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    30 Superfoods You Can Sneak Into Your Go-To Meals

    Superfoods: a buzzword that’s been tossed around a lot over the past couple of years. But what exactly is a superfood? According to registered dietitian Beth Czerwony, a superfood “helps promote health by increasing your immune function and decreasing your chance of disease progression.” As of today, there is no exact criteria for which foods are classified as superfoods, but it goes without saying that there are some foods higher in vitamins and minerals than others (looking at you, french fries). While I fully believe foods should not be labeled as “good” or “bad,” I’m also always on the hunt for how to cook meals that I not only love, but that are also filled with nutrient-dense foods that support my long-term health goals. As it turns out, superfoods are a great hack for this. Read on for 30 nutritiously-dense superfoods, plus easy ways to incorporate them into your diet.

    1. Cinnamon: Add it to your morning coffee, smoothie, or pancake recipe. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce blood sugar levels.
    2. Chia seeds: Sprinkle them on your salad or into your morning smoothie or yogurt. Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and may help to lower LDL cholesterol. 
    3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Switch out any butter or vegetable oils for olive oil. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
    4. Dark Chocolate: Switch out your milk or white chocolate snacks for dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is known to have higher benefits for heart health than other cocoa-based products.
    5. Spinach: Spinach is a great source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B, A, E, C, and K. In the mornings, add a handful of spinach to a smoothie or fry it with your eggs. Try a spinach salad for lunch, or mix it into your pasta recipe for dinner.
    6. Dates: They make a great snack, and this recipe shares seven ways to eat them, or you can blend them into a smoothie too. They are a great source of fiber, iron, and magnesium.
    7. Avocados: Try avocado toast for breakfast, add an avocado to your salad for lunch or a salmon bowl for dinner, or try this easy avocado snack. Avocados are a great source of healthy fat and are great nutrient boosters.
    8. Pomegranates: Aside from adding them to a salad or drinking fresh pomegranate juice, you can also eat pomegranates on their own for a snack. They are high in antioxidants and promote heart health. 
    9. Blueberries: If you like to bake, blueberry muffins or bars are a great way to add some blueberries to your diet. For an easy health hack, add them to your smoothie or yogurt bowl, or eat them as a snack with almonds. Blueberries are a healthy source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 
    10. Wild salmon: Choosing salmon as your protein source for lunch or dinner once a week, as opposed to other seafood, chicken, or red meat, makes for a great boost in Omega-3 fatty acids. You can try it in a salmon bowl with rice and vegetables or on a sheet pan dish with veggies.
    11. Garlic: Luckily, many recipes already call for garlic, including stir frys, salad dressings, pastas, and soups. Garlic not only helps boost immunity and works as an anti-inflammatory, but also helps your heart health too.
    12. Mushrooms: A highly underrated food, mushrooms are a great topping on pizza or salads as well as with pasta or roasted vegetables. Most types of mushrooms are rich in B vitamins, phosphorus, vitamin D, selenium, copper, and potassium. 
    13. Quinoa: Next time you make a rice dish, opt for quinoa instead. Quinoa is a great source of plant protein and fiber. 
    14. Lemon: Spice up your water by adding some lemon to it. Not only does lemon water keep you hydrated, but it also aids digestion and boosts your vitamin C intake.
    15. Kimchi: This traditional Korean dish is an easy add-on to your stir fry and tastes great in a seaweed wrap with rice and other vegetables. A great gut-boosting food, kimchi is filled with probiotics, and we all know the gut is the control center of the body. 
    16. Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes taste great with in any bowl or sheet pan meal. They are a great source of healthy carbohydrates, vitamins A, B6, and C as well as potassium and fiber. 
    17. Chickpeas: Chickpeas are a delicious substitute for anyone with gluten sensitivities (peep chickpea pasta), and as a complete protein high in fiber, they also help to balance blood sugar. You can add chickpeas to salads or substitute them for chicken in wraps. This recipe is a personal favorite.
    18. Golden Berries: This tiny berry packs a punch. Filled with vitamins and minerals, you can eat golden berries on their own or with yogurt and granola.
    19. Green Tea: If you’re an avid coffee drinker, try switching out your morning or afternoon coffee with green tea (hello, matcha). There is a realm of benefits to drinking green tea, including lowering cholesterol and boosting heart health. It also might be the secret to gut health.
    20. Turmeric: Sprinkling half a teaspoon of turmeric on your fried eggs or roasted vegetables, or drinking turmeric tea can go a long way. Turmeric is beneficial for managing inflammation. 
    21. Tahini: Once you try a tahini-based salad dressing, you’ll never go back. It is rich in fatty acids, including omega-3s and omega-6s. Here is a great recipe.
    22. Red Beets: Beets are special for their cardiovascular and heart health benefits. They can be grilled or baked with other vegetables or juiced.
    23. Manuka Honey: Bee-based products are all the rage right now, and for good reason. Manuka honey has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. It can be added to tea, yogurt, acai bowls, or drizzled on toast. 
    24. Spirulina: Available most commonly in powder or supplement form, you can add spirulina to smoothies, a pancake mix, or an orange or grapefruit juice. Spirulina is filled with immunity-boosting properties.
    25. Tomatoes: Try replacing cream sauces with tomato sauces in your pasta, or adding tomatoes to your breakfast egg scramble. Tomatoes provide a good amount of potassium as well as vitamins A, C, and K. 
    26. Maca Powder: You can add maca powder to smoothies, coffee, pancakes, oatmeal, or baked goods. It can be incredibly powerful in helping to balance hormones.
    27. Almonds: Almonds are a great protein-packed snack on their own, but you can also opt for almond butter, which you can add to smoothies, toast, or apples. Not only are almonds packed with nutrients, but they can also help lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol. 
    28. Bone Broth: Drinking bone broth is a great way to boost your immune system and add more collagen to your diet. The easiest way to consume bone broth is in soups.
    29. Seaweed: Seaweed snacks are a personal favorite, but you can eat seaweed with sushi or add it to soups. It is a significant source of vitamins and minerals.
    30. Ghee: If you don’t want to switch out your butter or oils for olive oil, ghee is another good substitute. Ghee is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. 

