Strawberry Basil Lemonade + 8 {Delicious} Reasons To Eat Strawberries

This simple, sparkling, no-added sugar Strawberry Basil Lemonade was inspired by the most juicy and delicious, fresh from the field, California strawberries I have ever tasted!Thank you to California Strawberries for sponsoring this post, and inviting me to speak on strawberry nutrition at the California Strawberries field tour and luncheon. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own, and I love sharing my favorite foods with you that are not only healthy, but delicious! Before I share my Strawberry Basil Lemonade recipe with you, … [Read more...]

Matcha Madness! 10 Must-Make Matcha Recipes + The Health Benefits of Matcha

Celebrate matcha madness with these 10 must-make matcha recipes, and learn more about the health benefits of gorgeous, vibrant, antioxidant rich matcha green tea! If you're a college basketball fan, did you catch my play on words??? Sadly, none of my alma maters {SMU Mustangs, San Diego State Aztecs, USD Toreros} made it to the March Madness tournament this year. But that's not stopping me from putting together a celebration of my own with these 10 must-make matcha recipes, as well as sharing the health benefits of matcha green … [Read more...]

Ancient Grains | 20 Crush Worthy Sorghum Recipes + a Giveaway!

Ancient Grains are hot these days! You'll love this round-up of 20 Crush Worthy Sorghum Recipes, plus a delicious sorghum giveaway!Pictured in photo above: Top row left to right~ Warm Sorghum Salad with Kohlrabi, Apple & Fennel; Savory Sorghum Burrito Bowl. Middle row left to right: Perfect Cinnamon Rolls; Strawberry Vanilla Sorghum Parfait; Spiced Apple Yogurt Sorghum Bowl. Bottom row left to right: Perfect Pizza Crust; Salad with Sorghum, Grilled Vegetables, and Steak. 3/14/16 Update: The giveaway is now over. Thank you to all who … [Read more...]

Simple Tips for Healthy Hydration + a DIY Sparkling Water Bar

Love the idea of making small health changes that deliver lasting results, but don't know where to begin? Start with these simple tips for healthy hydration, inspired by the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, then put them into practice with your own DIY Sparkling Water Bar! Thank you to Nestlé Waters for sponsoring this post on healthy hydration. All text and opinions are my own, and, as always, I only work with brands whose products I personally use, and recommend to my clients.Although I can thank my parents for my healthy hydration … [Read more...]

30 Ways to Boost Your Health with Wild Blueberries

Psst...Make Wild Blueberries your new BFF if you're looking for one of the easiest {and tastiest!} ways to boost your health! Even better, I've got 30 delicious ways you can start incorporating wild blueberries in to your diet today! If you follow my Instgram feed, you may have noticed a recent plethora of all things related to Maine, including lobster feasts, gorgeous green hiking spaces, sparkling lakes, and, fresh-picked-from-the-field blueberries. Wild Blueberries to be exact! … [Read more...]

5 Healthy & Delicious Reasons to Drink More Iced Tea + 4 Refreshing & Hydrating Iced Tea Recipes

Looking for a healthy and delicious no/low calorie alternative to plain water or trying to ditch a soda habit? Guest blogger and aspiring registered dietitian nutritionist Katie Fletcher shares her top 5 healthy and delicious reasons to drink more iced tea this summer {and all year long} + I'm sharing a round-up featuring 4 refreshing and hydrating iced tea recipes. Welcome Katie! … [Read more...]

Nutty for Nuts! Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter, Nut Nutrition 101 + 24 Healthy Nut Recipes

Low in sugar, and packed with nutrition and intense chocolaty cinnamon goodness, this Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter is super easy to make, and a lot more economical than store bought nut butters! Can I share a {not so secret} confession with you? I am nutty about nuts! And in honor of American Heart Month, I wanted to share with you everything about Nut Nutrition 101, a scrumptious recipe for Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter, AND a round-up of 24 of my favorite healthy nut recipes here on The Spicy RD. So chill out with a handful of your … [Read more...]

