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Super Mason Jar Salad

Prep Time:  20 minutes

Cook Time:  5 minutes

Yield:  4 Mason Jar Salads

Do you avoid salads because you hate lettuce? I hate lettuce. I really do. Spinach, iceberg, romaine, kale, whatever—I rarely use it in my salad making at home. I simply prepare and consume salads (while dining out) merely for the guts of it—the protein, the nuts/seeds, and the other vegetables.  

Mason jar salads are a huge hit for me and my clients. Not only are they easy to prep and pack but the combinations are endless—perfect for someone on the go who likes continued variety and perfect for those, like me, who really just enjoy the guts of a salad and no lettuce.  


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Delectable Ways to Enjoy Fall Veggies

The weather is cooler, leaves are changing color, and pumpkin-spiced everything is gracing supermarket shelves. It must be fall!

Fall food is known for being comforting. That said, before you start day-dreaming  about favorite decadent fall treats, let’s think about some healthier autumn delicacies - fall vegetables! 

Fall vegetables are some of the most versatile and nutritious veggies around. They are packed full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and FLAVOR.

Check out these 8 great ideas for enjoying the fall harvest in your healthy way of eating!


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Healthy Eating: 10 Ideas for Summer’s Harvest

It’s that time of year when there is so much to take advantage of - warmer weather, more sunlight, vacation days and great food. 

With the end of summer upon us - and Labor Day gatherings gearing up, what better time is there to stock up on the summer produce you know you like? It’s also the perfect time to try new foods in some of your meals, snacks and party dishes. 

Check out these 10 tasty ideas to implement with so many veggies and fruits at their peak this summer harvest season.


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How to Eat More Vegetables

Question of the day: are you eating enough vegetables? 

If you’re like the average American, you aren’t.  Truth be told, most people even know they fall short of the daily recommendations!

The results are serious business, however.

When you shortchange your diet on vegetables, you’re missing out on a host of different vitamins, minerals and nutrients that have a dramatic impact on your metabolism and overall health.

With spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to reconsider your intake. Not only does the beginning of spring get us thinking about new goals, but it’s the perfect time to begin taking advantage of the spring and summer harvests ahead.  


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Recipe Round-up: Late Spring Veggies 

While mid-summer bounty garners the most attention, late spring delivers plenty of tasty, nutrient-dense vegetables we can incorporate into our healthy way of eating. These months deliver the first tempting crops of greens, herbs, onions and other “early” veggies. While these days we certainly have the luxury of never being limited to what's in season locally, eating seasonally can encourage us to experiment with new foods - particularly with produce. Whether you're looking to up your veggie intake or interested in trying out more seasonal fare, check out this four-course, spring-oriented menu - from soup to (pine) nuts. 


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8 Ways to Up Your Veggie Intake

For optimum health, we need nature’s most nutritionally dense foods. The vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients found in vegetables are critical for metabolic efficiency, mental well-being and overall health. That said, vegetables can be the hardest part of healthy eating to integrate. We might not have experience  with the variety of produce available to us or recipes to maximize their flavor. Expanding your palate can be an adventure, but it does take some commitment. The added effort will be worth it, however, when you realize you’ve made your Healthy Way of Eating (and weight loss) journey that much easier and more enjoyable. Check out these ten tips for meeting your healthy half-plate goal.

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Dinner for Breakfast?

Eating breakfast is a staple of a Healthy Way of Life.  It sets the tone for the entire day, whether that means suffering through a caffeine and sugar-induced roller coaster, a whole-grain provoked “loosen the bloated belt” kind of day, or smooth sailing with consistent energy after a balanced, real-food based meal.  Breakfast doesn’t have to be limited to the old standards you may have long since grown bored with.  After all, did the General of the mills order you to eat cold, crispy gruel every morning?

Breakfast, just like other meals should promote a rise in energy, satisfaction, and readiness to tackle the day’s tasks.  To accomplish this most smoothly, we need to include proteins, fats, fibers, and appropriate carbohydrate choices from the least processed foods we have access to.  Below are a few creative, non-traditional breakfast ideas you should try out next time you watch the sun rise. 

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