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Healthy Fresh Spinach Day Recipes

Healthy Fresh Spinach Day Recipes

Nearly every food has its own holiday these days – spinach included. Celebrate this gloriously healthy occasion by adding some fresh spinach to your next meal. All of the following recipes use spinach as a main ingredient to create a tasty and nutritious lunch or dinner.

1. Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Combine the tasty flavor of chicken with the superfood power of spinach, creaminess of feta and cream cheese, and delectable aroma of garlic for a yummy main course. This simple recipe takes only 25 minutes from start to finish.

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2. Parmesan Spinach Cakes

This isn’t quite the same as a triple chocolate cake, but it is still quite delicious. The savory tastes of spinach, egg, ricotta, and Parmesan cheese combine to make a pastry that is great for breakfast or as a side dish.

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3. Spinach Zucchini Noodles

With only five ingredients, you can whip up this super healthy meal in just 20 minutes. Traditional noodles are replaced by zucchini noodles for a low carbohydrate and veggie rich pasta dish.

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4. Spinach Tomato Stuffed Pizza

Yes, you read that right – pizza that is healthy! However, this recipe more closely resemble a quesadilla or a calzone, as it is folded in half. This isn’t a bad thing, as the tofu, tomato, cheese, and spinach filling will have your mouth watering.

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5. Toasted Walnut Spinach Pesto

If you really can’t get the idea of pasta out of your mind, try this yummy spinach pesto sauce featuring walnuts and garlic. It also works great paired with quinoa, chicken, or tofu for healthier alternatives.

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6. Rice, Cheddar, and Spinach Pie

Use brown or whole grain rice in this recipe for an extra kick of nutrition. It’s a super easy way to prepare a well-rounded dinner, as it takes just 15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the oven.

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7. Apple Spinach Protein Smoothie

A spinach smoothie might not be your first choice, however, it is definitely one of the healthiest. This particular smoothie recipe mixes together apples, spinach, almond butter, almond milk, and protein powder for a nutritious kick.

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Get Your Noodle On with These Healthy Fettuccine Alfredo Recipes

Get Your Noodle On with These Healthy Fettuccine Alfredo Recipes

If you’re a lover of pasta and Italian food, then rejoice! For today is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day! Unfortunately, while your mouth may be celebrating, your body is probably not. Fettuccine Alfredo is notoriously bad for you. In fact, Olive Garden’s Fettuccine Alfredo dinner entree is 1219 calories and 75 grams of fat… way over 100 percent of your daily fat requirement. While this may be disheartening, don’t fret! There are healthier ways to make this dish that will have your tongue equally in ecstasy. Try one of these lower fat and lower calorie recipes to celebrate this momentous day!

1. Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo

With only 490 calories per serving, this dish has far less calories than its standard counterparts. The secret is using only one tablespoon of butter as well as low-fat cream cheese and low-fat milk. Using a tad of flour creates a thick sauce, while Parmesan cheese and a clove of garlic give it a delicious flavor.

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2. Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo

Amazingly, this recipe doesn’t use any cream cheese, butter, or cream! Instead, it relies on the flavors of fresh garlic, chicken stock, olive oil, and cheese to create the creamy texture you crave. When paired with standard pasta, this dish comes out to be only 450 calories a serving. Try using whole wheat or gluten free pasta for an even lower total count.

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3. Healthy Fettuccine Alfredo

Even more incredible than the last recipe, this one uses cauliflower in place of cheese. Before you sigh in disgust, give it a try! The cauliflower actually mimics the taste and texture of traditional Alfredo sauce quite well. Plus, it adds a tons of vitamins you wouldn’t normally get in pasta. Vegetable broth, six cloves of garlic, and heavy cream ensure you aren’t lacking in flavor.

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4. Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo

Ok, if you don’t want to sacrifice your cheese, butter, or cream, this recipe might be for you. It uses all of the above, but in small amounts to keep things lower calories. To make up for it, it calls for milk and flour to thicken the sauce. Fresh parsley and black pepper make it look as delicious as it tastes!

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5. Alfredo Light

By cutting out the cream, butter and cream cheese, this recipe is able to provide tasty Alfredo for only 292 calories a serving. It uses vegetable oil, skim milk, and chicken broth to cut down on unnecessary calories and fat. A half of cup of cheese, garlic, and an onion add a savory flavor you won’t be able to get enough of.