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    Every Product Your Kitchen Needs To Make Healthy Eating Easy (and Delicious)

    The real secret to successfully eating healthier (while still staying sane) is truly cooking at home more often. And the secret to cooking healthy at home more often is stocking your kitchen with items that make healthy cooking easier, and stocking your pantry with more nutritious versions of all your favorite foods. When a craving hits, you won’t have to ignore it. Instead, you’ll be prepared to DIY a meal that tastes as good as it is good for you. Stock up on these kitchen essentials that make healthy eating a breeze, and get ready for a happier, healthier you.

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    Beast Health
    Compact, sleek, and functional, this blender serves up the smoothest smoothies, dressings, soups, nut milks—you name it—hands down. Did I mention you can conveniently take it to-go?
    Available in two colors.

    Always Pan
    Braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, serve, store—there’s essentiallynothing this pan can’t do. Plus, it’s non-stick and non-toxic, so all you have to worry about is what you’re going to dish out.
    Available in nine colors.

    Automatic Nut Milk Maker
    If you’re a real health nut, you might be having oat milk with your coffee and almond milk in your smoothies. But many of the packaged kinds are processed and full of added chemicals. Make DIYing your own plant-based milk a piece of (dairy-free) cake with this easy-to-use nut milk maker.
    Available in two colors.

    Good Grips
    Salad Spinner
    Greens need to be washed at home (all the dirt, pesticides, touching… yuck!), but can get soggy after washing if you use a plain ol’ strainer. The salad spinner dries your greens quickly, leaving you with clean, crisp, and ready-to-use veggies.

    Indoor Grill
    If you haven’t jumped on the air fryer bandwagon yet or you’re in the market for a new one, look no further. This time-saver is not only an air fryer, but it also grills, roasts, bakes, and dehydrates. And it’s on sale!

