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Did you know that sweet potatoes help regulate blood pressure? They contain a significant amount of potassium that helps regulate heart rhythm and muscle contractions.
One cup of sweet potato baked in its skin provides 950 mg of potassium. That’s more than twice the amount in a medium banana.
Potassium essentially sweeps excess sodium and fluid out of the body, which lowers blood pressure and reduces strain on the heart. ❤
#sweetpotato #eatdaily #stayhealthy #potassium #hearthealthy
“Dal” is an absolute staple in our house. It is pure and simple, Indian comfort food.
You can make this 'Simple Slow Cooker Yellow Dal' with just about any type of lentil. I like using yellow split peas – or “chana dal” because of their flavor and texture. But I’ve made dal with red lentils, small black lentils, even black eyed peas! You can use the same spice combo and switch out your legume and it still works great.
If you want to try this out, check out the recipe on my blog, Link in bio.
#dal #slowcooker #slowcookerrecipes #healthconscious
While we may be used to seeing pumpkin in soups, pies and breads in the fall, this humble fruit (yes, pumpkin is a fruit, not a vegetable!) also boasts a range of health benefits, making it a great option to add fresh, seasonal produce into your diet.
💛 The main benefit of eating pumpkin is that it's an excellent source of lutein, recognized for its role in eye health. Lutein can also improve cognitive function, including learning, memory, concentration and focus.
And kids tend to love pumpkin because it's naturally sweet! It's also an excellent option for baby food. A win-win for the whole family! 👍
#pumpkinlover #dailynutrients #foodforbaby #babycare #kidfriendly
There are countless benefits of eating Cherries. This small but powerhouse fruit is rich in antioxidants and other nutrients!
One fun fact about cherries: they promote healthy sleep!
Tart cherries in particular are one of the few food sources of melatonin, a hormone that helps control your sleep-wake cycles.
So if you're having a hard time sleeping at night, try some tart cherries or cherry juice before bed!
#cherries #nutritiousanddelicious #cherryberry #berrynutritious #tartcherries
These super-easy mini goat cheese crostini are one of my favorite appetizers to make when we have a ton of people coming over.
4 Raincoast Crisp Crackers (any flavor you like!)
4 tsp goat cheese
1/2 tsp honey (1/8 tsp per cracker)
Spread the goat cheese on the crackers.
Top with honey.
#crostini #appetizers #supereasy #easymealprep
The main nutrient found in grapes is Resveratrol - a type of polyphenol. This nutrient is normally in the skin of the grapes.
Polyphenols are micronutrients that play a role in the prevention of degenerative diseases.
Grapes are always a kid-snack-favorite - so it's a great option even for the pickiest eaters!
#berrydelicious #berrylove #freshproduce #eatyourfruits
Pasta with vegetables, homemade sauce, garlic, and parmesan cheese is a weeknight staple in our house.
It’s easy to make, light and tasty, and is guaranteed to be on your dinner table in under 30 minutes!
Try this family-friendly meal for dinner tonight! Link in bio. ✨
#perfectpasta #homemademeal #dinnerideas #veganpasta
One of Layla's favorite things to do is to crawl into her hammock (in her room) and "bury" herself with pillows and blankets. It's like her own version of a fort and she'll happily relax in there during her "rest" time 😍
Today has been such a go-go-go day so far (and it's not even close to over!) that I wish I had one of those in my room to crawl into and relax in!! 😂
#daughterlove #lovemydaughter #motherdaughterlove
Thyme gnocchi, served with sweet corn, pickled celeriac, zucchini, chilli, asparagus, and pecorino. 🥒
A vibrant, nutritious, indulgent but still light meal. Perfect for kids and adults alike, and a great way to use up some extra veggies you might have in the fridge! 💚
#thyme #gnocchi #lightmeal #kidfriendlymeals #pickled
When we lived in the Bay Area, one thing I loved most about Saturday mornings was visiting the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.
Tons of fresh produce, artisan bakers, amazing prepared food and casual restaurants -- there was always a ton to choose from! During one visit I decided to take photos of the beautiful fruits and veggies I came across, and this one is one of my favorites: a juicy pomegranate ripe for the picking!
Pomegranate seeds contains polyphenols - a powerful antioxidant thought to offer heart-health and antioxidant benefits (more than even green tea!).
You can add pomegranate seeds into salads, in oatmeal, as a topping for breakfast bowls, or even over Mediterranean food. Once I tasted a guacamole with pomegranate seeds in it and it was delicious! So many options for this yummy, healthy fruit - the possibilities are endless 👍
#pomegranate #freshproduce #pomegranateseeds #wonderfruit #cleaneatingdiet
Before we had kids, we traveled to Sydney, Australia to do some exploring and eat some great food. While we were there, we discovered this upscale, vegetarian-friendly restaurant overlooking the harbor.
