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TIP OF THE DAY: Pan-Seared Fish, Crispy Skin

Sear that skin until it’s crisp! Photo courtesy
Pollen Restaurant.

 

Fish is healthy, low-fat protein; we all should eat more of it. Grilled or pan-seared fish is at the top of the list many nutritionists suggest for making better changes in your diet.

This is not news.

The news is: the fish doesn’t have to be dull. You can prepare it exciting without a cholesterol- and calorie-laden butter sauce.

Here’s how to keep it health and delicious.

1. Sear the skin. Crispy skin is a treat, without being a no-no. Yes, there’s some fat—but far less than chicken skin.

2. Use a very light sauce. Serve the fish in a bowl of broth (just a half inch or so). You can use clear stock, tomato-based broth or even vegetable soup. Another option: tomato sauce, like a chunky pasta sauce. Better brands, without added sugar, are very low in calories. We often use diced San Marzano tomatoes, straight from the can with some fresh herbs.

 

3. Top the fish with healthy vegetables. Steam the vegetables or lightly sautée them in olive oil. Combine three different vegetables for more arresting color and flavor. Don’t forget the super-healthful cruciferous group, including, among others, bok choy, chard, kale and Napa cabbage. Or instead of a topping, use vegetables as a base with the fish on top (spinach is great as a bed), and hold the broth.

 

4. Serve with whole grains, beans or legumes. A bed of barley, beans, brown rice, lentils or quinoa hits the trifecta: attractive, healthful, tasty. Or with a dollop of yogurt seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper, and maybe some grated cucumber, radish, and garlic. Perch it on a bed of greens with an assertive vinaigrette.

5. Garnish with something artistic. Consider edamame, microgreens, snipped fresh herbs, sprouts, thin slices of baby radishes. Celery leaves are great for this purpose. Most people toss them out, but they’re an attractive and tasty garnish.
 
HOW TO GET CRISP SKIN

Crispy skin on a fish filet is a treat. Here’s how to do it.

1. HEAT a heavy-bottomed skillet (cast iron is great, nonstick doesn’t work as well) until it gets very hot; then reduce heat to medium-high heat for several minutes before you start cooking.

 

Get rid of the butter- or cream-based sauce. Photo courtesy Nobilio.

 

2. PAT the skin fry with a paper towel before seasoning (season both sides). If the skin sticks to the skillet, either the skin is too damp or the pan isn’t hot enough.

3. BRUSH fish with oil (canola or grapeseed) and apply an even coating of oil to the pan. It will smoke; that’s when you add the fish, skin side down. When the fillet curves upward, use a spatula to press it once and it will flatten out, ensuring full skin contact.

4. COOK until you see a golden brown color on the edge of the skin. The fish will be about 70% cooked. Then, gently slide the spatula under the fillet and flip it; cook for a few more seconds. You want to flip it just once; flipping it back and forth impedes proper cooking.

5. PLATE and serve.

  

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PRODUCT: Pineapple Coconut Smirnoff Vodka For A Low-Cal Piña Colada

Great flavor with fewer calories: Pineapple
Coconut vodka from Smirnoff Sorbet Light.
Photo courtesy Smirnoff.

 

The Smirnoff Sorbet Light vodka line is targeted to women who enjoy a regular cocktail, and would like to shave a few calories from each drink.

The reduced calories are achieved by lowering the proof of the alcohol: The Sorbet Light line is 60 proof/30% ABV* while original Smirnoff (and most vodka) is 80 proof/40% ABV.

We like a good flavored vodka: It’s like a cocktail without the extra calories. When we tasted new Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut, it reminded us of one of our favorite drinks—the Piña Colada—without the extra calories of pineapple juice and coconut cream.

Through the miracle of noncaloric flavor infusions, a shot of the vodka has all the satisfaction of fresh juicy pineapple combined with the luscious coconut. It’s not creamy, but to us, that doesn’t matter. It’s the pineapple-coconut flavor we crave.

 
*ABV is Alcohol By Volume. Double the ABV to get the proof of any alcoholic beverage.

