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Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes

Originally at: http://healthyrecipesblogs.com/2014/10/31/gluten-free-pumpkin-cupcakes/

Delicious gluten free pumpkin cupcakes that taste like autumn. The frosting is amazing – creamy and very flavorful. They’re easy to make too, so if you’re still looking for dessert for tonight, give these gluten free pumpkin cupcakes a try!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes is a post from: Healthy Recipes

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The New Tool that Scores Your Food

Originally at: http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/rate-your-food-choices/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rate-your-food-choices

Processed food. It’s everywhere. Office vending machines, corner markets, grocery stores, restaurants, ads in magazines — you can’t hide from it. At Reboot, and with most health conscious folks, we believe the less processed foods in your diet, the better. However, in most people’s reality, the convenience of it being so available means it’s hard to completely avoid it. Yes, fresh fruits and veggies win the race, but we’re only human and when processed foods are calling, whether it’s for a quick snack in between meetings or a fast and cheap dinner for your family, you might find yourself grabbing for a dinner that comes in a colorful cardboard or plastic package.

Our friends over at Environmental Working Group (the ones that provide us with the yearly updated Dirty Dozen List and Skin Deep score system that analyzes the toxicity and chemicals in our skin care) know that processed food happens, so they developed one of the most comprehensive online food databases, called Food Scores.

Why? Because in today’s typical grocery store visit, we can’t trust that every single “all natural” food label means it’s good for us, so we have to be more aware of what we are buying. In an EWG article, President and CEO Ken Cook says, “Today, shoppers who care about the quality of food and how it was produced might look for labels like ‘natural’ and ‘whole grain,’ ‘organic’ or ‘non-GMO certified,’ even as they wonder which claims mean something and which are marketing hype. The truly conscientious scrutinize the Nutrition Facts panel on the back of the package. But few if any of us have the time or patience to peruse an entire food section and compare one label with another, much less read the microscopic fine print that lists ingredients we often cannot pronounce.”

And that’s why they developed this scoring system, to provide a guide to “greener, cleaner and healthier food choices.”

How does it work?

EWG rated more than 80,000 products on 3 criteria:

  • Nutrition — considering calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, sodium, protein, fiber and fruit, vegetable and nut content.
  • Ingredient concerns — focusing on factors such as the likely presence of key contaminants, pesticides, hormones and antibiotics, and the health implications of certain food additives.
  • Processing — reflects EWG’s best estimate of the extent to which a particular food has been processed. Scoring factors include modification of individual ingredients from whole foods and the number of artificial ingredients.

They weigh a food’s nutritional value most heavily, ingredient concerns next and processing relatively lightly. It’s all free, and they even have an app for when you’re at the store and you don’t know which mac and cheese is better (you may be really surprised to find out that the organic ones aren’t necessarily better!).

Rate Your Food

 

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A National Chocolate Day Giveaway from Next Organics!

Originally at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ThePickyEaterBlog/~3/yL7S3kXjnIs/

National Chocolate Day is today!!

What an amazing holiday right? One devoted entirely to chocolate. My dessert weakness is definitely chocolate, and I always end my day with a couple pieces of dark chocolate — sometimes with a tiny bit of red wine for a health(ier) treat.

So in honor of national chocolate day and my favorite dessert: dark chocolate, I’m excited to announce this month’s giveaway from Next Organics! They make natural, organic, dark chocolate covered dried fruits and nuts. They have everything from dark chocolate covered brazil nuts (these are so good for you because they are high in selenium – which is a cancer fighter) to dark chocolate covered ginger, coconut, walnuts, almonds, the list goes on and on.

Their chocolates are delicious and a healthy dessert option – in moderation of course!

And now, one lucky reader has the opportunity to win a HUGE prize pack of Next Organics chocolates: a mixed case of Next Organics that contains one bag of each flavor: Apricots, Coconut, Cherries, Bananas, Ginger, Pretzels, Cashews, Almonds, Walnuts, and Brazil Nuts…all covered in rich, organic dark chocolate!

To Enter: You can enter in one of five ways (each option below counts as a separate entry):

  1. Sign up for my free, monthly newsletter (it has healthy recipes and tips – no annoying ads  plus you’ll get a free healthy meal plan when you sign up!)
  2. Subscribe to The Picky Eater via RSS or via email
  3. Like The Picky Eater on Facebook
  4. Follow me on Twitter (@pickyeaterblog)
  5. Follow me on Pinterest

Then post a comment here for each option above that you chose. 

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, November 30th at 11:59pm PST. I’ll be selecting the winner at random (via random.org) and will contact them via email. I’ll be announcing the winner in the comments of this post on Monday, December 1st.

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Mini Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup

Originally at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/weightwatcherspointsrecipes/~3/4BjH4Rpweo4/mini-turkey-meatball-vegetable-soup.html

This family friendly soup is perfect to warm up to on a chilly autumn night. It's made with mini turkey meatballs, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, spinach and my secret ingredient for the best tasting soup – a parmesan cheese rind. I always keep the rinds in my freezer just for making soup, so don't throw them out!

It also makes great leftovers and can be frozen if you want to make this ahead for the month. Enjoy!

Click Here To See The Full Recipe…

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A National Chocolate Day Giveaway from Next Organics!

Originally at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ThePickyEaterBlog/~3/yL7S3kXjnIs/

National Chocolate Day is today!!

What an amazing holiday right? One devoted entirely to chocolate. My dessert weakness is definitely chocolate, and I always end my day with a couple pieces of dark chocolate — sometimes with a tiny bit of red wine for a health(ier) treat.

So in honor of national chocolate day and my favorite dessert: dark chocolate, I’m excited to announce this month’s giveaway from Next Organics! They make natural, organic, dark chocolate covered dried fruits and nuts. They have everything from dark chocolate covered brazil nuts (these are so good for you because they are high in selenium – which is a cancer fighter) to dark chocolate covered ginger, coconut, walnuts, almonds, the list goes on and on.

Their chocolates are delicious and a healthy dessert option – in moderation of course!

And now, one lucky reader has the opportunity to win a HUGE prize pack of Next Organics chocolates: a mixed case of Next Organics that contains one bag of each flavor: Apricots, Coconut, Cherries, Bananas, Ginger, Pretzels, Cashews, Almonds, Walnuts, and Brazil Nuts…all covered in rich, organic dark chocolate!

To Enter: You can enter in one of five ways (each option below counts as a separate entry):

  1. Sign up for my free, monthly newsletter (it has healthy recipes and tips – no annoying ads  plus you’ll get a free healthy meal plan when you sign up!)
  2. Subscribe to The Picky Eater via RSS or via email
  3. Like The Picky Eater on Facebook
  4. Follow me on Twitter (@pickyeaterblog)
  5. Follow me on Pinterest

Then post a comment here for each option above that you chose. 

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, November 30th at 11:59pm PST. I’ll be selecting the winner at random (via random.org) and will contact them via email. I’ll be announcing the winner in the comments of this post on Monday, December 1st.

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Mini Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup

Originally at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/weightwatcherspointsrecipes/~3/4BjH4Rpweo4/mini-turkey-meatball-vegetable-soup.html

This family friendly soup is perfect to warm up to on a chilly autumn night. It's made with mini turkey meatballs, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, spinach and my secret ingredient for the best tasting soup – a parmesan cheese rind. I always keep the rinds in my freezer just for making soup, so don't throw them out!

It also makes great leftovers and can be frozen if you want to make this ahead for the month. Enjoy!

Click Here To See The Full Recipe…