Food and Drink http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/209/all en-US Best Money Tips: 10 Money-Saving Summer Vegetables http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-10-money-saving-summer-vegetables <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-10-money-saving-summer-vegetables" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_veggies_groceries_000047301744.jpg" alt="Woman buying money saving summer vegetables" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on money-saving vegetables to use this summer, crucial financial habits for form in your 20s, and ways to save on gas.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3723/summer-produce">10 Money-Saving Vegetables to Use in the Summer</a> &mdash; There are cucumbers aplenty during the summer, and they're cheap, too! [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0725/Four-crucial-financial-habits-to-form-in-your-20s">Four crucial financial habits to form in your 20s</a> &mdash; If your employer matches your 401k contributions, be sure it max it out! [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/10-ways-to-save-money-at-the-gas-pump/">10 Ways to Save Money at the Gas Pump</a> &mdash; Use a GPS or app to help you avoid routes with high traffic. It'll save you from idling, which uses more gas. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Expensive-Wedding-Traditions-Skip-16051985">7 Costly Wedding Traditions to Ditch</a> &mdash; Fancy, multi-tiered wedding cakes can be replaced with cupcakes, cookies, or a dessert bar. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/how-to-catch-up-behind-on-bills">Behind On Bills? How To Catch Up</a> &mdash; If you miss a payment, you can attempt to avoid the late fee and interest hikes by asking your creditor for a one-time exemption. [Money Under 30]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/save-money-online/">10 Ways to Use &ldquo;the Internets&rdquo; to Save Money Online</a> &mdash; Leave items in your shopping cart for a few days. Many retailers will try to close the deal by sending you coupons or other incentives. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/productive-during-busy-months/">How to Battle Overwhelm and Be Productive During Busy Summer Months</a> &mdash; If you need to work while you travel, be sure to bring a pair of good headphones to help block out the distractions around you. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/07/10-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-take.html">10 questions to ask yourself to take control of your life</a> &mdash; Use this exercise to help you take stock of your goals and resolutions for the year. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/information-is-the-name-and-data-security-is-the-game/">Information is the Name and Data Security is the Game</a> &mdash; If you're worried about someone getting data off your old devices, consider using a technique called &quot;zero filling.&quot; [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/its-parent-vs-parent-in-the-birthday-party-showdown">It's Parent vs Parent in the Birthday Party Showdown</a> &mdash; It seems that kids' birthday parties are getting more and more lavish, but is this really for the kids or for the parents who want to show off? [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-10-money-saving-summer-vegetables">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy (or Lazy) Vegetarians</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips summer vegetables Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:00:12 +0000 Amy Lu 1507266 at http://www.wisebread.com 31 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Veggies http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cutting_vegetables_000068101241.jpg" alt="Woman learning delicious ways t enjoy summer veggies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer doesn't just bring fun and sun, it also brings a bounty of fresh veggies like corn, tomatoes, and squash. It's arguably the best time of year for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">vegetable lovers</a>, and it'd be a crying shame if you didn't take full advantage of it. The following 31 recipes should get you started!</p> <h2>Tomatoes</h2> <p>Tomatoes are far and away at their best this time of year, so this is the time to really enjoy them. Look for bright red, ripe fruits, or seek out especially tasty heirloom varieties.</p> <h3>1. Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad</h3> <p>Combine two of summer's favorite fruits &mdash; <a href="http://www.veganfamilyrecipes.com/2014/08/watermelon-heirloom-tomato-salad.html">watermelon and heirloom tomatoes</a> &mdash; into one sweet and savory salad that's really simple to make.</p> <h3>2. Fresh Tomato Sauce</h3> <p>Snatch up as many fresh tomatoes as you can while they're in season, and make a big batch of <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/08/fresh-tomato-sauce/">fresh tomato sauce</a>. Freeze or can it for a taste of summer all year long.</p> <h3>3. Grilled Tomato Gazpacho</h3> <p>Showcase tomatoes in all their glory by making an easy <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/grilled_tomato_gazpacho.html">gazpacho soup</a>. The chilled dish is a great way to beat the summer heat.</p> <h3>4. Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad</h3> <p>Celebrate the pure flavor of heirloom tomatoes in this satisfying <a href="http://www.loveandlemons.com/2013/08/15/heirloom-tomato-avocado-chickpea-salad/">tomato and avocado salad</a> that won't weigh you down. Orzo and chickpeas add heft, and fresh tomatoes, arugula, and basil keep it seasonal and light.</p> <h2>Squash</h2> <p>Summer squash is yellow and can be crook-necked or straight like a zucchini. They'll last for up to a week in the fridge.</p> <h3>5. Grilled Summer Squash Boats</h3> <p>Gluten free and vegetarian, this recipe is healthy and quick enough for a weeknight meal. Other summer produce like tomatoes, basil, and bell pepper are stuffed into <a href="http://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com/grilled-summer-squash-boats/">grilled squash boats</a> and topped with melty cheese.</p> <h3>6. Penne With Grilled Summer Squash and Sweet Corn</h3> <p>Smoky grilled squash, sweet corn, and fresh tomato combine with penne and ricotta cheese for a <a href="http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/dinner-recipes/penne-with-grilled-summer-squash-and-sweet-corn">summery pasta dish</a>.</p> <h3>7. Ridiculously Easy Roasted Yellow Squash</h3> <p>Sometimes simple is best. An easy side dish of <a href="http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2009/08/ridiculously-easy-roasted-yellow-squash.html">roasted yellow squash</a> and onions brings out their natural sweetness, and pairs well with meat or other veggies.</p> <h2>Zucchini</h2> <p>This green vegetable is everywhere this time of year, and is especially versatile. Use it for bread, as a side dish, as noodles, and more.</p> <h3>8. Zucchini Noodles and Grilled Shrimp</h3> <p>Ditch the pasta and replace it with strands of tender zucchini for a light summer meal. Combined with grilled shrimp and pesto, this <a href="http://whatsgabycooking.com/zucchini-noodles-grilled-shrimp/">zucchini noodle dish</a> hits at the right notes.</p> <h3>9. Sautéed Zucchini</h3> <p>A great way to prepare zucchini is by simply sautéing it in oil and adding a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Serve <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/29698-sauteed-zucchini">sautéed zucchini</a> with chicken or pork.</p> <h3>10. Healthy Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread</h3> <p>If you're swimming in fresh zucchini, shred some up and make <a href="http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/healthy-greek-yogurt-zucchini-bread/">zucchini bread</a>. This version uses Greek yogurt and ripe banana to replace much of the fat and sugar.</p> <h3>11. Zucchini Fries</h3> <p>For a healthier version of french fries, bake up a batch of <a href="http://www.simplehealthykitchen.com/marios-zucchini-fries/">zucchini fries</a>. Roll pieces of zucchini in a simple batter and bake until crispy for a delicious side or snack.</p> <h2>Bell Peppers</h2> <p>Bell peppers come in a rainbow of colors, and they're all equally delicious in the summertime. Cut them up for a crudite platter, or cook them in one of the following recipes.</p> <h3>12. Marinated Bell Peppers</h3> <p>When putting together an appetizer plate, include these flavorful <a href="http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/marinated-bell-peppers">marinated bell peppers</a>. They're great with cheese, olives, bread, crackers, and more.</p> <h3>13. Cheesy Quinoa and Turkey Sloppy Joe Stuffed Bell Peppers</h3> <p>Hollowed out fresh bell peppers are perfect for stuffing with savory ingredients and baking for a convenient meal. These <a href="http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2014/11/quinoa-turkey-sloppy-joe-stuffed-bell-peppers/">stuffed bell peppers</a> have the flavor of sloppy joes, but with healthier ingredients like quinoa and turkey.</p> <h3>14. Seared Steak, Pepper, and Onion Fajitas</h3> <p>Fajitas wouldn't be fajitas without sliced bell peppers. Seared and sliced steak and onion join the peppers for a classic <a href="http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/seared-steak-peppers-onion-fajitas.aspx">Tex-Mex feast</a>.</p> <h2>Hot Peppers</h2> <p>If you're into spicy food, then this is your time of year. From jalapeños to habaneros, hot peppers are now in season.</p> <h3>15. Jalapeño Poppers</h3> <p><a href="http://www.thrillist.com/recipe/nation/how-to-make-perfect-jalape-o-poppers-every-time-thrillist-recipes">Jalapeño poppers</a> are the ultimate party food. They're crispy, spicy, and filled with gooey cheese. And now you can make your own at home!</p> <h3>16. Hot Pepper Relish</h3> <p>Add a delicious kick to your hot dogs or sausages with homemade <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/05/hot-pepper-relish-recipe.html">hot pepper relish</a>. This recipe will last in the fridge for a month without the hassle of canning.</p> <h2>Eggplant</h2> <p>Deep purple eggplants are hearty and almost meaty, making them really handy for a vegetarian diet. They're great on sandwiches, with pasta, and made into a dip.</p> <h3>17. Eggplant Lasagna</h3> <p>Eggplant and Italian food are meant to be together. This <a href="http://www.cookforyourlife.org/recipes/eggplant-lasagna">eggplant lasagna</a> is a perfect example, and only has a few ingredients!</p> <h3>18. Homemade Baba Ganoush</h3> <p><a href="http://www.theendlessmeal.com/homemade-baba-ganoush/">Baba ganoush</a> is an easy and tasty appetizer that happens to be low fat, too. Simply grill or roast a couple of eggplants, scoop out the flesh, and whirl it up with tahini, garlic, and lemon.</p> <h3>19. Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Heros</h3> <p>Lighten up the typical eggplant parm sub by firing up the grill. These <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/grilled-eggplant-parmigiana-heros-354972">grilled eggplant parmesan heros</a> with fresh tomato sauce will have everyone raving.</p> <h2>Corn</h2> <p>Nothing tastes quite like summer like fresh sweet corn on the cob. Whenever possible, buy ears that were picked fresh, and use them as soon as possible.</p> <h3>20. Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn)</h3> <p>Take grilled corn up a notch and make <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/elote">Mexican grilled corn</a>, or elote. After being grilled, cobs are slathered in mayonnaise, lime, and spices.</p> <h3>21. Summer Corn Chowder</h3> <p><a href="http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/06/summer-corn-chowder/">Corn chowder</a> is a rare summertime soup that's hearty and light at the same time. It's creamy, smoky, sweet, and just plain delicious.</p> <h3>22. Fresh Corn Skillet Cornbread</h3> <p>To go with all of the meats you'll be grilling up this summer, use some of summer's favorite vegetable to make <a href="http://www.startribune.com/recipe-fresh-corn-skillet-cornbread/221528791/">fresh corn cornbread</a>. Buttermilk makes this bread moist and flavorful.</p> <h3>23. Corn Salsa</h3> <p>A <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/corn-salsa/">fresh corn salsa</a> is a simple and easy way to eat the summer veg. Just add tomatoes, lime, and cilantro, and serve with chips.</p> <h2>Cucumber</h2> <p>Crunchy cucumbers come in a few different varieties, with some types making better pickles than others. Eat them cut up with dip or slice them into salads.</p> <h3>24. Lemony Cucumber Salad</h3> <p>Cucumbers, radishes, and bell peppers are dressed with lemon and white wine vinegar for a bright <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/lemony-cucumber-salad">summertime salad</a>.