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5 Healthy Spring Salads

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Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a light salad. The last couple of weeks I went to town on take-out and my poison of choice was pizza. If an abundance of pizza was healthy for you I would be one happy girl. Unfortunately, all the carbs were beginning to take its toll and my summer body I have been working so hard for slowly started to disappear. The perfect remedy for my junky habits? Salad! (more…)


Detox Myths and Realities: How to refresh your body the right way for the new year

To detox or not to detox, that is the question. It is common to look for a quick fix to get into shape and detoxing has become overwhelmingly popular with many people citing detoxes as necessary practices for better health. Yet detoxes may not be the miracle cure that people claim them to be. In fact many physicians and dietitians warn against the adverse effects of a detox diet. Instead of getting caught up in the marketing hype of a detox diet I spoke with Dr. Lauri Wright, a registered dietitian and assistant professor at the University of South Florida, to clear up a few things about detoxes.


Pumpkin: Fall’s Favorite Vegetable

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I know what you are thinking. Another one jumps ship for the pumpkin craze that sweeps the nation as the temperature cools off. Before you rule me out as another classic case of “basic chick”, pumpkin actually has amazing benefits. Yes, it is the latest seasonal veggie fad but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve credit for being wonderfully delicious and nutritious. (more…)

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

I love smoothies. They are simple, easy to carry around and delicious. Time always seems to escape me and finding different ways to make sure I get enough vitamins and nutrients in my diet is much easier with smoothies. Creating different concoctions from blended fruits and vegetables is always a fun way to take charge of your food.

A strawberry banana smoothie is one of the basics. Starting out with this recipe will help build the foundation to branch out and create more exotic flavored treats. Rather simple, this recipe calls for a cup of strawberries, two bananas, a splash of milk (I like to use soy milk or almond milk) or yoghurt, and ice. Feel free to add or take away ingredients to cater to your palette. Some people like to add sugar or honey but I prefer to use ripe fruits and let the natural sugars in the fruits sweeten my smoothie. For added benefits I add a teaspoon or two of Milled Flax Seed which is a good source of fiber and Omega 3-oils.

Quick and Healthy Breakfast

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The more responsibilities we pile on our plates the less time we have to devote  to making health food choices. After spending a week living off of pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I decided I needed to get back to my healthy regime. Though, the thought of spending more than 10 minutes in the kitchen in the morning makes me lose my appetite all together.

Avocado toast and a green smoothie have been my go-to breakfast choices for a tasty, nutritious, quick meal. Avocado toast is simple. Mash the avocado in a bowl with lime or lemon juice, and a sprinkle of salt . Add some fresh basil for a little twist and spread it on whole wheat bread. For the green smoothie I like to have a handful of kale or spinach to mix with a banana, a few pineapple slices, and a splash of soymilk. For added vitamins I add a teaspoon of milled flax seed. Voila! Breakfast is finished.

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Regardless of how busy your schedule gets taking tiime to tend to your body should be the first priority on your to-do list.

“Make sure you eat well so that you have enough energy to perform at your best. Also, replenish your body with water after any activity.” – Dan Barber

Dan Barber is an award winning chef and co-owner of Blue Hill restaurant in New York City and is a member of the┬áPresident’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

So start your day right and you are already one step ahead of the game.