6. Light Alfredo Sauce

Butter- and cream-free is the way to be! With the addition of fresh garlic, Parmesan cheese, and pesto, you won’t even be able to tell the difference. Additionally, olive oil, low-fat milk, and vegetable broth also help to keep things on the slim side. When calculating the damage, this sauce totals out to be only 182 calories without the addition of pasta!

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It’s National Hot Chocolate Day!

It’s National Hot Chocolate Day!

Today is the perfect day to cozy up next to the fire with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate! It’s National Hot Chocolate Day, which means you have no choice but to imbibe a glass of the delicious and warm beverage. However, if you’re still holding true to your New Year’s resolutions and don’t want to wreck your diet, there are alternatives. The following hot chocolate recipes aren’t exactly healthy, but they are a lot better for you than the decadent alternative. Enjoy your drink and celebrate without feeling guilty!

1. Skinny Hot Chocolate Mix

With only 15 calories and 1.5 grams of sugar per serving, this homemade hot chocolate mix is the way to go! It uses unsweetened cocoa powder, dry nonfat milk powder, cornstarch, salt, and stevia to create a truly delicious concoction. Just add some almond milk when you are ready to brew!

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 2. Four Ingredient Hot Chocolate

Who knew hot chocolate could be so simple? This recipe calls for milk, cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla extract – that’s it! Add a little cinnamon if you want a spicy kick.

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 3. Healthy Homemade Hot Chocolate

Surprisingly, this recipe is dairy free and contains no sugar – but is somehow still delightful! It calls upon a number of different spices for a truly aromatic taste, including maca powder, turmeric powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

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 4. Five Minute Vegan Hot Cocoa

This is the only recipe to use real chocolate in the mix, which makes it totally awesome! It combines the luxurious taste of dairy-free semisweet chocolate chunks with cocoa powder, almond milk, sweetener, and peppermint extract for a refreshing chocolate-y treat.

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Healthy National Pasta Day Recipes

Healthy National Pasta Day Recipes

Today is a glorious holiday, or at least one of my favorites… National Pasta Day! It’s the perfect time to chow down on a heaping helping of mac and cheese, spaghetti with meatballs, fettuccine Alfredo, or even some tasty pesto penne. Unfortunately, none of these foods are very healthy for you, which leads to quite a dilemma… to celebrate National Pasta Day or not?

Don’t worry, there is a solution! Instead of using your mom’s mac and cheese recipe which calls for six sticks of butter, why not try one of these healthy pasta alternatives? By switching to natural and more wholesome ingredients, these healthy pasta recipes can actually be good for you! That way, you can celebrate this most important of holidays without ruining your diet and harming your body.

1. Spaghetti With Sweet Potatoes and Ricotta

This fun dish breathes new life into your tired and overused spaghetti recipe. The sweet potatoes make a surprisingly good addition to the pasta, while the clumps of ricotta blend everything together into creamy goodness. For an even lighter dish, try low fat cheeses instead.

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2. Wild Mushroom Farfalle

If you’re a fan of mushrooms, you’ll love this fungus-infused meal. Onions, garlic, fresh fill, and grated lemon rind add a unique touch of flavor with adding too many calories or fat. The part-skim ricotta cheese also has reduced fat, while the unsalted vegetable stock and unsalted butter keep your sodium levels down.

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3. Pasta with Spinach Pesto Sauce

Normal pesto is filled with unhealthy oil, but this version drastically cuts back on the grease. By using a bit of chicken broth, lemon juice, and tofu, this sauce is able to mimic the creamy texture of pesto. Additionally, the spinach adds a great boost of vitamins to the mix and has the same green look as the traditional sauce.

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4. No-Bake Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a wonderful meal, but usually so unhealthy. This dish tries to turn that around a little bit with no added butter or oil. The gooey cheese combine with low-fat milk to create a creamy sauce, while the addition of chopped broccoli adds some necessary green veggies to your diet.

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5. Lamb and Eggplant Ragu

Spice up your palette by adding a bit of Mediterranean flair with this lamb and eggplant pasta combo. The unusual combination of flavors will have your tongue singing with joy, while your body feasts upon the many vitamins and nutrients. Lean meat provides healthy protein, while the overload of eggplant offer vitamins.

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6. Roasted Vegetable Pasta Primavera

Mmm… veggies! This recipe calls for an entire grocery store of vegetables, giving it a powerful infusion of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. With shallots, garlic, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, asparagus, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, and peas… your body won’t know what to digest first!