 

If you want to “stretch out” the calories, add coconut water like Zico—60 calories for 11 ounces, 30 calories for half of that in your cocktail.

You can mix up any number of cocktails. Here are some from Smirnoff. All of the recipes are under 150 calories.

RECIPES

RECIPE: PIÑA COCO SPRITZER

Ingredients Per Drink

  • 1.5 ounces Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut
  • 2 ounces fresh orange juice
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • Glassware: rocks glass
  •  
    Preparation

    1. FILL a highball glass with ice; add remaining ingredients.

    2. STIR and garnish with an orange half wheel.

     

     
    RECIPE: TROPICAL TREAT

    Ingredients Per Drink

  • 1 ounce Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut
  • 2 ounces coconut water
  • 1 ounces pomegranate juice
  • Garnish: lime wheel or pineapple wedge
  • Glassware: Martini glass
  •  
    Preparation

    1. COMBINE all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

    2. GARNISH and serve.

      

    RECIPE: BLANK SLATE

    Ingredients Per Drink

  • 1.5 ounces Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple
    Coconut
  • 2 ounces coconut water
  • Glassware: Martini glass
  •  
    Preparation

    1. COMBINE all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

    2. GARNISH with an edible flower or a pineapple chunk.

     
    RECIPE: MANGO TANGO

    Ingredients Per Drink

  • 1.5 ounces Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple
    Coconut
  • 1.5 ounces Crystal Light lemonade (4 ounces
    water to one packet)
  • 1.5 ounces mango juice
  • Glassware: Martini glass
  •  
    Preparation

    1. COMBINE all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

    2. GARNISH with a mango slice.

     

    The “Blank Slate”: a low calorie riff on the Piña Colada. Photo courtesy Smirnoff.

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    TIP: The Easy Way To Healthier Cooking

    Struggling with that “eat healthier/lose weight” new year’s resolution?

    Nutritionists tell you that you can have your favorite rich foods, just in small portions. One piece of pizza instead of two. One heaping tablespoon of ice cream instead of half a pint.

    But overall, eating healthier means better nutrition and fewer calories. The good news is that even historic “bad eaters” can appreciate the delicious flavors of these other foods. It’s a mind thing.

    So start looking at your favorites an see where you can make revisions. You might want to start with a copy of Cooking Light: The New Way To Cook Light, Fresh Food & Bold Flavors for Today’s Home Cook.

    While there are numerous books in the Cooking Light series, this books starts with the principles of eating lighter:

     

    Continue to enjoy pasta, but make it whole wheat pasta and 50% “primavera” (half pasta, half vegetables). Photo courtesy Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

  • Healthy fats, like olive oil and avocado oil, rather than butter and cream
  • Larger portions of vegetables and more modest portions of meat
  • Whole grains rather than refined ones (white flour, white rice, e.g.)
  •  
    The recipes use “real” ingredients instead of fat-free sour cream, artificial sweeteners, etc.

    They provide more than enough flavor, texture, color and mouthfeel to satisfy everyone at the table.

    The adjustments are easy, the taste results negligible, the overall transition painless. And if you want to lose weight without working at it, this is how!

     

    The best way to start a new eating regime:
    Read an inspiring, calorie-cutting cookbook like
    this one. Photo courtesy Cooking Light.

     