    Menu Denmark
    Bottle Grinders
    Not your average salt and pepper shakers, these chic bottles grind more than just S + P. They also grind herbs, spices, grains, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits for more nutritious and tasty meals. Their pretty design is just icing on the cake.
    Available in two colors.

    Instant Pot
    Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker
    Say hello to your other must-have, all-purpose gadget to make your weeknight dinners a pinch. Throw ingredients in the pot and set a timer for an easy-to-use and easy-to-clean way to make everything from soups and steamed veggies to pasta and ribs and even cheesecake (yes, you read that right!).

    Crate & Barrel
    4-Piece Place Setting
    There’s no denying we also eat with our eyes, so why not romanticize and zhuzh up your meals with an aesthetically-pleasing dinner set? This find sets an impressive table for dinner—whether a casual supper for one (or two) or a more formal gathering.
    Available in two colors.


    Glass Lunch Bowl Container
    Get rid of those plastic containers that are as bad for your body as they are for the environment. Instead, try out these microwave and dishwasher-safe glass storage containers that will not only keep your fridge tidy (and pretty), but also won’t leak toxins into your food.
    Available in five colors.

    Bee’s Wrap
    Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap
    Wrap up leftovers or on-the-go meals or snacks with good-for-the-environment wrap instead of single-use plastic wrap. You probably get it by now: A healthy kitchen means healthy for you AND our planet.

    Reusable Sandwich Bag
    Make plastic storage bags a thing of the past with this reusable silicone and easy-to-store alternative. Whether you use it to pack up lunch, store leftovers, or steam veggies, you won’t miss your old Ziploc bags. Oh, and this gem is freezer, oven, microwave, and dishwasher-safe.
    Available in multiple sizes and colors.

    Onion, Garlic, Lemon, Tomato, Lemon, and Avocado Keepers
    No more half eaten avocado, tomato, lemon, garlic, or onion that ends up in the trash, thanks to these finds. The BPA-free keepers extend the shelf life of your favorite produce while keeping your fridge organized.

    Lazy Susan Organizer
    With this organizer, you can easily find and grab what you need—be it snacks, sauces, produce, or supplements—with a quick turn. The clear, BPA-free bins are removable, making refills and clean-up a cinch.

    5-Piece Container Set
    A healthy kitchen starts with always having good-for-you pantry staples on hand that you can use to easily and quickly whip up nutritious meals. Well, this dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, and stackable set will keep your dry foods fresh and your pantry in order.

    Cord Organizer for Kitchen Appliances
    Your kitchen countertops will be free of messy, annoying power cords with these cord keepers. Simply attach them to the back of your small kitchen appliances (think: blender, coffee machine, air fryer, toaster) for a well-kept kitchen.


    Kathryne Taylor
    Love Real Food
    Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or meat-eater, this cookbook has something for everyone. Loaded with 100 approachable and delicious meatless recipes made with fresh, wholesome, sustainable food, it takes the guesswork out of weeknight dinners.

    Kristin Cavallari
    True Comfort
    Channel Kristin Cavallari in your own kitchen when you recreate her favorite healthy, gluten and refined sugar-free comfort food recipes. What’s more, she let us in on her tips and tricks to putting together a well-stocked pantry, fridge, and freezer.

    America’s Test Kitchen
    Bowls: Vibrant Recipes with Endless Possibilities
    There’s something about bowls that makes its contents that much more appetizing. With 75 bowl recipes and mix-and-match bases, toppings, and sauces, this cookbook ensures there will be no shortage of bowl nights. Seared Tuna Poke Bowl, anyone?

    Toby Amidor
    The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook: Easy and Wholesome Meals to Cook, Prep, Grab, and Go
    There’s no denying that meal prep saves time and money, but let’s face it: When we do get around to it, we often stick with the same ol’, uninspired meals. Enter: The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook. Packed with wholesome grab-n-go options for breakfast and lunch as well as quick dinners, consider your meals for the week ahead cooked and ready to serve.

