Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, pasta salad, and apple pie – all staples of any Independence Day cookout. These options make it easy to quickly over-indulge on salt, fat, and sugar without even realizing it! Luckily, there are plenty of nutritious alternatives you can bring to your neighborhood celebration. Check out the recipes below for 4th of July inspiration – red, white, and blue has never tasted so good!
This Strawberry Cheesecake Shake is packed with casein protein from the cottage cheese and gives a burst of natural sweet flavors from the fruit and honey
Everyone needs a treat once in a while. The key word here is treat. A dessert portion should be small or “treat” size, it should not be the size of a meal. Fruit is a nutritious way to satisfy your sweet tooth and with this recipe you are getting a perfect portion and dose of sweetness from the fruit. Did you read Monday’s post from this week? Check it out! Dessert Anyone? Satisfy your Sweet Tooth.
Nutella Crepes with Fresh Berries
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
1 pre-made […]
Antioxidants for the Athlete
How are antioxidants linked to performance? Physical activity brings on oxidative stress and tissue damage. Too much of this can have a negative impact on performance. Antioxidants can be helpful in reducing tissue damage and aid in post-workout recovery. A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory food is recommended for all athletes, but don’t go overboard. Moderation is key! The form in which you take antioxidants also makes a difference.
It is best to get antioxidants in the form of whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and […]
My favorite meal of the day: dessert. As soon as nighttime rolls around, I want to curl up on the sofa with a bowl of ice cream and settle in to watch my favorite TV show. My idea of a fun Sunday afternoon is whipping up a new brownie recipe or grabbing Italian ice with my friends. While it’s important to limit my refined sugar intake, there’s no way I’ll be able to completely cut out dessert. Luckily, I’ve discovered ways to satisfy my sweet tooth without all the guilt. Check out the swaps you can […]
These Spiced Mayan Chocolate Coated Walnuts provide a punch of flavor! Add them to a salad or eat them as is!
Walnuts contain healthy fats, specifically polyunsaturated fats. Of all the other nuts, walnuts contain the most amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is the plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown positive effects of walnuts in brain health, diabetes, heart health, and some cancers. Add walnuts to a salad, stir them into yogurt, or eat a handful plain. Try these flavorful Spiced Mayan Chocolate Coated Walnuts from California Walnuts!
Spiced Mayan […]
Eating a snack during the day is important for keeping yourself satisfied and preventing excessive hunger. Snacks are also great for before or after a long run or intense workout. A nutritious snack provides carbohydrate, protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Foods like granola bars or nut bars are great snacks you can pack with you for a long day and grab on-the-go.
Below is a recipe for banana nut oat bars, made with bananas and dates for natural sweetness; walnuts for omega-3 fats; oats for fiber, and these bars also have 4 grams of protein per serving […]
We can all tell from my post a couple weeks ago how much I love avocados, but I only vaguely mentioned the many ways to eat them. My uncharacteristic lack of description hasn’t been sitting well with me, so I decided to visit the magical site of Pinterest and do a little avocado searching to provide some specifics. I put together a list highlighting some awesome ways to use avocados that I have either tried before, or would love to try soon. Enjoy!
Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies
Lemon Avocado Salad Dressing
Avocado Ice Cream
Chocolate Peanut Butter […]
Happy Earth Day people! How cool is it that there is a day dedicated to celebrating and acknowledging how incredible the earth is? Without it, we, and many other beautiful creations, would not be.
One of the main reasons I went vegan was for the earth and the environment. I had no idea how much raising livestock damages the earth. Making the choice to live a vegan lifestyle, I feel like I automatically became a spokesperson to where part of my “job” is to raise awareness and educate. So in honor of this Earth day, I would like to present […]