</p> <h3>25. Spicy Dill Quick Pickles</h3> <p>Transform cucumbers into an irresistible spicy and tart snack overnight with this <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/spicy-dill-quick-pickles">quick pickle</a> recipe.</p> <h3>26. Chilled Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Noodles</h3> <p>Just like zucchini, cucumber makes beautifully light, fresh noodles. <a href="http://www.justataste.com/chilled-sweet-and-sour-cucumber-noodles-recipe/">Chilled cucumber noodles</a> with a sweet and spicy sauce is a perfect hot weather dish.</p> <h2>Tomatillos</h2> <p>If you've ever wondered what salsa verde, or green salsa, is made of, this is it. The crunchy little veggies are surrounded by a husk, and take well to being charred.</p> <h3>27. Salsa Verde</h3> <p><a href="http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/salsa-verde-green-tomatillo-salsa.html">Salsa verde</a> (green salsa) is super fresh, and you can adjust the spices as you see fit. Serve as a dip or with tacos.</p> <h3>28. Steak and Corn Salad With Tomatillos</h3> <p>Raw tomatillos add crunch to this meaty <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/09/steak-corn-salad-tomatillo-ancho-chili-vinaigrette-recipe.html">summer salad</a>. Spice-rubbed seared steak and fresh summer veggies make for an all-in-one meal.</p> <h2>Green Beans</h2> <p>Fresh-picked green beans can be eaten raw for a crunchy and fresh experience, or they can be cooked in a variety of ways. Don't overcook them or they'll turn to mush.</p> <h3>29. Green Beans With Bacon Vinaigrette</h3> <p>Fresh green beans are briefly cooked before being tossed with shallots, crispy bacon, and a simple vinaigrette in this tasty side dish. You'll be wondering why everyone doesn't serve <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/green-beans-bacon-vinaigrette">green beans with bacon</a> all the time.</p> <h3>30. Tempura-Fried Green Beans</h3> <p>Turn this summertime green veggie into a crispy, crunchy appetizer. <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1012832-tempura-fried-green-beans-with-mustard-dipping-sauce">Tempura-fried green beans </a>are totally addictive, especially when they're dipped into a mustard sauce.</p> <h3>31. Potato and Green Bean Salad</h3> <p>This classic French side dish tastes great served hot or cold, and mustard vinaigrette makes these <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/red-potato-and-green-bean-salad-with-dijon-vinaigrette-106929">potatoes and green beans</a> sing.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite summer veggie dishes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks">8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/put-it-in-a-pie-for-fast-frugal-food">Put it in a Pie for Fast, Frugal Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-iii-the-crisper-from-hell">Delicious Way to Use Up All the Vegetables in Your Crisper</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink fresh healthy meals recipes vegetables veggies Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:00:18 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1499372 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Dine Out for Less http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-dine-out-for-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-dine-out-for-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_dining_out_000046736046.jpg" alt="Couple finding ways to dine out for less" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to dine out for less, revamping your home office to improve productivity, and how to make vacation magic last.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/10-ways-to-eat-out-for-less/">10 Ways to Eat Out for Less</a> &mdash; Go somewhere else for dessert. It'll likely be cheaper and you won't have to tip for that part of the meal. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://www.genuinecuriosity.com/genuinecuriosity/2015/7/7/revamp-your-home-office-to-improve-productivity">Revamp Your Home Office to Improve Productivity</a> &mdash; Organize your home office so it actually functions as an office: large monitor, bookshelves, and a file cabinet for your paperwork. [Genuine Curiosity]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/10-ways-you-can-make-the-vacation-magic-last/">10 Ways You Can Make The Vacation Magic Last</a> &mdash; Were there any activities or routines that you especially liked from your vacation, like daily siestas or teatime? Continue the habit when you come home. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Decode-Laundry-Labels-37492642">Here's How to Decode Your Favorite Article of Clothing</a> &mdash; Learn what the symbols on the care tag mean. Proper cleaning means your clothes will last longer! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thriftcore.com/2015/07/my-herb-allies-herbs-you-need-to-try.html">Herbs You Need to Try for Healing, Taste, Nutrition, and Much More</a> &mdash; Arnica, turmeric, cayenne, and cramp bark are great for pain relief. [Thrift Core]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/lifestyle/working/10-trending-freelance-jobs-great-pay-flexible-hours/59396">10 Trending Freelance Jobs with Great Pay and Flexible Hours</a> &mdash; Medical transcriptionists earn around $16/hr on average. Generally, all you need is a computer and the ability to type quickly (and maybe some training). [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/travelandleisure/how-to-protect-yourself-when-traveling">How to Protect Yourself When Traveling</a> &mdash; Contact your health insurance provider to find out exactly how your claim will be handled if you need to see a doctor during a trip. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/windfall-what-to-do-with-a-large-amount-of-unexpected-money/">Windfall: What to Do with a Large Amount of Unexpected Money</a> &mdash; A good idea would be to pay off any high-interest loans and credit cards and work your way down to other debts. Just make sure to set aside an emergency fund, just in case. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/bad-resume-advice">Bad Resume Advice To Avoid</a> &mdash; It's important to use keywords, but don't overstuff your resume with them. Try to use them naturally! [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/it-s-wedding-season-are-your-kids-prepared">It&rsquo;s Wedding Season. Are Your Kids Prepared?</a> &mdash; Bring some quiet activities, like crayons and books, to help your kids get through the ceremony and reception toasts. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-dine-out-for-less">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-dont-know-about-sushi">What You Don&#039;t Know About Sushi</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-shop-for-food-cheaply-without-a-tedious-grocery-list">Grocery Shopping for the Cheap and Lazy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-cities-for-frugal-foodies">The 7 Best Cities for Frugal Foodies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips dining out Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:00:11 +0000 Amy Lu 1501830 at http://www.wisebread.com Buy This — Not That — at the Farmer's Market http://www.wisebread.com/buy-this-not-that-at-the-farmers-market <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buy-this-not-that-at-the-farmers-market" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_farmers_market_000062350146.jpg" alt="Woman deciding what to buy at the farmer&#039;s market and what to skip" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's summertime and the livin' is easy &mdash; especially if you live near a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-at-farmers-markets">farmer's market</a>. (Not sure if you're near one? Check out this <a href="http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/">market directory</a>). Just don't go in unprepared: check out this list of what to buy and when.</p> <h2>Always Get (When in Season)</h2> <p>These fruits and veggies come really do deliver on the farmer's market promise of fresh and delicious produce, at a good price, as long as they are in season.</p> <h3>1. Root Vegetables</h3> <p>Great choices at the farmer's market are always root veggies like beets, turnips, carrots, heirloom potatoes, yams, and more. These hold up an extremely long time &mdash; up to six weeks depending on your storage method. Also, getting all your bright red and orange root vegetables means tons of vitamin A and beta carotene, leading to healthy skin and hearts.</p> <h3>2. Squash</h3> <p>Vine fruits like squash and melons are also good choices. There are usually varieties you cannot find in the grocery store, and they are usually just a day or two shy of ripeness. No more waiting days for the melon to be just right, then BAM &mdash; mold and squishy bits. In the fall, acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squashes rule the stalls, and they are all the most tasty direct from the farm.</p> <h3>3. Tree and Vine Fruits</h3> <p>Some fruits are really difficult to find in grocery stores: pluots, persimmons, passion fruit, kiwi, blood oranges, and other tasty nutrient-dense fruits. The farmer's market is made for locating new fruits without paying the insane markup of a chain store (who is likely importing the fruit frozen from another country).</p> <h3>4. Lettuces</h3> <p>Greens are excellent buys at the farmer's market, especially varieties of kale, butter lettuce, bok choy, and radicchio. These are usually much cheaper than at the chain grocers and much fresher as well &mdash; straight from the dirt! Speaking of which: Remember to rinse them thoroughly in the salad spinner before using!</p> <h3>5. Breads</h3> <p>Baked goods can sometimes fall into &quot;skip&quot; territory, but fresh bread at the farmer's market is usually really good. Pick up a cracked wheat or a sourdough for that day's brunch, or the week's sandwiches. Much better than store bought sliced bread.</p> <h2>What to Skip</h2> <p>Unfortunately some of the artisanal goods at the farmer's market aren't great buys, even if they are super delish.</p> <h3>6. Honey</h3> <p>Depending on your location and who is selling the honey, there can be a massive markup. Keep a lookout for who made the honey. If the jar lists a different bottler than the stall selling it, you are likely paying an inflated price. You might be better off with raw or manuka honey from Whole Foods.</p> <h3>7. Cheese</h3> <p>The cheese lady is so hard to resist, always offering you rich cubes of fresh cheeses. But keep in mind you are paying a premium for an artisanal product. There is also pressure to buy the specific cheese(s) the farmer's market stall has that day. You are probably better off purchasing fresh cheese from your local specialty foods shop where you have more variety to choose from.</p> <h3>8. Fresh Meat</h3> <p>Meat can be a double-edged sword at the farmer's market. On one hand, it's fresh and usually free of preservatives. On the other, most meat is right on the edge of perishability, so you need to cook it within a day or two. If you intend to cook it later that week, you might find that the meat has already gone brown and gamey before you get to use it.</p> <h3>9. Unpasteurized Dairy</h3> <p>While controversial, there are many out there who extol raw milk's health benefits. It's not worth it. In most states it is illegal to sell unpasteurized foods, and for good reason: you never know what bacteria or parasites are within that bottle of raw goat's milk until it's already in your belly. That's not a risk anyone should be willing to take.</p> <h3>10. Herbs</h3> <p>Fragrant, tempting herbs are plentiful at the farmer's market. But think about it: Herbs are really cheap. You can even grow them yourself. So why not do that? Five dollars for a bunch of mint may not seem like much, but you'd be spending a few cents to keep that mint plant on your kitchen windowsill.</p> <h3>11. Pressed Juice</h3> <p>Pressed juice is not only nutritionally unsound (you're straining out the fiber and many vitamins!), but incredibly pricey &mdash; up to $15 per single-serving bottle. You're basically paying for someone to destroy valuable fruits and vegetables with an extremely expensive machine. Don't fall for it.</p> <h3>12. Prepared Meals</h3> <p>At nearly every farmer's market you'll find a stall selling hot popcorn, or a falafel cart. It's Sunday morning and you haven't eaten yet. It's so tempting! Not only are the prices unreasonably high due to the nature of impulse shopping, there's never anywhere comfortable to eat it. Think of it this way: You just bought a veritable cornucopia of fresh whole foods &mdash; why not rush home and make a meal instead?</p> <p><em>What foods or other products do you skip at the farmer's market?