Fresh is best, but when you’re strapped for cash or want to stock up, frozen fruits and vegetables are a helpful and healthy option. Unlike canned produce, which is processed and may contain added ingredients (i.e. sugar or artificial sweeteners, salt, MSG—yuck!), the stuff you find in the freezer section is picked, blanched and flash frozen—locking in both essential nutrients and ripe-from-the-vine flavor.
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Just because greasy bread, gooey cheese and heavy mayo are no longer your thing doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a classic tuna melt! Ditch the diner version for this healthier alternative, made with sustainably caught, low-mercury tuna, Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise and vegan cheese, all piled atop whole grain bread and broiled ‘til golden brown and bubbly.
Brie is a mild, slightly sweet cheese that pairs particularly well with pears. Layer thin slices of each on crusty, whole grain bread for a sensational gourmet-style sandwich simple enough for anyone to make. A creative condiment takes the place of typical toppings, adding the perfect flavor contrast (and keeping the calorie count down!).
Skip the boring cheese and crackers! These simple-to-make appetizers will make a splash at your next summer party (while also giving guests a heaping helping of healthy omega-3s). Just combine canned salmon, cream cheese and chili pepper and serve a scoop on the crunchy cracker of your choice. Top with a sprig of fresh dill for instant elegance!
It’s an appliance that’s been making life in the kitchen easier (and healthier!) since 1922—so how is it you still don’t own a blender? This handy tool, invented for milkshake-making back in the old soda shop days, can chop, purée or liquefy fresh fruits, veggies, nuts and other foods for delicious, nutritious meals in minutes. Think: breakfast smoothies, homemade nut butters, creamy sauces, savory soups.
Is your garden teeming with zucchini? A quick-growing summer squash, zucchini appears in abundance this time of year, giving you basketfuls of a versatile veggie to cook or bake with. Put your homegrown harvest to good use with this quick-and-easy, 5-minute side dish. Simply toss zucchini slices with olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings and grill over medium heat until tender.
Squeeze in an extra serving of veggies at breakfast by topping a cream cheese and jam-covered bagel with fresh halved cherry tomatoes. Sprinkled with cinnamon, this creative combo makes a sweet start to your day—perfect when paired with a cup of hot herbal tea!
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