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John F. O'Hara
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Stock Your Kitchen with Healthy Essentials

January 23, 2015 12:48 am

If you're aiming to eat healthy this year, make your goal a reality by stocking your kitchen with the right basics. Registered dietician and author of “Schedule Me Skinny” Sarah-Jane Bedwell recommends getting into the habit of keeping healthy foods on hand at all times.

Here, the most nutritious essentials to stock up on:

Vinegar – The acid in vinegar, including white wine, red wine and balsamic, brightens and balances favors. It’s key to a salad vinaigrette, of course, but a splash can also add depth and sweetness to soups and vegetable sautés.

Peanut Butter – An inexpensive source of protein, peanut butter can be a healthy addition to baked goods or Asian-style sauces on meats and noodles. It also pairs well in the classic sliced apple and dip combo.

Canola Oil – This kitchen workhorse is one of the healthiest cooking oils available and ideal for almost any kind of recipe. It contains the least saturated fat and most plant-based omega-3 fat of all common cooking oils.

Honey or Brown Sugar – Sweetener isn’t just for baked goods. Use a touch to help caramelize foods or bring out the natural sweetness in vegetables.

Low-Sodium Chicken or Vegetable Broth – Store-bought broth tends to contain higher amounts of salt, so look for low-sodium varieties. Boost flavor by using broth for homemade soup, whole grains or a braised dish.

Whole Wheat Flour – Flour is useful for thickening sauces or binding griddle cakes. Look for the white whole wheat kind, which has a lighter texture and still maintains the benefits of whole grain.

Canned Tomatoes – An essential building block for sauces, soups and stews, canned tomatoes are faster (and most times of the year tastier) to use than peeling, seeding and chopping your own. Again, select ones that are lower in sodium.


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Smart Home Devices That Lead the Pack

January 23, 2015 12:48 am

Recent research from Experian Marketing Services found that nearly a third of all Americans use at least one type of smart or connected device. According to the research, 14 percent of homes are smart homes, featuring devices such as connected lights, locks, thermostats or electrical outlets. Since the beginning of November 2014, interest in leading smart home devices has increased 54 percent.

“As everyday things get smarter, consumers will grow more reliant on those things to process information and designated tasks autonomously. [Connected devices] will also allow consumers to ‘unglue’ their attention from computer, tablet and smartphone screens,” says John Fetto, Experian Marketing Services.

Since the beginning of November 2014, interest in leading smart home devices has increased 54 percent. Consumers helping to push these devices into the mainstream are highly connected both technologically and socially, and they are more than twice as likely as the average U.S. consumer to access social media from different devices.

“The rapidly growing trend of the Internet of Things manifested itself during the 2013 holiday season through the popularity of connected fitness trackers, but [in 2014], it was all about the emergence of smart home devices,” says Fetto.

According to Experian’s research, the hottest smart home device products based on share of top-branded search terms are:

• Nest Thermostat (21 percent)
• Dropcam (12 percent)
• ADT Pulse (5 percent)
• Phillips Hue (5 percent)
• Nest Dropcam (4 percent)
• Dropcam Pro (2 percent)
• Wemo (2 percent)
• Nest Protect (2 percent)
• Hue Lights (2 percent)

Source: Experian

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