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Dishing Up the Best Ingredients for a Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy How-To: Soft Baked Pretzels

Posted by Leia Flure - Snacks

Raise your hand if you've got a case of cabin fever! As we slowly add more daylight and inch toward springtime, I've been craving one of my favorite ballpark snacks -- soft pretzels. Sure, I could swing by the mall for a jumbo pretzel saturated with butter and salt. But it's healthier and just plain more fun to make them at home, especially on cold days when you're cooped up inside....

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Is it Worth Going Nuts for Coconut?

All these grey skies have most of us craving a tropical escape – white sands, palm trees, the sweet scent of coconut. Luckily, the latter's surge in popularity has led to the release of scores of coconut products. Coconut oil, milk, water – the (sunny) sky's the li...

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Recipe Rescue: Jambalaya

Posted by Leia Flure - Main Dishes

Celebrate a belated Mardi Gras with the one-pot wonder that is jambalaya! Spicy sausage, chicken breast, and shrimp stewed together with tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and rice that soaks it all up. The best! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe)...

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Healthy How-To: Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Okay, so donuts are delicious. Fried dough with a sweet frosting or glaze? Yes please. Of course, we all know that donuts aren't health food. But let's be honest - it's unrealistic to expect that you're NEVER going to eat donuts. Plus, it's definitely possible to occasionally have one in the context of a healthy eating pattern. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a prin...

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Easy Herbed Salmon and Garlic-Parmesan Broccoli

February is American Heart Month, and there's no better way to celebrate than with a heart-healthy meal! The American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice weekly to reap the benefits of this leaner protein option. Cold-water fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, lake trout, mackerel, and herring are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower blood pressure an...

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Recipe Rescue: Breakfast Casserole

Sausage, eggs, and cheese as part of a balanced diet? You better believe it! Try my breakfast casserole recipe with a heart-healthy twist. Just 240 calories per serving with 13 g of protein, 2 g fiber, and 70% of your daily vitamin C! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe)...

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