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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

Recipes, Wedding

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

Recipes

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

Recipes

Chocolate Mug Cake with Strawberries

Who doesn’t love cake?? This perfect-for-one dessert recipe has a twist, though — it’s actually good for you. If you’re like me, you’re very intrigued at the idea of adding black beans to something chocolate-y, but I am here to tell you that one weird ingredient doesn’t keep this from being my new go-to evening splurge.

I’m not sure if you’ve seen any of Lori Zanini’s other recipes, but this one totally lives up to her reputation of delivering big taste without sacrificing your health. If you don’t already have her cookbook check it out! Continue Reading

Healthy

How Meal Delivery Changed My Life

There are times when life gets so busy that between work obligations and personal plans, it feels like I’m juggling way more than I’m meant to handle. You might have heard I’ve just signed up to guest star on ABC’s new comedy “Speechless,” and while I’m absolutely thrilled to play Miss Bloom, an enthusiastic choir teacher, I know between all the things I have going on personally and professionally some major adjustments will have to be made in order to perform at my best.

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As you guys know, last year I “unplugged” and had a zen getaway with my sister Marabeth. It was exactly what I needed to get my priorities back on track, and it helped me prioritize my health more than I had been because of my hectic schedule. Nutrition (and food in general!) is extremely important to me, so when my calendar really gets cranking planning my healthy meals is the first thing to go wayside.

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On those days, I’m super grateful for meal delivery services. I don’t know if you’ve tried any, but the one I’m doing now with The Ranch Daily has been a total game changer for my schedule and eating habits. Their freshly made, organic meals are gluten, dairy, GMO and meat free — plus they’re incredibly delicious!

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There is so much value in having my meals ready to go, knowing they’re nutritionally balanced and made with my tastes and preferences in mind.

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I highly recommend you give your to-do list a break while doing something fantastic for your body by trying a healthy meal delivery service! You’ll be so glad you did!

Recipes

Healthy And Delicious Garlic Herb Dip

You know all those barbecues and backyard parties you’ll inevitably be attending this summer? I’ve got the perfect dip to bring along that will not only be a crowd favorite, but a healthy alternative to some of the other snacking options. It’s seriously just as delicious as your Aunt Helen’s magical queso dip! Continue Reading

Healthy, Recipes

Baked Apples + Figs Crumble

Surely by now you’ve learned that I love a good dessert. The key for me is to be smart about it! I once read that if you want to indulge in something, make it yourself. Want a pizza? Make one at home! Craving french fries? Break out the potatoes! The act of cooking something yourself not only gives you an opportunity to use healthier ingredients, but also reminds you of how much work goes into what you eat. After putting in all the work of cooking something, you’ve earned the treat!

With that in mind, I try to make dessert myself. It’s a great way to satisfy my sweet tooth and keep my willpower in check. Not only is this recipe yummy, but it’s only 170 calories per ½ cup serving! Continue Reading

Recipes

Where My Peeps At?

Easter is over but the grocery store aisles are still lined with boxes and boxes of pink, yellow and baby blue Peeps! They’re just sittin’ and starin’ at you through the cellophane, all five-bazillion of them. I’ve always wanted to take them home, but never knew what on earth I’d do with all those Peeps… Until now.

I used to think there wasn’t anything better than s’mores. But there is! Peep s’mores! What?! I know! Get yourself a box of those beauties and treat yourself to my new favorite springtime snack.

Here’s what you do: Continue Reading

Healthy, Recipes

The Pasta Alternative: Spaghetti Squash

While I adore pasta, lately I’ve been loving a yummy pasta alternative — spaghetti squash! It’s like I’ve found a carb loophole, and I couldn’t be more excited. It might seem strange, but this vegetable is so good it might even fool your dinner guests into thinking they’re having the real thing.

You can seriously do anything with the spaghetti squash that you would do with the real thing, but I like to keep it simple. Continue Reading

Healthy, Recipes

Easy Peasy Pizza Party Night

Sometimes you need a night in, and a pizza party can be just what the doctor ordered. Besides, if you load it up with veggies, a pizza is really just a few steps away from being a salad, right? 🙂

I like to make mine (mostly) from scratch, but you can speed things up with store-bought dough. You can — and should! — get crazy with your toppings. It is YOUR party, after all! Continue Reading

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