Motor Trend editor-in-chief Ed Loh, said, "The 2015 Honda CR-V impressed our judges with its extensive list of delightful design and thoughtful engineering improvements. Our editors were especially impressed by Honda's responsive and efficient continuously-variable transmission and sophisticated safety systems – particularly the smart and seamlessly integrated Lane Keeping Assist system. Efficient, practical, and a joy to drive; the 2015 Honda CR-V does virtually everything well."
"It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award from the expert staff at Motor Trend," said Jeff Conrad, SVP & General Manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co, Inc. "Our engineers, planners, and dealers work hard to deliver class leading products to our customers, and it's extremely rewarding to be recognized for that hard work. This award from Motor Trend reaffirms for us that we're meeting that goal."
In addition to the Honda CR-V, the 2015 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year competition included 18 other all-new or significantly updated SUVs:
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Motor Trend's Sport/Utility of the Year is not a comparison test, and is only open to all-new or substantially upgraded vehicles that have gone on sale in the 12 months from November 1 of the previous year.
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Honda Works Toward Blue Skies for Our ChildrenHonda has been working on their “Blue Skies for Our Children” program for years, shaping their vehicles, manufacturing, and dealerships to be greener and more environmentally friendly. Honda and SolarCity renewed their partnership agreement at SXSW Eco in Austin, TX, committing to a total of $50 million in solar projects, following the $65 million fund that was founded in 2013.
SolarCity has created a system that makes it so much easier to install solar panels in your home, and it starts with a simple phone call or web consultation. And if you’re a Honda or Acura customer, you can learn more from the official Honda/SolarCity website.
“The first phase of this partnership has proven that Honda drivers have a high affinity for solar power, while owners of solar-powered homes have a high affinity for Honda products,” said Steven Center, Vice President of the Environmental Business Development Office of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “As we look toward a future in which renewable energy will be an increasingly pervasive fuel source for personal mobility products, we are excited about capitalizing on the technological, environmental and market opportunities available through partnerships of this nature.”
“Our partnership with Honda is creating local jobs and helping to address air pollution, water pollution and climate change,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. “Honda ‘s commitment is making a difference for the economy and the environment.”
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Car maintenance becomes even more crucial during winter. Here are some maintenance tips to help you avoid winter mishaps.
Regular, routine maintenance. Some drivers falsely assume that once the heat of summer has ended, there's less of a need for routine maintenance. Cold weather can wreak havoc on a car's engine. Make sure you stay up-to-date on your car's maintenance. Check the vehicle's owner's manual and be sure to bring it into the dealer for regular tune-ups and oil changes. You'll also want to change air, fuel, positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system, and other filters to help your engine run more efficiently. And by the way, idling your car to "warm up" the engine often does more damage than good.
Proactive care. The winter's nice for sitting around a warm house, cozying up to loved ones, and watching holiday reruns. You may even fool yourself into thinking you don't need to be concerned with your vehicle's hard starting, rough idling, stalling, or diminished power. It'll "fix itself," you rationalize...until it doesn't fix itself. Get your car checked at the first sign of a problem or you might end up cozying up in the front seat of a tow truck with a complete stranger.
Winter precautions. Driving in the winter is tough enough. Driving with a dead battery is even tougher. Get your battery checked before you end up begging someone for a jump-start in a blizzard. It's also tough driving as you shiver. Make sure the heater works. And while you're at it, get the defroster checked because it's really difficult to drive when you can't see the road, which is why you may want to invest in some windshield wipers, too.
More winter precautions. Seeing the road is important. Being seen while you're on the road is also important. Make sure your lights are functioning properly. Replace burnt-out bulbs immediately. That includes head lights, blinkers, brake lights, and any other illuminating indicator of your presence.
The exhaust system. Get the exhaust system checked. Winter driving often means driving with all the windows up for long periods. Exhaust fumes in your vehicle can be deadly. For your next tune-up, have the exhaust system inspected while on a lift. Be sure to inspect the trunk and floor boards for leaks.
Beyond car maintenance. Bringing your car in for winter maintenance should prevent common winter service mishaps, but that's no reason to get over confident. You'd be wise to put a winter safety emergency kit in the vehicle. A kit should include extra boots, gloves, hats, and blankets. If you live in a snowy area, keep snow chains and some kitty litter in the trunk. And don't forget a flash light, some extra batteries, and a snack.
Keep in mind that the need for maintenance increases as winter approaches. The service department at the dealership where you bought your vehicle can provide specific tips for your vehicle, in addition to the general tips here. Happy driving!
Falling temperatures and impending holiday feasts create the perfect storm to foil your fitness plans. You may find yourself tempted to store away your gym shoes in favor of your fleece blanket and flannel pajamas, and snuggle up for a long winter sleep. Are you a bear? If not, then don’t hibernate this season. Follow these tips to transition your fitness routine and avoid derailing during the holidays.
