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National Panini Month

National Panini Month

It’s National Panini Month, and you can lighten up your lunch with these homemade, healthy panini recipes.

First up is a classic combination in this Apple, Cheddar, and Turkey Panini.

Apple, Cheddar, and Turkey Panini
Image and Recipe via The Novice Chef

 

Go meatless with this light and satisfying Vegan Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Panini.

Vegan Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Panini
Image and Recipe via Serious Eats

 

Skip the lunch takeout at your local bakery with this homemade Southwest Avocado Chicken Panini.

Southwest Avocado Chicken Panini Recipe

 

Get a taste of classic Italian with this Spinach, Artichoke, and Sun-Dried Tomato Panini.

Spinach, Artichoke & Sun-dried Tomato Panini

 

Perfect with soup or a salad, whip up a Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini for a hearty lunch.

Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini

 

This Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini is a great replacement for your go-to egg salad sandwich.

Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini

Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini

 

Get a taste of the holidays year-round with a Turkey, Brie, and Cranberry Mustard Panini.

Turkey, Brie, and Cranberry Mustard PaniniImage and Recipe via Just a Little Bit of Bacon

National Goat Cheese Month

National Goat Cheese Month

It’s National Goat Cheese Month, and a little goes a long way in these satisfying, healthy goat cheese recipes.

First up is an Avocado, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Toast that’s great for breakfast or lunch.

Avocado, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Toast

 

This pretty pinwheel Chicken with Goat Cheese and Arugula will impress guests:

Chicken with Goat Cheese and Arugula
Image and Recipe via Simply Recipes

 

Whip up gorgeous Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta for a light summer pasta dish.

Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta

Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta.

 

Lighten up lunch by going meatless with an Avocado, Cucumber, Goat Cheese Sandwich.

Avocado, Cucumber, Goat Cheese Sandwich
Image and Recipe via EatGood4Life

 

This beautiful Sopressa Pizza with Pesto and Goat Cheese is better than your Friday night takeout. 

Sopressa Pizza with Pesto and Goat Cheese
Image and Recipe via Naturally Nutritious

 

Beautiful Roasted Beetroot Salad with Goat Cheese & Walnuts is the perfect summer side.

Roasted Beetroot Salad with Goat Cheese & Walnuts
Image and Recipe via The Cook’s Pyjamas

 

Impress your loved one with this rich Date Night Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese.

Date Night Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese

Healthy Summer Fruit Recipes

Healthy Summer Fruit Recipes

It’s the best time of year to make the most of delicious in-season summer melons, berries, and more. Make the most of it with these healthy summer fruit recipes.

This light Summer Fruit Salad is great to prep and then mix at your next summer barbecue.

Summer Fruit Salad

 

Get tropical with these creamy, coconut-based Strawberry Frozen Pops.

Strawberry Popsicles
Image and Recipe via Preppy Kitchen

 

Need a light, no-bake summer dessert? This Fruit Pizza is perfect for serving a crowd.

Healthy Fruit Pizza – 2 Ways! + Recipe VIDEO

 

Try something new with this smoky, savory fruit salad called Watermelon Chaat.

Watermelon Chaat
Image and Recipe via New York Times Cooking

 

This 5-Minute Fruit Tart with Creamy Banana Filling secretly uses cauliflower for creaminess!

5 Minute Fruit Tart With Creamy Banana Filling

 

Whip up 100% fruit treats with these refreshing Kiwi Watermelon Fruit Frozen Pops.

Kiwi Watermelon Fruit Popsicles

 

Make your fruit salad into a dessert with Creamy Fruit Salad, dressed in a delicious yogurt sauce.

Creamy Fruit Salad

National Grilling Month

National Grilling Month

It’s National Grilling Month, and we’ve got healthy grilling recipes to help you make the most of your grill before summer is over.

First up is the perfect easy summer side, Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Vinaigrette. 

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Vinaigrette Recipe

 

These Grilled Pork Chops with Spicy Balsamic Grilled Peaches make for a refreshing summer meal.

 

Add some heartiness to your salads and dinners with these Umami Grilled Tomatoes.