25 Delicious Ways to Eat More Fruits & Vegetables + Easy Tips for Eating More Every Day

I know you've heard it before...one of the best things you can do to nourish your body, stay healthy, and feel fabulous, is to eat more fruits and vegetables every day. The challenge for most of us, however, is putting these words of wisdom in to practice, which is why I want to help you make this year to be the year of no excuses by sharing 25 Delicious Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables, along w/ my easy tips for eating more fruits and vegetables every day and more! … [Read more...]

Slim By Design Giveaway + 6 Simple Weight Loss Tips {Without Dieting!}

Disclosure: I won my own copy of Slim by Design in a giveaway hosted at Foodtrainers, and was asked by the team at Slim by Design if I would like to write a review of the book and host my own giveaway. As always, my opinions are 100 % my own. Some links below are amazon affiliate links which means I may get a small commission at no additional cost to you, if you make a purchase. Thank you for your support! What if I told you that you could lose weight simply by making a few changes to your eating environment? Would you be game to try? I … [Read more...]

Eat these detox friendly foods to keep your skin glowing all year long!

I'm delighted to welcome Tiffany to The Spicy RD Blog today to share her favorite delicious detox friendly foods to keep your skin glowing this summer, and all year long! Summer is here and making a hot statement almost everyday, which means it is essential to care for our  skin beyond admiration of the amazing bronze or pretty pink we tend to sport after a Saturday on the sand, by eating these delicious, detox friendly foods not only in the summer, but all year long! Before I tell you about the protective powers of colorful foods, we … [Read more...]

Marvelous Magnesium {Part 2} // Food, Supplements, & Recipes for Optimal Health

A couple of weeks ago I shared WHY magnesium is so important for optimal health, {congrats to my SuperSeedz Pumpkin Seeds Giveaway winner Vunda Vall!} and this week, I'm excited to share HOW to make sure you are getting enough magnesium in your diet with food, supplements if needed, and delicious magnesium recipe ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. … [Read more...]

Marvelous Magnesium {Part 1} + A SuperSeedz Pumpkin Seed Giveaway

Note: The giveaway is now over, but read more to learn about the health benefits of magnesium! Did you know pumpkin seeds are nutrition superstars when it comes to magnesium? Oh, and did you also know that one of my favorite new healthy gourmet snacks, SuperSeedz Pumpkin Seeds, is packed with magnesium {over 40 % of the daily recommended intake!} and other healthy stuff??? Now you know. I've got a delicious SuperSeedz giveaway for you to enter, but let's talk magnesium first, because it plays a key supporting role in hundreds of … [Read more...]

10 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Almonds + A Fabulous Almond Giveaway!

Last February 16 was National Almond Day, and in honor of the day, and thanks to the generosity of the Almond Board of California, I was hoping to share some of my favorite healthy and delicious ways to enjoy almonds with you, plus I've got some fabulous almond goodies to give away to you! … [Read more...]

Love One Today: Avocado Nutrition 101 & The Avocado “Smash” Wrapped or Naked

Disclosure: Today we're talking all things avocado and delicious like this avocado smash. Although I did receive financial compensation for writing this post, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely and entirely my own and based on my own unique experiences. For nutrition information on avocados, plus some fabulous recipes, please be sure to visit the Love One Today website courtesy of The Hass Avocado Board. So... My sweet cousin Jori is about to have her first baby any day now {SO super excited for her!!!}, and if she … [Read more...]

High Protein Breakfast Ideas for Vegans, Vegetarians, & Omnivores

What if I told you the simple act of adding more protein to your breakfast could help keep you alert, energized, satiated, and less likely to over eat later in the day?  Would you be game to try?  If so, check out the inforgraphic below for a list of high protein breakfast ideas to start your day off with, whether you're a vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore! P.S. They're all gluten-free! High Protein Breakfast Ideas More Healthy & Delicious Ways to Boost Your Breakfast with Protein... … [Read more...]