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7. Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus

Fettuccine Alfredo is a classic, and this twist on it actually makes it healthier to eat. The fresh asparagus pairs nicely with the pasta and adds a delightful crunch. Small amounts of butter, less-fat cream cheese, and fat-free milk keep your cholesterol under control.

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8. Healthier Spaghetti Bake

Ok, since this is a casserole, it might not be the healthiest option on the list. But it is a lot healthier than a normal casserole. Extra lean beef and turkey provide quality protein and a scattering of veggies offer vitamins, while low fat ricotta cheese and light mozzarella cheese cut out some calories.

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7 Recipes to Celebrate Better Breakfast Month

7 Recipes to Celebrate Better Breakfast Month

As Americans, we love to cram as much fat and calories into each meal as possible, and breakfast is no exception. A typical breakfast of two pancakes with butter, syrup, and sausage links is a hefty 600 calories. Add a glass of orange juice to the mix and that adds another 110 calories. All of this adds up to be 35.5% of the calories required in a 2,000 calorie daily diet, which is far too much for one meal.

Better Breakfast Month gives us a chance to sit back and reflect on our breakfasting habits. Celebrated in the month of September, it is a challenge to incorporate healthy foods into our breakfast repertoire. Breakfast is an essential part of our lives, as it’s been proven that people who eat a good breakfast usually perform better at school or work.

So instead of frying up that greasy bacon and slathering your toast in butter, why not try one of these healthier alternatives? If you have more questions about your nutritional needs, don’t be afraid to ask your nurse during your next visit.

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1. Egg and Cheese Cup

Instead of frying your eggs in a pan, why not try baking them? This clever recipe utilizes muffin tins to cook the eggs into a delightful little bundle. Add in some onions, thyme, cherry tomatoes, and cheese for a tasty and satisfying breakfast meal.

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2. Quinoa and Barley Breakfast Porridge

This option gives you lots of room for customization to make your taste buds happy. The main ingredients are quinoa and barley, two great superfoods that provide necessary fiber to your diet. Add in some honey, dried fruit, spices, or milk for a delicious and warming breakfast.

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3. Banana Peanut Butter Bagel

Though it’s simple, this breakfast is filling and full of nutritional value. The whole-wheat bagel provides fiber, while the peanut butter provides good fat and protein. A dab of honey gives it that little extra touch of goodness without too much detrimental value.

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4. Cereal Sundae

Something as easy as cereal can actually be great for you in the morning! Choose a fiber-rich bran flake cereal that doesn’t have a lot of added sugar, then mix in low-fat milk or yogurt. Toss on some fresh berries or pecans, and you’ve got yourself a delectable and healthy treat.

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5. Health Nut Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins are delicious, so the fact that someone came up with a healthy recipe for them is just fabulous. By incorporating oat bran, cooking oats, and wheat germ, these muffins have a boost of fiber that will do you wonders.

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6. Avocado Toast with Egg

Avocados are another superfood that give you essentials fats and proteins. Paired with multigrain bread for fiber and black beans and tomatoes for some nutrients, this dish satisfies both your tongue and your belly.

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7. Quick Start Breakfast Drink

This list wouldn’t be complete without a smoothie in the mix! This particular one combines pineapple juice, bananas, vanilla yogurt, strawberries, and wheat germ into a mixture so delicious, you won’t even realize you are drinking fruit!

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National Sandwich Month Recipes

National Sandwich Month Recipes

Everyone loves a good sandwich, which is why August has been designated as a celebration for this glorious food. Named after fourth Earl of Sandwich, the sandwich was born when the Earl was gambling and too busy to leave for a real meal. Therefore, he just slapped some cold beef between two pieces of toast and created a worldwide phenomenon.

Sandwiches are inherently pretty simple, but if made incorrectly, they can also be quite bad for your health. Slopping mayo, french fries, and bacon on top of every creation is delicious, but your body doesn’t exactly agree. Luckily, there can be a compromise – good tasting sandwiches that your body also appreciates! Try one of these healthy sandwich recipes to restore your health and get on the path to a better lifestyle. And remember, you can always ask your nurse during your next visit for more nutrition tips personalized for your specific dietary needs. Depending on your condition, it may be best to avoid certain foods entirely, and only your nurse or doctor can help you with that!

