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How I kicked my soda habit with fruit infused water

It all started shortly after the holidays when I received an infusion pitcher as a gift.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this new take on water, but I soon began making pitchers of fruit/vegetable infused water that were delicious!  I quickly decided that this was my new “go-to” drink.  If you're like me, you’re always looking for something you can drink at home or at the gym, that isn’t just “plain old water”.  Infused water is easy…

Chunky guacamole with blue cheese

So the combo might sound a bit weird, but trust me - it's delicious.  It's a mix of savory, creamy, tangy deliciousness that pairs perfectly with the crunch of a tortilla chip. It's my go-to dish that's simple and sure to impress. This recipe was originally created by my mother, and modified a bit by yours truly.  Let me what you think! PRO TIP! You can half the amount of avocados and substitute them with frozen peas (thawed).  More fiber,…

Rescued green slaw with a citrus vinaigrette

We've all been there.  We open up the door to our fridge and see that near empty pack of greens in the crisper drawer, waiting to be tossed (cue sad cabbage photo, right).  We think "not today.. maybe I'll use it tomorrow".   Many times... tomorrow never comes.   Consumers (that's us!) are the BIGGEST contributors of food waste in America, throwing away 25% of all purchased food. This adds up.  In fact, it's nearly $160 dollars a month for a family of…

Why blueberries are incredible (with 5 amazing recipes!)

So I'm kind of obsessed with blueberries. I grew up with six blueberry bushes in my backyard, and I could never get enough.  We had three varieties of blueberries trees.  Each variety fruited around 2-3 weeks apart, giving my family and I unlimited snacking options throughout the summer.  Even my dog enjoyed jumping up and snacking on them! Nutrient Bombs Blueberries are packed with the beneficial phytonutrient 'anthocyanin', which gives them their beautiful royal blue color.  They are also brimming with…

From the kitchen to the clinic – this spice has promising health benefits

Turmeric is a common kitchen spice that contains compounds with clinically-proven health benefits.   Turmeric is an Ayurvedic spice that has its roots traced back to India.  For the past 5000 years, it has been revered as a healing spice - and for good reason.  This ancient Indian spice is packed with a compound known as curcumin - which is what gives it its ridiculously bright golden color.  Research trials have discovered that curcumin has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.…

The ultimate freezer storage guide

The Huffington Post did an excellent job creating a freezer storage guide, highlighting the appropriate times for various types of food.  At the bottom of this guide they also discuss foods that should never be frozen.  For a complete fridge storage guide - visit this website.  

How to painlessly de-seed a pomegranate

Love pomegranates? Me too. Once you get past the meek exterior, you find a bedazzled inner core filled with juicy jewels.  If their delicious taste wasn't enough, they are also packed full of fiber, vitamins A & C, and loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients to help build immunity.   Follow the guide below to enjoy the fruit of your labor with minimal time and mess involved. HOW TO DE-SEED A POMEGRANATE  Step 1) Cut the pomegranate into quarters. Step 2) Fill a…

The Perfect Heirloom Tomato Salad

It's tomato season, and with that come the vast variety of juicy and flavor rich tomatoes - ranging in color, size, and shape (some admittedly much prettier than others).  This recipe has been my personal favorite tomato salad, and heirloom tomatoes just make the recipe that much more beautiful. Enjoy!! Ingredients: 2-3 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp vinegar (balsalmic works best!) 1 tsp mustard  1 tsp honey or cane sugar 1/2 Tbsp dried herbs (oregano, basil, or rosemary) 1 clove garlic, minced 2 lbs…

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