July 27 - Healthy Cooking August/September 2010 Issue

Taste of Home Healthy Cooking serves up a perfect recipe for the ideal day

July 27 - Healthy Cooking August/September 2010 Issue

July 27 - Healthy Cooking August/September 2010 Issue

What it looks like to be at your best for just one day (including snacks, tips, and exercises), plus ideas for healthier kids' lunches, ways to beat the chicken doldrums(ticks), and more


On newsstands July 27, 2010—Greendale, WI: Scarlett O'Hara was right: "Tomorrow is another day." So, what if tomorrow you could do everything exactly right—eat well and be your best from the moment you wake up until you lay your head down to sleep? With the August/September 2010 issue of Taste of Home Healthy Cooking, that tomorrow is now within reach by using our Ideal Day Eating Plan which includes on-the-go exercises, stay-on-track tips, and plenty of food options to fit your schedule. All this plus makeovers for "boring" chicken, ideas for kids' lunches, and much, much more—so let the day begin!

The Ideal Day (pages 38-47)
Choosing to live a healthy life is about eating right for today, and the August/September issue's special section, "Our Ideal Day of Eating," is the ultimate guide to getting started. A complete prescription for a perfectly balanced day from breakfast through evening snack, this feature combines tasty recipes, nutrition tips, and hints on squeezing in exercise; and the nutritional value of every meal—protein, fiber, complex carbs, vitamins, and minerals—is explained.

It all starts with a menu for a delicious day that totals about 2,000 calories, 54g of fat, and 181mg of cholesterol and won't leave you hungry:

  • A Healthy Breakfast to wake up your metabolism and kick start your day (fruit, a sweet and crunchy Homemade Granola, and a tasty Tropical Yogurt);
  • A Smart Lunch to improve your mood and increase productivity (Turkey Wraps with avocado, asparagus, and a Maple Mustard Dressing served with side of mixed fresh veggies and a light and flavorful Buttermilk Dill Dip); and
  • A Quick, Nutritious Dinner that supports your health goals and works within your busy schedule (a quick-to-prepare Asian Pork Tenderloin with Sesame Snap Peas and cheesecake-like honey cheese bars with a crunchy walnut crust).

But it's what you find in between the recipes that makes the Ideal Day Eating Plan particularly special: Recipes for snacks from morning (bite-size peanut butter-banana muffins to take the edge off hunger and prevent you from overeating later) to evening (Parmesan Popcorn—because, let's face it, people get the munchies in the evening). Advice for how to eat the perfect breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack—including avoiding breakfasts high in simple carbohydrates, such as bagels or pancakes (their initial energy burst is followed by a big crash and they make you hungry sooner) and not skipping dessert (there's no better way to set yourself up for failure than depriving yourself of dessert; just keep it to as few calories as possible). There are even ideas for workouts pre-breakfast, on the job (you'll never look at fidgeting the same way again), while commuting, and post-dinner.

The goal is to have the lessons you learn help you eat well and be at your best day after day after day. Ideally, tomorrow starts today with Taste of Home Healthy Cooking.

Think Outside the (Lunch) Box (page 9)
Why not make a new school year resolution to keep your kids away from the hot dogs and fries in the cafeteria and inject some fresh, healthy fun into lunches? Kids need the right foods to ensure that they have enough energy to make it through the day—but they can't be bored by what you serve. Make creative sandwiches on fresh banana or zucchini bread, English muffins or pitas. Don't forget to pack fruit like blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, melon, grapes, or a halved kiwi with a spoon. And remember, a crazy "bendystraw" and fun napkins will make your kid feel like king (or queen) of the class.

Check out for more healthy snacks for kids ( and fun back-to-school recipes (

End Bird Boredom with this Comfort Food Makeover (pages 49-51)
Chicken: Economical, versatile, lean, and... again? Whether grilled or roasted, fried or broiled, after a while the 90 pounds of chicken each American eats a year just tastes like, well, chicken. Replace your family's ho-hum poultry standbys with five fresh and healthy new takes on this suppertime staple. Ordinary roast chicken becomes an easy Balsamic Roast Chicken that fills the house with rich aromas. Everyday burgers become Chicken Florentine Burgers loaded with spinach, Gruyere, and sweet onions. And orange chicken becomes Orange Barley Chicken with the addition of pearl barley, parsnips, and carrots. We even do makeovers of grilled chicken and chicken salad sandwiches too!

Still hungry? Try the mouthwatering meatless prizewinners from our readers or family reunion favorites and crowd-pleasing recipes that no guest will ever guess are healthy choices or our stunning Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Orzo Salad (page 64) on the cover... 208 new recipes and tips in all that prove, once again, eating right never tasted so good!

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