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1. Warm Prosciutto-Stuffed Focaccia

With only 233 calories, you can eat this sandwich without feeling like a pig. The prosciutto provides a nice meaty flavor as well as ample protein. Spinach and peppers help you get your veggie intake, making this a well-rounded meal.

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2. Tuna Melt

Another low calorie option with only 209 per serving, this sandwich also packs in 18 grams of protein which is great for building and maintaining your strength. It also comes with 20 percent of your daily value of vitamin C, 18 percent of vitamin A, and 15 percent of your calcium.

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3. Turkey Caprese Panini

Turkey provides a fresh and lean taste in this classic sandwich. Whole grain bread gives you an extra kick of fiber, while spinach leaves and red onions offer nutrition from a vegetable standpoint. Top with honey goat cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto for deliciousness.

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4. Healthy Elvis Sandwich

Bananas, bacon, and peanut butter might sound gross, but apparently Elvis loved it, so you should too! The key to this sandwich is using all-natural, no sugar added peanut butter, along with yogurt butter and olive oil.

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5. Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Fig and Honey

Indulge in only 243 calories with this yummy and delectable dish that can be eaten for breakfast or dinner. The goat cheese mixes well with the sweetness of the cinnamon-raisin bread, honey, and fig preserves. Add in a little powdered sugar for a splurge of goodness.

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6. Simple Greek Avocado Sandwich

Enjoy all the flavorful ingredients of Greek food with a bit of avocado and pesto mixed in for good measure. The avocado provides a protein boost, while the red bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, olives, and spring mix give you a good dose of veggies.

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7. Sundried Tomato, Egg, Spinach, and Parmesan Grilled Sandwich

Nothing much beats a good breakfast sandwich. This delicious combination of egg, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and parmesan cheese comse in at 269 calories and 20 grams of protein. Sprouted grain bread adds in 6 grams of fiber!

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8. Fried Green Tomato BLT

This is another homestyle specialty that is surprisingly low calorie with only 228 per serving. The key to cutting down on calories is scooping out the center of the sandwich bun, getting rid of unnecessary carbs. The fried green tomatoes are good enough to eat on their own!

 

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8 Healthy Ice Cream Recipes

8 Healthy Ice Cream Recipes

Did you know that there is actually such a thing as ice cream month? That’s right – July is the time to celebrate the most delicious and sacred of frozen desserts. In honor of this prestigious holiday, we have gathered some healthier ice cream recipes for you to try. Some of them might be less healthy than others, but all are better for you than the standard gallon of ice cream sold at the grocery store. Many contain no or low amounts of sugar, which are perfect for our diabetic patients. Additionally, there are several which have no dairy, which is good for patients suffering from lactose-intolerance. Nearly all utilize the power of fresh fruit, providing essential vitamins and nutrients to help your body heal and recover!

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1. Lemon-Buttermilk Ice Cream

Get your lemon fix without too much added sugar. Sure, this recipe calls for 1 ½ cups of sugar, but that is divided across 18 servings (each of which is only 130 calories). The tangy buttermilk helps to balance out the tartness of the lemon in a perfect mix.

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2. One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

Can you believe it? This recipe calls for just one ingredient – bananas! By chopping up a frozen banana in a food processor, it obtains a smooth and creamy texture that’s just like soft-serve ice cream. Add in some peanut butter, honey, or chocolate for some extra flavor.

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3. Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream

Get your s’more fix without the campfire with this four ingredient amalgam of goodness. Using milk, vanilla extract, salt, and Ricemellow Crème, this recipe perfectly recreates the mushy gooiness of marshmallows in frozen form. Add in graham crackers and healthy chocolate syrup for the full effect.

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4. Mint Chocolate Chip Avocado Ice Cream

Mint chocolate chip is one of the best flavors out there, so this is a huge deal. The sweetness in this recipe comes from maple syrup and coconut butter, meaning there is no added sugar. Fresh mint leaves and peppermint extract give you the refreshing coolness you crave.

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5. Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream

For strawberry lovers, this packs quite the punch. Even better, it uses fruity red wine, which can be substituted for cranberry juice if you’re serving it to non-adults. Fresh rhubarb gives it an earthy taste, while egg yolks help to keep it light.

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6. Chai Coconut Ice Cream

This recipe is so awesome, it doesn’t even need dairy or eggs. Myriad spices, vanilla extract, and delicious honey take their place, and they do a swell job of it. Coconut milk gives this dessert its signature flavor, while black tea keeps it grounded.

