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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

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

5 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Traveling is amazing! What’s not to love about discovering new places, meeting new people and trying new foods? But, traveling also means that your fitness, eating, and sleep habits are disrupted, which can affect your overall health. Assist America, our travel emergency assistance partner has tips for helping you stay healthy while traveling. 

  1. Adopt a Go-To Travel Exercise Routine.

To-Go Travel Routine

If you travel regularly, create an exercise routine that can easily be adapted to your environment and that you can commit to when you’re on-the-go. Your routine should be simple and short, with exercises you can do in a hotel room, a gym, a park, or even on a beach.

If you are a runner, make sure to pack your running gear with you. Running is a great way to discover a destination from a different angle.

If working out isn’t your thing, simply set aside 10 minutes in the morning to stretch before you start your day and another 5 minutes at night to wind down. It will help you relax and energize your body. 

  1. Choose Walking Over Cabs or Public Transportation.

Choose Walking

Whenever you can, choose to walk rather than hop in a cab, bus, or subway since walking is beneficial for your health. It helps improve circulation, sleep, and breathing. It also strengthens muscles, supports your joints, and can lead to weight loss. 

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Reusable water bottles are your best travel ally. Once you get through airport security check points, fill up your bottle at a nearby water fountain and make sure you keep drinking water on the plane.

Once you’ve arrived at your destination, fill up before you leave your hotel room if it’s safe to drink the tap water at your destination. If it’s not, ask the hotel for unopened water bottles or buy some at a store nearby. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water at restaurants or even hanging out by the pool.

  1. Commit to One Healthy Meal a Day

One Healthy Meal a Day

While there’s nothing wrong with trying new foods and enjoying big meals, having several rich meals per day can be hard on your body.

If you’re staying at a rental or an apartment-hotel, take advantage of the kitchen by cooking simple meals depending on your schedule. If you’re going to be eating out a lot, opt for vegetarian dishes, choose grilled options over fried, try some fresh seafood, and look at the salad menu. 

  1. Sleep! 

Get Enough Sleep While Traveling

Changing time zones, walking all day, carrying suitcases, all of these can be harsh on your body and your energy. Just being away from your own bed can make it hard to fall asleep. Make sure to rest and to get plenty of sleep by blocking out the lights, reducing the noise, and turning your phone off.

 

If you incorporate these tips into your travel routine, we guarantee you will feel refreshed and full of energy to enjoy each of your trips to their fullest!

Healthy Endive Recipes

Healthy Endive Recipes

This week in food, we’re featuring healthy in-season endive recipes that are perfect for entertaining this summer.

First up is a light Endive Radish Salad with a Lemony Vinaigrette, perfect for lunch.

Endive Radish Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette + spring ricotta toasts!

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Endive Bites are a great summer version of the classic app.

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Endive Bites

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Endive Bites

Roasted Endives with Thyme are a refreshing side any time of year.

Roasted Endives with Thyme

Grapefruit, Endive, and Arugula Salad is a citrusy and light meal for summer.

Grapefruit, Endive, and Arugula Salad
Image and Recipe via Cooking Light

 

Endive Salad Bites with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Pecans is an easy way to serve salad at a party.

Endive Salad Bites with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Pecans

Beet, Endive & Quinoa Rainbow Salad has a great serving of fruits and veggies.

Beet, Endive & Quinoa Rainbow Salad

Beet, Endive & Quinoa Rainbow Salad

If you love BLTs, cut back on the mayo without losing any flavor with these BLT Endive Bites.

BLT Endive Bites
Image and Recipe via Paleo Leap

National Salad Month Recipes

National Salad Month Recipes

It’s National Salad Month, and salad can be your go-to dish for any meal with these delicious and easy-to-make salad recipes.

First up is a hearty Roasted Butternut Squash Salad, perfect for a warm dinner.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Make Asparagus Caprese Salad with Basil Gremolata for a healthy get-together side.

Asparagus Caprese Salad with Basil Gremolata

Skip the takeout with this tasty Grilled Chicken Guacamole Chopped Salad.

Grilled Chicken Guacamole Chopped Salad
Image and Recipe via Tablespoon

 

Serve this Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad for brunch.

Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad & The End of Summer

Whip up this California Steak Salad with Chimichurri Dressing for a light summer meal.

California Steak Salad with Chimichurri Dressing

Make this Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing to get your veggies.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

This summery Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad and Mango Avocado Salsa is sweet and tasty.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad + Mango Avocado Salsa

Appreciating Your Produce in Spring Salads

Healthy Spring Salads

This week in food, we featured spring salads that will help you use all those in-season spring and summer veggies.

First up is the Salmon Summer Loving All-In Salad that’s truly an all-in-one meal.

Salmon Summer Loving All-In Salad
Image and Recipe via From The Kitchen

 

Whip up this Salad with Peas, Potatoes, Shallots, and Creamy Dill Dressing for an appetizer.

a real mess of peas

 

Use up all the veggies in your fridge with this light and easy Raw Summer Salad.

Raw Summer Salad
Image and Recipe via What’s Gaby Cooking

 

Make unique Chili Lime Cucumber Noodles on Salted Watermelon with Mint and Basil.

chili lime cucumber noodles on salted watermelon w/ mint + basil

 

This Green Salad with Edible Flowers is the perfect way to wow dinner guests.