Don’t let your lack of appropriate attire keep you from tackling a cold weather workout. Stock up on light layers that wick away moisture, gloves, and a hat or ear covering for the coldest temperatures. Even if you don’t get frigid temperatures during the winter months, be wary of wind chill. Invest in a breathable, wind-resistant outer layer so your walk or run isn’t cut short because of biting winds.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
If you’re noticing you have less energy during your colder workouts, it could be because you’re not drinking enough water. Hydration is always important, but especially in colder months when you don’t realize just how much you’re sweating through extra layers of clothing. You may not realize how thirsty you are until you’re already dehydrated. As a general rule, drink as much water in the fall and winter as you would if it were a blazing hot summer day.
Take Advantage of Peer Pressure
Research group fitness classes, boot camps, or training groups in your area. Group fitness is a great way to meet people, and if you sign up for a regular meet-up, it’s more likely you’ll make it to your workout when other people are depending on you. You’re also more likely to attend if you’ve already paid the membership or program fee.
Make Fitness a Tradition
Yes, pie is delicious, but there are plenty of colder weather traditions that are actually good for you. Sign up for a turkey trot and make exercising on Thanksgiving a family tradition, or look for a corn maze in your area. Fall and early winter weather is also the perfect time for a brisk hike, if you’re in an area near trails. When winter chills roll around, take every opportunity to go ice skating, indoors or outdoors. It’s a great workout, but you won’t realize you’re burning calories while you’re enjoying all the winter ambiance.
Check the weather forecast and schedule your workout for the warmest part of the day, if you can. If you work all day, this is admittedly a harder feat, but take advantage of the weekends to time your workouts perfectly and get some time outside. Fresh air always amps up energy and gives workouts an extra boost.
Not interested in braving the cold or driving to a gym? No problem. There are plenty of interval bodyweight workouts that will provide a solid burn at home. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a massive calorie-torcher, and the workout circuits are completely adaptable for at-home workouts. Also try Tabata, a HIIT variation with shorter fast-paced intervals, or running stairs. Try some indoor workouts now, so you can have a favorite routine in your back pocket to fall back on when discouraging weather strikes.
When the holiday season hits, don’t panic. Armed with these tips, you’re sure to defeat the fitness freeze this year. Now get out there and conquer the cold.
When friends and family gather around the Thanksgiving table, year after year the same course gets the spotlight: the turkey. It’s big, it’s beautiful, and it’s (hopefully) roasted to perfection. But why should turkey get all the attention? Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just looking to mix it up this year, take a look at these under-appreciated fall flavors that will make you forget all about everyone’s favorite gobbler.
Just because you’re skipping the turkey and gravy doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in autumnal flavor. This hearty butternut squash and sage lasagna perfectly combines sweet and savory for a fully satisfying meatless main course. If you need some color in your life, try this sweet potato, onion, and fontina tart with a crispy walnut-studded crust. Its delightful fall colors are only matched by its rich, roasty flavors.
Who needs cheese? These protein-packed quinoa-stuffed sweet potatoes are pure animal-product-free perfection. So is this roasted butternut squash with kale and almond pecan parmesan.
Turkey is So Last Year
Dietary restrictions aside, you might just be looking to switch up your Thanksgiving protein. The world is your oyster. You could actually serve oysters, if you’re into that. Try one of these scrumptious, non-turkey carnivorous options for the holidays:
- Red meat: the rich taste of this beef rib roast will have your guests wondering why you didn’t ditch turkey long ago. A combination of rosemary and black pepper bring out the flavor of the meat while also creating delightfully seasonal aromas.
- Everyone gets a bird with this recipe for roasted Cornish hens with morels and leeks. Cornish hens are completely different than turkey, obviously, but it still looks like you’re serving your guests perfectly seasoned, deliciously crispy, mini turkeys, which sound way better than regular old turkey.
- Pork with persimmons and mustard greens: if the taste of this pork doesn’t convince you, take a look at the cook time. This pork loin only takes an hour before you can dig in. Say goodbye to waiting around for five hours for your oversized bird to roast.
- Double meat: if one meat is just not enough, this roasted pork loin with pancetta and sage takes pork to a new level. Better yet, this simple recipe only calls for three ingredients.
Dare to be different this Thanksgiving! Swap out your turkey traditions for one of these recipes, and brace yourself for guests asking for seconds.
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Thanksgiving dinner is a time for a fun family feast—but it’s also a fat-eating fete where butter makes an appearance in almost every dish on the table, and indigestion is frequently part of the last course. A typical Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and sides can easily reach 2,500 calories and that’s not counting drinks and appetizers. For dieters, Thanksgiving is often a day of either self-imposed deprivation or I-ate-too-much remorse.
The good news is you can have a traditional turkey dinner and still stay within a reasonable caloric intake by tweaking your favorite recipes just a bit, reducing the size of your portions, and eating as slowly as possible. That way, you can enjoy everything on the table without guilt or regret.
You’ll consume fewer calories and less fat if you eat breast meat than if you dine on the dark, but the dark side of the turkey doesn’t deserve the poor reputation it’s earned over the years. The nutritional difference between servings of white and dark meat is really only 20 calories and 2 grams of fat, and dark meat actually contains predominantly heart-healthy fats and a healthier high mineral content.
