News: Chow Line

  1. red, white and blue fruit on skewers

    Chow Line: Spark interest in fruit, veggies on the Fourth

    I want to rev up the healthfulness of our Fourth of July cookout. I always make a veggie platter or fruit salad, but they get bypassed for burgers, hot dogs, potato salad and chips. What can I do to draw more attention to healthier fare?
  2. children in restaurant with parents across from them

    Chow Line: Eating out? Help kids make healthful choices

    We seem to be eating out more and more. Instead of just ordering for them, I want to teach my children (ages 9 and 11) how to make healthier choices, whether we’re at a sit-down restaurant or going through a drive-thru. Any tips?
  3. kids making ice cream

    Chow Line: You can scream for safe homemade ice cream

    When we visit my in-laws during the summer, they always make homemade ice cream for the kids. When I object to the raw eggs they use in their recipe, they say they’ve never become sick so it’s not an issue. Is it safe to use raw eggs in homemade ice cream?
  4. vacation hat, sunglasses, luggage

    Chow Line: Planning vacation? Be a health-savvy traveler

    I don’t want to gain weight when I’m on vacation this summer, but for me that’s easier said than done. How can I keep my focus on a healthy diet during my trip and still have a good time?
  5. bowl of soup

    Chow Line: Be sodium smart with soup, processed foods

    Does any canned soup contain just a small amount of sodium? Even the types marked as “healthy” seem to have quite a bit. Do I have to resort to making homemade soup?
  6. groceries in trunk of car

    Chow Line: When shopping, be smart about food safety

    I recently moved to a rural area, and it takes about 25 minutes to drive to the nearest grocery store. A friend suggested we keep a cooler in the trunk to put perishables in as we leave the store. That seems like overkill. Is it necessary?
  7. laptop on kitchen counter

    Chow Line: Learn more about your food with Food-A-Pedia

    I’ve started to plan meals for a week at a time to help streamline my grocery shopping. Since I’m trying to drop a few pounds, I’d like to do some quick legwork to compare calories in some foods I eat regularly. If I wait to look at Nutrition Facts labels while shopping, I feel like I’m in the store forever. Any ideas that could help?
  8. water bottles

    Chow Line: With flavored water, look at label closely

    I switched my beverage of choice from pop to bottled flavored water. I’m enjoying trying a lot of different brands and flavors. Is there anything I should be on the lookout for when choosing which one to try next?
  9. home-canned vegetables

    Chow Line: A deadly reminder on home canning safety

    I was surprised when I heard that the botulism that recently killed someone likely came from home-canned potatoes. I just started canning last year. What can I do to make sure I’m doing so as safely as possible?
  10. Chow Line: A tried-and-true DIY ‘detox’ diet

    I’ve seen a lot of different versions of “detox” diets. Which type might work best to help me shed a few pounds this spring?