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Kale, Butternut Squash salad with sliced almonds

This filling, savory salad is just what you need to stick to your healthy diet. It’s loaded with flavor, but also packs a punch with tons of heart-healthy kale. One cup of kale contains contains a mere 33 calories, but 206 percent of your daily recommend vitamin A (healthy hair and skin), 134 percent of your vitamin C (immune system), and a whopping 680 percent of your vitamin K. Yes, that much! It’s one of the best foods around for fighting inflammation and maintaining healthy bone density. And kale is packed with fiber which will keep you fuller longer, while also aiding in lowering cholesterol. Enjoy kale in this salad and all your salads and feel your best. Kale, Butternut Squash salad with almonds Serves 2-3 Ingredients 1 1/2 cups cubed butternut squash 1 tbsp cinnamon 1 tsp light brown sugar 1 bunch kale, stems removed 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3…

Kale, Spinach, Pear Lemonade

This is not your ordinary lemonade. It’s far from being summer right now, and with all of these holiday cookies floating around, a healthy dose of fruits, veggies and vitamin C might be just what you need. There’s no refined sugar in sight, yet the pear, apples and touch of honey add just the right amount of sweetness, and the cucumber will keep you feeling refreshed. Kale, Spinach, Pear Lemonade Serves 1 Ingredients 1 bunch kale 1 handful spinach 2 large lemons, peeled 2 Granny Smith apples (or any apple will do in a pinch) 1 medium pear 1 tsp honey Directions Run all ingredients through juicer. Stir in honey. Serve immediately. Enjoy! Also see, 7 things millennials are changing about the food industry.   Follow us on Instagram.

Quinoa salad with cranberries and pecans

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) has come a long way. It was banished to the back of the health food store for decades only to be featured up front on national supermarket aisles the past few years. It’s high protein content and versatile texture have made quinoa a popular everyday grain. At the dinner table, it’s often substituted in place of former starchy favorites like pasta or white rice. But quinoa isn’t a new fad. Sure, it has recently picked up popularity in the United States and Europe, but it has been cultivated and eaten in the Andes for more than 5,000 years. It was known as “the mother grain” and “the gold of the Incas”, a testament to the importance of this grain to the Andean cultures. Today, it’s considered a superfood. It’s a complete protein source that’s also high in iron, magnesium and fiber, while also being extremely versatile and easy to cook with. Some estimates state…

Millennials are most health-conscious generation ever

It’s safe to say that Millennials are more concerned with making healthy diet and lifestyle choices than any previous generation. According to data collected by marketing firm The Halo Group, 65 percent of adults born after 1978 consult either a nutritionist, dietician (58%), family or friends (57%) or a personal trainer (54%) about about their food choices. And they’re using their unprecedented access to information for good. “Millennials are turning to the Internet to educate themselves on functional ingredients and how to use them,” the report said. Siting data from Think with Google, the report found that 3.9 million video views feature trending healthy ingredients like turmeric, apple cider vinegar, jackfruit, bone broth, cauliflower rice and avocado oil. Additionally, almost a quarter of Millennials use food and fitness apps on their phone to help keep them in check. Eight in ten millennials believe healthy living is important and that sharing food with friends, family and…

Smoothie bowl, so fresh and so green

Swap your favorite smoothie glass for a bowl and spoon this morning. If you’ve never tried a smoothie bowl, you’re in for some food fun. I like to do this variation on the classic when I have produce just too beautiful for the blender. I’ll use a mostly unsweetened smoothie base, heavy on greens, and I’ll top it with naturally sweet fruits and nuts. To make, combine almond milk with your favorite vibrant leafy greens. I used kale, but you could do any number of variations — spinach, arugula and maybe even a bit of parsley. This recipe is actually a great way to use up whatever odd portions of produce you have in your fridge. I topped mine with tangy, tropical kiwi and coconut, banana and almond slices, and chia seeds for additional protein. I like the texture they bring to the smoothie bowl as well. Green Goodness Smoothie Bowl Ingredients 3/4 cup almond (or…

Shop Smart and Enjoy Healthy Green Smoothies Year-round

When switching to a healthy lifestyle, you’re not alone if you feel the price of groceries could be the reason you slip back to your old habits. But calories are cheap—and not all are created equal. For your health and happiness, it’s important to find a balance between budget and pantry. The easiest solution is to buy in bulk. As a single person, I thought Costco was only for large families of big eaters—you know, the ones who can go through a box of cereal in one sitting—but it was the bags of frozen fruit that changed my mind, and let me eat healthy throughout the year. Nearly everything (except bananas) in this smoothie recipe was purchased in bulk, making an otherwise expensive breakfast blend, something you can enjoy any time. I estimate I made two servings for about $2.40. Try ordering this recipe at a smoothie shack—you’ll pay 5…