Recipe: Strawberry Green Smoothie

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Have you jumped on the Green Smoothie bandwagon yet? Truly Green Smoothies (i.e., smoothies made with mostly greens) are a quick, easy and delicious way to upgrade your nutrition and boost your energy. I’m a fan of green smoothies year-round, but there’s no better time to enjoy a refreshing, healthy blended drink than in these warmer summer months.

Spring into better health with this delicious Strawberry Green Smoothie made with a mix of strawberries, healthy greens, bananas, and almond butter!

Today I’m sharing my Strawberry Green Smoothie recipe to help you incorporate more of this “liquid sunshine” into your life.

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Spring into better health with this delicious Strawberry Green Smoothie made with a mix of healthy greens, bananas, and almond butter!

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Recipe: Shaved Squash Salad with Chevre and Mustard Vinaigrette

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Looking to shake things up with your salads? Then try this Shaved Squash Salad with Chevre and a Mustard Vinaigrette. Can you say delicious!?!?!

This Shaved Squash Salad is inspired by one of the dishes I enjoyed most on a recent trip to one of my favorite places—Orange Beach, Alabama. In truth, this recipe is my attempt to re-create the restaurant version of the salad. Does it taste exactly like the original? Probably not. But both are fantastic!

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Looking to shake things up with your salads? Then try this Shaved Squash Salad with Chevre and a Mustard Vinaigrette. Can you say delicious!?!?!

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Recipe: Coco-nana Cucumber Kale Green Smoothie

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In some of my posts you’ve heard me talk about “crowding out” the processed food in your diet by adding more vegetables. I love focusing on what TO eat that helps me look and feel my best rather than depriving myself of foods I love. Non-starchy vegetables, and leafy greens in particular, are the one food that pretty much all nutrition experts agree that we can, and should, eat to our heart’s content! And we’re not just talking about lettuce here. 🙂

Kale is just one of the many leafy greens that can be a great addition to your diet!
Kale is just one of the many leafy greens that can be a great addition to your diet!

There is a whole world of leafy greens out there to try! Some of which include:

  • arugula
  • beet greens
  • bok choy
  • broccoli
  • broccoli rabe
  • collard greens
  • dandelion greens
  • green cabbage
  • kale
  • mustard greens
  • napa cabbage
  • spinach
  • swiss chard
  • watercress

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day–and in addition to a little chocolate!–why not give your body the leafy green LOVE it deserves? As I shared in a recent post, one of the easiest ways we can start consuming more leafy greens is by incorporating them into Green Smoothies. Because a truly “green” Green Smoothie contains mostly greens! I follow this simple formula: (more…)

Green smoothies like this Coco-nana Cucumber Kale Green Smoothie are a delicious way to get more greens in your diet! Made with kale, cucumbers, bananas, coconut, and chia seeds, this is one great way to eat and drink good stuff!

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Recipe: Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Quinoa Breakfast Bowls are a delicious and nutritious option for busy mornings. Just a little advanced prep will make this healthy morning meal a breeze!

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Are you a breakfast believer? Even if you don’t think breakfast is indeed the most important meal, there’s no denying that starting the day with a balanced meal has many health benefits.

Eating some combination of produce, protein and healthy fat within one hour of waking helps fire up your metabolism, boosts your mood, and improves concentration. It also keeps your blood sugar from skyrocketing and then plummeting—the way grabbing say, a granola bar to go with your coffee, will do. I know I feel better when I’ve eaten a proper breakfast. And I’ve also found that starting the day with a balanced breakfast usually leads to an entire day of healthy eating.

This doesn’t mean I’m never guilty of grabbing “just a little something” on my way out the door from time to time. Getting three kids off in the morning isn’t easy! To get in a good breakfast, even on busy weekdays, I’ve found two things to be extremely helpful:

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Quinoa Breakfast Bowls are a delicious and nutritious option for busy mornings. Just a little advanced prep will make this healthy morning meal a breeze!

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Recipe: Mango Spinach Green Smoothie

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As the holidays wind down, you may feel the need to remedy your overindulgences. Perhaps the latest cleanse or detox may sound appealing?

After the holidays or overindulging, do you feel the need to detox or cleanse?

While I’m not a huge fan of many of these programs I think there are some reasons why certain options may be useful. For example, during a sugar detox you may learn all the places sugar hides. And there are certainly benefits for those who are able to sleuth out a food allergy or intolerance through a period of abstinence. But let’s be real! Most cleanse and detox programs are synonymous with diets, and they tend to induce a deprivation mindset and put the focus on all the things we should NOT eat. With this being said, there are alternative options such as a detoxifying foot bath that can help people remove any toxins from their body. It’s all about finding ways to help lead a healthier lifestyle, as this should be our priority.

