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Celebrate National Watermelon Day with this Granita Recipe

Happy National Watermelon Day! To celebrate, I called on Lori Zanini, RD, and creator of the free 7 day meal plan who I knew would have the perfect use for this summer fruit. Her recipe for Strawberry Watermelon Granitas is exactly what I want on a hot summer day. A super simple dessert that quenches my thirst, improves my skin, AND satisfies my sweet tooth? That’s definitely something that deserves its own holiday!

Take it away, Lori!

xo
Jules

Watermelon is in its peak season during August, which is perfect, because the hot summer weather requires a major boost in hydration. And, with its high water content (about 92%), watermelon is the ultimate summer snack. Watermelon is also a great source of lycopene, which acts as an antioxidant and protects against certain cancers as well as decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

So it’s confirmed! Watermelon is a delicious way to promote a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, some initial research indicates foods high in lycopene have a “sunscreen effect,” and may have the ability to improve our skin’s natural SPF. That’s amazing, right?

Here are some more incredible watermelon facts. One cup of watermelon is:
• Less than 50 calories (46 to be exact).
• A good source of vitamin C and potassium.
• Eating watermelon can help reduce puffiness/bloating related to excess salt intake, making it the perfect poolside snack option.
• It’s a GREAT source of Vitamin A (about 40% of daily needs in just one cup)! Vitamin A is important for vision, immune system and fertility. Continue Reading

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What’s So Great About Thrive Market? Everything.

I believe having access to the healthiest of options should be a right, not a privilege — that’s just one of the many reasons I’m proud to partner with Thrive Market. Living a clean and healthy lifestyle is extremely important to me, and I’m very aware that not everyone has access to organic foods, natural products and eco-friendly supplies.

At Thrive Market, the mission is simple: make healthy living and organic food accessible to everyone — regardless of where they live or how much they make. Thrive Market carries thousands of best-selling, organic, wholesome foods and nontoxic home and body care products for 25-50% below traditional retail prices!

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Even better, it’s all delivered straight to your door. You can get everything you need at Thrive Market: food, snacks, vitamins, supplements, personal care products, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, safe and nontoxic beauty products, kitchen staples, home goods, organic baby food, kids products and so much more. Continue Reading

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Something Blue Smoothie

We may be halfway through the summer, but wedding season is still in full swing! Whether a bride, a groom, or a guest, we all want to look and feel our greatest on the big day. If feeling good inside and out is the goal, it only makes sense to indulge in foods that offer beauty benefits that have a profound effect on our skin, nails, and hair. Bridal Nutritionist Kara Stout specializes in recipes that make you feel even more beautiful than you already are. Whether it’s for the big day or a special event, her Something Blue Smoothie is something for everyone to sip-up before you or your loved one walk down the aisle!

This delicious wedding-inspired smoothie is a nutrition-packed breakfast that is low in sugar, high in protein, and a great source of healthy fats and fiber. We can also sneak in some leafy greens that provide vitamins A, C, E and K, folic acid, chlorophyll, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and more.

An added bonus: The blueberries contribute to glowing, youthful skin because of the abundance of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals — and the Vitamin C found in blueberries can help with the maintenance and synthesis of collagen. A popular buzzword for good reason, collagen is included in the smoothie as well. Collagen is an abundant protein found in our bodies. However, as we age, our collagen production naturally begins to decrease. On top of that, an unhealthy diet, such as one too high in sugar, or an unhealthy lifestyle, can also lead to a decrease in collagen, which is SO not ideal. Adding collagen peptides into this recipe gives you a head start on your path to healthier hair, skin, and nails.

The Something Blue Smoothie will also boost energy, kickstart your immune system, improve digestion, and contribute to healthy weight loss. What are you waiting for? Get this in your blender now! Continue Reading

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Your Handy Guide to Staying Healthy While Eating Out

I’ll just say it — I am not ever going to be the girl who goes to dinner and orders two stalks of asparagus. I love food! I love going to restaurants, getting take out, snacking at sporting events… you get the idea.

