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...]

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...]

How to Make the Tastiest Homemade Gazpacho in 5 Minutes or Less

This super quick and easy, no-cook recipe for fresh homemade gazpacho tastes like summer sunshine in a bowl! Huge thanks to Danielle Omar and her delicious looking Watermelon Gazpacho recipe that I pinned the other day for the inspiration for this latest Instameals recipe... I was all set to make her homemade gazpacho when I realized my basil and cilantro were sadly shriveled and the shallots I thought I had were nowhere to be found. … [Read more...]

Super Duper Raw Power Salad

How many times have you gone to a restaurant, eaten something super duper delicious, and wanted to re-create that meal at home?? Like this Super Duper Raw Power Salad with apples, kale, cabbage, and more?!!, about a zillion handful of times, but then my crazy busy life takes over, and my memory gets muddier and muddier, until I no longer remember what it was about that meal, that was so gosh darn delicious. Not this time though. A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Spicy treated me to lunch at one of my favorite local eateries, Urban … [Read more...]

Tooting My Own Horn: My Bean Homework Is Completed!

With two kids under the age of 11 and one husband who still sometimes acts like a kid :-), you can well imagine that the topic of tooting comes up a lot in our house. I will spare you the gassy details, but suffice it to say, toots and beans, beans and toots, toots and pretty much anything {we can always blame it on the dog!} make for a lot of giggling at Casa Stewart. If you're wondering what all this tooting talk is leading up to, let me just tell you, that today I am tooting my own horn, because I finally finished the "Bean Homework" … [Read more...]

A Days Worth of {Delicious} Recipes for Skin Cancer Prevention

Loaded with phytonutrients, this triple pepper kale dip may play a role in skin cancer prevention. I've been celebrating Celiac Awareness all month long, but there is another important celebration going on in May that is near and dear to my heart, and that is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  I hope you will celebrate with me by trying some of my favorite antioxidant and phytonutrient rich recipes, that are not only delicious, but may also play a role in skin cancer prevention. As a blue-eyed blonde {ahem...with a little help from my … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Minty Cilantro Peas

I never met a pea I didn't like. Nope. Never. As far back as I can remember, I've always liked loved peas. The best part about eating peas in one's childhood, of course, was putting one pea on each tine of the fork. Ah....good memories... All this pea talk is leading up to something, naturally, and that is this month's Recipe ReDux post, "Putting the P(ea) in Potluck." {Click here for more information, if you are new to the Recipe ReDux.} Inspired by Nicole of the lovely healthy living blog, Whole Health RD, the goal of … [Read more...]

Veggie Experiment #3: Dandelion Greens {And a Yummy Pizza!}

Have you eaten these before??? I hadn't, until the other day... But, spurred on by Marisa, the Food Sensitive Foodie, {My partner in crime in the "Sardine Challenge"} to a "Bitter Greens Challenge", I decided why not eat some weeds {dandelion greens}? Turns out that these particular bitter greens tasted... Well... Bitter!!! BUT... Pair them with sweet caramelized onions, a little aromatic garlic and EVOO, creamy Italian cheese, sweet and crunchy pine nuts, and, should you desire, spicy turkey sausage all on top of a pizza … [Read more...]

My Nutty Chickpea Giveaway and Easy Homemade Hummus

Let me just start by saying, how can you NOT like a company called The Nutty Bean Company? {Note: My goddaughter's nickname for me is "Bean Bean" but that story is for another day...} I contacted them a little while ago after finding their roasted chickpea snacks on Facebook and asked if I could try them.  I always enjoy sampling new healthy, gluten-free snacks that I can {hopefully}be able to recommend to my clients. Oh, and equally important is that they taste good too!   Well, these Nutty Bean Co. snacks called ChickPz do, … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen…Quesadillas with Homemade Pineapple Salsa.

So how's everyone doing getting lots of color on your plate this month? As I promised in my first "Eating a Rainbow" post, here's a little bit more info on what all those gorgeous colors are providing in your diet... Carotenoids are natural plant pigments found in red, orange, yellow, and green foods.  Beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin are just some of the carotenoids.  These are found in a wide range of fruits and veggies including tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, sweet potatoes, carrots {Yes, … [Read more...]

Eating a rainbow: Power Smoothie and Popsicles.

ROYGBIV... Do you know what this stands for??? Think back to a science class you might have had... Or, try to picture Dorothy singing in the Wizard of OZ... Any idea yet??? It stands for the colors of the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet, and it's the theme {Eat Right with Color} for this year's National Nutrition Month which is taking place the entire month of March. I really like this year's theme, because it incorporates two of my favorite eating philosophies: Eat a wide variety of … [Read more...]

Ring in the New Year with More Fruits and Veggies: Part II

Here it is, as promised.  The "whys" and "hows" of adding more fruits and veggies to your diet. Do you know that's it's REALLY pretty EASY to consume the optimal number of fruits and veggies when you put a TEENSY bit of effort in to it? Do you know how many fruits and veggies you should be consuming each day?  Would you like to try a yummy, super easy fruit laced dessert tonight?  {Hint: It's made with oranges.}  If so, then read on... How many fruits and veggies should I aim for each day? Aim for a MINIMUM of 5 or more servings each … [Read more...]

In Defense of Potatoes.

Yes! {White, Gold, Russet, etc} Potatoes are {Super} healthy too! Sweet potatoes get all the love these days, but what about poor ol' "white" potatoes that seem to get all the bad press? Surely they need some good lovin' too, don't you think, because they're super healthy too! So, in case you've decided to ditch the white potatoes {or relegate them to special occasions}, I hope I can convince you to take a fresh look at ALL colors of potatoes, and start incorporating them in to your diet, because when it comes to health and nutrition … [Read more...]