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-this-not-that-at-the-farmers-market">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables">The Produce Worker&#039;s Guide to Choosing Fruits and Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping bread dairy farmer's market fruit groceries vegetables Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:00:20 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1494595 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/whole_foods_000031911792.jpg" alt="Food that is cheaper at whole foods than other grocery stores" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whole Foods is working hard to shake off its reputation as &quot;Whole Paycheck.&quot;</p> <p>And now that more and more major chains are increasing their offering of organic and socially responsible food items, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-whole-foods-12-smart-ways-to-save">Whole Foods</a> is lowering its prices to prove that it doesn't cost an arm or leg to shop at its stores.</p> <p>Here are the six things that are actually cheaper at Whole Foods than most major food chains.</p> <h2>1. Canned Organic Black Beans</h2> <p>Food bloggers started noting that a can of organic black beans was <a href="http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1241287/think_whole_foods_is_for_those_with_fat_pocketbooks_think/">cheaper at Whole Food</a> as early as 2008. <a href="http://cookforgood.com/blog/2011/10/18/canned-bean-smackdown-eden-vs-whole-foods.html">Additional price comparisons</a> in subsequent years have continued to confirm the lower price of canned organic black beans at Whole Foods than at major grocery chains. For example, in July 2015 at a Whole Foods store in Honolulu, I found a 15 oz. can of 365 Organic Black Beans for $1.99, which was 40 cents cheaper than a 15 oz. can of Safeway's Organics Black Beans at a nearby location.</p> <h2>2. Vegetarian Sausage Links</h2> <p>Deals site Cheapism compared the prices of items at a Whole Foods on Long Island, New York against those with a nearby ShopRite. One of the items that stands out is a <a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3403/whats-cheap-at-whole-foods">14-ounce pack of Tofurkey</a> vegan sausage links.</p> <p>The price of the 14 oz. pack of Tofurky vegan sausage links was just $2.99 at the Whole Foods store, while the price for the same product at the ShopRite store was a whopping $5.49. That's savings of almost 40 cents per ounce, or $2.50 per pack!</p> <p>I couldn't find the 14 oz. pack of Tofurky vegan sausage links at the Safeway store, so I wasn't able to do an apples-to-apples comparison with my local Whole Foods. However, the store was running specials on this item ranging from two-for-$7 to two-for-$9.</p> <h2>3. Organic Milk</h2> <p>As a Hawaii resident, this is one price I had to check out. A comparison of prices in the Seattle area between a Whole Foods (365 Everyday Value brand) and a nearby Safeway (O Organics brand) revealed that a gallon of organic milk <a href="http://www.cheapism.com/cheap-whole-foods-products">costs 30 cents less</a> at Whole Foods.</p> <p>Another price comparison in Nashville, Tennessee put Whole Food's price of a gallon of organic milk at a much lower $3.69, beating Harris Teeter, Kroger, Trader Joe's, and even Walmart by at least $1. Surprisingly, Walmart had the highest price for a gallon of organic milk at $6.48.</p> <p>Neither Safeway nor Whole Foods carry gallons of organic milk in Honolulu. At the Whole Foods in Honolulu, I found a half gallon of Organic Valley organic milk for $6.99. On the other hand, the same half gallon cost $8.29 at the nearby Safeway. Also, I found that a half gallon of Horizon Organic organic milk was cheaper at Whole Foods ($6.29) than at Safeway ($7.99).</p> <p>Given the lower prices of milk in 2015, you may be able to score even cheaper organic milk prices at your local Whole Foods. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-buys-that-will-be-cheaper-in-2015?ref=seealso">8 Buys That Will Be Cheaper in 2015</a>)</p> <h2>4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil</h2> <p>Here's an item that is guaranteed to provide big savings.</p> <p>No matter whether it's organic or conventional extra virgin oil (cold processed), Whole Foods olive oil is cheaper.</p> <ul> <li>A 33.8 oz. bottle of organic extra virgin oil (cold processed) was <a href="http://www.cheapism.com/whole-foods-prices">$4 cheaper</a> at a Whole Foods store ($12.99) in Seattle than a nearby Safeway store ($16.99).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A 33.8 oz. bottle of conventional extra virgin oil (cold processed) was also $4 cheaper at the same Whole Foods store ($7.99) than at the nearby Safeway store ($7.99).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>In Nashville, Tennessee, the 33.88 oz. bottle of conventional olive oil was also several dollars cheaper than at Harris, Teeter, Kroger, and Walmart.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>In Honolulu, a 33.8 oz. bottle of organic extra virgin oil (cold processed) was $4 cheaper at Whole Foods ($11.99) than at nearby Safeway ($15.99).</li> </ul> <h2>5. Almonds</h2> <p>Pound for pound, almonds are the savings winner at Whole Foods.</p> <ul> <li>A pound of whole almonds were at least $2 cheaper than at Harris Teeter, Kroger, and Walmart.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>$5.99 would get you just nine ounces of Snack Artist-brand almonds at Safeway, but a <a href="http://www.cheapism.com/whole-foods-deals">full 16 ounces</a> of 365 Everyday Value almonds at Whole Foods.</li> </ul> <p>Several sites report that you can obtain similar savings with most types of nuts, such as cashews.</p> <p>(Disclaimer: the Safeway store that I visited in July 2015 didn't have almonds available on that day, so I couldn't compare its prices to Whole Foods.)</p> <h2>6. Taco Tuesday</h2> <p>Besides its wide selection of natural and organic items, one of the main draws to Whole Foods is the selection of yummy prepared foods. If you're looking for one of the cheapest prepared food options at a major grocery chain, then look no further than Whole Foods $1 Taco Tuesday.</p> <p>Several locations, such as Pasadena and Thousand Oaks in California, and Kahala in Hawaii, have offered or continue to offer soft tortilla, street style tacos at $1 each on Tuesdays.</p> <p>At Kahala, you can choose your main filling from hormone and antibiotic-free chicken, pork, or veggies, and you can pick pico de gallo, raw onions, cilantro, and hot sauce toppings. You get two small corn tortillas per taco, which are quite loaded. This writer reports that three of these soft tacos are enough to satisfy your Mexican food fix.</p> <p>These six items show that, if you look carefully, your buck can go a longer way at Whole Foods than at other major chains.</p> <p><em>What are other things that are actually cheaper at Whole Foods than most major chains?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">This Simple Shopping List Strategy From $5 Meal Plan Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it">10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-whole-foods-12-smart-ways-to-save">Shopping at Whole Foods: 12 Smart Ways to Save</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping groceries organic price comparisons saving money Whole Foods Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:00:16 +0000 Damian Davila 1493878 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 9 Money-Saving Food Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-9-money-saving-food-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-9-money-saving-food-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cooking_dinner_000040717218.jpg" alt="Woman using money saving food hacks to cook" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on food hacks that can save you money, healthy habits that make you feel amazing, and tips to nail any interview.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/9-clever-food-hacks-that-can-save-you-money/">9 Clever Food Hacks That Can Save You Money</a> &mdash; Store your asparagus like flowers &mdash; stems up in a glass of water. They'll last twice as long this way! [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/6-simple-healthy-habits-help-feel-amazing/">6 Simple Healthy Habits To Help You Feel Amazing</a> &mdash; Fill your fridge and pantry with healthy, wholesome choices and crowd out the foods that aren't good for you. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Have-Successful-Interview-37901464">6 Tips For Nailing Your Interview Like a Pro</a> &mdash; Don't ramble &mdash; know your key messages like the back of your hand! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/07/10-simple-self-improvement-hacks.html">10 Simple Self Improvement Hacks</a> &mdash; Keep a daily journal to record your thoughts, observations, feelings, and anything else that is important to you. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://reachfinancialindependence.com/5-simple-ways-to-lower-your-housing-expenses/">5 Simple Ways to Lower Your Housing Expenses</a> &mdash; There's no denying that living in a big city is more expensive. If you can, consider moving to the suburbs for a time. [Reach Financial Independence]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.squawkfox.com/2015/02/25/financial-act/">Five unconventional ways to get your financial act together</a> &mdash; Take a hard look at the things you tend to collect: clothing, books, gadgets, and gear. How much money did they cost you? How much space are they taking up? Identify the triggers and avoid adding more to your collection. [Squawkfox]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/07/12/25-lessons-when-youre-ready-for-a-simpler-life/">25 Lessons When You&rsquo;re Ready for a Simpler Life</a> &mdash; Do a 30-day challenge if you need help letting go of old habits and building new ones. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2015/07/5-productive-activities-for-your-in-between-time/">5 Productive Activities for Your In-between Time</a> &mdash; Use your free minute or two to clear your mind and just think about your day &mdash; your priorities, attitude, and accomplishments. It'll help you feel refreshed and refocused. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/10-things-to-consider-before-you-buy-something">10 Things to Consider Before You Buy Something</a> &mdash; What do the reviews say? [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-give-your-children-an-old-fashioned-summer-to-remember">How to Give Your Children an Old-Fashioned Summer to Remember</a> &mdash; Get your kids out of the house and have a potato sack race, catch fireflies, or play flashlight tag. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-9-money-saving-food-hacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-cheap-low-cal-condiments-to-brighten-up-boring-food">16 Cheap, Low-Cal Condiments to Brighten Up Boring Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-secret-fast-food-menus-revealed">14 Secret Fast Food Menus Revealed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dorito-bread-and-24-other-amazing-recipes-you-must-try">Dorito Bread and 24 Other Amazing Recipes You Must Try</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips food hacks Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:00:13 +0000 Amy Lu 1492102 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Reasons You Should Be Grilling on Gas http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grill_bbq_000003827380.jpg" alt="Why you should be grilling on gas" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are few things more enjoyable than firing up a few burgers and brats on the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-breakfast-dishes-for-your-grill">backyard grill</a>. This time of year, I'm out back grilling almost every night. And while the battle over gas or charcoal may never officially be settled, I'm here to lend my support to the power of propane.</p> <p>Here are ten of the reasons I choose gas over charcoal.</p> <h2>1. It's Better for the Earth</h2> <p>While it's true that gas is a fossil fuel and charcoal is a renewable resource, the burning of charcoal produces a much larger carbon footprint than gas. A 2003 study from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory said using a gas grill for an hour emits about <a href="http://web.ornl.gov/ornlhome/print/press_release_print.cfm?ReleaseNumber=mr20030703-00">5.6 pounds of carbon dioxide</a>, whereas a charcoal grill produces 11 pounds. In theory, you could reduce the charcoal footprint by using pure lump charcoal instead of common briquettes, but acquiring those coals may require shipping, thus offsetting any reduction in carbon footprint.