8 Family-Friendly Ways To Enjoy More Vegetables

Vegetables and Quinoa

Fill your plate with Vegetables and Whole Grains like Quinoa and Brown rice!

It’s the perfect time to size up our plates and ask, “Is my plate in shape?” “Is half of it filled with fruits and vegetables?” Nutrient-packed, vitamin-rich foods like vegetables are essential for healthy adults and kids alike. Try these family-friendly ways to enjoy more vegetables. It can be easy. It can be delicious. It can be fresh and healthy.

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FreshDirect Survey Finds 57 Percent of Dieticians Credit Indulgent Foods For Nutritional Success

Survey Reveals Inconvenience and Lack of Selection are Biggest hindrances to Dietician’s Ideal Eating Habits

New York – October 17, 2012 – Fifty-seven percent of dietitians reveal they wouldn’t be able to have nutritional success without an occasional indulgent meal where taste is the priority, according to a survey released today by FreshDirect, a leading online retailer of fresh foods and grocery items. While a majority of respondents said they would acquire a taste for anything that’s good for them and like it, 65 percent admit to cooking or seasoning their vegetables to tolerate the taste…. 

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Stay Cool with Super Salads!

Watermelon

Add goat cheese and mint to fresh watermelon for an easy summery salad!

Looking for a little oven-free meal inspiration? Summer is a great time to get creative with salads. There are so many fruits and vegetables in top form that it’s hard to go wrong.

Salads can be quick and easy, super healthy and filling, yet light to enjoy on a summer’s day or night. Plus: No oven required!

Fill up on refreshing salads that will satisfy your hunger for fewer calories than you think. Read on for 5 fresh salad ideas!… 

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Smarter Ways to Build a Better Burger

Better Burger

Our nutritionist developed this black bean-quinoa burger!

Want the satisfaction of a burger without throwing away your health or your waistline? Love saving time in the kitchen? Well, you’re in luck! I spent last weekend coming up with two fantastic burgers that are both quick to make and healthy for you too.

The first is a better-for-you beef burger (for those of you who agree that a burger means beef). And for the adventurous types, the second is a lovely vegan quinoa-black bean burger spiked with apple cider vinegar (trust me, it does something nice with the earthy base notes), prepped in the pan with heart-healthy walnut oil. What makes them health-smart? Sane portion sizes, fewer calories, and more whole grains and veggies! Each burger was prepped and plated in well under 30 minutes…. 

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A Healthy Look at Gluten-Free Eating

Gluten Free Store

Gluten-Free Store

While there is plenty of curiosity about going gluten-free, there is just as much misinformation. Wondering if a gluten-free diet is for you? Let’s find out together: Come with me as I take a healthy look at gluten-free eating, including exciting news about our improved Gluten-Free Store! I’ll be your guide, pointing out highlights and pitfalls along the path.

Prepping the Path (a bit of background)

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley and their derivatives. Some people, such as those with celiac disease, have an immune reaction to gluten that damages their small intestine and limits nutrient absorption.  For more gluten-free facts, check out our FAQ section here…. 

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Energizing Foods for Mom

Breakfast

Start your day right to keep yourself energized!

Calling all mothers: Thank you for all that you do! You always have a lot on your plate – after all, you have the toughest job in the world! You’re so busy taking care of everyone else, we want to make sure you take care of yourself too!

Tired of being tired? Ready to reach beyond the coffeepot for some real, life-changing, energy-boosting habits that will keep you going strong for the long run? Spoiler alert: these tips aren’t new, and they aren’t shortcuts, but they do work! As an added bonus, I’ve put together a sample 1-day meal plan for you, too.

Staying energized is as simple as: Eat. Drink. Move. Sleep…. 

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Salad Days: Eating Green to Get Lean

Blueberries in Salad

Add Blueberries to Salads: They make everything better!

Whether you’re in your salad days now, or would like to remember what they feel like, eating food that will nourish and delight you is part of feeling your best.

In this post, I hope to inspire you to literally put a few more salad days in your future. And as its Earth Month, it seems appropriate to note that eating more plants is one of the most environmentally-friendly choices you can make at the table.

So there you have it: eating greens is good for eating green and getting lean.

Here are a few of my favorite salads that are simple enough for a weeknight, but interesting enough to keep boredom at bay. … 

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Spring Clean Your Pantry: What to Toss, What to Stock

Oil and vinegar

A healthy, well-stocked pantry includes extra virgin olive oil and red wine or apple cider vinegar

Spring is upon us, and if you partake in the seasonal ritual of cleaning house, don’t forget the kitchen pantry.

Seize this opportunity to dump the junk, and upgrade your pantry staples because they can be the backbone of healthy cooking for you and your family.

Weed out items that are past their prime, and don’t be afraid to toss out nutrient-poor foods with empty calories you can’t afford in a healthy diet (soda, cookies, cake mixes, instant noodles, white pasta, and chips – I’m looking at you). Read on for what to toss and what to stock…. 

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Kid-Safe Seafood (with Recipes!)

Verlasso Salmon

Verlasso salmon is both kid-safe and tasty too!

You know seafood is good for you and your family, but you want to make the absolute best choices when it comes to the kids. Truth is – for most adults the health benefits of eating a variety of seafood outweigh the risks of occasionally eating fish that contain contaminants.1 But for growing children, the best choices will be low in contaminants and high in omega-3s.

That’s why I was thrilled to learn more about a non-profit group called KidsSafe Seafood, who highlight the best seafood for kids to eat to support their growth and development, while being low in contaminants, and ocean-friendly, too! They shared their best seafood choices for kids’ health, and some family-friendly recipes with me, so that I could share them with you!… 

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The Healthiest Foods For Your Heart

Garnet Yams

Be Heart Healthy by Eating Orange Vegetables like Garnet Yams.

Upgrade what’s on your plate, and you have the power to prevent America’s #1 cause of death. February is American Heart Month, a time to turn the spotlight on essential heart health.

Every year, too many American families are affected by heart disease and stroke. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined, and it is still the leading cause of death for all Americans. One in every 3 people in the United States has some form of heart disease – that’s 80 million adults. It often develops silently, without symptoms until it’s too late.

That’s why it’s so important to make heart-healthy changes today. Let this February be the start of – or revitalized commitment to – leading a heart healthy life. It’s good for you, and it’s good for your loved ones.

Eating right is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Some of the healthiest foods for your heart are vegetables, whole grains, fatty fish, nuts, legumes, seeds, and fruit. (You’ll find my hand-picked selection of seasonal heart-healthy foods at Healthy Living for Less.) Here’s a list of my favorite heart-healthy foods:… 

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