I love, Love, LOVE garlic. So much, in fact, that it’s pretty rare I don’t cook with it – I put it in everything (with exception to cakes and sweets). Not only does it provide an incredible dose of complex flavor but it also provides your body with health benefits. April 17th is National Garlic Day so I figured it would be the perfect excuse to compile a collection of my favorite garlic recipes from The Bewitchin’ Kitchen and other blogs.
Did you know that March is national nutrition month? What a better way to celebrate then a salad. Salad’s don’t have to be the typical boring lettuce and dressing variety – those get old very fast. Instead why not try something different like the Greek Barley and Peach Salad? It’s simple to make and uses canned peaches. I recently found out that a recent study done at Oregon State found that canned peaches 1.5x more antioxidants then fresh peaches and the Vitamin C levels are 3.5x greater then the fresh variety as well. Just make sure you don’t buy canned peaches heavy on the syrup side. I buy light syrup but still find that too much and I highly recommend rinsing them off before you put them in the salad, otherwise it could be too sweet.
St.Patrick’s day is a few days away and that means a lot of over indulging for a lot of people. Just because you’re leading a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to remove yourself from all the Irish fun. Personally, I’m not one for adding synthetic dyes to my food/drinks and it’s something that bothers me around this time of year. I’m also sick to death of all the sweet treats, it seems like every month gives you a reason to eat bad (however, I’m not going to lie I’m really enjoying seeing all the St.Patty’s Day desserts on Pinterest – they DO look delicious). That’s why this year on St Patrick’s Day I’m going to make an Irish stew. I’m staying within the Irish theme, but doing it my way with this hearty (but healthy) Irish Beef and Guinness Casserole.
Cooking healthy meals for your family is the key to living a healthy and nutritious life. Starting your children on a wholesome diet at a young age means that they’ll learn and appreciate the art of eating healthy as they grow and develop. They’ll enjoy the healthy meals you make (especially if they can help with the preparation!), and start to dislike the unhealthy options that many of their peers may eat while at school. Ensuring your family eats clean and healthy will give them the energy they need throughout the day, help them concentrate better at school, and give them the nutrients they need so that they will not be reaching for the snack bowl at any break they have. Cooking nutritious options is also important for health now and in the years to come. Healthy food choices have been proven to help to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, many cancers, and diabetes. In addition, healthy eating promotes a fit physique while helping to keep skin clear and under control (a struggle that many teens face).
A wonderful addition for any event, this hearty and tangy pasta salad with a nice, zesty Italian dressing will definitely make everyone happy at any table it is served. It combines several tasty ingredients into a blend that floods the sensations and makes other salads pale before it. It is easy to make as well as very sturdy and calorific. A word of warning – although you may feel inclined to eat a lot of it you should check your diet. Before you begin you will need some ingredients that will be the base of your salad:
There are many myths when it comes to healthy living and losing weight. Some of the myths that irk me the most are: “beef is bad for you”, “beef has bad fats”, “eating beef increases coronary heart disease risk”. All of these frequently heard statements are false. Not only Canadian Beef is a great way to eat healthy on a budget, but it’s also very versatile – the possibilities are endless.
I have been working with Slimming World for the last few months, learning the ins and outs of the online weight loss center and working with their support staff. Before I get into a review on how Slimming World can help you lose weight I am dying to share a few recipes from their Fast and Filling Family Food cookbook. These Cajun Chicken Kebobs are a sure fire favorite and a great way to get your family involved in living a healthier lifestyle.
Shrimp is the number one seafood in America and there’s no doubt why. It’s delicious, low calorie and high in protein. From spreads to au gratins, shrimp is one of the most versatile and special items to grace your table. Its elegance is outshined only by its nutritional value, an added bonus when other holiday favorites pack on the pounds. A serving size of three ounces of shrimp delivers nearly 20 grams of protein and a healthy dose of B vitamins, iron, and omega-3s, with only 84 calories and less than one gram of fat (when cooked plain). Serve with angel hair pasta.
Paleo Turkey Stuffed Peppers
- 1lb ground turkey
- 2 cups organic marinara sauce (I used Catelli Organics)
- 1 tbsp basil
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 cups spinach
- 3 red bell peppers
Pre-heat to 450
Cook up the ground turkey and add marinara and spices. Let simmer for the flavors to incorporate. In the mean time, take the tops off the peppers, slice them in half and de-seed them.
Add spinach to turkey mixture and stir until wilted.
Distribute the turkey evenly to the halved red peppers and bake for 25 minutes.
151 calories for each half!
I have made many versions of this recipe, if you don’t have some of these ingredients – no big deal. Use whatever it is that you have on hand: carrots, corn, green peppers: it’s all good.