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Recipe of the Week: Bean Salad

image4If you need a last minute dish for your latest outdoor dinner this weekend, look no further than this Mediterranean inspired bean salad. I substituted white beans for butter beans and used less red onion, but the bright flavors were still spot-on. It’s a perfect complement to a meat entree or as an entree all on its own. The beans provide protein and (along with the veggies) filling fiber.

What are some of your favorite summer dishes? 

In Season: Watermelon

This summer staple is as good for you as it is delicious! With lycopene to help protect your skin from sunburn and high water content (92%!) to keep you hydrated, watermelon will help keep you feeling your best after a long day in the sun.

Find out more reasons why I think summer’s favorite fruit is healthy at Fitness Magazine. Happy National Watermelon Day!

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Recipe of the Week: Strawberry Cake

img_0340We took an impromptu trip to pick strawberries and they didn’t disappoint. Neither did this fabulous strawberry cake recipe. I think it would work well with all of the other berries coming into season now too.
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Fitness Magazine

Are you wondering where I’ve been? You can find me on Fitness Magazine online! Every week I’m writing about the latest research or hot topic in nutrition and heath. Check my bio for my latest topic.

Some of my most popular articles are:

Your Body Wants More of These Anti-Inflammatory Foods

The Best Vegetarian Protein Sources for Athletes

The Best Foods to Eat for a Healthy Gut

Trying to Lose Weight? Keep These “Health” Foods in Check

Why You Should be Eating more Pulses

The Surprising Reason You’re Always Craving Salt

Mindful Eating

Your yearly weight loss resolution may be long forgotten, but it’s never too late to think about ‘eating mindfully’. It can easily reduce stress around food decisions and help with weight loss. Here are my ideas of how to do it:

Think about your food. Is the most important thing that your food is organic? Or your meat is antibiotic free? Or your fish is sustainable? The answer doesn’t have to be yes to all of these, but it’s important to understand the language on food labels and make informed decisions about how to spend your money.

Set aside time to eat. You’ll inevitably rush through some meals, but whenever possible, focus on the act of eating, the food, the flavors and who you’re with or the environment. Not only will you enjoy the meal more, but you may also end up eating less.

Break out the nice dishes. It doesn’t have to be your anniversary to use your special tableware. An ordinary meal after a stressful day or for an in-home date night will feel more meaningful with fancy dishes and silverware.

Practice portion control. This will allow you to focus more on the elements of your meal (maybe you’re treating yourself to better quality ingredients), and you can enjoy favorite foods and dessert guilt free in smaller amounts.

Reduce food waste. Everyone feels a little guilty about throwing away rotten vegetables or leftovers that have been in the fridge too long. Help prevent this by planning your meals for the week ahead of time and freezing leftovers immediately after dinner. Not only will you save money on groceries, you will also save space in our landfills.