    Jeanine Donofrio
    Love and Lemons Every Day: More than 100 Bright, Plant-Forward Recipes for Every Meal
    Known for her food blog featuring fresh recipes with seasonal fruits and vegetables as the main ingredients, Donofrio dishes out more than 100 new vegetarian recipes in Love & Lemons Every Day. Leave it to Donofrio to turn butternut squash into the tastiest creamy queso you’ve ever had and transform sweet potato into a smooth chocolate frosting. And ever wonder what to do with those unused vegetable parts (looking at you, broccoli stalks)? You better believe she’s got a clever solution or two for that.

    Ina Garten
    Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
    No one does soul-satisfying dishes like Ms. Ina Garten. Sometimes you just need a hearty cheddar and chutney grilledcheese sandwich with a side of creamy tomato bisque to warm your insides. From whipping up special weekend breakfasts and quick weeknight dinners to cocktails and dessert, it’s the closest thing to having Ina cooking alongside you IRL.

    Pantry Staples

    Verve Coffee Roasters
    Fair Trade Organic Coffee
    If you’re drinking a cup (or three) of coffee a day, you should know where it comes from and that it’s full of all the good antioxidants sans pesticides, added chemicals, etc. This java is fair trade, organic, and made in California, so you know exactly what you’re getting.

    Noble Made
    Classic BBQ Sauce
    Don’t mistake this essential pantry staple for the standard sugar-laden version. The Noble Made rendition is made with all-natural, clean ingredients (think: water, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, and spices) and gets its slightly sweet kick from pineapple juice. Taco Tuesday, Meatless Monday, and your BBQs just got a major upgrade.

    Simple Mills
    Farmhouse Cheddar Crackers
    When it comes to snacks, there’s nothing more classic than cheese crackers. But these cleaner Simple Mills cheddar crackers get an “A” for the nutrient boost they deliver on, thanks to their flour blend of almonds, sunflower seeds, and flaxseeds, not to mention organic cheese. A winning combo of carbs, protein, and fat, what’s not to love?

    Hearts of Palm Pasta
    Your pasta night just got a whole lot more nutritious and exciting. This low-carb, high-fiber linguine pasta made out of hearts of palm may be veggie-based, but it tastes and looks like the real deal.

    Sea Salt Tortilla Chips
    Got a serious guacamole addiction? Same. Try these non-GMO, grain-free tortilla chips that are made with avocado oil and contain more fiber and protein than your typical chips for guilt-free snacking.

    Base Culture
    Sourdough Bread
    The best thing since sliced bread is, well, this sliced bread, and for good reason. Made with zero artificial ingredients and a solid mix of carbs, protein, and fiber, you can’t go wrong making toasts and sandwiches with this bread.

    Marinara Sauce
    Slow-cooked sweet Italian tomatoes, olive oil, onions, salt, garlic, basil, black pepper, and oregano (read: fresh, whole ingredients) come together to create this no-sugar-added, classic marinara sauce. Top off the aforementioned linguine pasta, spaghetti squash lasagna, or pizza crust with it for a clean, authentic Italian meal (insert chef’s kiss).

    Navitas Organics
    Chia Seeds
    Instantly give your smoothie, oatmeal, stir fry, salad, and baked goods (I could go on and on) a protein and fiber boost with this organic, nutrient-dense superfood.

    Chosen Foods
    Avocado Oil Spray
    PSA: Many store-bought foods and restaurant dishes are cooked with genetically-modified vegetable oils (think: canola or sunflower oil). The good news? When you have this 100% pure Avocado Oil Spray that is free of chemicals, emulsifiers, and propellant as your kitchen sidekick, you can cook, sauté, bake, dress, or broil worry-free.