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Get more leafy greens in your diet with this delicious and nutritious Mango Spinach Green Smoothie

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Stir-Fry Recipe Basics

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Looking to learn the basics of a stir-fry recipe? Our 10 Steps to a perfect stir-fry, Stir-Fry Recipe Blueprint, and recipe for a Spicy Peanut Sauce will get you started!

Whether you’re a vegetable lover or someone who’s still struggling to eat more veggies with every meal, today’s post is for you! (more…)

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15 Easy Real Food Snacks

15 Real Food Snacks to enjoy this summer

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We live in a society with some real eating problems. Unfortunately, over the past several decades it’s become acceptable to:

  • Eat more than three meals a day
  • Snack and graze anytime, anywhere, and
  • Rarely sit down at a table and set aside time to eat without distractions

Personally, I believe that it’s not just what we eat, but how we eat that impacts our health. But does that mean that all snacking is unhealthy? (more…)

15 Real Food Snacks to enjoy this summer

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Recipe: Baha Vegetarian Lasagna

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Baha Vegetarian Lasagna is a one-dish, Mexican-inspired lasagna that comes together quickly thanks to mostly canned and frozen real food ingredients!

Summer is officially here! While I love to cook for my family, this time of year it can be a challenge to drag myself into the kitchen while everyone else is outside playing and enjoying the beautiful weather. Enter the make-ahead, one-dish dinner! (more…)

Baha Vegetarian Lasagna is a one-dish, Mexican-inspired lasagna that comes together quickly thanks to mostly canned and frozen real food ingredients!

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Bacon, Swiss Chard, and Gruyere Frittata

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Frittatas are a great breakfast option for lots of reasons! So give this Bacon, Cheese and Greens Frittata recipe a try!I’m a big fan of frittatas. Not only are they a great way to use up whatever veggies you have in your fridge, but the leftovers also work well for quick weekday breakfasts! (more…)

Frittatas are a great breakfast option for lots of reasons! So give this Bacon, Cheese and Greens Frittata recipe a try!

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A Guide to REAL Whole Grains Part Two

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Learn how can you get more REAL whole grains in your diet!
Grains get a bad rap in some circles these days, but not all grains are created equal. In Part One of my Real Whole Grains Cooking Guide I covered what constitutes a REAL whole grain and shared tips for cooking 8 Great Grains. Now if you’re looking for some easy and delicious ways to incorporate more of these healthy grains into your diet, today’s post is for you!

Most real whole grains are actually pretty versatile. You can eat them hot or cold, in a soup, on a salad, as a side dish, or as a base for all sorts of main dishes. Consequently, one of my favorite ways to eat real whole grains is by tossing them together with different combinations of greens or other veggies, some nuts or seeds, maybe a little cheese, and a simple homemade vinaigrette. I call these meals “greens & grains” and the concoctions to experiment with are endless. So today I’m sharing a little nutrition info, some nourishing and delicious “greens & grains” combinations as well as other ideas for enjoying these eight real whole grains. (more…)

Learn how can you get more REAL whole grains in your diet!

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A REAL Whole Grains Guide and How to Cook 8 Great Grains

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Part One of Bruce Bradley's Whole Grains GuideIn a recent post I touched upon the benefits of REAL whole grains over their processed counterparts and shared a recipe for batch-cooking brown rice to help streamline meal prep. Today I thought I’d dig a little deeper into the world of whole grains, expanding beyond basic brown rice and sharing Part One of my REAL Whole Grains Guide. Understanding whole grains can be a challenge, but let’s start at the beginning and answer some simple, yet complicated questions: (more…)

Part One of Bruce Bradley's Understanding Whole Grains Guide

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Recipes: Maple Dijon Vinaigrette and Gorgonzola Pear Salad for Two

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Here's an absolutely delicious recipe for a Maple Dijon Vinaigrette!As Bruce shared in a recent post, most bottled salad dressings are full of refined, unhealthy oils, and sweeteners. And even organic dressings may contain questionable ingredients acting as thickeners, stabilizers, or emulsifiers. But nasty ingredients aside, homemade salad dressing just tastes SO much better! And it’s really easy to make. In fact, if you’re just beginning your transition away from processed foods, ditching the store-bought salad dressing in exchange for your own homemade version is a great place to start.

My Maple Dijon Vinaigrette recipe is one of my all time favorites. I’ve served it multiple times for dinner guests and potlucks, and it always gets rave reviews. This probably has something to do with the fact that it contains a little pure maple syrup. If you’re struggling to get your family members to eat their leafy greens, this dressing just might turn your salad snubbers into salad lovers. It’s that good! (more…)

Here's an absolutely delicious recipe for a Maple Dijon Vinaigrette!

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