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A Healthy Treat: Memorial Day Snack

I thought to myself, “what’s the healthiest dessert and snack one could eat?” The first thing that came to mind was fruit. Fruit has limited calories and many nutrients and benefits to protect the body. Mixing many different fruits together gives you a healthy snack that does nothing but good towards your body. Have a side of yogurt with the fruit, and you have yourself the perfect snack to eat and share with others.
How many of you grab something unhealthy like a bag of chips or a couple of cookies for a snack when you’re hungry? I do; I fall …


Sweet potato side dishes

Happy Halloween!
With November right around the corner, I’m already starting to plan my Thanksgiving meal. With a holiday so focused on decadent food and overindulgence, it’s hard to find healthy options. Sweet potatoes are doused in marshmallows, everything is slathered in butter…and then there’s dessert. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Sweet potatoes go perfectly with the season, and are one of the healthiest foods for you. Here are a few options that would be great on a Thanksgiving table.

Mashed sweet potatoes
Making mashed sweet potatoes is so simple. Just boil some water, throw in your peeled and cubed …


Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: Quinoa with Pears and Maple Vinaigrette

Last week I shared a recipe from the book Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen. I was so happy with the sweet potato fries I thought I’d give some other recipes a try, like this tasty quinoa salad.
Quinoa is a mainstay of my diet because of its protein content. As the book describes, it’s also a great source of calcium, fiber and B vitamins. In addition to being great for you, this salad is the perfect fall meal. It’s subtly sweet and is great on its own, over a bed of baby greens, or with another recipe from the book, Gingerly …


Cookbook review: Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen

I was excited to receive the cookbook Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen last week, and since I think it’s a great resource, I thought I’d give it a little review here.
The authors, Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott are both cancer survivors. Not only do they suggest healthy, wholesome recipes; they share their personal stories and experiences, from finding out they had cancer to what made them feel better during treatment. They’ve found from personal experience that eating a healthful diet is rejuvenating and helps support your body during treatment.  It’s half cookbook, half friendly resource.
One of my favorite features is …


Sweet potato and white bean burgers

Sweet potatoes and beans are two of the healthiest foods out there, and this recipe combines them into one delicious combination. Even my boyfriend who usually prefers burgers of the meaty variety loved these.

Sweet potato and white bean burgers
Adapted from lunchboxbunch.com
1 large sweet potato
2 cans cannellini beans
2 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper
Poke sweet potato all over with a fork. Rub with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a microwaveable plate and cook for 5 minutes, turn over …


Four smoothie recipes to try

I’ve been drinking a smoothie for second breakfast (I hate the word “snack”) for a few months now. It’s always good to get some fruits in before lunch: I think it sets the tone for the rest of the day to eat healthy.
Here are four recipes in my regular rotation:

Tropical avocado smoothie
1 avocado
Juice of 1 small orange
3/4 cup frozen mango
3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
The avocado gives the smoothie a thick, creamy texture. If you need to add a little extra liquid, add a little more orange juice or a few ice cubes. 
Cherry almond
1 cup cherries
1 cup almond milk
2-3 Tbsp almond …


The Summer Grain Bowl

Ah, the Grain Bowl. It has many iterations, and although the little tea room that once sold it has gone out of business, I make it my business to revive it every so often.
The basic elements of a Grain Bowl are raw vegetables (the green salad that makes up the base), a hot grain (or in this case, lentils), and cooked vegetables over the top. In the fall, I like to make Grain Bowls with roast ed maple root vegetables. But in the summer, I love some roasted asparagus and tomatoes, fresh basil, and spinach dressed in balsamic.
Making each component takes …


Trend Spotlight: Quinoa

In my last post, I mentioned that one of the trends of 2013 was eating healthier, and by extension gluten-free. An ingredient that is also supposed to be big this year and embodies this trend is Quinoa – a seed native to the Andes regions of South America (it is pronounced KEEN-WAH). It’s very nutritious which is one of the things that has led to its popularity – it is low in sodium and cholesterol, a full protein so it’s good for vegetarian and vegan diets, and full of calcium, iron, and fiber.
There are various ways to use quinoa. You …