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    Healthier Holiday Dessert Recipes a Registered Dietitian Swears By

    If you ask me, the holidays aren’t complete without your favorite, nostalgic foods. Even as an adult, I still look forward to decorating sugar cookies this time of year. Between work parties, family celebrations, and holiday festivities with friends, it can seem like dessert options are never-ending. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself or you have to forgo them altogether. 
    While I believe all foods can be enjoyed in moderation as a part of a healthy diet, it’s also important to be mindful of added sugar consumed during the holidays and beyond. Luckily, there are countless festive dessert recipes that incorporate healthy fats, natural sweeteners, and fiber without sacrificing taste. Keep reading for a round-up of healthier holiday desserts you can enjoy this season. 

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    10 Festive Non-Alcoholic Cocktails to Try This Season

    With all that celebrating this time of year comes drinks—lots and lots of drinks. And while I’ve never been one to turn down a glass of bubbly (or two), I also know it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Not only does alcohol wreak havoc on your digestive system, but it can affect mood (that dreaded hangxiety) and overall make you feel blah. It’s no wonder more and more people are becoming sober curious. The good news is there are plenty of bevvies of the booze-free variety that are full of holiday spirit. So whether you’re sober, sober curious, or just in the mood for a mocktail this holiday season, check out this list of 10 alcohol-free holiday drinks to toast with. 

    Source: Camille Styles

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    Source: Unbound Wellness

    Source: Garnish with Lemon


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    8 Hacks That Will Help You Stop Throwing Away Uneaten Produce Every Week

    We’ve all been there: You load up a cart full of fresh fruits, veggies, and greens with high hopes of a healthy, salad-filled week ahead. But then you needed to treat yourself with takeout after a rough day at work. Or you spotted that bag of Trader Joe’s pasta stashed in your freezer and all memory of vegetables left your brain. All too soon, your once-crisp, fresh produce is now brown, limp, and oozing some sort of strange liquid.
    If this feels a little too familiar, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. Sure, part of the problem comes down to meal planning, but sometimes life just gets in the way. Luckily, there are tons of tricks out there that can help keep your produce fresher for longer. If you’re sick of throwing out fruits and veggies week after week, here are the produce hacks you need to know:

    1. Wait to wash your produce until you’re ready to eat it.
    I know you’ve seen those fridge-stocking videos of people unpacking their groceries, washing all the produce, and carefully arranging it in aesthetically pleasing containers. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: all that produce is going to go bad so fast. That’s because pre-washing your produce adds excess moisture that could make it spoil faster. Plus, you’ll likely want to rinse it again before eating it anyway to wash off any fridge germs, so you might as well save some water and skip the pre-rinse. 

    2. Store your produce properly. 
    If you come home from the grocery store and immediately toss everything in the fridge, you might be doing it wrong. Some fruits and veggies need to stay chilled while others are best kept at room temperature, and it’s important to know the difference. Tomatoes, for example, will go bad fast if you store them in the refrigerator. In general, fruits that ripen over time (like bananas, melons, avocadoes, and peaches) are good on the counter until they’re ripe—then they should go in the fridge. 

    3. Use your fridge drawers correctly.
    Most refrigerators have what are called crisper drawers—usually one for fruits and another for veggies. They’re separate because vegetables tend to prefer high humidity, while most fruits do best in low humidity. These drawers are typically marked accordingly, but if not, make sure the drawer you store your veggies in is closed tightly. You can keep your fruit drawer slightly ajar to lower the humidity inside.

    4. Put a paper towel in with your greens.
    If you’re tired of taking your spinach on its weekly trip from the fridge to the garbage can, this produce hack is for you. The next time you buy a plastic container of greens, open the lid and place a few paper towels on top. (If you buy bagged greens, empty them out into a separate container, then add the paper towels.) Put the lid back on, flip the container upside-down, and store it like that in the fridge. The paper towels will absorb moisture and help keep the greens fresh. Bonus tip: You can also use paper towels to keep your fresh berries from going mushy too soon!

    5. Freeze fresh herbs in oil.
    Herbs are a great way to add flavor and freshness to your meals, but it always seems impossible to use them all up before they go bad. Instead of waiting for that extra basil to inevitably perish in your fridge, freeze it in oil so you can use it later. All you have to do is chop up your herbs, spoon them into an ice cube tray, top with olive oil, and pop into the freezer. Later on, you can use your frozen herb cubes to flavor sauces, soups, pasta dishes, and more.

