Healthy Living

Asian Style Veggie Stir-Fry Recipe

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Want something healthy that isn’t bland? This Asian style Veggie Stir-Fry recipe is the perfect meal that is just as delicious as it is healthy! So, skip that salad and let us help you make a healthy meal you won’t forget!

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Top 5 Healthy and Delicious Halloween Party Snacks

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Halloween and Candy are synonymous—and we’re sure your kids will get enough of it trick-or-treating. When it comes to this year’s Halloween party, though, there’s a better, healthier way to feed your kids, friends, and fellow parents!

With our picks for the healthiest and most delicious Halloween Party Snacks, now you can throw a fun and kid-approved party with snacks that aren’t loaded with sugar! All of the recipes below are easy enough that your kids or even party guests can help you prepare them. Try one (or a few!) of these guiltless treats this Halloween: read more →

4 Easy Afternoon Snacks for Back to School

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It’s back to school, and new supplies, homework, and class schedules get a lot of attention!

It’s important to plan for what happens after school, too. Healthy midday snacks can provide your kids with essential nutrition and improve their focus during homework time without spoiling their dinner.

If your family travels straight from school to activities like dance or sports, plenty of after school snack ideas can be made car-friendly.

The snacks below can be prepped ahead of time and will work great whether you’re gathered around the kitchen table or on the go. If you’re already out and about, or if you forget the snacks at home, you can pick up some nut-based trail mix, string cheese, or fresh fruit:

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5 Flavorful Summer Grilling Recipes for Vegetarians

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Grilling isn’t just for carnivores, especially during summer when produce is at its freshest. In fact, there many vegetables and types of fruit that taste great grilled.

Grill-friendly vegetables include bell peppers, zucchini, onions, corn, potatoes, asparagus, and tomatoes. The most grillable fruits include watermelon, peaches, apples, bananas, and figs.

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Vegetarians, vegans, and meat-lovers alike can enjoy our 5 favorite summer-friendly vegetarian grilling recipes:

  1. Spicy Jerk Vegetables

In this recipe, three kinds of mushrooms are used, along with whole scallions, eggplant, and even fennel.

The jerk seasonings include allspice, garlic powder, cayenne, powdered ginger, nutmeg, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Working in batches, grill the seasoned vegetables over moderate heat.  A yogurt-scallion sauce recipe is included to compliment the spicy veggies, containing yogurt, minced scallions, and lime juice.

  1. Mixed Grilled Vegetables with Fonduta

Fonduta is Italian for a melted cheese sauce. Traditional throughout the Piedmont region of Italy, it adds a richness to vegetables like Portobello mushrooms, plum tomatoes, zucchini squash, and yellow squash.

Just season, lightly char, and bring milk and cream to a boil in a saucepan to make the fonduta. Stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano, strain the fonduta in a sieve, and serve alongside the grilled vegetables.

  1. Grilled Summer Squash Pizza

Yes, you can make pizza on the grill! Grilled pizza offers a fresh perspective on a family favorite, and this recipe for summer squash pizza is a great way to introduce it.

Prepare fresh dough as you usually would when making a pizza in the kitchen. Then, divide your pound of dough into four sections, making 8-inch circles. Dress your squash with seasoning and olive oil. Grill the squash and dough separately as directed, then combine ingredients to make your beautiful and delicious summer squash pizza.

  1. Grilled Peaches

And now – on to fruit! Peaches are delicious when grilled, and they only take about 15 minutes total. Simply combine olive oil and either agave nectar or honey in a small bowl and brush over the cut sides of the peaches.

Coat your grill rack with cooking spray and arrange the peach pieces cut side down. Cook the peaches until they are caramelized. Feel free to jazz them up with fresh herbs, ice cream, or granola.

  1. Grilled Fig Bruschetta

This recipe is a showoff – it looks great, and can be made as an appetizer while you’re warming the grill.

Preheat the grill to medium heat, string figs onto grilling skewers, and drizzle with olive oil. Place the skewers and French baguette slices on the grill. Cook for just a couple of minutes, chop the figs, sprinkle with bleu cheese or gorgonzola, and drizzle with honey. Voila!

 

Want more Summer Recipes before it ends? Try inspiration from these other Cooks Innovations Summer Blogs:

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What is the Difference between Juicing and Blending?

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American households are increasingly interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes eradicating poor eating habits, and making consistent, conscious efforts to get into better shape.

Over the last few years, an endless assortment of diets, meal plans, and methods for eating healthier have become available. You’ve probably heard friends or family talking about two popular ways to process fruits and vegetables—juicing and blending.

What is the difference between the two, and how can you tell which is better? Let’s start with a breakdown of juicing versus blending:

Juicing is a process that removes all of the water and nutrients from fruits and vegetables, leaving the excess pulp. Since juicing doesn’t contain any fiber, you may find yourself looking for snacks to hold you over throughout the day. However, the benefit of removing fiber is that you are left with 100% of the nutrients, which are much easier on your digestive system, and a great source of nutritional value.

Blending, on the other hand, combines everything together as a whole. When you use a blender to make a smoothie, it leaves no excess pulp behind. Since this method retains all of the fiber found in fruits and vegetables, smoothies will usually fill you up and keep you satisfied for longer.

The big question now is, which one is better for you?

Honestly, there is no right or wrong answer as to which method is better or worse. Juicing may appeal to you more if you have a sensitive stomach, since it doesn’t contain any fiber. Or, you may prefer drinking something more filling like a smoothie. Either way, you’re making a healthy choice! Fruits and vegetables are vital in our everyday diet. So consuming them regularly, whether it is through blending or juicing, can do nothing but help you and your body in the long run.

If you do decide to start making juicing or blending a part of your daily routine, here are some key notes to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure to purchase the correct machine! You can’t blend with a juicer and juice with a blender, so make sure to find a quality appliance that fits your needs.
  2. Make your drinks fresh! Usually, it’s best to consume them within 15 minutes of being made, in order to digest all of the nutrients.

Whichever method you prefer, try to stick with it and incorporate it into your diet as much as possible. We all need our daily dose of fruits and veggies to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so why not drink up?

Get creative and play around with different recipes. Who knows, you may even find a new favorite go-to morning breakfast.

 

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