Umami Grilled Tomatoes
Image and Recipe via Saveur

 

These 20-Minute Tomato-Basil Grilled Fish Foil Packets are a quick and simple weeknight dinner:

20-Minute Tomato-Basil Grilled Fish Foil Packets
Image and Recipe via The Scrumptious Pumpkin

 

Skip heavy appetizers and make these Grilled Blossom Onions at home instead.

Blossom Onions Grilled and Planked with Red Pepper Aioli

 

These Tandoori Chicken Lettuce Wraps are perfect for meal-prepping lunches.

Tandoori Chicken Lettuce Wraps

 

Start off your dinner right with these Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Lemon Aioli.

Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Lemon Aioli
Image and Recipe via PBS

Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness Month

Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness Month

July is Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness Month. Just because something is natural or a “supplement” doesn’t mean it’s safe, especially if you’re taking other prescription drugs.

Herbal supplements with cranberry extract as a primary ingredient can interact with blood thinning medications, so you shouldn’t take both at the same time.

Cranberry Extract Interactions

 

Ginkgo, most commonly taken to improve memory, has been shown to interact with aspirin, diuretics, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and blood thinners.

Ginko Interactions

 

Echinacea, largely used to fight the cold and flu, can interact with some chemotherapy agents, caffeine, liver medications, and meds that decrease your immune system.

Echinacea Interactions

 

Saw palmetto, a popular active ingredient in supplements, can be dangerous during pregnancy and can  interact with birth control, hormone therapy, and medication that prevents blood clots.

Saw Palmetto Interactions

 

Fish oils, taken for heart and bone health, may interact with high blood pressure meds, birth control, and some meds that prevent blood clots.

Fish Oils Interactions

 

Keep a list of all your prescriptions and supplements and talk to your doctor about them to make sure there aren’t any interactions. You can also learn more by reading warning labels on your medications or talking to your pharmacist.

Talking About Drug Interactions

Self-Care Month

Self-Care Month

It’s Self-Care Month, and if you’re not sure why self-care matters, these TED talks can explain why your emotional and physical health should be a priority.

If you’ve never focused on self-care before, these 10 habits are a great way to get started.

Taking Time for Yourself

 

Create a relaxing routine for self-care. Whether it’s herbal tea and reading a book before bed or coffee and the newspaper in the morning, taking structured time for yourself is a great way to wind down and prepare you for the next thing.

Relaxing Routines

 

Take a break from technology. Whether it’s picking up a book, heading outdoors, or just spending time with friends or family, turning off the news and social media can help you refocus on yourself.

A Break from Tech

 

If you need to be more mindful or focus on relaxation, even if it’s only for 5 minutes, find a meditation app that can help guide you.

Mindful Meditation

 

Learn something new. Cooking or baking new recipes, knitting, or playing an instrument requires you to focus but can also give you time to yourself.

Learn Something New

 

Mixing up your day-to-day routine, like taking a different route to work, can help you get out of a rut, and these little changes can help you create new neural pathways to keep the brain healthy and build new habits.

Changing Up Your Routine

National Hot Dog Month

National Hot Dog Month

It’s National Hot Dog Month, and there are many ways to enjoy the family favorite with health in mind.

These Homemade Veggie Dogs are a delicious summer staple for your meatless Mondays. 

Homemade Veggie Dogs

 

Mix up the traditional condiments with Turkey Dogs with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Cream.

Turkey Dogs with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Cream
Image and Recipe via NatureBoxBlog

 

Gluten-Free Vegan Hot Dogs are prefect to have at a BBQ for the non-meat eaters.

Gluten-Free Vegan Hot Dogs
Image and Recipe via Vegan a la Mode

 

If you’re cutting back on carbs, you can skip the bun with these Sweet Potato Sausage Dogs.

Sweet Potato Sausage Dogs
Image and Recipe via Plating Pixels

 

These Smoky Barbecue Carrot Hot Dogs with Creamy Chickpea Salad are packed with veggies.

Smoky Barbecue Carrot Hot Dogs with Creamy Chickpea Salad
Image and Recipe via Vegan Sandra

 

Use turkey dogs to make these Thai Style Hot Dogs better for you.

Thai Style Hot Dogs

 

Whether you’re a vegetarian, or just looking for topping ideas, these Healthy Vegetarian Hot Dog Toppings are great inspiration.

Healthy Vegetarian Hot Dog Toppings
Image and Recipe via Ricotta and Radishes