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7. Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

Would this list really be complete without a good chocolate ice cream recipe? This one uses dates as a sweetening agent, which are also loaded with fiber. Coconut milk provides the creamy base, while vanilla extract and cocoa powder give it a little more punch.

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8. Dairy-Free Coffee Ice Cream

This is a must-try for coffee lovers! The use of soy milk and soy milk creamer make it taste like an authentic cup of joe in frozen form. Use your favorite instant coffee as the key ingredient, and add just a little sugar to give it that sweet decadence.

 

 

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Healthy Recipes to Celebrate National Blueberry Month

Healthy Recipes to Celebrate National Blueberry Month

Did you know that there was such a thing as National Blueberry Month? Well, there is, and it’s a great excuse to indulge in this tasty fruit all month long! There are tons of health blueberry-themed recipes to keep you satiated. Fresh blueberries are in season June to August, so now is the perfect time to grab a bunch and get cooking! Try one of these blueberry recipes today while considering the various health benefits of this glorious berry.

Blueberries are

  • Low calorie! Only 80 calories per serving
  • Low fat!
  • Packed with 25% of you daily vitamin C!
  • Full of dietary fiber!
  • An excellent source of manganese!
  • High in antioxidants!
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1. Royal Blueberry Gazpacho with Lemon and Mint

This interesting twist of gazpacho is unexpected and also tasty. Filled with pureed fruits, it’s the ultimate summer treat.

2. Blueberry Lemon Sorbet

This is just heaven in a bowl. The delicious and refreshing flavors of blueberry and lemon combined into one icy dish? Yes please.

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3. Banana Blueberry Bread

Ok, this might not be as healthy as some on this list – but when you have a craving for sweetbread, this is a go-to recipe.

4. Chicken-Fruit Salad

Blueberries go great in salad, and this one is no exception! Other toppings include strawberries, banana, kiwifruit, pine nuts, and goat cheese.

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5. Vegetable Couscous with Wild Blueberries

Get your serving of veggies and fruit with this couscous mixture. The fresh taste of sweet fruits goes well with the starchy couscous.

6. Blueberry Fruit Tartlet with Lemon Olive Oil Crust

Tartlets are great – they are a personal pie, all for you! After Blueberry Month is over, you can even substitute in another fruit – the instructions are all included!

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7. Blueberry Turkey Burgers with Lemon-Basil Mayo

Whoever thought of putting blueberries in a turkey burger is a genius! Now you can get in a serving of fruit while chowing down on your meat.

8. Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Blueberry Corn Cilantro Salsa

While this sounds like a weird combination, it’s definitely worth a try. The blueberries and corn contrast nicely with the cilantro and jalapeno.

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9. Blueberry Macaroons

It’s easy to pop these bite-sized cookie balls, but be careful. One or two are healthy – the entire batch is not.

10. Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

Take advantage of the fresh produce and make a muffin that is safe to eat! Greek yogurt is the secret ingredient here.

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11. Blueberry-Balsamic Glazed Rosemary Chicken

A meal fit for kings! The sweetness of the blueberries blends well with the acidity of the vinegar, creating a decadent sauce for your chicken.

12. Peach Blueberry Pops

Mmm… who can resist a frozen fruity treat? The flavor combo goes together well without being overly sweet.

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10 Healthy Burger Alternatives

10 Healthy Burger Alternatives

There’s nothing much better than chowing down on a freshly grilled, greasy burger on a warm twilight evening. However, your body might disagree with you. In fact, it might be yelling for you to eat a carrot instead. Will you listen? Probably not.

Ok, so now that we’ve established that you can’t give up the idea of burgers… what if you substituted that fatty beef patty with something a little more nutritious? Many burger alternatives are actually just as delicious as that slaughtered cow, except without all the cholesterol and fat. Give one of these burger alternative recipes a try. Who knows, maybe both your mouth and body will be happy!

 Sesame Seed-Crusted Salmon Burger with Yogurt Sauce

1. Sesame Seed-Crusted Salmon Burger with Yogurt Sauce

If you’re craving Asian food but don’t want to spend 234237498 calories on Chinese food, try this healthy salmon burger! Panko, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and minced garlic give it that authentic and delicious flavor.

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2. Texas Chicken Burgers

For a little Southwestern zest, try this fun take on a classic chicken burger. Chili powder, ground cumin, and ground red pepper spice things up, while zucchini and carrots help cool things down. Serve with a side of baked beans if feeling adventurous.