</p> <h2>2. It's Easier to Get the Temperature Correct</h2> <p>If you want to cook your food at a specific temperature, you'll have an easier time using gas. Charcoal is less predictable, and it's hard to adjust the temperature to accommodate different kinds of food. (Steaks may like a super-hot grill, while veggies might cook best with a medium heat, for example.) Stick with gas, and you'll spend less time fiddling with your grill and more time enjoying your adult beverage.</p> <h2>3. It Gets Plenty Hot Enough</h2> <p>Briquette supporters will rightly point out that charcoal grills can get considerably hotter than gas grills. But how hot do you really need your grill to get? My gas grill easily gets above 500 degrees, which is hot enough for anything I cook. Remember: you're cooking steaks, not firing pottery.</p> <h2>4. It's Faster</h2> <p>It can take up to 20 minutes for a charcoal grill to get hot, while gas grills can usually get up to 400 degrees in no time. That's good for when it's weeknight, you just got off work, and the kids are clamoring for their dinner. Quicker food means a happier family.</p> <h2>5. It's More Versatile Than You Think</h2> <p>Charcoal supporters will argue that you can produce wider range of flavors using coals over gas. But really, this is nonsense; coals do not impart any flavor. You might get a better char on your meat from charcoal, but I've had great success creating good char on my food just by cranking the heat and experimenting with various direct and indirect cooking techniques. Smoker boxes placed on a gas grill allow you to infuse your food with flavor from wood or coal shavings. You'd be surprised with what you can accomplish.</p> <h2>6. It's Less Expensive</h2> <p>I can refill my propane tank at a local general store for less than $20, and it lasts me most of the summer. You can only get two bags of charcoal for that price, and you'll still need to buy lighter fluid. The lower cost of the fuel more than offsets the higher price of gas grills if you do a decent amount of grilling.</p> <h2>7. It's Cleaner</h2> <p>I've come home and fired up burgers on my gas grill while still wearing a shirt and tie. Try doing that with charcoal. Overall, gas grills don't require as much cleanup after cooking due to the lack of leftover ash, and there are no black coals to handle.</p> <h2>8. Big Parties Are Much Easier</h2> <p>As long as you have a full propane tank, you can cook for hours on a gas grill. It's perfect for when you have 50 people over for a Father's Day picnic. With charcoal, you'll have to change the coals out after a certain point as the heat dies down.</p> <h2>9. You Can Cook in Almost Any Weather</h2> <p>It's very hard &mdash; and perhaps unsafe &mdash; to cook on a charcoal grill when it's very windy. And charcoal grilling in the rain is a challenge. But I've used my gas grill in all kinds of weather (including snow!) The gas stream allows flames to remain consistent and are generally unbothered by outside elements.</p> <h2>10. It's Less Deadly</h2> <p>The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that between 2005 and 2009, charcoal grills led to an average of <a href="http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fire-causes/appliances-and-equipment/cooking-equipment">eight deaths annually</a> from carbon monoxide poisoning. Gas grills, meanwhile, caused fewer than one death per year.</p> <p><em>Are you a gas devotee or a diehard charcoal-er? Let us know in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-barbecue-hacks-to-master-this-summer">10 Barbecue Hacks to Master This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You&#039;ll Love Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink charcoal Cooking gas grills Grilling propane summer Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:00:19 +0000 Tim Lemke 1477311 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Cool Ice Cream Cakes for Your Next Celebration http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ice_cream_cake_000059454736.jpg" alt="Cool ice cream cakes for your next celebration" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuck on what dessert to serve at your next backyard cookout? I've got you covered. There's an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes">ice cream</a> cake that's perfect for all your summer celebrations. The best part: No baking is involved! Give your guests something to rave about with one of these quick, easy, and inexpensive ice cream creations.</p> <h2>1. Reese's Cake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.lemonsforlulu.com/reeses-ice-cream-cake/">Reese's ice cream cake</a> is the best way to enjoy chocolate and peanut butter in the heat. The &quot;cake&quot; is made up of classic ice cream sandwiches topped with peanut butter and candy. After you layer a few stacks, you'll cover everything with whipped topping and sprinkle more peanut butter cups on top.</p> <h2>2. Cookies and Cream Cake</h2> <p>Ice cream sandwiches are also the base of this three-ingredient <a href="http://thesoccermomblog.com/2015/03/18/easy-3-ingredient-cookies-cream-ice-cream-cake/">cookies and cream ice cream cake</a>. To assemble, simply chop up Oreo cookies in a food processor and mix them with Cool Whip for the frosting. You will spread this mix between the layers before topping everything off with whole cookies.</p> <h2>3. Brownie Cake</h2> <p>Bake up a batch of brownies as the feature of this <a href="http://cookiesandcups.com/brownie-bottom-ice-cream-cake/">brownie bottom ice cream cake</a>. Don't forget to frost before covering with your favorite ice cream, whipped topping, and sprinkles. To make this cake super easy, use boxed brownie mix and canned frosting.</p> <h2>4. Pecan Pie</h2> <p>Turn your autumn favorite into a summer sensation with this <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Pecan-Pie-Ice-Cream-Pie">pecan ice cream pie</a> recipe. You'll make a crust of pecans, flour, sugar, butter, egg yolk, and some cold water. After you press that into a pie plate and bake, let cool. Then churn candied pecans into vanilla ice cream, spread it into the crust and top with remaining pecans.</p> <h2>5. Rainbow Cake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/rainbow-ice-cream-cake-recipe/?ALLSTEPS">rainbow ice cream cake</a> would be perfect for a child's birthday party. The color comes from Kool-Aid mixed with vanilla ice cream. Choose whatever shades your heart desires. Line several cake pans with aluminum foil, spread layers of colored ice cream in each, and chill. Then stack the frozen slabs between layers of sweet ganache.</p> <h2>6. Pink Cupcakes</h2> <p>Don't want to make a huge cake? Check out these pink <a href="http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2013/01/ice-cream-cupcakes-pink.html">ice cream cupcakes</a>. After you've mixed your batter, scoop out tablespoonfuls into your cupcake papers, bake for 15 minutes, and cool. Then fill each with your favorite softened ice cream and freeze. Top with whipped cream before serving.</p> <h2>7. Cookie Cake</h2> <p>Chocolate chip fans will love this <a href="http://www.dreyers.com/inspiration/recipe/dreyers-giant-cookie-ice-cream-cake">giant cookie ice cream cake</a>. Spread layers of cookie dough into cake pans, bake, and cool. Then make a huge sandwich by spreading one cookie with ice cream and topping it with the other cookie. Slice to serve.</p> <h2>8. Nutella Crunch Cake</h2> <p>The crunch in this <a href="http://www.afamilyfeast.com/nutella-crunch-ice-cream-cake/">Nutella crunch ice cream cake</a> comes from a hefty helping of Rice Krispies cereal. You'll heat together six cups of the cereal with two cups of Nutella before freezing and cutting into chunks. Fold these chunks into softened ice cream and spread into chilled springform pans.</p> <h2>9. Red Velvet Cake</h2> <p>This patriotic <a href="http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2014/06/16/red-velvet-ice-cream-cake/">red velvet ice cream cake</a> will please any crowd at your summer BBQ. Pour cake batter into two pans and bake. Then slice off the top of each cake to make it flat (reserve the crumbs). Use the first cake as your base, then layer on some ice cream mixed with cake crumbs and cream cheese. Top with the other cake and then with blueberries. This recipe is from scratch, but feel free to use box mix and store bought ice cream.</p> <h2>10. Neapolitan Cake Roll</h2> <p>Here's a dessert that will earn you points for style: <a href="http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2014/08/neapolitan-ice-cream-cake-roll/">Neapolitan ice cream cake roll</a>. You'll need bake a cake on a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YKGRVO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003YKGRVO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HOVRUIHHRCLJIURX">jelly roll pan</a>. Then roll it up on a towel covered in powdered sugar. Once it has cooled, unroll and spread with softened strawberry ice cream. Freeze. Then frost the whole thing with Cool Whip or whipped cream before serving.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite sweet and decadent summer time treat?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you">10 Indulgent Desserts That Are Actually Good for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-easy-and-delicious-recipes-for-your-dutch-oven">18 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Your Dutch Oven</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sweet-and-salty-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">Sweet and Salty Snacks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-tasty-ways-to-cook-with-wine">12 Tasty Ways to Cook With Wine</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cakes desserts ice cream recipes sweets Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:00:16 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1477153 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pasta_dinner_000041265532.jpg" alt="Pasta dinner which is quick for lazy cooks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I am the laziest cook in existence. Although I don't mind cooking and I'm not bad at it, I just usually think of 100 other ways I could spend my time and end up <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sandwiches-hearty-enough-for-dinner">eating a sandwich</a> or cooking a frozen meal. But through the years, I've discovered some recipes I love that are either easy or quick, and they have plenty of portions for later.</p> <h2>1. Skillet Chicken Enchiladas</h2> <p>These <a href="http://recipes.bushbeans.com/recipe/216436/skillet-chicken-enchiladas.aspx">chicken enchiladas</a> require minimal effort besides chopping a few veggies. I used to buy fresh garlic and chop it, but in the past year, I've bought the pre-chopped jar from the grocery store. It's easier to use and it doesn't spoil as quickly. Another option is to replace fresh vegetables with Rotel (if you're in a hurry).</p> <h2>2. 15-Minute Chicken Chili</h2> <p>My roommate makes chili at least once a week and puts it into separate containers for work lunches. Even more impressive? Her chili only takes about 30 minutes to cook and is pretty simple. While this <a href="http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/15-minute-chicken-chili-121400.aspx">chicken chili recipe</a> isn't hers, it's close enough and only takes 15 minutes (as long as you've pre-cooked your chicken)! Add fresh vegetables and switch out the chicken with beans or tofu, and you have an even healthier option!</p> <h2>3. Swiss Chard Egg Bake</h2> <p>Swiss chard is in season and is a wonderfully healthy alternative to grains. I stumbled upon this Whole Foods' recipe for an <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/parmigiano-reggiano-baked-eggs-swiss-chard">egg bake with Swiss chard</a> when I Googled the ingredients in my fridge last year. I made a couple changes &mdash; adding bacon to the mix and less cheese (again, based on what I had in my fridge). Serve with whole grain toast and you have a fun take on breakfast for dinner.</p> <h2>4. Chicken Tacos</h2> <p>I recently hosted a party at my house and slow cooked meats all day. Everyone's favorite was this <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-chicken-taco-meat-4957">shredded chicken taco meat recipe</a>, which was the easiest thing I've ever made. There's a <a href="http://www.twohealthykitchens.com/2014/01/08/3-ingredient-crock-pot-chicken-tacos/">different variation</a> from Two Healthy Kitchens that uses salsa instead of chicken broth, but it's really up to you! While the title of this article suggests &quot;quick,&quot; don't forget the Crock-Pot was invented for lazy people. You just throw everything together, leave, and come home to a meal. Add sour cream, fresh salsa, guacamole, fresh veggies, and cheese, and you've got delicious tacos for dinner!