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Refreshing Salad Dressing Ideas

September 24, 2014 4:04 pm

Salads are very versatile lunch dishes that come in a wide variety of styles, which is why you need to have an arsenal of salad dressings to accommodate each one. Making your own salad dressings at home is very easy, and it eliminates the sugars and preservatives found in store-bought options.

Here are three exciting salad dressing ideas:

Cilantro-Lime Salad Dressing [Martha Stewart]
Use this tart, flavorful dressing to top a taco salad, Mexican-style mahi mahi or another Latin-inspired dish. With tons of fresh cilantro and silken tofu instead of the usual mayonnaise, this is a healthy option that’s still full of flavor.

Lavender Salad Dressing [Food.com]
This simple dressing has a fresh, floral taste created by using dried lavender blossoms. Extra virgin olive oil and honey provide a smooth, sweet base, while balsamic vinegar and grain mustard make things a bit tangier and more complex. This dressing perfectly complements an arugula salad with crumbly bleu cheese.

Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette [Redbook]
This dressing tastes delicious when paired with crispy chicken, noodle dishes or to spice up an otherwise bland salad. Its bold flavor is created by fresh ginger and sesame oil, which are staples in many international cuisines.

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Refuel and Replenish by Eating These Foods After a Workout

September 18, 2014 5:03 pm

The foods that you eat before your workout help to increase your energy level, but it’s the food that you eat afterward that’s really important. What you eat after exercising helps to repair muscle tissue and to replenish glycogen, which is an important aspect of building the lean, toned body that you strive for. Here are some of the best foods to refuel with after a workout.

  1. Bananas. Bananas are high-glycemic carbohydrates, which provide you with an instant boost to replenish your energy quickly. Try slicing one up and eating it with peanut butter on top of a rice cake.
  2. Greek yogurt with berries. Greek yogurt is packed with protein, which is very important in building muscle. Your muscles are depleted of their usual amino acids after lifting weights or performing an intense cardio workout, and this healthy snack helps to build them back up.
  3. Tuna sandwich. The combination of healthy carbs and proteins is one of the very best things to eat after working out. Spread some tuna on whole wheat bread to refuel after that gym class.
  4. Water. Replenishing your body’s fluids is just as important as replenishing its food supply. Be sure to drink plenty of water after working out to avoid becoming dehydrated.

6 Smart Snacks to Eat After Your Workout [Fitness Magazine]
What to Eat After You Work Out [Spark People]
Food as Fuel – Before, During and After Workouts [American Heart Association]

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Order the Famous Mutton Chops at Keens Steakhouse

September 17, 2014 4:05 pm

Known for its signature mutton chops, Keens is a must-visit dining destination for any New York foodie. In fact, after over 125 years in operation, this legendary New York eatery received the 2013 James Beard Foundation American Classic Award. It's a traditional place with a straightforward meat-focused menu, and ordering a traditional cocktail or two is part of the Keens experience. Although Keens serves complimentary crudite, thick cut smoked bacon is a popular appetizer. All steaks are prime and dry-aged.

The ambiance is decidedly classy and historic with dark wood-paneled walls and portraits of prominent patrons and American figures. The ceiling is lined with the largest collection of churchwarden smoking pipes in the world. Keen's smoking club members included Teddy Roosevelt and Albert Einstein among others.

As you might imagine, reservations are necessary at this classic Manhattan steakhouse. Visit the Keens Steakhouse's website to learn more!

Keens Steakhouse
72 W. 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
(212) 947-3636

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