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10 Healthy Ways to Love Watermelon

Best summer fruit? Watermelon, without a doubt!  Here’s why and how to eat lots of this nutritious fruit all summer long.

If summer produce had an academy awards, it would go something like this… Best vegetable (OK I know it’s really a grain) goes to corn on the cob, for it’s starring role as grilled street corn.  Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for it’s starring role in EVERYTHING.  I can’t even narrow it down to one or two starring roles or dishes, because they’re all so delicious and positively summery!  Whether you eat it straight, over the kitchen sink, with juice dripping down your chin, or you use a ripe, sweet watermelon in a recipe, nothing says summer fruit quite like it.

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Ho Ho Holiday Foods

Craving some clever, festive and fun holiday foods for your Christmas table this year? Look no further!

Well, hello sugar plum fairies and twinkly lights.  It’s so nice to see you again!  With the exception of crowded mall parking lots and brainstorming for gifts for those people who have everything, I really do love this time of the year.  Of course, for me, it’s all about the food. I get a little bit obsessed with the pinning, planning, shopping, and baking, which means that by the day after Christmas, I’m usually feeling like I need a very long vacation from my kitchen. Continue Reading..

Citrus Spiked Chai Sun Tea {Recipe ReDux}

This month’s Recipe ReDux is all about tea. Our members are cooking and baking and stirring up tea-inspired healthy dishes. And I really did have a great (really cool, even ice creamy or sorbet-like) creation in mind. But time got the best of me, so you’ll just have to wait – I promise I’ll share something really creative with tea, but just not today. Today I’m sharing iced tea. I know, yawwwn.

This isn’t just any iced tea, and it certainly doesn’t come from a can. Citrus Spiked Chai Sun Tea is simple to make, and delicious to sip on a hot summer day. If you’ve never had it, Chai tea is sweet and spicy, and full of antioxidants. It commonly includes spices like cardamom, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, and ginger, which are considered “warming spices” in Chinese medicine, and have lots of health benefits. Continue Reading..

Ginger Pear Martini or Mocktail {Recipe ReDux}

It’s time for another Recipe ReDux post, and this month’s theme is ~ Beverages Are Hot. Whether you’re serving up something hot or cool, kid-friendly or happy hour worthy, show us your healthier drink.”

It’s true that sometimes browsing over the drinks menu is just as great as the eats menu.  I love when restaurants are cleaver and creative with their cocktails and go out of their way to make their nonalcoholic drinks fun and interesting.

A few months ago I experimented with Spiced Candied Ginger, and was left with the most delicious ginger syrup as a tasty by-product of that recipe.  It was too good to discard, so I ended up using it in tea, and splashed in seltzer water, and in this completely delicious and amazing Ginger Pear Martini.


I know the Recipe ReDuxers asked us to make it healthy…but sometimes you just need a fun and festive mixed drink.  For my your mental health.  Just sayin’.

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What the Heck are Chia Seeds?

Have you ever noticed that ever few years there’s a new Super Food?  Remember the oat bran craze in the 80’s (OK maybe some of you are too young, but we really thought oat bran would save us all), then there were flax seeds.  I’m sure you were there when there was a run on Greek yogurt a few years ago– we couldn’t and still can’t get enough.  Next came kale.  Well, now it’s Chia seeds (yes, as in ch ch ch chia… As seen on TV).  Someone realized that those tiny seeds are good for something other than growing fur-like greenery on clay animal and people shapes.

The chia plant is native to Mexico and Central American, and it’s thought that chia seeds were an ancient Aztec super food.  Today, we know they are full of omega-3 fats, antioxidants, and fiber.  Two tablespoons of chia seeds adds about 120 calories, but it provides a whopping 10 grams of fiber (!), and more than twice as much omega-3 (heart healthy) fat as an ounce of walnuts. Continue Reading..

Fruited Iced Sun Tea and A New American Plate Challenge Update

If you follow my blog, then you know I’ve been working on the AICR’s New American Plate Challenge for the past two months.  It’s a twelve-week challenge to get your plate and your body in better shape, to reduce your risk of cancer.  The challenge goals for the past few weeks were to continue working on exercise, by picking up the intensity, and to work on limiting meat. Continue Reading..

Green Melon Smoothie

So what’s with all of the green smoothies?  I’ve been seeing recipes for this new Super Food all over the place, and after a quick Google search, it seems that there isn’t an ailment in the dictionary they can’t cure – (see acne, bloating, constipation…) and the health benefits, Oh My! (also see detox, energy,  fiber…). Continue Reading..

The Flu Fighters

 

Think a flu shot is all you need to protect yourself from the flu?  Think again.   The flu shot protects against most, but not all strains of the flu.  For additional protection against the flu, and other winter viruses, work on boosting you immune system, so if you are exposed, you have a fighting chance.  Continue Reading..

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