</p> <h2>5. Goat Cheese and Zucchini Frittata</h2> <p>A cast iron skillet should be as much a part of your kitchen as a slow cooker, especially if you're lazy. Frittatas are the easiest dish to make, and super quick! Cook the eggs with zucchini, goat cheese and roasted red pepper (from a jar) and you've got a <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/goat-cheese-and-zucchini-frittata">flavorful meal</a>. Pair with a fresh salad.</p> <h2>6. Gingery Shrimp and Couscous</h2> <p>Couscous is a great staple to any diet. Shrimp is always quick to cook (in fact, if you cook it too long, you ruin it). Pair the two together and cook with <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/simple-couscous-recipes/gingery-shrimp-recipe">ginger, onions, and snow peas</a> and you have something delectable.</p> <h2>7. Salmon With Bok Choy and Rice</h2> <p>Salmon is super easy and quick to make, and is full of antioxidants and omega-3s. <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/spicy-salmon-bok-choy-rice">Bake the salmon</a> for 8&ndash;10 minutes and steam bok choy simultaneously with minute rice and your meal is complete.</p> <h2>8. Pasta With Heirloom Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, and Basil</h2> <p>This atypical pasta doesn't have marinara, but instead a combination of <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pasta-heirloom-tomatoes-goat-cheese-basil">country ham, arugula, tomatoes</a>, and more. Buzzfeed compiled an additional <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/easy-pasta-recipes#.koq2MNN6k">27 pasta dishes</a> that are all under 30 minutes. They all sound delicious!</p> <p><em>What are some quick dinners you like to cook?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies">31 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Veggies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-easy-and-delicious-recipes-for-your-dutch-oven">18 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Your Dutch Oven</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/put-it-in-a-pie-for-fast-frugal-food">Put it in a Pie for Fast, Frugal Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You&#039;ll Love Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dinners easy meals quick recipes Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:00:13 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1477254 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Reasons to Stop Eating Sugar Forever http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-to-stop-eating-sugar-forever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-reasons-to-stop-eating-sugar-forever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_cookie_000036483276.jpg" alt="Woman learning reasons to stop eating sugar forever" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love sugar. I consume plenty of healthy food each day, but my sweet tooth is my downfall and prevents me from being in better shape. And it turns out that sugar is even worse for you than the general news would have you believe. Here are the top 12 reasons to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks">give up sugar</a> (specifically refined or added sugar) forever.</p> <h2>1. Sugar Is Linked With Heart Disease</h2> <p>A 2012 medical article found that in a study involving over 40,000 people over a 22-year period, those who were among the highest quartile of sugary-beverage consumers were 20% more likely than those in the lowest quartile to <a href="http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/125/14/1735">suffer from heart disease</a>.</p> <h2>2. Heart Disease Caused by Sugar Is More Likely to Kill You</h2> <p>Not only does eating excess sugar likely cause heart disease, the heart disease caused by sugar is more likely to cause your death. Over the course of this 15-year study, participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/eating-too-much-added-sugar-increases-the-risk-of-dying-with-heart-disease-201402067021">die from heart disease</a> as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar. Those aren't great odds.</p> <h2>3. Sugar Changes Your Heart Physically</h2> <p>So we know that sugar is bad for your heart, but just how bad? A 2013 study published by the American Heart Association found that a particular molecule in sugar <a href="http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/2/3/e004796">changes the protein around your heart</a> and affects the pumping mechanism. This was a controlled study involving the hearts of rats, but subsequently the study's authors also examined failing human hearts and saw many of the same reactions.</p> <h2>4. Sugar Is Worse for Your Blood Pressure Than Salt</h2> <p>We often think of salt as the culprit when it comes to blood pressure. But a December 2014 study found that added sugar is <a href="http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Hypertension/49078">worse for your hypertension</a> than salt. They reviewed multiple studies involving sodium intake, as well as studies involving sugar, and determined that salt may actually have limited effects on your blood pressure, but sugar, in multiple studies, did increase blood pressure.</p> <h2>5. Sugar Destroys Your Teeth (But Not in the Way You Think)</h2> <p>Did you know that sugar isn't directly the cause of tooth decay? What actually destroys your teeth is acid &mdash; not sugar. But there is a link between the two. The sugar ends up causing the bacteria in your mouth to <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-surprising-relationship-between-sugar-and-tooth-decay-232927761.html">produce acid</a>, which causes your teeth to decay.</p> <h2>6. Belly Fat Is Caused by Sugar</h2> <p>Excess fructose intake (not glucose) causes visceral fat cells to mature as found in a 2010 study. In a UK study involving children, scientists found that when children's fat cells are maturing, and glucose is present, more cells <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-06/tes-fsm062010.php">turn into fat cells</a> in belly and visceral (below the skin) fat.</p> <h2>7. Sugar Decreases the Colon Cancer Survival Rate</h2> <p>The Oxford University Press published a study in 2010 that found that &quot;higher dietary glycemic load and total carbohydrate intake were statistically significant associated with an increased risk of recurrence and mortality in <a href="http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/104/22/1702">stage III colon cancer patients</a>. These findings support the role of energy balance factors in colon cancer progression and may offer potential opportunities to improve patient survival.&quot; In plain English: too much sugar is found to decrease the survival rate for those with colon cancer.</p> <h2>8. High Sugar Intake Decreases Breast Cancer Survival Rate</h2> <p>A study published in 2005 links increased carbohydrates and refined sugar with poorer survival rates after a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. This study examined those women with breast cancer, and found that women in remission have much <a href="http://ict.sagepub.com/content/4/1/25">lower blood glucose levels</a>.</p> <h2>9. Sugar Is More Addictive Than Cocaine</h2> <p>In a study with rats, French scientists found that rats <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/healthyeating/9987825/Sweet-poison-why-sugar-is-ruining-our-health.html">chose sugar over cocaine</a>. What is most surprising is that even when the rat was already addicted to cocaine, it still was most likely to choose the sugar over the cocaine. So, it will be no small task to overcome a sugar addiction.</p> <h2>10. Sugar May Be Just as Toxic for Your Liver as Alcohol</h2> <p>In a study published in Nature in 2012, the authors argued that the dangers of sugar may justify putting public health warnings on certain sugary products. And, they cited evidence that refined sugar may be just as <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v482/n7383/full/482027a.html#t1">bad for your liver</a> as alcohol.</p> <h2>11. Sugar Is a Toxin</h2> <p>Sugar is now sometimes even referred to as a &quot;poison&quot; because of how terrible it is for you (see the public health warning mentioned above). An incredibly popular lecture on YouTube is called &quot;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM">Sugar: The Bitter Truth</a>&quot; by Robert Lustig, and a similar article sifts through the evidence of referring to <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/brainwaves/is-sugar-really-toxic-sifting-through-the-evidence/">sugar as a poison</a> in Scientific American.</p> <h2>12. Sugar Is Expensive</h2> <p>Beyond the financial costs of helping your body overcome any of the ailments above that plague you, sugar consumption is actually quite tough on your wallet. Assuming you eat an average of 130 pounds of sugar a year (which is the U.S. national average), if you only ate this in the form of white sugar you purchase at the grocery store, you would be spending around $200 a year. But most people consume the majority of their sugar in the form of soda and candy. If you consumed 130 pounds of sugar in cans of Coke, you would be consuming about 1340 cans of Coke, at an average price of 60 cents each; over $800 total. And Coke has a lot of sugar per can, so this is still relatively cheap.</p> <p>Obviously you can't give up all forms of sugar, since fruits and vegetables also contain plenty of sugar (though research suggests that the molecular makeup of fruits and vegetables means that the sugar in these foods does not damage your body the way processed sugar does). But the list above ought to be enough reason to at least start trying to cut down your sugar intake.</p> <p><em>How will you cut back on sugar?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-to-stop-eating-sugar-forever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Eat Less Sugar With These 10 Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fat-filled-foods-you-should-stop-avoiding">10 Fat-Filled Foods You Should Stop Avoiding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-the-new-federal-diet-rules-will-cost-you">Here&#039;s What the New Federal Diet Rules Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-that-help-you-fight-fat">5 Foods That Help You Fight Fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youll-be-surprised-how-much-sugar-these-10-foods-have">You&#039;ll Be Surprised How Much Sugar These 10 Foods Have</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty dessert diet fat health risks sugar sweets Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:00:12 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1475755 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Tips for Camping Cooking http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-camping-cooking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-tips-for-camping-cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_camping_trip_000020818151.jpg" alt="Family using helpful tips for camping cooking" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Imagine, if you will the smell of fresh coffee and bacon frying, a flannel-lined sleeping bag, and finding the constellation Orion in the night sky. Whatever your favorite aspect is about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">camping</a>, a little organization beforehand definitely enhances the experience, so below are some tips about how to fix great meals in your &quot;great outdoors&quot; kitchen.</p> <h2>1. Table or Picnic Table</h2> <p>Some campgrounds have spaces where there are picnic tables on site. But if you aren't camping in a place where they have tables, you may need to improvise. If you are going to be camping someplace fairly flat, these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00339B17Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00339B17Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=464FKF2RU6GG6Y7D">fold-up picnic sets</a> are nice. Otherwise, I make do with a card table. Using the picnic table for both eating and as a kitchen gets crowded. If you have a truck, the tailgate works nicely as a cooking or dishwashing area.</p> <h2>2. Water</h2> <p>This is information you need to know before you head out. Will the campground have drinking water available? If not, you will need to haul it. I like these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QC31G6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001QC31G6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LN4OUYT33JYFCU6C">Aqua-Tainers</a>, which hold seven gallons of water. Before first use, though, wash them out to get rid of some of the plastic-y odor.