    OUR PERSONAL TIPS

  • Substitute nonfat Greek yogurt for sour cream and cream cheese. Whether on a bagel or a burrito, it works!
  • “Pad out” pasta and rice with vegetables. Aim for a half and half ratio, and vary the veggies and the cuts (dice, julienne, circles, etc.) so they don’t get routine.
  • Make exciting salads. A plate of boring greens cries out for caloric dressings. Instead, add other, more flavorful vegetables and a vinaigrette: artichoke hearts, broccoli, capers, edamame, hearts of palm, olives, pimento and/or water chestnuts, for example. When tomato isn’t in season, it’s pretty flavorless—again, crying out for caloric dressings. Substitute grape or cherry tomatoes in red or the more catchy yellow, pimento or sundried tomatoes. And don’t use inexpensive oil and vinegar: treat yourself to the good stuff.
  • Drink lots of water or plain iced tea with meals. The more you drink, the fuller you get. Vary with club soda, flavored unsweetened seltzers and other low calorie options. Drink wine in spritzers (half wine, half club soda).
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  • Enjoy your favorite cake in cubes. We’d rather eat a tiny piece of rich cream cheese cheesecake than a slice of “cheesecake lite.” A solution:
    Bake the cheesecake in a pan, like brownies—shorter than a standard cheesecake. Keep it in the freezer, and cut small squares as needed for a “fix,” or to top a larger dish of mixed berries for dessert.
     
    Send us your favorite tips, and keep working it.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Pasta Without The Carbs

    Have all the noodles you want; these tofu
    shirataki are very low in calories. Photo
    courtesy House Foods.

     

    Why is “comfort food” high-carb food? What’s a pasta lover to do?

    Well, there’s spaghetti squash, and you can shred zucchini into a form that cooks up like pasta (and is delicious topped with sauce and grated cheese).

    And then there’s shirataki.

    WHAT IS SHIRATAKI?

    Shirataki are Japanese noodles that are very low in calories and carbohydrate (many have zero). They are thin and translucent, made from the colorfully named devil’s tongue yam (also called elephant yam or konjac yam). They are fat-free, gluten-free and soy-free. There are also varieties made from tofu, which does have soy and a modest number of calories.

    The Miracle Noodle brand is certified kosher by OU. The company also makes “rice” from the same yam.

     

    “Shirataki” means “white waterfall” in Japanese, a term that describes the appearance of the very white yam noodles (the tofu noodles have a more pasta-like color).

    Largely composed of water and glucomannan, a water-soluble dietary fiber from the yam, they have little flavor of their own. But top with tomato sauce or add to a cup of broth, and you’ve got a pretty darn good pasta substitute. Like tofu (and the tofu shirataki), they easily absorb the flavors of any dish or sauce.

    A special benefit: The soluble fiber slows digestion and prolongs the sensation of fullness.

     

    The yam-based noodles have recently been joined by tofu-based shirataki-style noodles. They require refrigeration and contain a minimal amount of carbohydrate.

    Shirataki noodles can be found both in dry and “wet” forms in Asian markets, some supermarkets and online. The wet noodles, most frequently found, are packaged in liquid.

    There are many offerings out there. The NoOodle brand has meal starters at 20 calories per serving, that allow you to enjoy great-tasting meals without packing on the pounds. They also have 50-calorie soups. The line includes:

  • Tomato Infused Angel Hair, angel hair NoOodles in a tomato flavored broth
  • Chicken Flavor Infused Angel Hair NoOodles in a light chicken broth
  • Chicken NoOodle Soup, prepared with chicken and fresh vegetables in a natural chicken broth
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    Shirataki noodles are made in favorite cuts, from angel hair and fettuccine to spaghetti. There are even ziti and “spinach noodles.”Photo courtesy Miracle Noodle.

  • Tomato Risotto with diced tomatoes, spinach, and basil prepared in a tomato sauce
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    COOKING TIPS

  • There is a fishy aroma when you open some packages, possibly from the preservatives. Once the noodles are rinsed and boiled, it is gone and there is no unpleasant taste. Be sure to follow the package directions.
  • The texture is gelatinous. Pat the noodles dry with paper towels) before adding to the recipe. If you still don’t like the texture, try this technique: Rinse 4-5 minutes, boil for 5-7 minutes, then rinse again in cold water again for a minute. If you want the noodles hotter, put them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
  • An easy dish: heat olive oil and a garlic in a pan and add the rinsed, blotted noodles. Add whatever proteins and vegetables you have. It’s a delicious dish. You can also toss shirataki into stir-frys.
  • Some fans say the recipes taste better the next day.
  •  
    We’re coming up on the Year Of The Horse; but this may also be the Year Of The Shirataki Noodle.