Good news! The secret to being able to double fist your favorite foods is knowing how to order them. Lori Zanini, RD, and creator of the free 7 day meal plan is singing the same tune in these awesome suggestions for what to order when eating out. A few simple swaps can change a not-so-healthy salad (it’s true, not all salads are created clean) into a healthy-yet-still-delish dish.

Whether I’m on the road for work or in my own neighborhood, I love exploring and trying new restaurants. If you know what to look for, choosing healthy menu items is easy no matter what type of restaurant you are trying! You don’t even have to totally overhaul your order.

See Lori’s easy tips for ordering healthier options without sacrificing your taste buds when you’re eating out. She’s even categorized them by restaurant types! Check the out here: Continue Reading

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Turn Your Morning Hassle Into Your Morning Hustle With These Quaker Overnight Oats

I’m excited to partner with Quaker to tell you guys about the new Quaker Overnight Oats! They may have just saved the day by making it easy to enjoy a breakfast option with virtually no hassle, so we can focus on our morning hustle. One of my favorite morning meals is a hearty bowl of oats with fruit and nuts. The only thing that ever really stands in my way of whipping it up is the hassle of it when I’ve got stuff to do — whether it’s an early call time on set or just a busy day with friends and family. Pre-making your breakfast the night before never sounds fun, especially after we’ve just cleaned up from dinner — who wants more dirty dishes??

It’s as easy as steep, sleep and eat. Before your pretty head hits the pillow, simply add milk or your non-dairy option of choice to the single serve container. Just stir the mixture and let it steep overnight in the refrigerator. As you rise and shine, reach for your ready-to-enjoy oats. See? No mess, no fuss, just deliciousness!

The blend of 100% whole grain oats and other grains, fruit pieces, quinoa, flaxseed and nuts is everything I could ask for — Blueberry, Banana and Vanilla Bliss and Orchard Peach Pecan Perfection are my current faves. There’s no artificial flavors or added colors, and at 300 calories or less before adding your milk or non-dairy option, Quaker’s Overnight Oats are basically the best thing to ever happen to breakfast!

What could you accomplish with a little extra time in the morning??

Photo credit: Ari Davidson

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Healthy Snacks: How To Stay On Track While Traveling

When it comes to eating healthy on-the-go I’ve always believed it’s all about being well stocked with options. The problem I run into — and perhaps you’ve experienced the same — is those options seem so limited. I only have a handful of solid to-go snacks that I go to and as a result, just like most routines, eating the same thing gets boring! As a result, I sometimes stray from my nutrition plans.

Fortunately, there are expert snack-slayers like Lori Zanini, RD, and creator of the free 7 day meal plan, who has a whole arsenal of delicious and clean choices. Here, Lori shares a list of ideas that are sure to keep me happy and healthy on my journey to snack success!

xo
Jules

How To Stay Healthy While Snacking On The Go

I frequently get asked how I make healthy food choices when I’m on the road. My strategy: always come prepared by packing some simple on the go snacks! Eating out for most meals, combined with a busy work schedule, can lead to making less than healthy choices while traveling. For me, packing snacks is a must, if I already have them on hand I’m less likely to go rogue. Here are some of my go-to foods when hunger hits on the road!

1. Single Serving Nut Butter Pack + A Piece of Fruit
My favorite on-the-go fruits are apples, pears, and bananas. Buying nut butters in single serving squeeze packs makes it easy to eat the correct portion size without any measuring or mess!

2. Homemade Trail Mix
I think the best combination is almond slivers, cashews, unsweetened dried cranberries or blueberries, dried coconut chips and a dash of cinnamon. Tip: make it in bulk before your trip and measure out your portions — about a ¼ cup for one serving — ahead of time in little jars or snack bags so you can grab and go each day.