    6. Cover banana stems with foil.
    Bananas can go from green to brown and mushy in a matter of days. If you’re not looking to whip up some banana bread, you can keep your bananas fresher by covering the stem with a small piece of aluminum foil. This trick works because of a little thing called ethylene—AKA the gas that fruits emit as they ripen. By keeping it contained, you can slow down the ripening process. If your bananas still went brown faster than you wanted, peel, slice, and freeze them—you can use them for smoothies!

    7. Revive wilted produce with cold water.
    Got some produce that has gone all limp and wilted? You don’t have to throw it away just yet. Since most veggies and greens are porous, you can revive them by soaking them in water. Submerge your wilted produce in a container filled with ice water and place it in the fridge. In about 30 minutes, it should be perky again! For produce with stalks or stems (like broccoli, asparagus, celery, and herbs), treat them like a bouquet of flowers. Trim the ends and stand them up in a container of cold water so they can absorb moisture from the bottom up.

    8. Store mushrooms in paper bags.
    Mushrooms tend to turn slimy and unappetizing real quick, and the plastic-wrapped container they’re packaged in is often the culprit. Instead of tossing that container straight into your crisper drawer, empty the mushrooms into a paper bag first. The paper bag will absorb moisture, keeping your mushrooms at the right humidity level and slime-free. 

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    23 Plant-Based Recipes to Bring to Thanksgiving

    When I tell people I’m vegetarian, the #1 question I’ve always been asked is, “So what do you eat at Thanksgiving?” While a meat-free lifestyle has become more popular since second grade when the other kids called me “veggie girl” (true story), Thanksgiving isn’t traditionally the most plant-based-friendly holiday. Lucky for us health nuts, it’s actually easier than you think to find plant-based Thanksgiving recipes, whether you’re vegetarian/vegan or want to add more produce that will make you feel good and help prevent the dreaded post-Thanksgiving food coma.
    To prove it, here are 23 Thanksgiving recipes for all your traditional favorites, only they each sneak in some extra fruits or vegetables for more nutritious options. The best part? These recipes are so delicious, your friends at Friendsgiving or that picky uncle who only eats meat and dairy will never be able to tell the difference (because healthy or not, Thanksgiving dinner is meant to be enjoyed). 

    1.  Butternut Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates 

    Source: Love & Lemons

    2.  Sautéed Brussels Sprouts Salad with Mustard Sauce

    Source: Cotter Crunch

    3.  Kale and White Bean Artichoke Dip

    Source: Minimalist Baker

    4.  Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Garlic Vinaigrette 

    Source: Abra’s Kitchen

    5.  Turkey Veggie Tray

    Source: Eating Bird Food

    6.  Curried Cauliflower, Grape, and Lentil Salad

    Source: Minimalist Baker

    Main Dishes
    7.  Kale and Mushroom Stuffing

    Source: Love & Lemons
    8.  Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe

    Source: Pinch of Yum

    9.  Lentil and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

    Source: Minimalist Baker

    10.  Vegan and Gluten-Free Gravy

    Source: Jessica in the Kitchen

    11.  Healthy Green Bean Casserole with Mushroom Cashew Cream Sauce

    Source: Eating Bird Food
    12.  Roasted Delicata Squash

    Source: Love and Lemons

    13.  Vegan Meatloaf with Chickpeas and Lentils

    Source: Jessica in the Kitchen

    14.  Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

    Source: Love & Lemons

    16.  Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

    Source: Minimalist Baker

    17.  Feel-Good Apple Muffins

    Source: Pinch of Yum
    18.  No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

