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Brunch Recipes to Brunch in Style

Healthy Brunch Recipes

This week in food, we helped you enjoy a healthy version of everyone’s favorite weekend meal with brunch recipes you’ll love.

First up is a Crustless Caprese Quiche, which is rich and good for you.

Crustless Caprese Quiche

 

This Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons and Maple Vinaigrette is perfect when you can’t decide between breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast Salad
Image and Recipe via A Spicy Perspective

 

Huevos Rancheros are a tasty and fresh Mexican take on your favorite breakfast skillets.

Huevos Rancheros – Skillet Eggs

 

Streusel-Topped French Toast Casserole with Fruit Compote can be made ahead and feels like a treat.

Streusel-Topped French Toast Casserole with Fruit Compote

 

These Red Pepper Baked Eggs are fun, fresh, and easy for your next brunch.

Red Pepper and Baked Egg Galettes from Jerusalem (the book)

 

Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones are perfect with your morning coffee or your afternoon tea.

Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones

 

These Ham and Cheese Breakfast Enchiladas are made overnight to make for a lazy weekend brunch.

Breakfast Enchiladas
Image and Recipe via The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Healthy Wraps and Portable Lunches

Healthy Wraps

This week in food, we featured a light lunch option that doesn’t feel like you’re grazing, healthy wraps.

First up for Meatless Monday was a Quinoa Wrap with Black Beans, Feta, and Avocado.

Connection Recipe: Quinoa Wrap with Black Beans, Feta and Avocado

 

This Turkey Avocado Wrap is quick and easy, and just 135 calories for lunch on-the-go.

Chicken, Fish and Bison-Oh My!

 

This Curried Pork Salad Wrap on flatbread is more interesting than chicken salad, but still easy, portable, and filling.

Curried Pork Salad Wrap

 

Really want to cut carbs? These Poppy Seed Chicken Fruit Salad Lettuce Wraps are like a light and refreshing, portable salad.

Poppy Seed Chicken Fruit Salad Lettuce Wraps

 

This White Bean Wrap is so easy, you don’t even have to cook. Just mix and spread for lunch anytime.

White Bean Wrap Recipe

 

Lobster Wraps with Lemon Mayonnaise are a lightened version of the New England sandwich classic that will make any picnic more sophisticated.

Lobster Wraps with Lemon Mayonnaise

 

These Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Ginger Garlic Sauce have all your takeout favorites, even noodles, so you won’t even miss the bread.

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Ginger Garlic Sauce

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In-Season, Healthy Peach Recipes

Healthy Peach Recipes

Peaches are ripe and in-season at your market right now, and we had healthy peach recipes for you to use them each day this week.

First up is an Easy Peach Hot Sauce to spice up any summer meal with fresh fruit flavors.

Peach Hot Sauce

 

Make these Roasted Pork Chops and Peaches for an easy, filling meal with all the flavors of summer.

Roasted Pork Chops and Peaches

 

This Fresh Peach Salsa is the perfect summer dish to bring along to dinner parties or potlucks.

Fresh Peach Salsa Recipe

 

Peach and Raspberry Chicken Salad makes a fresh and flavorful meal for lunch or dinner.

Peach and Raspberry Chicken Salad

 

Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Basil and Honey Balsamic Reduction puts a whole new spin on peach pie, perfectly balancing sweet and salty flavors.

Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Basil and Honey Balsamic Reduction

 

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Healthy Summer Coleslaw

Healthy Coleslaw Recipes

Barbeque season is coming up, so we’re giving you healthy recipes for different kinds of coleslaw. It’s much healthier than most side dish options, can be made with many different fruits and veggies, and can even be served on top of burgers and tacos.

First up is a healthy take on classic coleslaw flavors with Buttermilk and Blue Cheese Slaw.

Buttermilk and Blue Cheese Slaw

 

Honey Mustard Brussels Sprouts Slaw is gluten-free and can be eaten as a side or a salad.