</p> <h2>3. Table Covers</h2> <p>I like a plastic tablecloth because I can wipe it down, which is nice after chipmunks have been traipsing across your dining room. Once you get that tablecloth down, though, you'll need to keep it there, which is why I use these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GG9BFH6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GG9BFH6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DQYR7HDEHEBGYWDP">A-clamps</a>. These babies will keep that tablecloth on the table, even in a storm (been there, done that).</p> <h2>4. Camp Stove</h2> <p>You may have romantic ideas about cooking over a campfire, but except for hot dogs and marshmallows, it's a pain. Instead, invest in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005OU9D/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00005OU9D&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I2XQEWRI76FX6EEM">camp stove</a> (also super-handy to have when your power goes out at home). This one has two burners &mdash; just right for one pan of trout and another of eggs and fried potatoes.</p> <h2>5. Shelter</h2> <p>Depending upon where you may be camping, there may be a lot of insects, which can get incredibly annoying. We invested in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U7OP5KE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00U7OP5KE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GQ5ZSKAPGUPW5VM6">screened &quot;EZ Up</a>,&quot; which made life a lot more pleasant while cooking and eating. It had the added benefit of keeping the squirrels out (and they can be real pests).</p> <h2>6. Ice Chests/Ice</h2> <p>I like my &quot;rolling&quot; ice chest just fine for a day at the park, but for serious camping, you need a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G64FJK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000G64FJK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5AB6JXNKHT4YRBDE">large cooler</a>. The wheels on a rolling ice chest don't work on rugged terrain, and you'll need a lot of room. Keeping cold foods cold is serious business.</p> <p>Here is how we like to pack our ice chest so that things stay cold:</p> <ul> <li>First, put <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JNPYS5G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JNPYS5G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DTEX2Z4SGQZ4E4V3">plastic ice blocks</a> along the bottom of the ice chest.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Pre-freeze meats and poultry.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Refrigerate other items before they go in, so that all food is cold to begin with.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I like the extra step of putting loose ice over everything, which keeps it really good and cold.</li> </ul> <h2>7. Washing Up</h2> <p>I may ask for this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUQVY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUQVY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LU6G7UNO6IMRFACA">washing set-up</a> for my birthday, but until then, I will continue to cope with two plastic washtubs. Remember the dish soap, a sponge, and a dish towel. I refuse to pack &quot;real&quot; plates, instead opting for paper plates and plastic utensils. However, I still use &quot;real&quot; coffee cups, because I think it's so nice to have coffee in a ceramic mug. Before I start breakfast, I get a kettle of water going so that when we are done eating I have hot water for dishwashing at the ready.</p> <h2>8. Thwarting Varmints</h2> <p>Yes, some of those woodsy creatures are cute, but they can be pests, too, or even scary. If you are staying at a state or county campground, I would advise asking the ranger about necessary precautions (and then following them). Many campgrounds have special bear-proof garbage cans, or advise you to use &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005U5J934/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005U5J934&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5E56NQXV6BL65MSD">bear bags</a>.&quot; Clean up after eating, and don't leave food laying around. Your ice chest should go back into your car for safety.</p> <h2>9. Food Prep</h2> <p>Make things easy on yourself by doing as much food preparation as possible ahead of time. When I was a kid, my mother had this summer schedule: Plan meals on Tuesday. Shop on Wednesday. Bake on Thursday. Pack up and drive to camping location Friday. We were hard-core campers, and while this may sound like a lot of work, we all chipped in on the chores and loved it.</p> <p>To further simplify camping cooking: chop vegetables and put into plastic bags, freeze stews, and marinate meats. Wash fruits, hard-boil some eggs, pack the &quot;add water&quot; pancake mix and syrup. &quot;Bar&quot; cookies, like Rice Krispies or chocolate chips made in a pan, hold up better than thinner cookies, which will get smashed. It doesn't hurt to throw in a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread, in case it rains and you can't cook. Plan each meal ahead of time and think it through &mdash; including what utensils you will need.</p> <p>You'll also want kitchen basics, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Ziploc bags</li> <li>Cutting board</li> <li>Aluminum foil</li> <li>Knives</li> <li>Matches</li> <li>A lighter</li> <li>Newspaper (for campfire)</li> <li>Can opener</li> <li>Garbage bags</li> <li>Paper towels</li> <li>Coffee pot or French press</li> <li>Kettle</li> <li>Pots and pans</li> <li>Lanterns for cooking area</li> <li>Spatulas, spoons, tongs</li> <li>Salt and pepper</li> <li>Rope and bungee cords (always handy)</li> </ul> <h2>10. Most Essential</h2> <p>Lastly, you are likely going someplace wooded where you can cut sticks for marshmallows, but if not, don't forget these special <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008LOFXWM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008LOFXWM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=THGN7US6SSGFRKGH">marshmallow-toasting implements</a>. They also work for hot dogs!</p> <p><em>Happy camping! What are your favorite camping cooking tips?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-camping-cooking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-spectacular-uses-for-that-lone-can-of-fruit">8 Spectacular Uses for that Lone Can of Fruit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-diy-kitchen-skills-that-will-save-you-money">7 DIY Kitchen Skills That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-food-strainer-my-new-old-fashioned-gadget">The Food Strainer: My New, Old-Fashioned Gadget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/food-hacks-recipes">Food Hacks: Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink camping Cooking meals outdoors Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:00:15 +0000 Marla Walters 1471128 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pizza_000062288652.jpg" alt="Pizza and other recipes to try on your grill" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're deep into summer, so it's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-breakfast-dishes-for-your-grill">time to get grilling</a> to soak in as many of the season's flavors as humanly possible. Whether you're a veggie-loving vegan or a meat-obsessed carnivore, there are some amazing recipes out there that will dazzle your tastebuds. Here are a few to add straight to the top of your to-make list.</p> <h2>1. Corn on the Cob</h2> <p>Chances are that you've been <a href="http://tidymom.net/2012/how-to-grill-corn-on-the-cob/">grilling corn</a> all wrong. The right way is easier than you might think. Simply soak your corn for a couple hours to overnight in their husks (this will prevent them from burning on the grill). Then gently peel back the husk and remove all the silks. You can brush corn with butter, season with salt and pepper, and even add some fresh herbs before pulling the husks back up to cover. Then grill on medium for around half an hour. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.</p> <h2>2. Citrus Salmon</h2> <p>Add some flavor to your grilled fish by cooking it on citrus fruits. That's right! You can cook your salmon <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/902476/grilled-fish-citrus?czone=food/best-grilling-recipes/grilling-recipes&amp;center=276943&amp;gallery=275622&amp;slide=902476">atop a layer of lemons</a> to prevent burning and infuse with delicious flavor all at the same time. You'll want your grill set to medium-high before beginning. Season fish with salt and pepper before setting it on your fruit. You can also add herbs for some extra flair. Then cook until fish is opaque, no turning necessary.</p> <h2>3. Basic Steak</h2> <p>One trick for <a href="http://livedan330.com/2013/09/07/grill-steak-like-a-pro/">better grilled steak</a> is cutting your meat into thick, one-inch slabs. Let your steaks rise to room temperature and rub with sea salt before tossing them on the preheated grill. You'll want to rotate steaks around so each one gets a chance to hit the hottest part of your grill and create those great grill marks in the process. Then use the &quot;finger test&quot; to check the doneness of your meat. The firmer it feels, the more well done it is.</p> <h2>4. Chipotle Lime Cauliflower</h2> <p>Vegans can get in on the fun with these hearty <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-chipotle-lime-grilled-cauliflower-steaks-recipes-from-the-kitchn-204490">chipotle lime cauliflower</a> steaks. Chop each cleaned cauliflower into three or four thick cross-sections. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, grated garlic, and honey or agave. In another small bowl, mix together some lime zest, paprika, chipotle, and salt. Then heat your grill, brush cauliflower with oil mixture, and sprinkle with seasonings before cooking well on each side.</p> <h2>5. Beer BBQ Tofu</h2> <p>As a long-time vegetarian, I'm surprised I've never grilled tofu outdoors. I assumed it would stick and make a mess, but this <a href="http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2011/7/6/beer-baked-beer-grilled-beer-me.html">beer BBQ tofu</a> showed me otherwise. Cut a block of tofu into eight equal slices before pressing between clean kitchen towels to drain excess moisture. Your marinade will consist of a bottle of beer, ⅔ cup barbecue sauce, ginger, and garlic. Let tofu sit in the marinade for a couple hours before cooking on medium-high in your grill. Six to nine minutes on each side should do it.</p> <h2>6. Best-Ever Chicken</h2> <p>The key to getting the <a href="http://www.happilyunprocessed.com/2013/07/24/best-grilled-chicken-recipe/">best grilled chicken</a> ever is in the marinade. This recipe combines the flavors of Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic, lemon and lime, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Let the chicken rest in the flavorful mixture for around two hours in your refrigerator while you assemble other parts of your meal. Then grill the chicken on medium-high until the juices run clear.</p> <h2>7. Foil Potatoes</h2> <p>While you focus on your main course, try cooking sides in aluminum foil pockets. These <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/grilled-parmesan-potatoes-363122">grilled Parmesan potatoes</a> turn out beautifully tender and aromatic with lots of herbs and spices. Just cube potatoes, place in a large bowl with onions and olive oil, and sprinkle with your seasonings. Fold into foil pouches and cook for 20 to 30 minutes until tender &mdash; no boiling necessary. I'd love to try this same recipe using sweet potatoes.</p> <h2>8. Grilled Cheese</h2> <p>One of my favorite grilled dinners is outdoor grilled cheese. My husband and I make this sandwich at least once a week, and we play around with different add-ins for unique flavor and texture. Take two thick slices of bread and brush them with olive oil or melted butter. Place cheese and grilled veggies or meat inside before wrapping in foil. Then place on your grill and cook on each side for around five minutes. Sandwich is done cooking when its crust is slightly golden and cheese is melted.</p> <h2>9. Stuffed Burgers</h2> <p>Try something new this summer with these amazing <a href="http://grilling24x7.com/slider.shtml">cheddar-stuffed burgers</a>. You'll grab around three ounces of ground beef (80/20) and place it in the palm of your hand. Scoop out the center to form a bowl shape, then fill will bacon, cheese, and whatever else you'd like to stuff in there. Form the meat over your fillings to create a good seal. Dash with Worcestershire before cooking on medium-high heat for 10 to 15 minutes.</p> <h2>10. Romaine Hearts</h2> <p>Have you ever grilled salad? If not, prepare yourself to be amazed. These <a href="http://www.usaweekend.com/article/20110513/FOOD04/105150317/Healthy-sizzle-600-calorie-meal-straight-off-grill-from-Cooking-Channel-s-Ellie-Krieger">grilled romaine hearts</a> keep all their crispness yet still manage to both soften and char. You'll cut the hearts in half and spray with olive oil before grilling for six minutes. Serve with a homemade Parmesan vinaigrette on the side.