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    5 Lunch Ideas Under 400 Calories

    Looking for healthy lunch options under 400 calories? Here they are!  The calorie counts for these 5 lunches are for specific brands, be sure to look at the packaging for the food you are preparing. Personally, I do not count vegetables, if you want to, add them but the amounts wouldn’t be too much. Some of these ideas work best when you cook ingredients the night before, assemble and are ready to heat for lunch. Stir-fry – 366 Calories Steamed vegetables – Free Trader Joe’s Baked Tofu – 150 Calories 1 Cup Brown Rice – 216 Calories Veggie Burger & Baked Potato – 360 Calories Garden Burger – 100 Calories…

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    The Health Benefits of Chocolate

    Chocolate is my favorite treat. I most especially love dark chocolate. So today I’d like to share a few health benefits of chocolate and a couple of interesting facts. Remember all good things in moderation. 🙂 Dark chocolate is good for your heart. It helps by lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol. Chocolate releases endorphins which makes you happy. 🙂 Chocolate contains flavonoids which help protect your body from environmental factors. Want to learn how Hershey’s makes chocolate? Watch the video on their website here. “It’s a common myth that chocolate aggravates acne. Experiments conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Naval Academy found that consumption of chocolate…

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    August : What’s in Season?

    It’s the beginning of a new month, here’s a collection of what’s in season for August and recipes to go along with them! Fruits: Peaches – Blueberry Peach Oatmeal, Peach Cobbler Nectarines Watermelon Plums Apricots – Apricot Oatmeal Mangoes Avocados – Guacamole Vegetables: Tomatoes – Bruschetta, Tomato Sauce, Caprese Salad Zucchini – Minestrone Soup, Healthy Vegetable Pizza Salad greens – Healthy Salad Corn Bell peppers – Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, Chili, Black Bean Quesadilla Carrots – Carrot and Red Pepper Soup, Lentil Soup, Green Split Pea Soup, Vegetable Noodle Soup, Quinoa Pilaf Okra What are your favorite foods in season?

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    Tomato Benefits

    Tomatoes are an easy, healthful add to a diet. In New Jersey, you can’t beat a farm market fresh Jersey tomato. 🙂 Tomorrow, I’m sharing a recipe for bruschetta, so in the spirit I’m sharing the benefits of tomatoes. Tomatoes are rich in: Lycopene Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin K The Mayo Clinic describes the benefits of tomatoes: “Numerous studies correlate high intake of lycopene-containing foods or high lycopene serum levels with reduced incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration.” Add fresh tomato to any sandwich, wrap, salad, or eat it on its own. Tomatoes can be used to make pasta sauce, bruschetta, salsa, and ketchup.  If you don’t…

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    How Do Vegetarians Get Protein?

    “How do you get your protein?” As a vegetarian, it’s a question we hear all the time. I had a friend ask me this recently. From that experience, I realized that it’s an honest question coming from people who are curious about how others live their lives. Sometimes people assume vegetarians eat nothing but kale and quinoa for every meal. 🙂 Or maybe they think we eat nothing but pasta and breads all day (some do) but most, educated, vegetarians do not. In my experience of meeting other vegetarians, they have become so after careful introspection of their personal beliefs and information about food. To give you a bit of …

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