Honey Mustard Brussels Sprout Slaw

 

This Carrot Apple and Walnut Salad is light and delicious, but is also easy without the slicing of a normal slaw.

Carrot Apple and Walnut Salad

 

This Red Cabbage, Cranberry, and Apple Slaw is a crunchy, flavorful option for any picnic or BBQ.

Red Cabbage, Cranberry, and Apple Slaw

 

Jicama Slaw is a fuss-free dish with south-of-the-border flavors, perfect for tacos.

Jicama Slaw

 

This Broccoli Slaw with Oranges and Crunchy Noodles is a light blend of Asian flavors with a peppery punch.

Broccoli Slaw with Oranges and Crunchy Noodles

 

Thai Cabbage Slaw is made with all different kinds of veggies and is great served with grilled steak, chicken, or fajitas.

Thai Cabbage Slaw

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Healthy Cherry Recipes for Fresh Cherry Season

Healthy Cherry Recipes

This week we featured healthy cherry recipes to make the most of the fruit while they’re in season.

First up was an easy overnight recipe for Chocolate Covered Cherry Refrigerator Oatmeal.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Overnight Oats
Image and Recipe via Grocery Budget 101

 

This Purslane Salad with Cherries and Peaches combine the ripest produce in a healthy and unique salad.

Purslane Salad with Cherries and Peaches

purslane salad with cherries and peaches

 

This Sparkling Cherry Spritzer is a refreshing way to drink your fruit.

Sparkling Cherry Spritzer

 

These Rosemary Polenta Pancakes with Fresh Cherries and Lime combine the best flavors of the season.

Rosemary Polenta Pancakes with Fresh Cherries and Lime

rosemary polenta pancakes with sliced cherries and lime

 

This Tomato Bruschetta with Sweet Cherries is a new take on a classic, mixing sweet and savory.

Tomato Bruschetta with Sweet Cherries
Image and Recipe via Babble

 

Very Cherry Hazelnut Coffee Cake takes some time, but it tastes like an old-fashioned breakfast straight from Grandma.

Very Cherry Hazelnut Coffee Cake

 

This Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Sorbet with Fresh Cherry Compote tastes rich but is still only 197 calories.

Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Sorbet with Fresh Cherry Compote

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Cooking with Broccoli

Healthy Broccoli Recipes

This week, we had healthy broccoli recipes to satisfy the whole family while the veggie is in season.

First up was easy Cheddar-Beer Sauce Broccoli, which at just 79 calories, is healthy and rich.

Cheddar-Beer Sauce Broccoli

 

This Linguine with White Clam and Broccoli Sauce is a restaurant-quality meal that you can make at home.

Linguine with White Clam and Broccoli Sauce

 

Try this gorgeous Broccoli Detox Soup to kick your heavy broccoli, cheddar soup craving.

3 Warming Soups for Liver Cleanse

 

This Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Yogurt is a crispy side that will make even broccoli-haters love the veggie.

Roasted Broccolini with Tahini Yogurt

 

 

Lemon Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls are a filling meal that’s easy to put together.

Lemon Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls

 

Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce is a fresh and light take on mayo-based broccoli salads.

Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce

 

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Eating Mindfully with Fresh Veggies

My Healthy Journey: Eating Mindfully with Rally

Eating Mindfully

I’ve recently started a new diet (which you’ve seen some pictures of if you follow me on Instagram). I am doing a cleanse of sorts with it, and I will eventually be taking some supplements, but the point is really about developing a better relationship with food.

That is what the eating mindfully challenge from Rally, our wellness tool, is really all about. It asks you to stop and think before you eat that morning donut from the break room.

So, the rules of what I’m doing food-wise are pretty simple. I’m eating breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, dinner, and I can have another evening snack if I need it. (As a person who was eating maybe two meals a day and can’t really have dessert, I pretty much never need it.)

Within those meals, I’m trying to get a protein, a fruit or veggie, and a complex carb (whole wheat pastas and breads, potatoes, beans, etc.) in with each meal. For snacks, I’m usually mixing a fruit or veggie with some protein.