It was called The Sydney Cafe - and we ordered these Tandoori Naan Wraps. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about how good these would be, but they turned out to be amazing.
They were bursting with flavor, had a wonderful chutney as the sauce inside the wrap, and just the right amount of heat to round it out.
As the weather gets colder in Ann Arbor, I start reminiscing about some of the warm-weather winter vacations we've taken in the past, and going to Australia a few years ago was certainly a highlight!
#foodietravels #familytravels #travelgoals #familygoals
Did you know that raspberries come in a range of colors like pink, purple, black, yellow, orange, and white?
I love the sweetness and tartness of raspberries -- and when they're perfectly ripe they easily melt in your mouth!
The main benefit of eating this superfruit are:
✔ Boosts Immunity
✔ Promotes Healthy Skin
✔ Has antioxidants
I have a handful of raspberry recipes on my blog. Check them out! Link in my bio ✨
#raspberrylover #raspberries #fruitoftheday #berries
This Penne with Quinoa Lentil Meatballs recipe is adapted from truRoots. You maybe thinking "Quinoa, lentil meatballs? Do they actually taste good?"
You’d be surprised with to how meaty and flavorful these vegan meatballs are! Made with lentils, mushrooms and pumpkin seeds, this recipe is packed with protein, fiber and is kid-friendly too thanks to the penne pasta and spaghetti sauce!
I like mixing baby spinach into pre-made marinara sauce to give it even more flavor and to sneak another veggie in there.
To make this recipe gluten-free, I used truRoots Ancient Grain Pasta — because they are made with a nutritious blend of whole grain brown rice, quinoa, amaranth and corn flours, and they’re organic!
Try this kid-friendly recipe now. Link in my bio.
#kidfriendly #meaty #veganmeatballs #proteinpacked #fiberrich #sosatisfying
Being a healthy eater since I was young (thanks to my health-conscious family) has helped me to maintain a balanced lifestyle all the way into adulthood. If you're struggling on how to discipline yourself to eat healthy, I'm here to help!
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There’s nothing like baking in the kitchen with your family.
Something about the warm, sweet aroma of freshly baked goods just has family gatherings written all over it.
I embarked with my dad on a baking project: to make the best, good-for-you cookies ever, but still have them taste delicious.
After two hours in the kitchen, adventures with a spice grinder, discussions over whether dates are high-glycemic (now you know where my food-nerdiness comes from), and random other discussions about life, we ended up with 20 delectable cookies: perfect for a guilt-free dessert or a filling snack.
This Oatmeal, Raisin, Coconut, and Chia Seed Cookies Recipe takes time to prepare but is so worth it. Try it this weekend! Link in my bio
#oatmeal #raisin #coconut #superfoodchia #bakedgoods #freshlybaked
A couple days ago I shared my creamy tomato soup recipe. This is another variation of tomato soup that I like to make, because in this soup the tomatoes are roasted before they are cooked and pureed! Roasting the tomatoes and adding garlic brings out a deep, savory flavor.
In this recipe I combine it with some cooked brown rice - but you can also use cannelini beans if you want more protein - before blending the soup to make it creamy without adding cream! I use an immersion blender to blend the soup right there in the pot for easy cleanup.
Get this recipe now on my blog. Link in bio!
#tomatolover #vegansoup #easyrecipes #veganlover #veganeats
Talk about a blast from the past - this is one of my favorite photos of me and the husband from almost 9 years ago! 😍We were in Porto, Portugal - in front of the iconic bridge there.
That summer we went to Spain and Portugal as part of our many pre-kid travels. Before we had kids we went to .... *take a deep breath* ... Italy, India, Spain, Portgual, Brazil, New Zealand, Mexico, France, Canada, Australia, Argentina .... *and exhale* ☺
Summer nights in Europe were some of my most memorable moments - since the cities are vibrant and bustling still late into the night, the weather is perfectly warm, and walking around in the evening can be one of the best ways to see the city. 🌜
Our international travels have taken a bit of a break since we had kids (we stick to domestic trips now!) but we still managed to make it to Normandy and Chile as a babymoon before Ayan was born.
But I'm looking forward to the day when Layla and Ayan are a bit older so we can take them to all of the international destinations we love (and more!) so they can experience it too! ✈
#familygoals #travels #foodies #blastfromthepast #travelgoals
This easy, creamy, healthy tomato soup has been a staple in our house. Smoked paprika and cumin round out the sweetness of the tomatoes in this recipe; which substitutes spices, a touch of milk, and bold flavors for the cream in traditional creamy tomato soups.
If you want some a creamy tomato soup (without the cream!), make this now! Get the recipe on my blog, Link in bio.
#creamysoup #tomatoes #healthysoup #vegansoup #thepickyeater