3. Simple Avocado Tuna “Salad”
This is a great snack that makes more of a hearty on-the-go meal. Take ½ of a medium avocado and mash it with 3 oz. tuna (or salmon) packaged in water. Add a little bit of salt, pepper and cayenne or chili powder and enjoy! What makes this salad perfect for traveling? All of the ingredients can be kept at room temp until you are ready to whip it up! Continue Reading

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I Am The “ME” in EndoMEtriosis

It’s Women’s Health Month and there is no better time to tell you about a campaign close to my heart: Get in the Know about ME in EndoMEtriosis. As some of you may already know, I have been helping to raise awareness about endometriosis, a chronic and painful disease that affects an estimated one in 10 women, including me.

Starting when I was 15, I had sharp pains in the lower part of my stomach and heavy bleeding during and between my periods. I saw a few doctors who said it was normal, so I assumed it was just part of being a woman. As a performer and entertainer, I’ve always had a high tolerance for pain, so I just pushed through and ignored it.

Then in 2008, while performing on Dancing with the Stars, I had a particularly bad “episode,” as I call them. I started experiencing horrible pain and bleeding, so much so that my mom (who luckily was there) insisted we go to the hospital. Right away, I met with my gynecologist and it was then I found that I had endometriosis. Continue Reading

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“The One” Peanut Butter Cookie You Need In Your Life

I absolutely love this peanut butter cookie recipe sent to my Ask Jules inbox from Cherie! It’s called “The One” because all the ingredients measure out to one cup or one teaspoon.

It’s not only simple to make, the recipe itself is very clean — especially considering it’s for cookies. “The One” Cookie is gluten free, and if you source your ingredients right, it can also be completely organic.

I’m a fan of the high protein and healthy fats, too. Thanks for sharing, Cherie!

Ingredients:
• 1 cup all natural peanut butter
• 1 cup turbinado or unbleached sugar
• 1 egg (or egg substitute if vegan)
• 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all ingredients listed.
3. Roll into small balls.
4. Flatten with a fork.
5. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Deep Dish Delight: A Healthy Take On Chicago’s Famous Pizza

While we were dancing our way through Chicago one thing was on the MOVE Team’s mind: Deep. Dish. Pizza. How could we not dream about the ooey-gooey goodness of a delicious Chicago style pizza pie? I’m constantly seeking out ways to satisfy my cravings as well as my conscious. As the tour bus buzzed by the hundredth pizzeria promising the best slice in town -– I began my search for the unicorn of indulgences: a healthy version of deep-dish deliciousness.

I came across the blog belonging to Chicago-native Ashley, a cookbook author, writer, and photographer behind the website Blissful Basil. Lo and behold, she made the seemingly impossible, possible! The crust calls for cauliflower in lieu of flour and lite mozzarella in place of full-fat cheese. I also like how Ashley added spinach for its healthy benefits.

When I get home, I’m going full veggie by adding broccoli, tomatoes and bell peppers. Continue Reading

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Fresh Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

With the weather heating up, it’s the perfect time to add some light and fresh recipes into your dinner menu rotation. I’ve asked Lori Zanini to share some more of her delicious and healthy creations with us over the next few months, and I’m so glad we’re starting with this fancy but easy-to-execute recipe for Summer Rolls.

As always, please let me know if you try this at home — I love to see your skills in action!

Ingredients:

For the peanut sauce:
• ½ cup natural peanut butter
• 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
• 2 tbsp coconut aminos
• 1 tbsp sriracha
• 1 tsp grated ginger
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• ¼ cup canola oil
• ½ cup water

Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined (or blend all ingredients in a food processor). Pour into a small ramekin and set aside.

For the rolls:
• 1 lb wild caught shrimp
• 1 tsp canola oil
• 1 package rice paper (I love BanhTrang brand, if available)
• 1 medium watermelon radish
• 2 cups shredded carrots
• 2 cups julienne cucumbers
• 2 cups shredded white cabbage
• 2 cups thinly chopped romaine lettuce
• 1 cup of fresh mint leaves
• 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
• Large bowl of room temperature water

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