So, what’s the real belly-busting culprit? Turkey skin. Keep the skin on during roasting to retain moisture, but skip adding it to your plate and save yourself hundreds of calories and a significant serving of fat.
Skinny mashed potatoes
This Thanksgiving, indulge in spectacular spuds, mashed to perfection, but banish the cream and butter and save a ton of gratuitous calories and fat grams. Instead, make your mashed with skim milk or chicken broth, and for less than 160 calories per serving, you can have a delicious mound of fluffy potatoes on your plate.
The key to cutting calories in gravy is to make sure you remove the fat. If you can make the gravy ahead of time, you can chill it and remove almost all of the extra fat that rises to the top. If not, pour the pan juices into a fat separator. Discard the fat, but keep all the tasty drippings. Don’t over-thicken the gravy. A thin gravy has fewer calories than a thick, gloppy gravy, and you’ll use less when you ladle it onto your potatoes or meat.
Simply superb stuffing
You can cut down on fat and calories in your turkey stuffing without cutting out flavor. Load up your stuffing with a ton of fruits and veggies and skip the sausage and butter. Use fat-free chicken broth to moisten the stuffing and chop up apples, onions, celery, mushrooms, apricots, cranberries, shallots, and parsley and mix with whole wheat cubes, similar to this recipe from SparkPeople.
Naturally sweet potatoes
You don’t need a ton of butter, sugar, and nuts in or on your sweet potatoes—and there’s certainly no need for marshmallows! Save the super sweets for the last course, and enjoy the naturally sweet flavor of a yam or sweet potato that is baked in its jacket.
Relish your cranberries
A half-inch slice of sweetened, canned cranberry sauce contains about 86 calories, but you can cut that number in half if you make your own homemade cranberry sauce. Search the Internet for a recipe you like, or opt for this recipe for a spiced cranberry sauce.
Dessert for the Deserving
You’ve saved so many calories this Thanksgiving by using lower-calorie recipes and flinging fat to the curb—now you can indulge in your favorite Thanksgiving desserts without worries. Pick two of the desserts at your table and take one skinny slice of each treat. Sure, you can make a dessert with low-fat ingredients or artificial sugar, but why not enjoy a small bit of something amazing instead of a huge amount of something ho-hum? Just make sure you think twice before going back for a second plate!
As you clean-up the kitchen after another successful Thanksgiving meal, your mind might start thinking about what to do about all the food you’re trying to stuff into Tupperware. Why not get out of your rut and try one of the following five creative ideas for your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Don’t forget breakfast
Use two different Thanksgiving leftovers by topping a mashed potato cake with a fried egg and serve turkey hash on the side. Simply mash together 1 cup of leftover potatoes with 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk and any leftover chopped sage until smooth. Pour a small amount in a greased frying pan and brown. Create the turkey hash by combining 1 cup leftover, diced turkey meat with onion, garlic, red pepper, frozen corn and chopped parsley. You can even moisten the mixture with a little left over gravy.
Turkey sandwiches with Asian fusion
Choose a thick, whole wheat, or regular baguette for this sandwich and then cut it down for individual sandwiches. Chop chilled, leftover turkey meat and mix with mayonnaise and Asian chile sauce. Spread the turkey mixture on top of one half a baguette, add a layer of thinly sliced cucumber, grated carrot and chopped, fresh cilantro. You can adjust the heat from the chile sauce to suite your own palate or even add a few sliced jalapeno chiles for even more kick.
Elevate your favorite turkey soup
Making soup with leftover turkey is a smart way to utilize the carcass. You can amp up your favorite recipe when you add dumplings made from 2 cups of leftover turkey stuffing. Whisk together 2 eggs, 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, salt and pepper, then add your stuffing. Mix together until combined and hold in reserve. When your soup is at the simmering point, and all the ingredients have been added except for the already cooked turkey meat, make balls of the stuffing dumpling using 1 level teaspoon and rolling the mixture into balls to drop into the soup. The dumplings are done when they float, approximately 3 to 4 minutes.
Serve a classic salad with a twist
After a day of heavy eating, shred a couple of cups of leftover turkey meat and create a Waldorf salad. Toss the meat with sliced celery, chopped celery leaves, 1 chopped apple, a handful of toasted, chopped pecans and 1 cup of halved red seedless grapes. Make a dressing using a half cup of yogurt (regular or non-fat), a couple tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon honey, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve on a bed of fresh greens.
Transform sweet potatoes into dessert
Transform leftover sweet potatoes into a brulee for dessert. Mix together thoroughly 1 cup of pureed leftover sweet potatoes, 1 cup low-fat half and half, 1 egg white, and 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Follow the directions for baking as you would for any brulee. Remove when done and chill the covered custard cups for a minimum of two hours. Heat the broiler to high with the rack 4 to 6 inches below the heat. Sprinkle brulee tops with 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and put on a baking sheet to broil for 2 to 4 minutes. Remove immediately when the sugar begins to caramelize.
While you’re shopping for your own Thanksgiving meal ingredients this year, pick-up food items for donation to your local food bank at the same time. These 5 creative ideas for your Thanksgiving leftovers will taste even better knowing that a less fortunate family will also be thankful.