Why throw together another ordinary lettuce-and-tomato side salad when you can make a meal-worthy, mixed-greens masterpiece? Fresh baby spinach leaves, kale, avocado and artichoke hearts are just a few of the plant powerhouses tucked into this bowl. Sprinkle on some crunchy, protein-packed pumpkin seeds and top with a drizzle of zesty, homemade balsamic dressing—lunch is served!
Is there a picky eater in your family? A vegetarian? A vegan? Everyone can be happy at dinner on taco night! Start off by sautéing some veggies—use fresh favorites or take this opportunity to “clean out” your refrigerator’s produce drawer. From here, you can go meatless or brown up some beef or buffalo meat—your choice. Serve with seasoned brown rice and toppings your troop loves! I like to lay out whole wheat tortillas, local raw goat cheese, avocado, shredded cabbage and chopped tomato.
When I think about an Earth Day meal, I think fresh, green and local! In an ideal world, this would describe how we eat every day. But even if you’re just getting into the swing of a natural-food approach to eating, why not make Earth Day your first day on the path to becoming the healthiest you yet?
Green tea is great hot or iced. But have you tried it in a smoothie? Brew a cup and let it chill before adding to your blender with almond milk, sliced avocado, flax seeds and other superfood favorites for a rich-and-creamy, antioxidant-packed drink.
New to quinoa? This easy-to-make pilaf combines everyone’s favorite fluffy, nutty-tasting grain with a combination of wild, brown and black rice and flavorful veggies including artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes and kale. Serve a scoop with your main entrée, or top with cashew cream and diced avocado for a meal in itself!
Are you making a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier while staying gluten-free? This healthy lunch idea comes from Alice Bast, Founder and President of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). The citrus in the grapefruit and homemade dressing can help you feel light and bright, even on a dreary winter day.
Chocolate cravings sometimes hit hard. When nothing can stop you, blend up a batch of this guilt-free, dairy-free pudding. Its creaminess comes from a “surprise” healthy ingredient: silky-smooth, whipped avocado! Mix in raw cacao and coconut for rich flavor, plus a sprinkle of cinnamon and vanilla for natural sweetness.
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