Tips to build a better smoothie

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Who loves smoothies? I know I do. There’s nothing quite like a smooth, creamy blend of fruits and veggies to make your taste buds and body sing.

Smoothies have many benefits beyond good taste; they can help you increase the number of fruits and vegetables in your diet, which is a cancer-protective eating style. This is a good thing, as it can be hard to meet your vegetable requirement of about 2 ½ – 3 cups per day for adults, and fruit requirement of about 1 ½ – 2 cups per day for adults. So packing a few servings into your glass is a good start. Read more… “Tips to build a better smoothie”

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    Makeover Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sweetening Power with Dates

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    I love to rely on dates—rich in fiber and phytochemical compounds—to offer natural sweetness to baked goods, such as breads, muffins, cakes, and cookies. It’s a good thing to reduce your consumption of added sugars, such as white sugar, cane sugar, or high fructose corn syrup, in your diet.

    And turning to dates for sweetening power is a good strategy. Read more… “Makeover Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sweetening Power with Dates”

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      Steps to make vegetarian meatballs, Mediterranean inspired

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      Enjoying vegetarian “meatballs” is a thing! Bloggers and food writers are getting creative, rolling up savory little bites filled with beans, lentils, whole grains, and vegetables as an addictive alternative to meat-based balls. These little treats are delicious as an appetizer at a party, served with pasta and a sauce, or showcased as the main event at your next meal.

      For this recipe, I found my inspiration in the Greek culinary tradition of keftedes—fried meatballs often served with French fries and a salad or as part of a meze (appetizer) platter. I skipped the meat and replaced it with hearty black-eyed peas (I had the most amazing black-eyed pea dish in Greece which inspired this idea!), along with nut meal, flax seeds, and red onions.

      The tastes of the Mediterranean are highlighted in this dish with dates, sun-dried tomatoes, and Greek herbs. I paired it with a bright lemony tahini dip. Read more… “Steps to make vegetarian meatballs, Mediterranean inspired”

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