      

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    PRODUCT: Amoretti Sugar-Free Caramel & Chocolate Syrups

    We tried the chocolate and caramel syrups,
    in drinks desserts. Photo by Elvira Kalviste |
    THE NIBBLE.

     

    Amaretto, Butterscotch, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Fior di Sicilia, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Irish Cream, Lemon, Mojito Mint, Orange and Raspberry…hungry yet?

    You can have all of these flavored syrups for just 15 calories a “pump,” in Amoretti’s line of all natural syrups made without any sweetener. You can use your sweetener of choice, or none at all (other sugar-free brands tend to use Splenda).

    The company also makes conventional syrups with sugar.

    If you’re looking to cut calories or carbs in the new year but don’t want to give up that daily caramel macchiato, or if you need Valentine gifts for calorie counters, consider a bottle or two.

    Use the syrups in:

  • Cocktails
  • Coffee drinks
  • Hot chocolate
  • Cold milk, diet milkshakes, steamed milk
  • Smoothies
  • Soda, seltzer and flavored seltzer
  • Tea/iced tea
  •  

    Use them to top:

  • Ice cream or frozen yogurt (use sugar-free, fat-free ice cream for a diet sundae)
  • Pancakes or waffles
  • Shaved ice
  •  
    There are about 62 servings per bottle, $14.65. You can buy them at fine retailers and online. Amoretti is pricier than other brands, but has superior flavor. And over the course of 62 beverages, the extra cents per serving don’t amount to much.

    We mix the Fiori di Sicilia flavor with nonfat ricotta, Splenda and a few mini chocolate chips for “diet ricotta cream” (cannoli is one of our passions). Fiori di Sicilia (“Flower of Siciliy”), which may not be familiar to many Americans, is an extract used in Italian desserts that combines vanilla, orange and flower essences.

    We also add flavors to nonfat Greek yogurt, and have become very fond of raspberry iced tea. Once you have a bottle, you’re free to experiment. Be sure to let us know what your “winners” are.

    The line is certified kosher by Kehilla Kashrut.

    For more information about the Amoretti product line, visit the company website.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Better Eating In 2014

    How’s that New Year’s resolution to eat healthier going so far? Need some inspiration?

    Here are some tips from two prominent nutritionists. Whether you want to lose weight, eat more nutritious foods or both, if you follow even one of them, you’re heading in a positive direction.

    Nutritionist Keri Glassman of NutritiousLife.com shared these tips with us:

    1. Set goals for yourself. In order to stay motivated beyond mid-January and make it through the year, set goals that are both attainable and reasonable. Instead of strictly avoiding certain foods (you can have a piece of pizza, but not two and not every day), focus on what you should eat to help increase your overall health and meet your goals. Goals can be quite modest, such as incorporating a vegetable or salad into your dinner each day. Don’t be daunted by what you think you can’t do: Master everything in baby steps.

     

    It’s easy to eat healthier. A simple first step: enjoy whole wheat bread instead of white bread. Photo courtesy Arnold Sandwich Thins.

     

    2. Incorporate a superfood into every meal. Superfoods are those that go beyond basic nutrition and offer “super” health benefits. They include almonds, apples, beans, blueberries, oranges, pumpkin, salmon, spinach and walnuts. Web MD adds broccoli, oats, probiotic yogurt, soy, tea (black, green or white), tomatoes and turkey to the list. Try adding blueberries to your morning oatmeal, having a hearty black bean soup with a yogurt garnish for lunch, and salmon with broccoli and a baked sweet potato for dinner.

    3. Eat More Whole Grains. Whole grains are a key component of healthy eating. They’re a great source of fiber, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. Fiber promotes satiety and keeps you feeling full longer, which helps to avoid snacking throughout the day. Whole grains also lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. (If you’re young enough that this seems remote, remember that everything you do throughout your life adds up in the end.) Simply switch your white bread, white rice and conventional pasta for whole grain bread and pasta, and brown rice or other whole grain. Other delicious whole grains include barley, brown rice, oats, popcorn and quinoa. In fact, there are more than 20 whole grains from which to choose. Check put this list of whole grain foods.