    Source: Eating Bird Food

    19.  Cinnamon Baked Pears

    Source: Jessica in the Kitchen

    20.  Dairy and Gluten-free Carrot Cake with Lemon Frosting

    Source: Top with Cinnamon

    21.  Cinnamon Chickpea Blondies

    Source: Cotter Crunch

    22.  Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Scones

    Source: Abra’s Kitchen

    23.  Paleo Orange Loaf with Dark Chocolate Glaze

    Source: Ambitious Kitchen

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    I’m a Vegetarian and My Boyfriend Isn’t. Here’s What I Make in a Week

    Cooking is my love language. Some people give gifts and some people write love letters, but I cook. Though my boyfriend knows a thing or two about roasting veggies and makes a mean pasta sauce, I like to do the cooking because it’s the way I take care of the people I love. It’s an activity I look forward to all day long, and let’s be honest, I’m just way better than he is (he’s better at doing the dishes, so win-win!). However, every meal I make is vegetarian. I’ve never eaten meat in my life (nope, not once!), so I wouldn’t even know what to do with a chicken breast, and I couldn’t tell you the difference between an oyster and a clam. My boyfriend grew up on chicken wings and steak, so I knew his adjustment to my plant-based lifestyle would not necessarily be seamless. 
    While every relationship is different, having dinner is something we like to do together. Eating together is our special ritual; I like to cook for him, and we hang out in the kitchen to catch up on our days. While many couples prefer to eat separate meals (especially when they have different dietary needs), I’ve found ways to make my cooking style work for both of our preferences, so I recorded my meals through an entire week of dinners from Sunday to Thursday (you best believe Friday is reserved for sushi takeout!). Read on for my tips, tricks, and recipes for cooking dinner as a vegetarian for my meat-loving boyfriend. 

    Sunday: Pasta Night

    My boyfriend and I are both Italian, so pasta is the natural go-to in our house. Seriously, there have been weeks where we have same kind of pasta every single night. It’s a good Sunday meal because it’s easy, simple, and delicious. Plus, whether or not you eat meat, everybody loves pasta, right? For plant-based options, I use quinoa, brown rice, or chickpea pasta, or I’ll make spaghetti squash. As for sauce, I love a homemade pesto or quick marinara, but I’ve also been known to get adventurous by adding avocado or hearts of palm to make a vegan “pasta alfredo” (at this point, my boyfriend has stopped asking what’s in the sauce). Don’t forget a simple side salad!  

    Monday: Korean Savory Pancakes

    The secret to getting your significant other to eat less meat? Get adventurous. Since I love to cook and try new foods, I make sure to experiment with different flavors and learn about different diets I would not otherwise be exposed to. In other words, my boyfriend is never bored. I was inspired by a recipe from Bonberi of bin dae tteok, or savory mung bean pancakes, which is a traditional Korean dish. Due to lack of time, I replaced mung beans with chickpea flour (very untraditional) and put together these delicious and dip-able pancakes in under 20 minutes. Trust me, he’s not missing his steak dinners. 

    Tuesday: Fried Egg Tacos

    Pro tip: If you live with someone who has totally different dietary preferences, taco night is the way to go. They’re easily customizable, and all you have to do is prepare a few different toppings and a couple of different fillers. I’ll fill mine with veggies and beans, but my boyfriend can add any kind of meat to his if he’s craving some extra protein. Another favorite hack is to top quesadillas or tacos with a fried egg for extra flavor and protein. I love using eggs for dinner as a protein we both can eat. 

    Wednesday: Blue Apron Meal for Two

    And now for my best cooking-for-two-different-diets hack: Blue Apron. Let’s be honest, yes, I love cooking, but I don’t always have time to meal plan, grocery shop, and DIY an entire meal from scratch. I think of Blue Apron as an investment in our relationship because we both can get what we want. Sometimes the vegetarian option is so delicious and filling that my boyfriend doesn’t even realize there wasn’t any meat. But when he is craving some chicken, steak, or seafood, Blue Apron offers the ability to have two separate proteins for the same recipe, so I’ll add tofu and he’ll add pork—no separate meal required. 
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    Thursday: Asparagus Soup

    Some nights, I cook something that may not be filling enough for my boyfriend, so he’ll plan ahead to make his own meat if he wants something extra. Tonight, I was craving soup (it was a rare occurrence, I swear), so I prepared a thick asparagus soup and topped it off with pumpkin seeds and toasted baguette. Bonus life hack: Throw any soup into the blender, and it’ll immediately taste richer and creamier, even if it’s totally vegan. While that was enough for me, my boyfriend roasted some chicken for himself to eat with the soup. Bottom line is, if you have a meat-loving significant other or your roommate is fully plant-based while you can’t give up bacon, any vegetarian main meal can be turned into a side dish for a meat-lover. 

