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Change Up Your Fruit Routine!

Fruits can be loaded with vitamins and anti-oxidants, and if you haven’t, you might want to think about venturing out of your typical buy of apples and oranges. There are so many fruits, once thought to be quite the exotic finds on the mainland, that are now becoming very commonplace. Having problems finding these items in your local markets? Asian supermarkets with produce will be your next best bet! And if you are near a Chinatown, then you will definitely have more luck finding some of these items. For those who plan on taking a trip to Hawaii, be sure to check out the farmer’s markets or road stands there for some of these fruits that are grown fresh on its islands. Durian   Dubbed with the nickname,...

Delicious Campfire Recipes

Some say that camping is a form of roughing it, but that’s just because they haven’t tried these amazingly tasty campfire dishes. With the right ingredients and tools, you can create fantastic meals without the help of a full kitchen. As long as you can get that fire going, you are good to go! Campfire tip: Having trouble starting a campfire from scratch? Cheat a little by starting the base of the fire with the help of a piece of charcoal placed underneath the kindling. If you don’t say anything, we promise that we won’t either! Fresh Off the Grid Banana Boats If you have never had banana boats before, you are going to have a new favorite dish. Banana boats are oozing with all sorts of goodness...

Get Your Vegetarian Protein On!

One thing that we’ve noticed for those who have switched to a vegetarian or vegan diet is that sometimes they are sorely lacking when it comes to the protein department. Protein is a must to feeling full, overall good health, and getting strong and lean, versus just a skinny fat. If you’re having problems hitting your daily protein goal, try adding some of these items into your meals or snack times. Don’t know what your protein intake should be? For the average women, it is about 45-55 grams of protein a day, but to get an accurate number, click over to Health.com to calculate. 1 Egg = 6 Grams of Protein Eggs are an easy way to get in some needed protein. Poach them, scramble, them, hard boil...

Vegan Food Everyone Will Want To Eat

Hot For Food has been churning out some mouthwatering dishes that you are going to want to chow down on ASAP. What’s incredible is that everything is vegan! At first glance you would never be able to tell. Then when you go on to try the recipes out, you can easily see how well thought out the ingredients and techniques are. The end result is hearty, well-flavored dishes, that even meat lovers will be able to get on board with. The couple behind this site are Lauren Toyota and John Diemer. Not only do they run the HotForFoodBlog.com site and multiple YouTube channels, but they also have a cookbook coming out in 2018! S’more Cookies Beautiful and golden, decadent and chunky, these s’more cookies are making our hearts...

Healthier Dishes To Bring To Your Next BBQ

Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means that there will be a whole slew of BBQs coming up through the summer. Typically at BBQs, you can find burgers, hot dogs, sausages, chicken, steaks, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, and all of that heavier stuff. If the host and hostess is open to their guests bringing dishes to help feed everyone, why not bring something on the lighter side to go with the weather and balance out all of the other food? Browse through these mouth-watering recipes to pick one out for your next potluck BBQ. Cookie + Kate Soba Noodle Salad Soba salad is a unique dish to bring to any BBQ. Add peanut butter for fantastic flavor. Salad For President Brussel Sprouts Salad Incredibly simple, but a...

4 Healthy Food Sites That We Love

Looking for ways to easily makeover your eating habits to create a healthier and more revitalized you? Then you have got to check out these five sites that we cannot stop clicking through. 1. Bethenney.com The Real Housewives of New York City’s newest season will be hitting our television screens tonight!!! As we’ve been binge watching previous seasons to prepare, we have been reminded by what an incredible body Bethenney Frankel has. What we love about her figure is that she may be slim, but she is very tone and lean in a way that makes her look healthy versus sickly. As we scroll through her site, we find ourselves clicking on recipes for vegan oatmeal raisin cookies, how to spice up sandwiches, and Bethenney merchandise because we...

Healthy Ingredient Swaps To Try ASAP

Before you know it, summer will be here and we are going to have to squeeze into some swimwear for the summertime. But it isn’t just about looking good anymore. We want to feel good as well. This is why, rather than crash dieting, we’re more into a lifestyle change when it comes to our health. By simply swapping out certain ingredients with cleaner and more nutritional ones, we can get the food fix we need to satisfy cravings, while making better decisions for our bodies. Butternut Mac-n-Cheese Not only does this New York Times recipe cut down on the amount of cheese you use, but the squash will add a lot of wonderful flavor too. Some cooks in the comments suggest adding mustard powder to offset...

Environment Friendly Coffee Pod Options

There is no denying that coffee capsule machines provide a time-saving service. However, did you ever step back and take a look at how your daily coffee pod is affecting the environment? If you are not using reusable pods, recyclable pods, or biodegradable pods, then you are creating extra waste that will continue to affect future generations. The inventor of the Keurig K-Cup, John Sylvan, has even come out and expressed his regret on creating a provide that has such a negative impact on the environment. Our world is already on shaky ground already. It’s March, and on the east coast there is literally a blizzard going on right now, when it was 60 degrees about a week ago. Let’s try to take whatever steps we...

ASPCA Shop With Your Heart

If you love animals, we have a feeling that you have either dabbled in becoming vegan/vegetarian or the thought has at least crossed your mind. In the meantime, there are many ways to adjust your food shopping habits to help better the welfare of farm animals. ASPCA has a fantastic, Shop With Your Heart movement that you are going to want to check out. If you sign up here, they will send you materials that can help you make more animal-friendly decisions during your next trip to the grocery store. Some things can be done are to only purchase animal products from those who have credible animal welfare certifications, choose more plant-based alternatives, or even ask your local market to carry more or these products so...

On-The-Go Healthy Snacking

Is it just us, or does each passing year seem to get busier and busier? Sometimes busy is good, however, we have noticed that it is starting to affect our waistlines, hips, arms, face, and a whole lot of other parts. Boo!!! Grabbing a bag of chips or a decadent brownie here and there may seem innocuous, but sometimes we don’t realize how often we are reaching for these calorie-laden, fatty snacks at times. That’s why, for 2017, we are going to make sure to have some great, on-the-go snacks stashed away in our bags while we are running around. Check out what’s going to be in our snacking arsenal this year. Fruit Bliss Organic Deglet Nour Dates, $4.59 Organic Valley Organic Balance Milk Protein Shake, $13.29 Paleo People Granola...