</p> <h2>11. Pork Tenderloin</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.katiescucina.com/2014/08/grilled-brown-sugar-chili-pork-tenderloin">chili pork tenderloin</a> grills up fast after only five minutes of prep for a finished meal in less than half an hour. Place rinsed pork on a plate and drizzle with grapeseed oil. Then rub with a mix of brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, and cinnamon. Cook for 20 minutes &mdash; flipping halfway through &mdash; until internal temperature of the meat reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.</p> <h2>12. Grilled Pizza</h2> <p>Another regular course to hit my picnic table is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-grill-pizza-at-home">grilled pizza</a>. The process can feel rather involved, but keep it simple by thinking of its separate components: Dough, sauce, and prepared toppings. Once you have everything set out to assemble your pizza, preheat your grill to high. Turn grill heat down to medium and brush grates with olive oil before you begin cooking. Quickly grill one side of your dough before placing any toppings on it. After you flip, put down a layer of cheese, then spoon out sauce (prevents the bread from getting soggy), and finish with whatever else you'd like on there. Cook only a couple minutes until crust is golden and cheese melts.</p> <h2>13. Grilled Pineapple</h2> <p>Here's a healthy side or dessert option that is also easy to make: <a href="http://www.wineandglue.com/2014/06/grilled-pineapple-cinnamon-honey-drizzle.html">grilled pineapple</a>. Cut slices of pineapple and cook them over medium heat for five to 10 minutes. They'll get those classic grill marks that look so absolutely delicious. Send this sweet treat over the edge by whisking up a honey and cinnamon sauce for the side.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to grill?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas">10 Reasons You Should Be Grilling on Gas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You&#039;ll Love Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-way-to-your-honeys-heart-is-through-the-kitchen">The Way to Your Honey&#039;s Heart Is Through the Kitchen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking dinner Grilling recipes summer Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:12 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1470950 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You'll Love Grilling http://www.wisebread.com/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_eating_hotdogs_000046408406.jpg" alt="Friends eating deliciously affordable meats for grilling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone loves a good cook-out in the summertime, but hosting a gathering that's centered around the consumption of lots of grilled meat can get expensive, and fast. Before you buy packs of steaks and resign yourself to peanut butter and jellies the rest of the week, consider the following affordable meats that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">taste so great grilled</a>, you won't miss those pricey steaks one bit.</p> <h2>1. Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks</h2> <p>It just so happens that one of the cheapest meats to grill is also one of the best. Chicken breasts tend to dry out before they're cooked through, and can be tough and flavorless. Considerably cheaper bone-in, skin-on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-chicken-leg-and-thigh-recipes-from-around-the-world">thighs and drumsticks</a> are better at retaining their moisture and cooking evenly on the grill. On sale, they can run for less than a dollar a pound at the supermarket, making them a real cost-saver. Chicken thighs can be flavored just about any way you can think of, and taste great with a <a href="http://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-recipe/aromatic-grilled-chicken-thighs/">simple spice rub</a>. Drumsticks are equally diverse, and a simple coating of <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/grilled-lemon-oregano-chicken-drumsticks-354311">fresh lemon and herbs</a> is all you need for a delicious main dish.</p> <h2>2. Ground Beef</h2> <p>If you're buying beef for your cook-out, then things don't get much cheaper than ground chuck. Luckily, that's the prime ingredient for burgers, and who (minus vegetarians) doesn't love burgers? Make your <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/the-perfect-burger-92021">perfect patties</a> by adding egg for moisture and cohesion, and season them well for great flavor. Get <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-new-ways-to-top-your-burgers">creative with your toppings</a>, and take your burgers from plain to gourmet with very little extra cost.</p> <h2>3. Pork Shoulder/Boston Butt Pork Roast</h2> <p>This cut of meat might not sound like much, but it's what is commonly turned into pulled pork. The cut can cost under $2 a pound, and will feed a very happy crowd. You can make succulent <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/smoked-pork-shoulder-recipe.html">pulled pork</a> at home if you don't mind a little prep and some lazy, all-day cooking. Start your shoulder the night before with a rub, and cook it low and slow with some hickory chips. Serve it with buns and coleslaw, and you'll have your friends and family swooning.</p> <h2>4. Chicken Wings</h2> <p>The price of chicken wings often hovers at around $2 a pound, easily beating out any beef prices. Wings are also amazingly delicious grilled, and can be flavored in countless ways. Try them <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/emeril-lagasses-grilled-vietnamese-style-chicken-wings-recipe.html">Vietnamese-style</a> with ginger and fish sauce, or classic <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2014/05/grilled-chicken-wings-with-seasoned-buffalo-sauce.html">buffalo wings</a>. No matter what flavor you choose, wings make a great summer appetizer or even main dish.</p> <h2>5. Whole Turkey</h2> <p>Turkey doesn't have to be relegated to Thanksgiving. Enjoy a juicy, smoky, and flavorful <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/grill-roasted-turkey">grilled turkey</a> at your next cookout, and easily feed big a group. Turkey is often under $1.50 a pound, and tends to be cheaper outside of the holiday season. It's surprisingly easy to cook, just needing a turn every hour and a rest under aluminum foil after cooking. Make sure you monitor the internal temperature with a thermometer &mdash; that way you won't end up with a health risk or a dry, sad bird.</p> <h2>6. Beef Back Ribs</h2> <p>Pork ribs aren't the cheapest cut of meat out there, but <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/grilled-beef-ribs-with-sweet-and-sticky-barbecue-sauce-103627">beef back ribs</a> are typically one of the cheapest pieces of beef you can buy. You may not get quite as much meat per pound as some other items on this list, seeing as each rack has a number of bones in it, but it's still a great deal for beef. Plus, everyone loves sharing ribs and getting sticky barbecue sauce all over the place. For tender meat, cook your ribs on the stove with aromatics before grilling them. Give them a generous slather of homemade sauce, and enjoy.</p> <h2>7. Hot Dogs</h2> <p>You can't deny that sometimes a smoky, charred hot dog on a soft bun tastes great. They're especially good summertime grilling food, since they're easy to serve and a real crowd-pleaser. They're also one of the cheaper meat options out there, starting at little more than $1 a pound. Even if you're grilling some gourmet dogs, they're still a great deal per pound, and are all meat &mdash; no paying for bone you won't eat. Hot dogs are one of the easiest and quickest items to grill, and since they're so affordable, you can get creative with your toppings. Classic sauerkraut is always a hit, or try <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/07/hot-slaw-dogs-recipe.html">creamy coleslaw</a> and mustard.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite cheap meat for the grill?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-dissing-spam">Stop dissing Spam!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks">8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas">10 Reasons You Should Be Grilling on Gas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap dinners Grilling meat recipes summer Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:00:18 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1469492 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Barbecue Hacks to Master This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/10-barbecue-hacks-to-master-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-barbecue-hacks-to-master-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hamburger_bbq_000017255126.jpg" alt="Grilling meat and other barbecue hacks to master this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chill out while you grill out with these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">flame-broiled hacks</a> designed to make barbecuing faster, easier, and more delicious.</p> <h2>1. Clean the Grill Without Leaving Harmful Residue</h2> <p>Before you start grillin' up a storm, the grates should be cleaned. Doesn't matter if you used it last night or last year, you owe it to yourself and those you're feeding to cook on a sanitary surface. I know what you're thinking &mdash; doesn't the open flame kill any potential bacteria? Yep, but that's not the issue; the problem lies in the leftover carcinogens. Probably didn't know that was a thing, did you?</p> <p>To clean the grill grates, it's best to use <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00423GRHQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00423GRHQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ID7D7EBNTFBA4KSM">steel wool pads</a> instead of the very popular metal-bristled grill brush you're probably using. Of course that means that you'll need actually wash the grates opposed to dry scrubbing them. Why? The steel-wool heads at Brillo explain.</p> <p>&quot;The CDC sent out an announcement regarding the dangers of swallowing grill brush bristles, which have the potential to <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6126a4.htm?s_cid=mm6126a4_w">get caught in food</a> and can be consumed,&quot; says Eric Phillips, Brillo's resident cleaning expert. &quot;Use a Brillo pad and a little water to scrub grill grates clean. This prevents the hazard of potentially swallowing grill bristles.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Marinate Your Meat for a Healthier Meal</h2> <p>Marinating your meat not only kicks the flavor up another notch, but it's one more way to reduce the amount of carcinogens you're consuming as a byproduct of the grilling process.</p> <p>First, a bit of science from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR): &quot;The combination of meat with intense heat is what prompts scientists to <a href="http://preventcancer.aicr.org/site/News2?id=15485">caution against traditional grilling</a>,&quot; according to an article on the AICR website. &quot;The substances in the muscle proteins of red meat, poultry, and seafood react under high heat to form carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). HCAs can damage the DNA of our genes and contribute to the process of cancer development. Consumption of HCAs is most clearly linked to cancers of the colon and stomach.&quot;</p> <p>Marinating meat helps reduce carcinogens by up to 96% compared to meat that was grilled without marinating.</p> <p>Other ways to cut down on health hazards when grilling meat include:</p> <ul> <li>Limiting portion sizes and cutting smaller pieces to shorten cook time;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Buying leaner cuts that prevent dripping fat from causing flare-ups, which can deposit carcinogens on the meat;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Flipping meat frequently to reduce carcinogens that may arise;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Reducing the heat; cooking at slightly lower temperatures is enough to substantially reduce HCA formation.</li> </ul> <h2>3. Let Your Meat Come to Room Temperature Before Grilling</h2> <p>I'm an avid viewer of cooking shows, and I learned this trick many years ago. Bringing your meat to room temperature prior to cooking allows it to cook faster and more evenly since the meat will be the same temperature throughout, opposed to straight from the fridge where it will rise in temperature from the outside in.