Raw Zucchini Pasta with Walnut Basil Pesto

I don’t know about you, but sometimes the thought of hot, cooked food in the summer just does not sound appetizing to me. Also, I like to use raw, seasonal vegetables whenever I can! This delicious, simple-to-make dish is SO refreshing in the summertime and being able to use my homegrown, fresh, organic basil and zucchini is just an added bonus!! Not to mention this dish is raw, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free for any of you with special dietary needs or intolerances!

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Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwich

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day!

I’ve been seeing so many people posting pictures of their green foods & drinks– green beer, green wine, green bagels, green cookies and cakes, green green green! (My favorite color!)

I’m all for being festive, but why not do it the right way? No artificial dyes or flavors– Instead, green deliciousness from nature!

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7 Misleading “Healthy” Menu Items

Never be tricked by restaurant menu “healthy” fat traps again! If you are like most Americans, you probably go out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner approximately 5 times per week. You should be a pro at avoiding restaurant fat traps! We all know mozzarella sticks and cheesy nachos aren’t healthy choices, but we can rest assured that a chopped salad is a safe bet, right? WRONG. Many restaurants are designing trendy, “health-conscious” menu items for those who may be watching their figure. Unfortunately, many of these items are sneaky calorie bombs! In this article, we have identified 7 of the sneakiest dishes so you will no longer be fooled into eating fake health food again!

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20 Sneaky Ways to Incorporate Vegetables

Are you struggling with a picky eater at home? Do you worry your child isn’t getting the vitamins and minerals he or she needs from fruits and vegetables? Try secretly adding vegetables into your child’s food to avoid mealtime battles and increase the nutritional value of what they are eating. Sometimes parents must carefully pick and choose their battles.  With these tips, you will be able to move the focus from what your child is or isn’t eating to enjoying your meals together.  Since you secretly know they are eating their vegetables, you can provide a relaxed atmosphere while you have peace of mind knowing they are eating healthy.  It’s a win-win!

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A Guide to Buying Organic on a Budget

In recent years, the consumption of organic foods has skyrocketed! However, with so much attention in the health industries and in the media being drawn to organic foods, it is easy to get lost in the confusion of food labels, benefits, and health claims. Is organic food more nutritious than its conventionally grown counterpart? Is it really healthier? What do all the labels mean? How can I be sure it is really organic? Should I REALLY be paying this much?!

You’re not alone if you’ve asked yourself these questions. This guide can help you make better choices about which foods are important to buy organic, teach you the dangers of pesticides and give you tips to afford incorporating more organic food into your diet.

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Roasted Garlic Guacamole

I LOVE Avocados. But they’re quite strange.

If you buy them when they’re perfectly ripe, you’d better plan on eating them that night or else they’ll be mushy too soon. If you buy them when they’re hard, you wait forever for them to soften. Then when they finally get soft, they’re over-ripe in what seems like hours!

Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. But sometimes thats how it seems!

Anyway, when I’m faced with this situation (more often than I’d like to admit), I usually make Guacamole! It is versatile, SIMPLE TO MAKE, healthy, and DELICIOUS! So here it is– My favorite guacamole recipe!

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Preventing and Treating the Common Cold

‘Tis the season…

Colds, viruses, and the flu, among other LOVELY sickness are upon us!

Colds are caused by any of more than two-hundred viruses that infect the upper respiratory tract. They are spread through the air, by sneezing or coughing, or by contact with a contaminated object. In response to an invasion by a cold virus, the membranes that line the nose and throat become swollen and start producing additional mucus. The result is congestion, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, and a general “BLAH” feeling– all of which are your body’s way of expelling the virus and getting you to slow down and rest.

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Homemade Curry Powder

Curry is simply a blend of spices– A DELICIOUS blend of spices! Many different Southern Asian cultures have their own curry recipe using a wide variety of spices depending on the region.

The following recipe is my take on a traditional Indian Curry blend:

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia seeds have recently become known as a “superfood” and rightfully so! They are PACKED with antioxidants, fiber and protein. Gram for gram, they contain more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon and they are loaded with important minerals including calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus. When you throw CHOCOLATE into the mix, it only makes them better! This chocolate via pudding recipe is not only a super healthy dessert, but one you don’t have to feel guilty indulging in!

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Winter Warmth

Although the cold winter season offers little in the produce department, this winter fruit and vegetable juice is surprisingly tasty! Sweet and spicy at the same time, this juice is perfectly balanced and offers a beautiful, deep red color from the beets!

This juice is high in important nitrates, antioxidants, folate, potassium, vitamin C, B Vitamins, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin K, sulphur-containing phytonutrients, and lycopene.

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