Lunch Today: Immune Boosting Green Smoothie

smoothieThis nutrient-packed smoothie will not only give you a boost of energy that will last the afternoon, but it is also packed with immune boosting foods. Just one serving contains dietary fiber, tons of vitamins A, C, K and B complex, as well as potassium, magnesium and copper.

To give it an extra boost, add a scoop of Pathway UltraGreens, which contains super greens like spirulina and chlorella, as well as beets, aloe vera, alfalfa sprouts, barley and wheat grass. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Immune Boosting Green Smoothie”

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Meatless Monday: Grilled Watermelon and Tofu Sandwich

grilled-watermelonLike a lot of summer produce, watermelon is best when it is served just as it is. It needs no extra adornment. That being said, it is also delicious served in salads and blended in drinks, and even lightly grilled watermelon on the barbecue is great!

Watermelon is about 92% water, which makes it a perfect food to help with hydration, especially in hot summer months. Watermelon is also packed with the free radical-fighting antioxidants vitamins A and C. Continue reading “Meatless Monday: Grilled Watermelon and Tofu Sandwich”

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Breakfast Today: Cantaloupe Ginger Smoothie

Cantaloupe Ginger SmoothieThis fast and easy-to-make cantaloupe ginger smoothie is a perfect summer refresher. It’s good for breakfast, but also makes a wonderful snack. Cantaloupe is about 90% water, so it is a great hydrating treat for hot days – and it definitely has been hot. Cantaloupes get their color from carotenoids that convert in the body to vitamin A. Melons in general are also good sources of fiber, vitamins B and C, folate and potassium.

Ginger gives this drink a spicy zing. Ginger is also has anti-inflammatory properties! So the next time you need something refreshing, try this healthy and thirst-quenching drink. Continue reading “Breakfast Today: Cantaloupe Ginger Smoothie”

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Lunch Today: Avocado Pasta Salad

I am on an avocado kick right now. One of my favorite snacks is half an avocado sprinkled with sea salt, and just eating it with a spoon. I also am trying to find creative ways to use up all the avocados, since I buy so (too?) many at a time and they all get ripe at once! Avocado pasta salad is a great choice.

Avocados are loaded with phytosterols and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohol (PFA), which contain an arsenal of anti-inflammatory benefits to help prevent and relieve osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Avocado Pasta Salad”

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Dinner Tonight: Black Beans and Brown Rice Bowl

black beans and brown riceBeans and rice are a classic combination in many cultures. Together they make up a complete protein, which basically means they provide all nine of the essential amino acids needed in your diet. Super healthy and economical, this recipe for black beans and brown rice is packed with protein, fiber, iron and zinc.

This is a great recipe for Meatless Mondays, as beans are an important source of nutrients in vegetarian or vegan diets. You can customize this recipe easily, just add your favorite veggies, herbs and spices.

Although soaking beans and cooking them controls the sodium content, canned beans can be used in a pinch. Look for low sodium and BPA-free options. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Black Beans and Brown Rice Bowl”

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