</p> <h2>4. Grill Your Favorite Fish on Citrus Slices</h2> <p>Forgot to marinate your fish? No problem. Infuse your cut with citrus that you've arranged directly on the grill. &quot;Before you grill your next salmon fillet, carefully arrange several slices of Meyer lemon on your grill and cook them salmon directly over the slices,&quot; say the grill spice makers at Spiceologist. &quot;Cut your citrus in quarter-inch slices, and feel free to experiment with other flavors like blood orange, lime, grapefruit.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Steam Corn in Its Husk on the Grill</h2> <p>Instead of fully husking your corn before it hits the grates, undress it only half way and dip it in a quick bath to get the best of both worlds &mdash; that fresh-from-the-grill flavor and the tenderness of steaming. The Deck Chef Kent Whitaker, winner of an <em>Emeril Live </em>barbecue contest, shares his tips:</p> <p>&quot;When you want to grill corn, remove most of the husk except the very last layer or two, keeping the corn silk in, then submerge your corn in water for 30 seconds to a minute before putting on the grill,&quot; he says. &quot;The corn will do a better job of steaming within the husk during cooking and will allow for grill marks in the later stages of grilling. Likewise, the silk is very easy to remove after the fact.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Turn up the Heat on the Juiciest Burgers EVER</h2> <p>I can picture it now: That perfectly cooked burger on a toasted bun with all the fixins', juice dripping down my chin upon first bite. It's the stuff foodie dreams are made of, and Tony Roma's Executive Chef Bob Gallagher has tips and tricks to help achieve perfection all summer long.</p> <ul> <li>Use all areas of the grill and rotate burgers 90 degrees around the grill. Move burgers from the front of the grill to the back of the grill and vice versa, which will ensure even cooking. Burgers will cook faster in the back of the grill.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Pre-heat the grill to at least 500 degrees before placing meat on the grill. This helps create a sear flavor to complement the meat.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The grill lid is your friend. Use it, and resist the urge to constantly lift the lid to check or flip burgers. You only need to flip once! Less flipping keeps the juices intact for mouthwatering flavor.</li> </ul> <h2>7. Speed up the Low-and-Slow Process</h2> <p>We've all heard it before: If you want authentic BBQ &mdash; pulled pork, spare ribs, brisket, the works &mdash; you have to cook it &quot;low and slow.&quot; But who has time to start the cooking process a day in advance? Luckily, the same results can be achieved in half the time, says BBQ expert Scott Thomas, owner of the website <a href="http://www.grillinfools.com/">GrillinFools</a> and writer for Char-Broil and Smithfield Pork.</p> <p>To reduce your cooking time, &quot;Up the heat to 350 and smoke for two-three hours and then foil,&quot; he says. &quot;The meat is only taking on the smoke for a couple hours so once the smoke is infused, wrap it in foil with a little liquid to hyper-accelerate the breakdown of connective tissues. That 15-hour brisket is now done in six to seven hours. Pork butts, even less.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Let the Meat Rest and Relax Before Serving</h2> <p>You should always let you meat rest after grilling. It's very tempting to cut right in, of course, but &mdash; as the old saying goes &mdash; good things come to those who wait. Culinary and BBQ expert Chef Michael Vignola of the Strip House steakhouse in New York City explains why.</p> <p>&quot;Once you have achieved the desired temperature, remove the steak from the heat and allow it to rest for at least five minutes on a grate over a pan before cutting it,&quot; he says. &quot;You want to make sure there is air all around the steak to stop the cooking process. The internal juices will redistribute throughout the steak and the steak will relax and become tender. Cutting too soon will allow the juices to spill out, turning a medium rare steak into a medium plus steak.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Use a Muffin Tin to Cut Down on Condiment Containers</h2> <p>I thought this hack was quite brilliant. By putting all your condiments in a muffin tin, you can cut down on all those bottles and jars that never stay in one place. This video on how to use a <a href="http://www.littlethings.com/muffin-tin-condiments-bbq-hack/">plain muffin tin</a> to transform the way you BBQ shows you just how many fixins' you can fit in a standard tin. You'll find mustard, mayo, and ketchup, of course, but there's plenty of room for relish, onions, jalapenos, and more. Best of all, it's easy to transport, whether you're cooking out in your backyard or on the beach.</p> <h2>10. Charbroil a Fast-But-Fancy Dessert</h2> <p>What's for dessert? Skip the cookies and cake and serve up a juicy and delicious dish of grilled fruit. Peaches, for instance, grill particularly well. Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon-sugar that will caramelize on the grill as they cook, then serve with creamy vanilla ice cream. Or, if you want to get a little funkier, try rubbing Spiceologist's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ICP2KP8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ICP2KP8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=662PN6AF32XBYWBS">Smoky Honey Habanero</a> on fresh pineapple halves. That'll wake up your taste buds in a jif.</p> <p><em>Do you have more BBQ hacks to recommend? I'd love to hear 'em. Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-barbecue-hacks-to-master-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas">10 Reasons You Should Be Grilling on Gas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You&#039;ll Love Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-late-summer-grilling">Wise Bread Reloaded: Late Summer Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink barbecuing BBQ cookouts Grilling meals parties summer Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:00:18 +0000 Mikey Rox 1468465 at http://www.wisebread.com Eat Less Sugar With These 10 Simple Tricks http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_donut_000015769114.jpg" alt="Woman eating less sugar with simple tricks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want to be healthier, one of the best things you can do is to cut down on the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youll-be-surprised-how-much-sugar-these-10-foods-have">amount of sugar</a> you consume daily. Most of us enjoy a sweet treat once in a while. But there are ways you can treat yourself without going overboard on the sugar.</p> <p>The World Health Organization's recommended daily intake of added sugar is about 25 grams for an adult of average body mass. That's not a whole lot, considering that a can of soda can contain up to 40 grams of sugar. Read on for ways to cut down on sugar in your daily diet. Even if you start with just one of these ideas at a time, you'll be doing your body a favor.</p> <h2>1. Eat a Slow-Burning Breakfast</h2> <p>Start your day off right, and stave off mid-morning sugar crashes, by eating a protein and fiber-rich breakfast. Unfortunately, many breakfast foods tend to be packed with sugar &mdash; pastries, waffles, pancakes, sugary cereals, jams and jellies &mdash; so start substituting a more nutritious first meal. A veggie omelet with a slice of whole-wheat toast, or low-sugar yogurt with fruit and chopped nuts, are better options. If you're in a rush, have some hard-boiled eggs ready in the fridge so you can grab an egg and a piece of fruit on your way out the door.</p> <h2>2. Eat Before You Go Out</h2> <p>Eat a healthy meal or snack before going out. You'll be less likely to indulge in a sweet treat because of hunger, and if you're going grocery shopping, you'll be more likely to make rational and healthy choices.</p> <h2>3. Cut Drink Sweetening in Half</h2> <p>My Achilles' heel is sweet drinks. I love having an iced coffee or tea whenever I go out. To cut down on the massive sugar overload such drinks can entail, I've made a habit of always asking for &quot;half the sugar&quot; whenever I indulge in a specialty drink. It has become so routine that a fully-sweetened drink now tastes excessively sweet to me. While I still need to cut down on these indulgences (a Grande Caramel Frappucino from Starbucks contains a whopping 63 grams of sugar! Even with half sugar, that's just not healthy), it at least gets me a step in the right direction.</p> <h2>4. Substitute Unsweetened Alternatives</h2> <p>I realized that part of the reason I loved having a sweet drink whenever I went out was simply the ritual of getting a coffee and carrying it around, whether it was at a morning playdate at the park, or during a shopping trip at the mall. I switched to ordering a black decaf Americano instead of a sweetened drink. Although I'll still sometimes order something sweet, most of the time, it's just black coffee. (Yes, I realize I would save a lot of money if I made it at home, but... baby steps, baby steps.)</p> <h2>5. Make It Yourself</h2> <p>Making your own treats at home means that you can control the sugar content. How about making a commitment to stop buying packaged cookies and making your own instead? You can usually cut out ⅓ to &frac12; of the sugar called for in most recipes without sacrificing flavor.</p> <p>You can also make your own low-sugar, protein-rich granola instead of cereal. Instead of buying sweetened yogurt, add a bit of honey to plain yogurt. And if you (or your kids) are partial to chocolate milk, trying swirling milk, a banana, and some cocoa powder in your blender instead. A friend of mine also makes a raw, sugar-free, <a href="http://www.irunonnutrition.com/2013/06/27/raw-fruit-chia-jam-my-grown-up-pbj/">chia seed jam</a>, which her kids love.</p> <h2>6. Start Reading Labels</h2> <p>If you haven't started reading nutrition labels on the food you buy, now's a good time to start. You'll be shocked at how much sugar is in your favorite foods. Once you know which foods are the biggest culprits, you can start replacing them with lower-sugar alternatives. For example, Honey Nut Cheerios have nine grams of sugar per &frac34; cup serving, but regular Cheerios have one gram per one cup serving. (Yes, the serving sizes are different. The world of nutrition labeling is an imperfect one.) Even so-called &quot;healthy&quot; foods, such as juice, can have an excessive amount of sugar and may need to be limited.</p> <h2>7. Be Aware of Hidden Sugar</h2> <p>Even foods that we don't think of as sweet can contain a lot of added sugar, contributing to your daily quota. That ketchup you dipped your fries in could be chock-full of sugar, as is the BBQ sauce on your ribs or the dressing on your salad. Reading nutrition labels is your friend in these cases &mdash; limit these hidden-sugar foods or substitute them with a no-sugar alternative.</p> <h2>8. Get Sugar Out of the House</h2> <p>It's too much to expect the average person to resist temptation when it invades their own home &mdash; give yourself a fighting chance by keeping added sugar out of the house. Make a rule that sweet treats are just that &mdash; treats &mdash; meant for a special occasion, not for everyday.</p> <h2>9. Stay Hydrated (With Water)</h2> <p>You might feel a bit peckish, but in reality your body is craving hydration. Fill up a water bottle and make a goal to empty it within a certain time frame. With the extra water, chances are you won't feel as hungry (and you won't be reaching for a soda when you get thirsty). If plain water doesn't appeal to you, make a pitcher of cucumber or lemon water to keep in the fridge.</p> <h2>10. Don't Go Cold Turkey</h2> <p>It's okay to allow yourself an occasional treat. You're more likely to be successful in cutting down on sugar if you do it gradually, instead of by cutting it out completely. Perhaps you can allow yourself dessert on weekends, or ice cream as a reward for fulfilling a goal. Once your body gets used to consuming less sugar, you won't crave it as much.</p> <p><em>Do you have any strategies for resisting those sugar urges?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-to-stop-eating-sugar-forever">12 Reasons to Stop Eating Sugar Forever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-most-calorie-burning-breakfasts">The 7 Most Calorie-Burning Breakfasts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youll-be-surprised-how-much-sugar-these-10-foods-have">You&#039;ll Be Surprised How Much Sugar These 10 Foods Have</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/imagine-eating-to-lose-weight-and-save-money">Imagine Eating to Lose Weight (and Save Money)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty cutting back dieting eating healthy sugar sweets Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:03:27 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1468451 at http://www.wisebread.com