Almond butter, which is equally as delicious as regular peanut butter, is more nutritious than most other types of sandwich spreads and consuming it promotes a whole host of health benefits. In addition to helping your heart, almond butter can help lower blood pressure, control blood sugar, manage weight, and is full of antioxidants. Almonds are also high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats that are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. The good fats contained in almonds keep you healthy (just like eating avocados)!
Banana bread is one of those classic, comfort-food recipes; as soon as the sweet, nutty smell fills the house, you know you’re in for something tasty, and its versatility makes it a go-to bread. Luckily this particular recipe is a more healthful twist on the classic loaf, though the density and moisture gives it a rich and indulgent quality, so you can enjoy this melt-in-your-mouth afternoon treat while still being mindful of your health goals. This deliciously moist banana bread comes with a warning: no one can resist a second slice! But since some of the traditional ingredients have been switched up for gluten-free and nutrient-rich alternatives, you can grab that second slice guilt free.
An Easy and Satisfying Summer Weeknight Meal
Crockpot recipes most often evoke crisp fall nights when pot roast or soup sounds appealing. However, the crockpot is every home cook’s friend during warm summer months since it doesn’t heat up the kitchen like the oven. In this fresh and modern recipe for gluten-free and dairy-free taco-style salads, the crockpot goes to work to create a delicious lime-flavored variation of carne asada. The resulting beef is fork tender and delectable, and tastes even better on the second day.
If you’re of the mind that burgers are only good in the summertime and that you can’t have them if you’re eating healthy, you obviously haven’t met the turkey burger! There are myriad of ways to prepare a turkey burger, but this one will check all the boxes (healthy, gourmet, tasty…the list goes on)!
Your Nutritional Secret Weapon
This traditional Mexican relish pretty much goes with everything, hence it’s ‘secret weapon’ status. If you are looking for something quick and easy to spice up a summer barbecue or transform a boring weekday dinner, this feisty & spicy salsa is your answer! The combination of crushed tomatoes, red peppers, hot chillies, cilantro, onion, and lime juice is perfect for loading onto fajitas with sizzling chicken or grilled fish alongside some guacamole and green leaves, or simply as a healthy dip for chopped veggies.
Onions have long been believed to have restorative powers. They are lauded for boosting immunity, regulating blood sugar, reducing inflammation and promoting heart health. Rosemary is also said to help increase immunity, soothe the stomach, stimulate blood flow and (if you’re into essential oils) is often used to boost mood. All that being true, it makes sense to use them both for soup. And people have been doing just that for eons.
Green Smoothies – A Sweet Substitute for Salad
If you’ve never tried making green smoothies before, summer is a great time to start. The necessary ingredients are readily available and super cheap, and you’re probably craving a cool and refreshing sweet drink anyway! The hardest part of making good green smoothies is investing in a high-quality blender. Once that step is out of the way, making truly delicious and incredibly nutritious smoothies is easy enough that a child could do it (and perhaps yours will).
A fancy sounding dish that certainly has the looks, the flavors, and the nutritional benefits to impress! Don’t let its aesthetic and health appeal intimidate you though, for in all its complexity lies less than ten minutes of prep time in the kitchen. Tender, succulent, fresh-tasting, and naturally rich in umami. . . there’s definitely more than enough reasons why tuna has gained its popularity in the dining scene.
Use Squash as an Edible Bowl and Up Your Nutrition Game!
Most of us are familiar with the idea of a bread bowl or a tortilla bowl, but have you ever eaten a meal out of a squash bowl? Halved acorn squashes naturally form two bowl-shaped, single-serve sections, perfect for filling with whatever toppings your heart desires. The best part is that while bread and tortillas are definitely lacking in the nutrition department, squash is actually one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Acorn squash is rich in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber, all essentials of a properly-functioning, healthy body.1 Its nutty, mildly-sweet flavor and creamy texture pair well with just about anything, from curry to barbeque to Mexican-inspired flavors (as seen in this recipe).
If you want to start your day off feeling amazing, a great way to help achieve that is to wake up in the morning and already have a healthy breakfast ready to eat. This chia pudding recipe will give you that perfect morning in just a few minutes! Healthy, fast and delicious, this recipe covers all the important bases for a top notch breakfast.