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    Matcha Is Not Just a Trend: Here’s What You Should Know About It

    Move aside, espresso! Whether matcha is a new ingredient you spotted at Starbucks or a longtime staple in your household, this superfood packs some serious benefits that many Everygirl editors have experienced for themselves. FYI, matcha isn’t just a trendy caffeine craze taking over coffee shop menus and health food store shelves; it has roots in ancient Chinese and Japanese history. The powerful powdered tea is said to have originated in China (over 4,000 years ago!) before making its way to Japan and becoming a key part of tea ceremonies for thousands of years. With a history like that, you know it’s gotta have the health benefits to back it up.

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    What is matcha?
    “Matcha has been an all-star for centuries and was traditionally used in Chinese medicine,” explained Shizu Okusa, founder of Apothékary, a brand of plant-based medicine supplements based in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Japanese Kampo Medicine. “Matcha is made from green tea leaves that are grown in the shade to avoid direct sunlight. This process increases the content of nutrients, including amino acids and antioxidants, and is rich in chlorophyll.” In other words, it’s a powdered, more concentrated version of the green tea you’d find as loose leaf or in a tea bag, giving it a bright green hue, earthy taste, and high levels of antioxidants. 

    What are the benefits?
    “Matcha is known for boosting the metabolism, sharpening cognitive function, and basically keeping you on your A-game,” Okusa said. Yes, matcha is known as a coffee alternative because it contains caffeine, but the effects are very different. According to U.S. News & World Report, matcha gives you a calmer, more sustained energy, whereas coffee can make you feel jittery or leave you with that dreaded caffeine crash. Every body is different, so it’s important to experiment for yourself, but if you’re experiencing negative symptoms from coffee, like energy crashes or trouble sleeping, matcha might be a good alternative. 
    Beyond the caffeine, matcha itself is a powerful health food. It contains a high amount of antioxidants (one study found the number of antioxidants in matcha is up to 137 times greater than in other types of green tea. That’s a lot of antioxidants!), can help boost brain health, and may help promote heart health. Traditionally, matcha was seen as having energetic benefits as well. “This powerful superfood contains both Yin and Yang aspects by increasing energy while promoting calmness,” Okusa explained. 

    How to DIY Your Own Matcha at Home
    Matcha is a simple ingredient to incorporate at home, and even DIYing a frothy matcha latte is just as doable as brewing a cup of coffee. The traditional method is to put matcha and hot water in a tea bowl and whisk with a bamboo whisk, called “temae” (or a procedure for making tea). Also, be aware that matcha has not only been used for health benefits or as a delicious morning beverage, it also has important ceremonial ties. A tea ceremony is a Japanese ritual based on principles like hospitality, minimalism, and simplicity. To honor the tradition (and reap the benefits), view making and drinking matcha as an opportunity to take a pause from busy life rather than just a quick caffeine fix. Try a few minutes of meditation while drinking or share a cup of matcha with a friend. 
    If you prefer something a little frothier or sweeter, try adding your favorite latte sweetener, like honey or stevia, and whatever milk or creamer you prefer after whisking the hot water and Matcha powder together. Think of the whisking process like your machine making coffee or espresso. You have to fully blend your coffee before adding milk or sweetener, right? The same goes for matcha. Whisk with less hot water if you want to add more creamer to make a latte (think: similar to an espresso shot). Alternatively, whisk with more hot water if you want a thinner consistency. Pro tip: Matcha also works in baked goods too. 

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