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Lose Weight with This Cozy Breakfast Choice

She is warm and soothing and can get any day off to a good start, especially a cold one. Oatmeal is always there for you with nutty sweet flavor and a knack for helping to lower blood cholesterol, but it’s her high fiber content that can help boost your weight loss. Oatmeal is more...

This Whole Grain has More Than 50 Shades

Also known as: Maybe a little “wild” sometimes, but she’s still simply Rice

Likes: The scenery… wherever she’s planted, from mountains to valleys around the world
Dislikes: Weeds and bugs, processing that strips away her best nutrients

Hobbies: Soaking in the fields and gracing weddings as a symbol more...

He Can Warm Up You and Your Diet

He’s hot and maybe a little spicy, and he wants to help warm you up on a cold fall day. He’s Chili, and his one-dish goodness can be a wholesome and nutritious choice for lazy weekends or busy weeknights, whatever your health goals may be. It’s all in how he’s put together.

There’s great debate about Chili’s origins and true ingredients. He’s warmed explorers, sustained cattle drivers, and kept family bellies full more...

Lose Weight While You Celebrate Taco Day

Taco Day is October 4th, and you’ve probably noticed that we here at Healthy Dining always like a good food celebration!  So in the spirit of this legendary and oh-so-delicious food, we’ve put together a Food Friendzy Fiesta this week that is all about Taco.  
He’s been around in his most basic form as long as anyone can remember, but more...

3 Easy and Healthy Ways to Enjoy Pear

Also known as: “Gift of the Gods”—per Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey

Likes: The temperate Pacific Northwest and similar locales worldwide

Dislikes: Being eaten before he’s really ripe… he is not at his best when he’s green and crunchy

Hobbies: Sitting for portraits (Have you seen all the paintings he’s in?)


6 Recipes to Tempt the Fig Fanatic

Also known as: Heaven on earth to those who love them

Likes: Warm summer sun, cool winter nights, and Fig wasps

Dislikes: Over handling…be gentle, please!

Hobbies: Sweetening up your diet

Find Her: Paired with creamy cheese, baked in desserts, topping savory meats, and adorning kitchen table fruit bowls

Fig is back in more...

How Honey Can Sweeten Your Diet

Also known as: Would a sweetener by any other name taste as sweet?

Likes: Clover, orange blossom, blueberry, buckwheat, and many other aromatic plants.

Dislikes: Her risk to babies.  She and babies aren’t a good fit due to the risk of botulism and babies’ inability to fight off the bacteria.

Hobbies: Sweetening family gatherings and helping to more...

This Ingredient Is Nutritious and Budget-Friendly

September is Whole Grains Month, and we’re throwing a big delicious party in their honor!  Honestly, we are HUGE fans of these hard working little ingredients.  Forget Bieber Fever, we’re burning for bulgur, fired up about farro, melting for millet, and screaming for spelt.  Go ahead and laugh; we’re kind of nerdy that way.  This is Food Friendzy, after more...

This Fruit Could Be Your Diet’s Best Friend

Also known as: Melon or varietal names, like Pixie, Little Baby Flower, Yellow Doll, Crimson Sweet, Extazy

Likes: Summer, summer and summer

Dislikes: The sun is shining and everyone is on vacation and happy, what’s there to dislike?

Hobbies: Cooling and hydrating


Our Pal Panini

4 Steps to One Hot and Healthy Panini
Also Known As: Sandwich

Likes: A nice hot press

Dislikes: Sticking to the press

Hobbies: Getting wild with ingredients

Find Him: On restaurant menus and kitchens from here to Italy
Panini is one HOT food, in all the best ways.  We’re drooling just thinking about more...

How do you use Fennel?

Also known as:
Often confused with her cousins, Dill and Anise

Likes: A good dry heat any day of the week

Dislikes: Being taken for granted

Hobbies: Dabbling in herbal healing

Find Her: Not as often as she’d like in the U.S., more...

3 Reasons to Share the Papaya

Also known as: Papaw, fruta bomba

Likes: Warm and tropical locales

Dislikes: Soggy roots and the cold – definitely unacceptable!

Hobbies: Pairing with savory friends to make taste buds dance

Find her: Adorning fruit salads, flavoring and tenderizing meats, adding a taste of the sunny tropics to smoothies

She is vibrantly more...

3 Reasons to Give Lasagna Another Chance

Also known as: Delicious

Likes: Big family tables

Dislikes: Being in the diet dog house

Hobbies: Bringing people together

Find him: Gracing tables large and small from restaurants to backyard patios

Lasagna wants you back.  He understands the pressures you’ve been under to give up the carbs, cut back on calories, and more...

3 Reasons Bison is back

Also known as: Buffalo or American Buffalo

Likes: Roaming plains, kitchens and menus

Dislikes: The “gamey” stereotype

Hobbies: One-upping the Beef competition with added nutrition and lower fat and calories

Find him: Roasted, grilled, ground and more...

7 Grilled Foods You’ll Never Want to Give Up

Grilling is big business in our country, especially this time of year.  The weather is warmer, the days are longer, fresh produce is practically overflowing from markets and gardens, and grills coast to coast are heating up.  Bring on that smoky goodness!

In honor of grilling season, we’ve invited some new faces and old friends into Food Friendzy today.  These ingredients aren’t more...

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