If your wedding day is around the corner, it's time to employ a few healthy tips so you meet your big celebration looking and feeling your absolute best. From ways to debloat to tricks to quash stress, read on for our favorite last-minute healthy tips to start two weeks before your wedding day.
Memorial Day is almost here, and that means camping, grilling, and backyard parties. While classic barbecue sides like potato salad and macaroni and cheese are big favorites, they don't always work for those following a vegan diet. If you're planning a barbecue this holiday, here are 20 side dishes that will have vegan friends coming back for seconds.
Lounging all day at the beach might be your speed, but anyone who's fallen out of a bikini can tell you, they wish they'd thought their top choice through. If you're going to be active at the beach this Summer, click through the following trendy picks to inspire smart swimwear beyond the standard triangle top.
If your diet is lacking in enough nutrients, adding a smoothie to your diet can help immensely. Toss any of these six ingredients into your next smoothie along with your favorite fruits to get their nutritious benefits without sacrificing taste.
- Broccoli: The fiber-rich vegetable helps keep you full without changing the taste of even your favorite smoothie combinations. You can use raw broccoli or steam it quickly first for a smoother consistency. This 330-calorie peanut butter, broccoli, and strawberry smoothie will keep you full throughout the morning.
- Chia seeds: If you're looking to start the day right, add a tablespoon of chia seeds into every smoothie. The high-fiber seeds are also a great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3s, so you'll feel full and ready to take on your morning. This berry chia seed smoothie recipe masks the taste and texture of chia seeds if you're not a fan.
- Green tea: Want a little energy boost in your smoothie? Add strong, cold green tea to any smoothie instead of water for a subtle caffeinated pick-me-up. We like the refreshing taste of this green tea, cinnamon, and honey smoothie.
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If you haven't worked with soba yet, it's time to acquaint yourself these protein- and fiber-filled, gluten-free buckwheat noodles. They help bulk up many salad and soup recipes, but they also stand strong on their own. Treat your taste buds to this Thai-inspired salad, perfect for warmer weather. Smooth and tangy ginger peanut dressing complements the chewy noodles and crisp veggies. This is one recipe you'll love having for leftovers the next day, since the flavors develop with time. Keep reading for this quick and satisfying gluten-free recipe.
Simple, spicy, and satisfying, this weeknight-friendly kale and egg dish is just the sort of fodder I eat on an average night in. Sure, it's fun to fuss around prepping a more involved meal whose effort is worth the while, but when it comes to everyday dinners, I, like many, prioritize speed, relative wholesomeness, and a large payoff for relatively little effort. This recipe ticks all three boxes.
Even better, this versatile vegetarian option can serve dual duty. Here, gussied up with a couple poached eggs and a slab of hearty toast, it's a well-rounded meal in its own right. Omit the eggs and toast and it's a stellar side, perfect for pairing with roast chicken, steak, and the like.
Bring a taste of the taqueria home with our recipe for salsa verde, a tangy tomatillo-based dip that's a perfect pairing for everything from chips to tacos and burritos. Little more separates you from this smoky-spicy Mexican-fare favorite than a minimum of prep work and a blitz in the food processor, so what are you waiting for? Watch the video and get the easy recipe.
We know you're spending plenty of time getting your body bikini ready with healthy food and fun workouts. While taking note of these tips to make bathing suit shopping easier is a great start, being equipped with as many tools as possible will help you feel confident before running around on the beach. In case you're concerned about unnecessary extra bloat before you rock your bikini, here are six foods to avoid right before you hit the beach.
Carbonated drinks: While you've hopefully taken the initiative to say goodbye to soda for good, sparkling water can be a decent substitute if you can't get enough of those bubbles. With that said, it's best to avoid any carbonated drinks before you hit the beach to steer clear of unnecessary belly bulge or gas.
Salt: Supersalty foods or added salt don't necessarily make you gassy, but they definitely make you retain water. Even though those cantina chips and salsa may seem like the ideal prebeach grub, opt for something with lower levels of sodium to help you feel your best before you head to the ocean.
Cruciferous veggies: They're great foods for long-term weight loss, but if there's one time not to chow down on a heaping helping of broccoli, cabbage, or kale, it's right before you hit the beach! These veggies contain a complex sugar called raffinose that's known to cause some lovely bloat.
Keep reading for three more foods to avoid before the beach.
It's no secret that we love Greek yogurt around here, and there's good reason why. It's a perfect way to get more protein and calcium in your diet, and the probiotics are nothing but good news for your insides. And not only that, substituting Greek yogurt for cream, mayonnaise, and other high-fat options saves big in the calorie department. From breakfast to dessert and everything in between, here are some of our favorite ways to add flavor, not calories, with Greek yogurt!
Paleo dieters craving a big bowl of stir-fry will find delicious comfort in this fresh, bright, and satisfying cauliflower "rice" recipe. Beyond being a Paleo-friendly offering, this grain-free stir-fry has zero cholesterol, is low in sodium, and offers your entire daily recommended intake of vitamin A and vitamin C in just one meal. While this recipe requires a decent amount of chopping in the kitchen, once the prep is done, the cook time is under 15 minutes — just trust me on this one, the healthy result is well worth the effort.
Keep reading for your new favorite Paleo recipe.