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Health Benefits of Avocados

Health Benefits of Avocados

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I. love. avocados. No, I mean…LOVE.  It’s a problem…or healthy addiction if you will. As a dietitian, I’m always looking for new and creative ways to add them to everything. There are so many amazing health benefits of avocados that it would be a shame not to! Avocados are a great source of healthy unsaturated fats, are naturally cholesterol and sodium free, and contain only 50 calories...

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Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Juice

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Juice

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Another rainy day in Chicago – or at least that’s how it started. The sun came out just in time for the Bears game, if only we had a grill my Sunday would be complete. Since we’ve moved into our new garden apartment we have been meaning to clean up the backyard and put a small grill out on the patio for football season. Sadly, we haven’t gotten around to it yet. So instead of grilling, I...

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Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

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With summer right around the corner, this cucumber salad makes the perfect lunch or side dish! This recipe was actually being handed out at Trader Joe’s yesterday as a free sample. It was too good and simple to pass up! Ingredients: 6 Persian cucumbers (small seedless cucumbers) 1 cup cherry tomato halves 1/2 red onion, chopped 3 Tbsp olive oil  1-2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar salt,...

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Foolproof Guacamole

Foolproof Guacamole

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After much anticipation, it’s here! My famous guacamole recipe for everyone to see! This recipe is constantly a hit at every part, work event, or even just as a weekend snack. I’ve made all sorts of guacamole varieties, but I always come back to this classic recipe! You can of course alter the recipe anyway you want by using more or less of any of the ingredients to personalize it to...

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Unique Guacamole Recipes

Unique Guacamole Recipes

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Lately I have been on a guacamole kick. Avocados have been on sale at my grocery store and I just can’t get enough! While I totally adore a foolproof traditional guacamole, I have been experimenting with some more unique recipes that put a fun twist on guacamole. A couple of weeks ago I made this delicious Toasted Pumpkin Seed Guacamole twice in a row! Toasted Pumpkin Seed Guacamole...

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What is Nutritional Yeast?

What is Nutritional Yeast?

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Upon seeing nutritional yeast in yesterday’s Tomato Basil Barley Risotto recipe, you may have been asking yourself “what exactly is nutritional yeast?” “why should I be eating it?” and “where can I find it?”. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast similar to brewer’s yeast. It is produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and...

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Christmas Snack Ideas

Christmas Snack Ideas

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Throughout the holiday season family comes to visit, friends stop by, and guests drop in to wish you a Merry Christmas. It’s always nice to have snacks on hand to offer your guests when they stop by. Here are a few healthy snacks idea to make ahead of time to impress all of your guests this season! Sparkling Cranberries picture and recipe from 101 Cookbooks 2 cups cranberries, rinsed and...

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Foods to Give you Energy

Foods to Give you Energy

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Today I was Christmas shopping for an unbelievable 14 hours! How can you sustain your energy levels throughout the stressful holiday season to ensure you get all the important tasks completed on time? Skip the usual candy bar, soda, or cup of coffee and add these 7 powerful energizing foods to your diet! Orange juice: Orange juice is high in vitamin C to boost the immune system. Drink a glass...

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Healthy Holiday Teas

Healthy Holiday Teas

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The holidays can create a lot of unwanted stress. Herbal teas can help sooth away stress and keep you healthy throughout the holiday season. If you are feeling adventurous, use these recipes to make your own teas from scratch. Combine all ingredients in a large cup or teapot, add boiling water, and steep for 5-10 minutes before serving. However, if you don’t have the time or patience to do...

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Snacks for Shopping

Snacks for Shopping

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25 Days to a Healthier Holiday continues with snacks for shopping! It’s important to keep yourself full during those long hours of holiday shopping this season. Shopping on an empty stomach can lead to poor food choices or overindulging on calories later. Stash some emergency snacks in your purse of in your car to tide you over while you make your way through holiday shopping crowds and...

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Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Heirloom Tomato Salsa

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In preparation for my road trip to Minnesota tomorrow, I made some salsa to take with me on the road! All of the ingredients came from my trip to the farmer’s market over the weekend. I couldn’t wait to use my heirloom tomatoes to make something, and salsa was the perfect solution! Ingredients: 5-6 heirloom tomatoes, chopped 1/2 red onion chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1...

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Salsa Recipes

Salsa Recipes

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One of my favorite snacks and easiest thing to make in the summertime is salsa! Here are a few great salsa ideas I’ve come across so far this summer; play around with different amounts of each ingredient to tailor it to your liking!   Gazpacho Salsa Pineapple Mango Salsa cucumber mango tomato pineapple bell pepper jicama red onion red onion parsely red...