 Mexican Bean Burgers with lime yogurt and salsa

3. Mexican Bean Burgers with Lime Yogurt and Salsa

Continuing with the spicy theme, these bean burgers take us to the flavors of Mexico. Smashed up kidney beans become immensely flavorful with notes of chili powder, coriander, and breadcrumbs. Top with lime yogurt sauce to offset the spice.

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4. Turkey Burgers with Special Sauce

These basic turkey burgers are transformed into something special with their citrus-themed sauce. Dijon mustard, orange juice, soy sauce, honey, and ginger comprise this mysterious mixture that tastes like it was created by the gods.

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5. Mushroom and Chickpea Burgers

Get a heaping serving of fiber with this mushroom and chickpea amalgam. Get them nice and crisp by coating them with breadcrumbs. A flavorful cumin yogurt sauce really pulls it all together with a creamy texture.

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6. Roasted Garlic Chipotle Cheddar Sweet Potato Burgers with Avocado Ranch

This sweet potato burger… can’t get much better. It has delicious sweet potatoes, cheddar cheese, garlic, quinoa for some fiber, an egg to hold things together, and lots of nice spice. Top with some awesome homemade avocado ranch sauce, and you can’t go wrong.

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7. Grilled Trout Burger

Fish lovers can rejoice with this interesting take on a burger. Season with herbs, shallot, chili, mayo, and bread crumbs for a delicious burger vibe. The cilantro-cumin yogurt tartar sauce is a great alternative to traditional tartar.

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8. Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger

Soak the porous mushroom patty in a tasty mixture of oil, vinegar, garlic, and bell pepper to achieve a delicious marinated flavor. Goat cheese and fresh spinach make great additional toppings for some added punch.

 Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Tangy Peach BBQ Sauce

9. Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Tangy Peach BBQ Sauce

Speaking of goat cheese… these turkey burgers actually have the cheese melted INSIDE them. Talk about delicious. Imagine biting into that gooey center. To make it even better, drizzle the burger in the delicious peach BBQ sauce!

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10. Banh Mi Asian Chicken Burger

Any burger that calls for a fried egg on top is my kind of burger. This Asian-themed chicken burger has myriad ingredients to invoke a flavor explosion in your mouth. A bit of sriracha along with carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, lettuce, and jalapenos complete the toppings.

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5 Summer Recipes to Keep You Healthy

5 Summer Recipes to Keep You Healthy

Summer is all about having fun, whether it’s eating a funnel cake at the local fair or chomping on some fresh cut fries at the beach. Unfortunately, this kind of fun diet is not exactly fun for your body. Indulging in fried or fatty foods is OK every once in a while, but it can’t become an ongoing occurrence if you want to stay in good health. Luckily, summer also means a lot of fresh ingredients are in season, giving you myriad choices for healthy meals. Here are a few healthy summer recipes you can try whenever you’re not enjoying a hot dog, pretzel, and nachos at a baseball game.

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1. Tuna Burgers with Carrot-Ginger Sauce

Chomp down on this light and fishy burger that is drizzled in a fresh carrot and ginger dressing. Paired with a whole-grain hamburger bun, spicy sprouts, and an avocado, you can enjoy your burger fix without overdoing the calories.

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 2. Summer Squash Pizza

Pizza doesn’t always have to be terrible. Spice up this homemade pie with fresh zucchini and yellow squash straight from the garden. The key to keeping this pizza healthy? Using sliced plum tomatoes instead of sauce and only 1/4 cup of cheese!

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3. Chicken Kebabs with Creamy Pesto

Chicken and vegetables – a bare minimum combination that always satisfies your mouth and belly. Use whatever veggies your garden has produced, and dip them into the delicious low-fat yogurt, reduced-fat sour cream, and pesto dressing.

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 4. Summer Salmon Pasta

Sizzling salmon and fresh vegetables make a nice pairing with the decadent penne pasta. Add in a bit of pine nuts, mushrooms, and fresh basil leaves for an extra kick of flavor. To be even more healthy, try whole-grain pasta for added fiber.

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5. Barbecued Spice Shrimp with Tomato Salad

Enjoy the combination of bold Southwestern flavors in this salad of the sea. Pure ancho chile powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and brown sugar give your tongue something to salivate over. Get your veggies in with some fresh tomato and onion garnish.

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