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Heart Healthy Meals – Plate #1

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Healthy Living, Heart Healthy, Recipes | 1 comment

Heart Healthy Meals – Plate #1

Fire up the grill with one of our summer picnic heart healthy meals featuring sunny produce, savory eggs and grilled meat! Looking for ideas to cook up heart healthy meals? You’re in the right place! Remember when I told you about my Prevention Plate heart healthy meals? Maybe you’ve forgotten. Let me remind you. Each Prevention Plate is a heart healthy meal featuring recipes from around the web, my tips and tricks for making them (yep, I’ve tried every one of these recipes), and a corresponding...

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Skinny Chicken Meatballs with Red Wine Sauce

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Dinner, Recipes | 1 comment

Skinny Chicken Meatballs with Red Wine Sauce

A few things you might think when you hear that poultry has been substituted for the traditional beef, pork, and veal in a meatball: These won’t be as good as the real thing These lean meatballs are destined to be dry There’s no way my spouse will eat “healthy” meatballs If I’m going to spend all afternoon making 2 dozen healthy meatballs, they better be amazing Well these Skinny Chicken Meatballs are here to make all of your dreams come true. They are juicy, zesty, and busting with flavor as if they came out of...

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5-Ingredient Raspberry Lemon Chia Jam

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017 in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Recipes, Vegetarian & Vegan | 1 comment

5-Ingredient Raspberry Lemon Chia Jam

Ahhh Sunday – a day to relax and relish in the final hours of the weekend. My Sundays always have an early, albeit lazy and slow, start (in attempt to get my sleep schedule back on track for the week ahead) supplemented with copious amounts of coffee. I spend the waking hours in the dark, bundled in blankets on the couch, working away at my laptop until the sun comes up. Then I either spend the morning in the kitchen testing recipes with my camera around my neck capturing tasty images in the morning sunlight or behind...

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Sun-dried Tomato and Garlic Super Seed Crackers

Posted by on Sep 17, 2016 in Gluten-Free, Recipes, Snacks | 0 comments

Sun-dried Tomato and Garlic Super Seed Crackers

These easy gluten-free seed crackers are bursting with flavor and heart-healthy sunflower, sesame, hemp, chia and pumpkin seeds! These gluten-free seed crackers are made by pressing together oats, sun-dried tomatoes, nutritious seeds and the perfect combination of herbs and spices to create a pizza-flavored snack with a chewy texture that can’t be beat! Don’t let the beauty of these gluten-free seed crackers fool you! These healthy crackers look like something you might find in a high-end bakery, but...

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Cherry Lime Chia Fresca

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Juicing, Recipes | 0 comments

Cherry Lime Chia Fresca

Can you believe it’s already August? I can’t. I refuse to acknowledge that summer is coming to an end…mostly because the weather in Chicago continues to be hot with a capital H with no signs of cooling down anytime soon. In effort to stay cool, we’re guzzling down anything chilled over ice these days, including this Cherry Lime Chia Fresca!   Yup. This summer beverage is a thing of beauty and packed with all of the right nutrients. Fibrous chia seeds are soaked in antioxidant-rich...

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Refreshing Basil Matcha Smoothie

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian & Vegan | 0 comments

Refreshing Basil Matcha Smoothie

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Here in Chicago, spring is in the air. There was everything from warm spring weather and the Macy’s Spring Flower Show to cold snowy weather and the Shamrock Shuffle to kick off the Chicago running season. Keeping with the spring green theme, today I am sharing one of my new favorite superfood concoctions, this refreshing basil matcha smoothie! This smoothie has it all, seriously. Healthy fats (hello avocado and hemp seeds), fibrous greens (thank you cucumber and kale), whole food...

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Sprouted Maca Buckwheat Crispies

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Breakfast, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian & Vegan | 2 comments

Sprouted Maca Buckwheat Crispies

I can’t get enough of these sprouted buckwheat crispies lately! Their perfectly crunchy texture and hint of sweetness have me sprinkling them on everything from smoothies and yogurt to oatmeal and fruit salad. Buckwheat is a pyramid shaped gluten-free grain. Well, actually it’s not technically a grain, it’s the fruit seed of a plant and it has an incredible nutrient profile worth talking about. This tiny superfood is high in protein (1 cup = 23g protein) and has a complete amino acid profile. Buckwheat...

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No Bake Meyer Lemon Cashew Cheesecake

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Recipes, Vegetarian & Vegan | 0 comments

No Bake Meyer Lemon Cashew Cheesecake

Celebrate spring break or the upcoming Easter holiday with this no-bake Meyer lemon cashew cheesecake!  Meyer lemons are a citrus fruit native to China that are a cross between a lemon and either a mandarin or an orange. Due to the growing popularity of this vitamin C-rich fruit, you can generally find them in your standard supermarket. Meyer lemons look like regular lemons, but slightly smaller with a darker yellow color. This hybrid lemon is perfect for desserts because it offers plenty of lemon flavor with hints of...

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National Nutrition Month Spring Green Recipes

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Healthy Living, Recipes | 0 comments

National Nutrition Month Spring Green Recipes

March is National Nutrition Month and we have delicious spring green recipes to help you celebrate! NNM is a nutrition education and information campaign aimed at bringing attention to the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In light of this year’s NNM theme, Savor the Flavor of Eating Right (and in lieu of St. Patrick’s Day), I have rounded up several superfood-rich green recipes to inspire you to eat healthy all month long! Avocado Pesto Chickpea Salad...

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Gluten-Free Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Breakfast, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Recipes, Vegetarian & Vegan | 0 comments

Gluten-Free Vegan Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and everyone in Chicago is gearing up for next weekend’s dying of the Chicago river and annual parade! Which means I spent this weekend recipe testing to create the perfect gluten-free, vegan Irish soda bread! Irish soda bread is a quick bread made with baking soda as a leavening agent instead of yeast resulting in a dense savory bread with a texture that is a cross between a scone and a biscuit. The ingredients of traditional Irish soda bread...

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