The fall and winter holiday season is my favorite time of the year. I feel a little more pep in my step as I look forward to family gatherings, beautiful holiday lights and – of course – the delicious food. I am often asked, “How do you get through the holidays when there is so much temptation for decadent dishes and sweet treats?” My response is, “I enjoy the food!” I’m not one to deprive myself of these holiday treats and I don’t think you should either.
Your grill can cook up a lot more than meat! Quick, easy and virtually mess-free, I love adding fruits and vegetables to my grill routine. It is yet another way to make your plate more plant centric. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a grill master to whip up a simple, healthy meal.
Snacks play an essential role in a healthy diet. When picked properly, they provide extra energy between meals. Sometimes when we don’t have a large appetite, snacks can simply maintain nourishment. Although these mini-meals play a key role in health, choosing quality snacks can be a challenge. Here are some easy ideas that will keep you on track!
Hello, Summer! How great it feels to welcome the season of sunshine, long afternoons at the pool, fireflies, and dinner on the grill. We love a good barbecue, and no grill session is complete without a good sauce! However, so many sauces on the market contain artificial flavors, sweeteners, and junk!
If you’re like us and love a good barbecue but don’t want to sacrifice your Summer to those supermarket finds,
Finally, we are showing signs of spring! This winter provided us with plenty of snow and cold, and we are all ready for fresh air and greenery. Plus, this time of year always gets me excited to start thinking about my own home-grown garden goodies.
As the season heats up, we all start craving those summertime sweet treats that cool us down. While a heaping scoop of ice-cream may be your go-to on hot summer days, dairy and sugar aren’t necessarily the most nourishing noshes. The good news? There are some really nourishing pop recipes that will leave you satisfied and feeling great. In fact, these popsicles are made with real fruit and simple whole-food ingredients, so not only will they cool you down,
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are in-season locally mid-May through August. Fresh, local berries are succulent, sweet, beautiful in color, and bursting with nutrients.
From a health standpoint, berries contain a variety of phytochemicals, namely anthocyanin and quercetin. They also have very high antioxidant content relative to other fruits and vegetables. The phytochemical and antioxidants in berries play a significant role in preventing cancer growth and reducing inflammation. In addition to berries anti-cancer properties,
Heirloom, Cherry, Grape and Roma, I cannot get my fill of tomatoes this time of year. Rich in fiber and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, this sweet summer treat can usually stand alone when they are in season. My nightly routine usually includes a simple tomato salad with olive oil, salt, pepper and basil or oregano, though I am always up for a more adventurous recipe. Here are a few of my favorites to inspire you.
Summer is near and that means more time spent outdoors with family and friends, enjoying backyard BBQ’s, beach days, camping and low-key picnics. It also means more sun exposure and hotter humid temps, which tend to leave us dehydrated and feeling sluggish. Grabbing that nearby cola or sweet tea is probably pretty tempting, but these types of beverages are loaded with extra sugars, preservatives and other unnecessary additives that are less than nourishing for our body.
Spring is here and that means local salad greens are becoming more available at your local farmers markets and in CSA shares. While fresh salad greens are a tasty, versatile source of vitamins and minerals, many people pass them up due to their seemingly short shelf life. Here are a few simple ways that you can store your greens to avoid having them wither away before they’re enjoyed.
- Sealable Bag with Towel
The most common method for storing greens,