     

    If you like chocolate and mint, this
    calorie-free flavored water is a-maz-ing!
    Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

     

    4. Stash Healthy Snacks. It is far too easy to make poor food decisions when you’re on the go, when empty calories beckon from every corner. So keep your briefcase, car, gym bag, purse, tote, etc. stocked with nutritious and filling snacks: nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, and/or walnuts measured into one-ounce portions), dried fruit, fresh fruit (apples and bananas are the least messy) and individual packets of popcorn. If you like crackers, take a look at high fiber crackers like Wasa Whole Grain Crispbread, with 12 g of fiber per serving. You can pair them with a slice of turkey or some peanut butter. If you’re a PB fan, carry individual squeeze packets from Peanut Butter & Co (in regular or chocolate PB); or Barney Butter almond butter. Jif and Skippy have individual portion cups.

    5. Fill Up On Water and Tea. Drinking enough water is one of the most important things you can do every day. Not only does it play an important role in many body processes, such as flushing out toxins and delivering key nutrients to cells; it also helps you to avoid overeating. Herbal tea (no caffeine) counts toward your daily water intake. You won’t mistake hunger for thirst if you are properly hydrated. If plain water bores you, try flavored varieties (unsugared and zero calories, like Ayala, Hint and Metromint (the chocolate mint is amazing); or flavored, unsweetened seltzer. Add lemon or lime slices to plain water or seltzer. Make your own flavored water by keeping a pitcher of water in the fridge with fruits in it: Citrus, kiwi and strawberries infuse delightfully.

     

    Here are tips from Guiding Stars nutritionist Allison Stowell:

    6. Become a mindful eater. Most of us cannot recall what we ate, or how much of fit, at the end of the day, much less yesterday. Whether you use a small notebook or a tracking app on your phone, be aware of what you’re eating. Then, you can make conscious decisions each time you make a food choice. The big bonus, according to Allison, is that this activity is very likely to lead to weight loss.

    7. Read the nutrition labels. They can be eye opening.

    8. Follow the rainbow. Color counts when it comes to eating well. Increase the colors on your plate and you’ll eat more fruits and vegetables. Start with at least one color per meal (beets, berries, green vegetables, tomatoes, etc.); then increase to two or more.

    9. Cook. Yes, cook. It may sound simple but many of us don’t do it as often as we should. This leads to less-than-ideal choices in take-out, prepared foods and restaurant meals (which are also laden with extra salt and hidden sugar). Spending more time in the kitchen will improve your food choices: The more you cook, the more control you have.

    10. Plan ahead. Fill your pantry and freezer with nutritious choices, such as frozen vegetables, brown rice, fish fillets and chicken breasts. Then, even when you don’t have time to shop, there will be something to eat at home. NIBBLE TIP: Salad fixings can go bad quickly, but bags of shredded broccoli slaw or cabbage slaw last three or four times as long and make tasty salads.

    THE “E” WORD

    Exercise: Either get to the gym at least 4 times a week, or factor other daily exercise into your regime. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming: 15 minutes daily of walking up two flights of steps instead of taking the elevator is better than an hour at the gym once a week.

      

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    PRODUCT: Way Better Snacks Sprouted Tortilla Chips

    Lovers of salty, crunchy snacks are advised by nutritionists to go for whole wheat pretzels or corn chips, which aren’t quite a whole grain but not refined like white flour, either.

    They’d certainly endorse these sprouted, lower sodium, lower saturated fat, high omega 3, high antioxidant tortilla chips that just happen to taste great.

    Way Better Snacks has created the tortilla chip one better by sprouting the corn. Nutritionists have been touting the superior nutritional benefits of sprouted foods for years. There’s more about sprouting below.

    The company also makes sprouted pita chips and crackers. They sent their line of tortilla chips for us to taste. The products are certified gluten free, kosher, Non-GMO Project Verified and vegan, with bags available in 5.5-ounce and individual 1.25 ounce sizes.

