6 Ways to Switch Up Your Burger!

Are you someone that loves a juicy burger, but are interested in swapping out the beef every now and then? What better way to focus on burger alternatives than in celebration of National Hamburger Day! While the origin of National Hamburger Day is unknown, there is one thing that we all can agree on –…

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Pumpkin: More Than a Decoration

As soon as fall rolls in and October starts, the pumpkins come out! Pumpkins are pretty, trendy, and represent the weather and holidays approaching. But, pumpkins are also delicious and they do not get enough credit for it!! Besides using them as decorations, they are the perfect food to eat on a chilly day!  …

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Roasted Apple and Butternut Squash Salad with Olives

The sweetness of the roasted apple is enhanced with mild sweetness of the butternut squash. When the olives are added, their saltiness balances out the sweeter flavors of the salad. This is a great salad to celebrate some of fall’s wonderful flavors.

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May Monthly Morsels

Bend Over Backwards for Milk!   One of the health highlights of May is that it is National Osteoporosis Prevention Month. It is estimated that 10 to 54 million Americans have osteoporosis, with 80% of cases being women.   Bones are living, growing tissue and osteoporosis occurs when there is bone loss or too little…

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Berry Chia Smoothie

This smoothie is super simple to prepare and is a great breakfast for on the go. This chia seeds add a punch of fiber and protein as well as adding to the thickness of the smoothie, because they gel up when added to fluid.

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Roasted Garlic Edamame

These edamame pods are great as an appetizer, snack or side dish. They are crunchy, flavorful and fun to eat. Substitute a serving of these when you need a snack and you’ll never crave potato chips again!

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Edamame Chickpea Salad

This is a quick salad to assemble that makes a refreshing side dish to any meal.

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Upgrade Your Easter Basket and Meal

Some claim that the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a pagan goddess of spring and fertility. So how did chocolate, dyed eggs and giant bunnies become such a large part of the celebration? Over the centuries various folk tales and pagan traditions sparked Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets and a slew of candy as tradition…

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March Monthly Morsels

The Superfood, Spinach It seems that your mother may have been on to something when she told you to “eat your spinach” for dinner! Spinach is bursting with healthful properties including being an excellent source of a slew of vitamins and minerals. This delicate green is high in antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamin K, vitamin A, iron,…

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Wilted Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Dates and Macadamia Nuts

If you have been following my recipe posts for a while, you probably figured out by now that I love balancing different flavors and textures to blend together into one harmonious dish. This spinach salad is true to that theme. The sweetness of the dates and the strawberries blend beautifully with the slight bitterness of the spinach and the saltiness of the nuts. Because the dressing is warm when poured over the spinach, it slightly wilts the leaves, taking away their slightly raw and bitter taste. All the while keeping it fresh and crunchy with all of the nutrients intact.

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Spinach Stuffed Twice Baked Sweet Potato

This dish is an explosion of antioxidants and nutrients from both the orange carotenoids in the sweet potato and the green chlorophyll in the spinach. The spinach and sweet potato complement each other beautifully in this dish that makes a wonderfully cozy side dish or appetizer.

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Have an Oat-tastic Day

Even though oatmeal has been around forever, it seems like people are finally sparking interest over this old breakfast. Overnight oats, steel cut oats, oatmeal granola bars, and oatmeal energy bites- the options are boundless! So why this sudden revival in one of America’s oldest breakfasts? People are rediscovering all of the wonderful benefits of…

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Baked Pears with Toasted Almonds and Cranberries

This is an extremely easy dessert to assemble. The crunchiness of the toasted almonds, chewiness of the dried cranberries, and the softness of the baked pear are a perfect marriage of textures and flavors. A cozy dish for the winter months.

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Almond Crusted Honey Mustard Salmon

This is a really simple recipe that makes for a great healthy dish to use for a special occasion. The slightly sweet honey mustard drizzle along with toasted ground almonds really takes a plain piece of salmon to the next level.

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A Healthy Hamburger

In the midst of this warm winter, I have been having a real hankering for a hamburger. Hamburgers are just about as American as it gets and always remind me of those warm and sunny summer days by the grill. Seeing as the weather lately has been quite reminiscent of those summer days, I thought…

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Kooky For National Cookie Day

Whether your 9 years old or 99 years old, everyone loves a good cookie. Cookies are soft and warm, crunchy or chewy and always, no matter what, sweet. Today is National Cookie Day! Celebrate the holidays and national cookie day by sharing a cookie with friends, coworkers and your loved ones.   The word cookie comes…

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December Monthly Morsels

Share a Pear This December, celebrate more than just the holidays, celebrate National Pear Month! Pears are the apples cousin- slightly different but equally delicious. Juicy pears provide so many health benefits and “pear” well with so many different foods.   There are roughly 3000 varieties of pears grown worldwide. They come in made different…

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November Monthly Morsels

Scrumptious Sweet Potatoes November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month but I’m pretty sure we are all pretty aware of sweet potatoes’ existence. These root vegetables are a staple at the Thanksgiving table! But Thanksgiving isn’t the only time you should be including this veggie in your life. Sweet potatoes are a great addition to a…

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Sweet Potato and Apple Stacks Recipe

Excite your taste buds with this dish! It’s sweet, yet still nutritious with dietary fiber and nutrients from the apples and sweet potatoes. Have your children help you make these, and have fun while doing so.

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Strawberry-Mango Sorbet

This sorbet is so delicious with natural sweetness from the fruit and added sweetness from honey. It is a little tangy, a little sweet, and wonderfully smooth and creamy. You’ll never go back to those packaged frozen desserts which are loaded with added sweeteners after you try this!

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