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Blackberry-Lime Tea Granita

Makes: 3 servings Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: Approximately 6 hours 20 minutes Ingredients: 6 ounces fresh blackberries 1 tablespoon tea leaves (preferably green or white tea) 1 cup water 3 splenda packets 2 limes, juiced 1 ounce fresh mint Directions: Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for … Continue reading

Blackened Shrimp

Makes: 4 Servings Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, cooked or uncooked 2 tablespoons paprika 1 ½ tablespoons light, unsalted butter, melted 1 tablespoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons dried basil 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper Directions: … Continue reading

Easy Outdoor Entertaining

Gearing up for Labor Day weekend? Or perhaps, you have another reason to celebrate. Well, carpe diem, because summer isn’t over yet! If you’ve got the urge to entertain, do so stress-free and without much party planning at all. They key is to keep your event simple. All you need are the essentials- good company, … Continue reading

Quinoa Fruit & Nut Bars

Makes: 6 bars Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled 1 cup oats 2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter ¼ cup dried cranberries ¼ cup dry roasted peanuts 2 ounces chocolate chips 1½ tablespoon honey Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Line a … Continue reading

Ginger-Infused Wild Rice

    Makes: 6 Servings Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked whole grain, wild rice 2 tablespoons ginger root, grated 1 ½ tablespoons fresh basil, roughly chopped ½ tablespoon light butter 1 lime juiced 1 teaspoon salt Directions: In a medium saucepan, combine two cups of water, wild rice, butter, ginger and … Continue reading

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce

Makes: 4 servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 spaghetti squash 3 medium (ripe) tomatoes, quartered 1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded ½ medium red onion 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon dry basil ½ tablespoon garlic powder ½ tablespoon oregano ¼ cup parmesan cheese   Directions: Using a fork, … Continue reading

Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

  Makes: 1 parfait Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Ingredients: 1 (6-ounce) container nonfat Greek yogurt ½ cup granola 1 peach, cut into ½-inch thick pieces ½ tablespoon honey Optional: 1 tablespoon dried fruit Optional: ½ ounce raw almond slivers Directions: Layer all ingredients in an 8 to 10-ounce glass. Serve! Nutrition … Continue reading

Kids in the Kitchen

They say a healthy family starts in the home. Moreover, involving children in mealtime practices help to develop healthy food preferences and good eating habits. This summer, keep your kids busy and turn cooking into a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy together! How do you get your kids interested in helping with … Continue reading

Focus on Functional Foods

All food provides energy to our bodies, but some are much higher in nutrition than others. These are known as “functional foods.” I know what you must be thinking, “doesn’t all food provide nutrition?” The answer is yes and no.  The physiological components of healthy foods work to increase immune function, blood sugar regulation, aid … Continue reading