    The chips are really tasty and also very good looking (the beautiful texture looks great set before guests). Flavors include:

  • No Salt Naked Blues Tortilla Chips
  • Simply Beyond Black Bean Tortilla Chips
  • Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips
  • Simply Sunny Multigrain Tortilla Chips
  • Simply Unbeatable Blues Tortilla Chips
  • Zesty Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
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    For the holidays, Cranberry Punkin (not a typo). Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

     
    For the holidays there’s the limited edition Season’s Eatings Oh My Sweet Punkin Cranberry Tortilla Chips. They, like the rest of the line, taste great; although we simply must engage our inner grinch to protest the precious misspelling of pumpkin, which seems totally out of character with the mission of this brand.

    (“What is ‘punkin’?” asked our photographer, a fluent English speaker with the impeccable grammar of a well-educated foreigner who learned the language where it is taught best these days: in a school outside of America.)

     
    *Masa, also called corn masa flour or masa harina, is used to make tamales, tortillas and other foods. Masa harina means “dough flour” in Spanish. In the process of making masa from corn kernels (which are whole grains), the corn are nixtimalized (soaked in an alkaline solution), which softens the tough pericarp (hull, bran), which floats to the surface and is skimmed off. However, the endosperm and the germ remain intact.

     

    Sweet potato + sprouted corn = tasty,
    nutritious chips. Photo by Elvira Kalviste |
    THE NIBBLE.

     

    WHY SPROUTED FOODS ARE MORE NUTRITIOUS

    According to the company (and other sources), sprouting is the key to enhanced nutrition. We know that beans, grains, nuts and seeds play an important role in a healthy diet. What is less well known is that they are all difficult to digest and their nutrients can be poorly absorbed.

    Every seed, grain and bean contains natural enzyme inhibitors and barriers like lectins, phytic acid and tannins, which interfere with digestion and absorption. The way to overcome these inhibitors is to sprout the seed.

    Sprouting creates enzymes which start the seed on its way to becoming a plant. When this process begins, the natural enzyme inhibitors that protect them from being digested are no longer present and the nutrients are consolidated, without changing the taste. The plant proteins, essential fatty acids, starches and vitamins become bioavailable for human digestion, resulting in a multifold increase in nutrient absorption.

     
    And of course, enjoy enjoy Better Way Tortilla Chips for the great taste!

    Here’s more information about sprouting.

    Discover more about Way Better Snacks at GoWayBetter.com.

      

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    TOP PICK OF THE WEEK & GIFT: Macarons From Dana’s Bakery

    White Chocolate Peppermint Bark, a seasonal
    macaron flavor. Photo courtesy Dana’s
    Bakery.

     

    Dana Loia, we want you to be our new BFF.

    Dana is the creative force behind Dana’s Bakery, specializing in macarons. Her macarons rock—even more than other good macarons, because she’s quite the flavor artist as well as a designer, creating beautiful “painted” custom macarons.

    This is the second career for the honors graduate of the Pastry and Baking program at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education. Photography’s loss is macaron lovers’ gain. (If you want learn how to bake your own, Dana gives classes in her northern New Jersey bakery.)

    While many macaron specialists stick with the classics—chocolate, coffee, lemon, pistachio, raspberry and vanilla—Dana takes a page from the cookbook of Parisian macaron masters Ladurée and Pierre Hermé, who continue to bring forth new flavors to tempt foodie palates. A Dana’s Bakery bonus: Her macarons are certified kosher (and all macarons are gluten-free, made with almond flour).

     
    FAB FLAVORS

    Dana’s vision was to create an artisanal line of American flavor-inspired macarons. No raspberry and vanilla for her; instead, think of all your favorite sweet flavors, from Banana Split and Key Lime to Strawberry Shortcake and Watermelon.
     
    There are seasonal flavors, too: Imagine Caramel Apple or Candy Corn Macarons for Halloween, the latter with a kernel of candy corn on top of the ganache. (“I could eat these every day of my life, literally,” says Dana.)

