (like our Chicken Teriyaki Dunk-Lings) can be enjoyed as a meal or shared as a snack.

Back to school means back to snacking… Hungry kids home from school tend to head straight to the refrigerator. Preempting their eating habits with a few fun and delicious snacks is an easy way to get them on the path to healthy eating this calendar year. But when stomach growls drown out patience, you’ll have to have key ingredients front-and-center.

Below are some foods that require next-to-no waiting, no real cooking, and usually no convincing. Find out your child’s food preference then make it easy to snack-and-go. (More…)

08/29/2011 by in Short Cuts - Comments are closed