Swap Meat for Spicy Lentils in this Hearty Salad

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Lentils are one of my favorite pantry staples. These legumes are part of the family of pulses, which also include beans, peas and chickpeas. They are rich in nutrients, inexpensive and versatile.

Lentils are also hearty enough that they make a great alternative to meat in salads, soups, and burgers. This lentil salad is one of my all-time favorite recipes because it’s simple to prepare with a unique, tasty combination of spices and flavors. Read more… “Swap Meat for Spicy Lentils in this Hearty Salad”

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    How to make kid-friendly, tasty fruit leather with 4 ingredients

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    One of my favorite things about fall is apple season. Apples are crisp and sweet and make for a great grab-and-go snack. They are also packed full of cancer-protective nutrients like fiber and the flavonoid quercetin, an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties.

    This year I decided to do something different with my bundle of apples and make homemade fruit leather. Fruit leather is a great snack for any age, but is a particularly good kid-friendly alternative to fruit rollups.

    Traditional fruit rollups contain almost no real fruit – the first two ingredients are corn syrup and sugar, followed by a small amount of fruit concentrate and a list of unknown additives (e.g. acetylated monoglycerides). Read more… “How to make kid-friendly, tasty fruit leather with 4 ingredients”

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      Sprucing up your office snack with sweet and spicy pecans

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      Eating small snacks throughout the day helps you avoid dips in energy to keep you productive and alert at work. Choosing the right type of snacks can also help you maintain a healthy body weight, which is important for cancer and chronic disease prevention.

      Foods that contain protein, fiber and heart-healthy fats slow the digestion process and lead to a longer feeling of satisfaction compared to processed, sugary snacks. A great snack option that includes all of these nutrients are nuts. Research has shown that eating nuts at least 4 times a week can reduce your risk of cancer. Nuts contain a variety of cancer-protective nutrients and phytochemicals, and are a good source of heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Read more… “Sprucing up your office snack with sweet and spicy pecans”

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