    HOLIDAY FLAVORS

    For the holidays, there are Gingerbread Man, White Peppermint Bark and Chocolate Molten Mac.

    In addition to the holiday flavors, the current lineup includes Birthday Cake, Cookie Dough, Cup of Joe, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Fruity Cereal, Red Velvet, Thin Mint, S’mores.
     
    CUSTOM MACARONS

    Dana’s impressive macarons have attracted such prestigious corporate clients as Chanel, Martha Stewart Weddings and Vogue, where she creates custom designs from leopard-spotted macarons to gold or silver beauties. Your corporate logo can grace the top of the macarons.

    Need a wedding favor? Silver macs with Champagne ganache sounds good to us!

     

    TIME FOR A TREAT

    What can we say about these melt-in-your-mouth bites of heaven except GET YOURS TODAY. Head to DanasBakery.com.

  • Give yourself a gift subscription to the Mac of the Month Club 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions.
  • Send a gift box or a gift subscription to a deserving foodie.
  • Get a MacDaddy macaron tower in Christmas colors (or any other colors) for Christmas or New Year’s Eve parties
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    All macarons are gluten-free, made with almond flour, egg whites, sugar and flavors; the line is certified kosher by KOF-K.
     

    MORE ON MACARONS

     

    Elegant comfort food: PB&J macarons. Photo courtesy Dana’s Bakery.

     

    The history of macaroons and the difference between macaroons and macarons.

      

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    STOCKING STUFFERS: Conventional & Sugar Free Sweet Treat Favorites

    Sugar free bridge mix, licorice and Gummi
    Bears (inside package) from Nuts.com. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

     

    Nuts.com is a third-generation purveyor of nuts, dried fruits, chocolates and other sweets. They offer some 3,000 items sold by the pound, but will also package the wares into snack packs, 3.2 ounce bags sold in packs of 12. The 12-packs range from approximately $18 to $24, creating an inexpensive stocking stuffer that has a higher-value appearance.

    We love the snack packs as stocking stuffers or party favors, the cheery green bags hinting at the goodies inside. There are hundreds of sweet options, that you can search by category (or however you like):

  • Chocolate: bark, gourmet PB cups, chocolate-dipped fruit
  • Classic treats: just about everything you can name, from malt balls to chocolate-covered ginger, grahams and marzipan
  • Gluten-free, organic and raw options
  • Nutritious treats: dried fruits and edamame, energy squares, nuts, trail mix and fun items like freeze-dried chickpeas, broccoli and spinach
  • Nuts: chocolate covered and bridge mix, yogurt covered, candied, sugar roasted
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  • Sugar-Free: chocolate covered nuts, espresso beans, bridge mix, and pretzels; hard and soft candies (jellies, gummies); mini peanut butter cups; licorice; yogurt raisins and more—an impressive sugar-free selection
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    There are also Gummy Sugar Plums for gifting or as a garnish for cakes, cupcakes or other desserts.

    Check out all the options (well, maybe not all 3,000) at Nuts.com.

      

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    PRODUCT: Cheeky Monkey Peanut Butter Puffs

    A tasty, gluten-free snack—organic and
    kosher, too. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE
    NIBBLE.

     

    Imagine if cheese puffs tasted like peanut butter instead of cheese, and you’ve got Cheeky Monkey Peanut Butter Puffs.

    They’re airy, peanutty, kosher, gluten free and organic.

    The ingredients are simple: organic corn, organic palm oil, organic peanut butter and salt. Produced by Hasadeh Organic, the melt-in-your-mouth snack is good for everyone from toddlers to grown-ups.

    The bags, graced with a humorous monkey juggling peanuts, make fun stocking stuffers and party favors.

    The snacks are gluten free certified by Gluten Free Certification Organization, and certified kosher (parve) by OU.

  • A 2.12-ounce bag is $2.49 on Amazon.com.
  • A case of 12 bags is $31.55.
  • For those who like a spicy kick, there are Peanut Butter Chili Pepper Puffs.
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    Learn more at CheekyMonkeyOrganic.com.

     

      

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