Green Salad with Edible Flowers
Image and Recipe via Martha Stewart

 

Try Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Vegetable Salad with Garlicky Orange Tahini Dressing.

shredded brussels sprouts + fall vegetable salad w/ garlicky orange tahini dressing

 

This Kale Citrus Salad is the perfect balance of sweet, fresh, and sour.

Kale Citrus Salad

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Relaxing Against Stress in Chicago

My Healthy Journey: Spring Cleaning Your Life

This last year has been a long and busy one, and I’m going to be pretty honest when I say I’m exhausted, filled with stress, and not feeling very healthy. The good news is that while I feel that way, it’s not entirely true.

I started working a lot of overtime last May, and it didn’t end until December. And even when I stopped working extra, I was still very busy when I was on the clock.

More than 46% of Americans’ workplace stress is caused by their workload, so I know I’m not alone in putting stress on myself to get things done. And when your levels of this kind of stress get too high, you’re more likely to develop high blood pressure, heart attacks, and other disorders, according to The American Institute of Stress.

Then, in February, I started packing to move again. I tried my best to declutter my stuff. (I donated a lot of old clothes and tossed any traces of college notebooks and many unnecessary knick-knacks. And after moving all my books, I’m once again wondering if a Kindle is the way to go, but you just can’t replace the smell of physical books!)

From there, my pup and I moved into my friend’s apartment, where we’ve gained the company of this gorgeous (and crazy) puppy.

Quinn, Our New Friend

So you could say that I’m probably suffering from one problem that’s causing that exhaustion: stress, stress, and more stress.

The good news is I’ve been taking steps to fight it.

First, my boss and I worked out an arrangement where I get to work from home on some days. Not only does this make eating healthy easier (I don’t have to be as prepared in advance) and allows me to document my food on our Instagram any day of the week, but it also lets me have a few days a week that I know will be calm(er). No matter how crazy things online get, I’m sitting in my own bed with my best stress-buster, Tootsie, by my side.

Tootsie By My Side
I mean, just look at that face.

My friend is also a certified physical trainer, so, now hold your breath on this one… I’ve also been going to the gym! *gasp*

I know, it’s been building to this for over a year, and finally, I’m a pretty regular gym-goer.

The first day, I was shocked by how weak I’d really become (doing 10 real pushups was really hard), and I’ve had a number of realizations about how pullups make me hate everything. The first few weeks, I was so sore I could barely stand.

But I’ve finally hit a groove. Some days I run, others I’ve been focusing on simple weight training, mostly using body-weight exercises. And, I’m not sore all the time anymore, so we’re making progress!

As spring has rolled in, I’ve also been getting out with those lovely dogs more often to the park across the street. And even better, I’ve been taking full advantage of all that spring produce starting to show up at the grocery store.

Rally, our online wellness tool, has a mission that has you focus on fruits and veggies, which I’ve been working toward accomplishing. Essentially, you try to cover at least half of your plate with fruits or veggies at least twice a day. (Follow me on Instagram to see how I’m trying to work in more fruits and veggies.)

And most importantly, I took a short break. The American Psychological Association has some great ideas to help you bust up your workplace stress, including taking time to recharge.

I recharged by going to Chicago, where I ate some of my favorite food, like Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes, Eataly, and Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill.

Chicken Tacos at Frontera Grill
Best guac ever, chicken tacos, and black beans with plantains so good they will unleash your hidden love of plantains, all at Frontera Grill.

And I visited the Van Gogh art exhibit and Dylan’s Candy Bar, did a little shopping, and saw a wonderful live concert at the Chicago Theatre.

Chicago Theatre
(Son Little opening for Leon Bridges, if you’re curious.)

And how am I maintaining my sanity the rest of the time? I’ve been:

Scarf for My Sister-in-Law

  • Trying to work more fruit into breakfast and brunch

Fruit-Filled Brunch!

  • Focusing on salads and, pretty regularly, tacos inspired by those amazing ones from Frontera Grill (Just so you know, they have great seasoning packets available at most grocery stores!)

Tacos for Everyone!

 

And find more ways to relax from Nicole’s last Chasing Health post!

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Making the Most of Kale Recipes

Healthy Kale Recipes

This week, we featured healthy kale recipes to make the most of it while it’s in season.

First up was Roasted Salmon with Kale and Cabbage for a healthy weeknight meal.

Roasted Salmon with Kale and Cabbage
Image and Recipe via Martha Stewart

 

Make this Caramelized Onion, Kale, Goat Cheese Pizza with Balsamic Drizzle for a healthy version of takeout.

Caramelized Onion, Kale, Goat Cheese Pizza with Balsamic Drizzle
Image and Recipe via EatGood4Life

 

This Light Turkey and Kale Pasta Bake is rich and satisfying when you’re craving carbs.

Kale Turkey Pasta Bake

 

Make this delicious Sweet Potato, Kale, and Shrimp Skillet for an easy dinner.

Sweet Potato, Kale and Shrimp Skillet

 

This Kale, White Bean, and Sausage Soup is a hearty meal for the cold winter months.

Kale, White Bean, and Sausage Soup
Image and Recipe via Cooking Classyan