You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.


  • Try these twists on your campfire traditions
    There is no hallmark of summer fun quite like a campfire – whether you've gathered some neighbors and friends in your own backyard or you're on a backpacking adventure.
  • Sellers, buyers link regional cheeses with Hoosier wine
    A group of trendy celebrants crowd around a table filled with platters of cut-up cheese and a few open bottles of wine. They sip. They schmooze. They nibble. Occasionally, they exclaim, and not infrequently, they sigh.
  • The brewer’s garden
    You don’t need a garden to succeed as a home brewer, but growing your own ingredients is a flavorful step up. Much of the creativity involved in crafting a custom-made beer starts with the plants you select.

Salads face off

Can’t decide between potato salad and macaroni salad for a Labor Day picnic? Let’s look at the pros and cons of both.

Potato Salad

Pros: Potatoes are loaded with nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C and potassium. They also are free of fat and cholesterol. No matter which recipe you choose, potatoes are often accompanied by good-for-you veggies and herbs, including celery, onions, carrots, parsley, dill and basil.

Cons: The addition of mayonnaise, oily dressings and sometimes bacon will fatten up potato salad. You’re looking at more than 420 calories and 30 grams of fat per cup.

Healthy potato salad tips

•Cut the mayo in half and replace it with non-fat Greek yogurt.

•Lose the mayo altogether and use small portions of vinaigrette dressing.

•Make your favorite recipe with sweet potatoes instead.

Macaroni Salad

Pros: Pasta is a blank canvas for any flavors you like and there’s plenty of room for veggies and herbs.

Cons: Again, dressings are to blame; it’s easy for a cup of macaroni salad to top 600 calories and 40 grams of fat. Plus, classic macaroni salad dressings are often high in added sugars. One cup of cooked pasta has 200 calories all by itself.

Healthy pasta salad tips

•Use whole-grain pasta to boost the fiber.

•As with potato salad, you can lighten up the dressings with low-fat yogurt or vinaigrette.

•The more veggies, the better.

– Dana Angelo White,