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National Slow Cooking Month

National Slow Cooking Month

January is also National Slow Cooking Month. Your slow cooker can make meals easier.

First up is Super Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip that’s perfect for game day.

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Super Skinny Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip

 

Whip up an easy app with these Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

 

Choose Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Potatoes for a great side without effort.

Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

 

Make bowls, tacos, and more with this Slow Cooker Mojo Pork.

Slow Cooker Mojo Pork
Image and Recipe via Iowa Girl Eats

 

Keep snacks simple with Slow Cooker Applesauce.

Slow Cooker Applesauce

 

Toss the takeout menu and make this Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef instead.

Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

 

Dessert is done ahead of time with this Slow Cooker Granola Berry Crisp.

Slow Cooker Granola Berry Crisp

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The Perfect Peppery Bite in Radish Recipes

Healthy Radish Recipes

This week, we went spicy with the in-season, peppery veggie you love in inventive radish recipes.

First up was a light and refreshing Radish Pineapple Mint Quinoa Salad, perfect for summer.

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Don’t waste the greens from your farmers market find. Make Radish Leaf Pesto.

Radish Greens: Transform them into Pesto!

 

These fresh Herbed Goat Cheese and Radish Tartines are a super simple party food.

Herbed Goat Cheese and Radish Tartines
Image and Recipe via Camille Styles

 

This Creamy Radish Soup is a unique way to eat your veggies.

Creamy Radish Soup
Image and Recipe via Eating Well

 

Spring Pea & Roasted Radish Risotto is tonight’s deliciously in-season entrée.

Spring Pea & Roasted Radish Risotto
Image and Recipe via Noming Through Life

 

Try this Watermelon Radish, Orange, and Goat Cheese Salad for a refreshing side.

Watermelon Radish, Orange, and Goat Cheese Salad
Image and Recipe via Alexandra’s Kitchen

 

Hearty Steak Tacos with Cilantro-Radish Salad won’t disappoint your taco craving.

Steak Tacos with Cilantro-Radish Salsa

Steak Tacos with Cilantro-Radish Salad

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Coming Together and Eating Socially

Recipes for Eating Socially

For Social Wellness Month, we had recipes to help you entertain your closest friends and family and get eating socially.

Make entertaining easy with these 5 quick versions of bruschetta.

Strawberry Bruschetta
Recipe via Today

 

These Individual Salad Cups make it easy to munch healthily at any gathering.

Individual Salad Cups with Rhubarb Vinaigrette

 

Peach and Mozzarella Skewers with Basil and Lime are a simple, tasty app.

Peach and Mozzarella Skewers with Basil and Lime
Image and Recipe via Goop

 

Whip up Spicy Grilled Shrimp Tacos for the perfect party meal.

Spicy Grilled Shrimp Tacos
Image and Recipe via The Healthy Maven

 

This Vegetarian Mezze Platter is an easy app to put out for your next party.

Vegetarian Mezze Platter

 

 

These 8 Infused Water Combos make entertaining delicious and healthy.

8 Infused Water Combos to Keep You Hydrated

 

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad Cups are the perfect summer finger food.

Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad Cups

 

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Grilling Recipes for Get-Togethers

Healthy Grilling Recipes

This week, we helped get you ready for summer with a batch of healthy, easy grilling recipes.

First up is a simple vegan and gluten-free Grilled Avocado and Romaine Caesar Salad.

Grilled Avocado and Romaine Caesar Salad
Image and Recipe via Blissful Basil

 

Whip up these vibrant Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa for a healthy supper.

Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa
Image and Recipe via Cooking Classy

 

This Grilled Cilantro, Lime, and Paprika Corn on the Cob is a tasty BBQ side dish.

Grilled Cilantro, Lime, and Paprika Corn on the Cob
Image and Recipe via Blissful Basil

 

Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Vegetables in Foil is your new easy summer go-to meal.

Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Vegetables in Foil

 

These Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas are light and perfect for lunch or to share.

Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas

 

Put together refreshing Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers for a quick dinner.

Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
Image and Recipe via What2Cook

 

These Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Peaches are the dessert your grill’s been waiting for.

Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Peaches

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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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Healthy Tailgating Food

Healthy Tailgating Food

It’s tailgating season again, but it doesn’t have to hurt your waistline with these recipes for healthy tailgating food.

First up are Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites with Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip. Just add celery.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites with Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip

 

This Veggie Loaded 7-Layer Dip is bright, colorful, and delicious.

Veggie Loaded 7-Layer Dip

 

These Chipotle Black Bean Burgers are vegetarian and unbelievably tasty.

Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

 

These Vegan Guacamole Potato Skins are much better for you than the cheese-covered kind.

Vegan Guacamole Potato Skins with Ranch Dressing

 

Loaded Crispy Tofu Tacos are healthy, filling, and full of fresh ingredients.

Loaded Crispy Tofu Tacos

 

This Baked Blooming Onion will make your healthy game day feel like you went out to your favorite gameday spot.

Baked Blooming Onion

 

Make this Turkey Chili with Wisconsin Cheese for an easy healthy game day take on the classic.

Turkey Chili with Wisconsin Farmer’s Cheese

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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