Besides that, I’m just avoiding processed foods as much as possible. Nothing with added sugar or salt, no soda, no coffee, no alcohol, and the big sacrifice, no candy! (Although, I may still be sneaking the occasional square of dark chocolate…)

(I should also add that I’m not getting rid of salt altogether. A sprinkle of salt on meat before you cook it or on fresh corn can make all the difference, but I’m going really light on this. And the good news is, I’ve always preferred pepper, so I’m just adding LOTS of that!)

What That Actually Looks Like

So, a rundown of today to give you a better idea:

For breakfast, I had a smoothie made with frozen berries and banana, oats, and pineapple coconut water. And I ate a scrambled egg for protein.

For my morning snack, I had a kiwi, blueberries, and strawberries. (Because I worked from home this morning, my snack and breakfast were closer together than normal, so I wasn’t very hungry and skipped the protein.)

For lunch, I had a half turkey sandwich on whole grain bread and a half spinach salad with lots of veggies.

For my second snack, I had homemade cinnamon apple chips (Cooking Light has some good recipes for this), and turkey lunch meat with a few red pepper strips.

For dinner, I will be using some herb pork tenderloin I made earlier in the week with some whole wheat pasta, roasted tomatoes and zucchini, and half an avocado (before it goes bad).

How I Actually Do It

And this is very much how I cook. I rarely use recipes, and I tend to throw in whatever is ripest in my kitchen. I also cook for one a lot, so I know I’m not going to want to eat the same things 8 days in a row. So I will do one thing that I can use many ways.

This week, I cut apart a pork tenderloin into 6 pieces, and I made them 3 different ways. The first way was what I’m using tonight. For that herb version, I just coated the pork in olive oil and then sprinkled it with salt, pepper, and rosemary.

Then I made a pineapple version. I just mixed about a teaspoon of soy sauce, about a tablespoon of honey, and a tablespoon of fresh pineapple juice, then I coated the meat in it. I topped each piece with a fresh pineapple ring before going into the oven.

And last, I made a quick peach reduction version. For that one, I put about a half cup of frozen peaches (fresh would be even better!) into a small saucepan and thawed them on the stove. Then I added 1-2 tablespoons of honey and brought the whole thing to a nice boil. Then I turned it down and let it simmer for at least 5 minutes to thicken. Then I just poured it over my meat.

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Then I popped all of those (sectioned off with foil between the different flavors) straight into the oven. It baked at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. (Again, I don’t usually use a timer, I just check on things. So always make sure to cut your meat to see if it’s cooked through when following my slapped-together recipes!)

The Payoff

I served the Pineapple Pork Loin with a roasted sweet potato (which was just a sweet potato cut up, tossed in a little olive oil and seasoning, and popped in the oven at the same time as the pork) and fresh green beans. I also made a quick fresh salsa with another slice of fresh pineapple cut up and some red bell pepper that I served on top of the pork. This was delicious and the pineapple and honey got all sticky and crunchy on the outside.

Pineapple Pork Loin

I had the Peach Reduction Pork the next day, and I served it with more green beans and a Corn, Avocado, and Tomato salad, which is a super quick and tasty side. I used frozen corn which I steamed in the microwave, and then mixed it with half an avocado and a few sliced cherry tomatoes.

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I’ve also done the math on those recipes for calorie tracking in my fitness binder, and the entire Pineapple Pork Loin meal was just 354 calories, and the entire Peach Pork meal was just 458 calories (based on a 4 oz. portions of pork).

So, How Can You Eat Mindfully?

  1. Start with fruit and veggies! Skip the garlic bread side and have a salad.
  2. Eat proper portions, because you can’t actually eat an entire bag of Cheetos and get away with it everyday once you lose the metabolism of a teenager.
  3. Just eating better snacks can make a huge difference. Skip the donut and try one of these:

What a 100-Calorie Snack Looks Like
Image via SPARKPEOPLE

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