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My husband, Dan, actually likes Valentine’s Day, the Hallmark holiday of holidays. Flowers, cute cards, a little gift, a fancy dinner out or one made together at home (with plenty of good wine, of course). And maybe a back rub while we’re binge-watching Netflix, if I’m lucky.

But now we have an almost 3-year-old. Forget spending all day cooking fancy Valentine’s Day recipes. Rarely are we afforded the luxury of lingering over three-hour candlelit dinners. (Heck, we’re lucky if we can have a five-minute-long conversation while the kid is awake, these days.) But we’d still like to enjoy a nice meal together as a family. We’re fortunate that our daughter, Lila, loves to cook and eat. So I’m planning a menu that we can enjoy together.


So what’s on my Valentine’s Day menu?

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Fresh salads from a vending machine? Sounds too good to be true, but this healthy new lunch option for foodies on the go is a reality in Chicago, where Farmer’s Fridge vending machines dispense salads, sandwiches and veggie-packed sides.

Served in a reusable (or recyclable) jar, the freshly made vending-machine salads (about $7) are packed full of nutritious greens, fruits, seeds and veggies often sourced from local and organic growers in the region.

Menu staples include the Detox Salad, featuring organic kale and quinoa, sprouts, fennel, pineapple, blueberries and white beans, and a crunchy Thai salad, with napa cabbage, snap peas, cucumber and peanuts, all at the touch of a button.

Farmer’s Fridge founder Luke Saunders said he rotates in new flavor combos...

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When it comes to whole-wheat sandwich bread, there are a ton of choices at the supermarket. And not all are as healthy as they seem. Here, we break down the nutrition for you.

Numbers to Look For:
Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories: Around 100 calories*
Fiber: ≥ 2g
Sugar: ≤ 4g
Sodium: ≤ 200mg
*Will vary based on size.

Look for the Word “Whole”: The first ingredient in your bread should be whole-wheat flour. Without the word “whole” in front of it, that wheat bread is made with refined grains. Don’t let the color trick you—just because it’s brown doesn’t make it whole-wheat; sometimes manufacturers add molasses or other coloring to darken the bread.

Be Sodium Smart: Breads and rolls are...

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U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets 2015, released earlier this week, ranked 35 diet plans. But the No. 1 diet may surprise you. The “Best Diets Overall” winner (for the fifth year in a row): the DASH diet.

The DASH diet—or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—was developed to combat high blood pressure (hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure). So it certainly doesn’t fall into the realm of trendy diets like Paleo or the Alkaline Diet. To earn a spot on the “Best Diets” list, the diet plan has to help with weight loss and diabetes (research shows the DASH diet does)—as well as be easy to follow and nutritious (check and check). Their panel of experts, which included EatingWell advisors David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D., gave it top billing in part because it scored well in the heart health...

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Have you made overnight oats before? My husband loves oatmeal, but often he’s running late. So he recently started making overnight oats in a jar. He can warm it up and eat it at the table if he has time. And if he’s rushed, he can just grab a jar and go.

Don’t Miss: Make-Ahead Breakfasts to Grab...

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