We gave you tips on mix-and-match healthy stir fries; this time we’re tackling soups. Soups are inexpensive and there are seemingly endless varieties once you learn the basic soup-making technique. We’ll walk through the basics to get you started, and give you fun and exciting ideas to play with in the kitchen.
This classic comfort food is the perfect end to a cold day. Its versatility can make it suitable to most taste preferences and although many think it’s unhealthy, chili is really full of nutritious ingredients. But those aren’t the only reasons we love chili.
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Feeling that cool-weather chill? Cozy up to warm pot of stew. For a change of pace, try chicken, lamb, beans or seafood as the main attraction. Stews contain a variety of veggies — carrots, potatoes, onions and celery — that add immunity-boosting vitamins.
My clients are always telling me about these new juice drinks they find at the supermarket. You know the ones that say they pack in multiple servings of fruits and veggies or they’ll make you smarter, lower cholesterol or even boost your immunity. Many times folks fall for the hype and start drinking 2 or 3 bottles a day (they think more is better!). But before you take a sip, find out what these bottled beverages are really made of.
Ever made your own sushi? If you’re a newbie, try this vegeterian, kid-friendly version. The raw fish is switched with a variety of vitamin-packed veggies — radishes, carrots, scallions, peppers and some avocado. Don’t forget about nori (sushi’s green wrapper). This traditional Japanese sea vegetable is high in fiber, potassium and vitamins A and C (both antioxidants). Sushi makes for an easy work or school lunch; I pack cucumber and avocado rolls in my first grader’s lunch box every week!
Today, skip the meat course and amp up your veggie servings in honor of Meatless Monday. Don’t worry — this isn’t a campaign to make you go veg, but more a way to promote better foods that help prevent the big 4: heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Better still, ditching meat once a week reduces your costs at the checkout.
Taste the rainbow and get your daily dose of vitamins from this chopped salad. The EatingWell recipe calls for broccoli, bell peppers, carrots and radishes, but if you find other fresh veggies at the farmers’ market or in your CSA box, toss them in instead. Top it off with two tablespoons of dressing, and you’ve got a simple starter for tonight’s Earth Day dinner.
And the winner is… fresh veggies! Direct-from-the-farm fresh, if possible. But that doesn’t mean you should count out the frozen ones. There’s a time and place for them too. Find out the advantages of each and how the nutritional benefits vary.