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  1. Michelle (Peachy Palate)

    Now I don’t know whether to try this or the zucchini pasta first! Too many lovely ideas!

    November 29, 2011

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  2. Kathy

    I agree with you! I feel like as if my carb load has gotten up this *stands on tippy toes, with arm and fingers outstretched upwards* much, and my veggie intake has gotten down this *squat down with hand a bit above the ground* much.
    Time to make green smoothies and salads again ;)

    November 29, 2011

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  3. Megan @ ScholasticFood

    This looks absolutely delicious! Yum :)

    November 29, 2011

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  4. Nora @ natural noshing

    I’m totally with you on the carb overload, it’s that time of year for sure and that’s what I reach for when I get stressed and busy.
    I love goat cheese with sun dried tomatoes and green beans, the flavors are fresh and lovely but it’s been awhile since I’ve had a similar dish – great combo, I’ll have to try your version!!

    November 29, 2011

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  5. Christina McConnell
    Christina McConnell

    I agree, vegetables suddenly seem sparse on my menu as well! Thanks for focusing on vegetables for awhile- I will be inspired!

    November 30, 2011

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  1. 7 Ingredients for a Healthy Holiday Season « Natural Noshing

    [...] December 21, 2011 at 10:30 am Leave a comment The holiday season is all about giving, family and close friends and of course, food. This time of year is full of rich, delicious meals that are both comforting and frequent at parties and on our dinner tables. Incorporating certain foods into your feast can benefit you long after your New Year’s resolution. I received a monthly newsletter from registered dietitian Adrien Paczosa noting the following top seven foods to incorporate during your holiday and I wanted to pass along! 1. Pomegranates: A pomegranate a day can keep the doctor away. The old adage uses apples, but during the holidays, we say pomegranates are the way to go. This delicious fruit is bursting with Vitamin C which keeps the free radicals at bay and is believed to prevent some types of cancer. So add a splash of pomegranate juice to a cup of hot tea and enjoy OR add some pomegranate arils to these stuffed endive and goat cheese appetizers for some added nutrition with a festive flare! 2. Nuts: Nuts contain both poly- and mono unsaturated fatty acids.  These are healthy fats that can lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering the amount of inflammation of the arteries. Nuts are also a good source of protein and fiber that can help keep you full. This can keep you from over indulging and keeping the holiday pounds in check. Finally, nuts are a rich source of vitamin E which is good for the skin. Who doesn’t need a little holiday glow? As you may have guessed, I am 100% on board with this ingredient! A few ways to incorporate more nuts: For snacks, whip up a batch of honey roasted snack mix or protein nut butter balls If you’re in the mood for a savory main dish try turkey chili with almond butter or healthy kung pao chicken or tofu Is dessert calling your name? Try flour less chunky monkey cookies or vegan maple almond spice biscotti 3. Chocolate: Nothing is more comforting on a cold winter day than a cup of hot chocolate. If you make that a cup of dark hot chocolate you could be enjoying more than just guilty pleasure. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids and polyphenols. These are antioxidants that can help prevent arterial damage from cholesterol as well as lower your blood pressure over time. So join the kids for a cup of my (dairy-free) hot cocoa and drink to your health. This is good news for us chocolate lovers, but eat in moderation of course! You can also make your own chocolate bark/fudge 4. Olives: Extend the olive branch through the season and reap the nutritional benefits. Olives are a low calorie way to get in your healthy monounsaturated fats. Using extra-virgin olive oil to create your culinary masterpieces during the holidays can lead to an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol. You can use the olives to add a little salt to your meals, just be sure to watch your sodium intake. 10 small green olives have about 451 mg of sodium. *According to new recommendations by The American Heart Association sodium intake should be limited to 1500 mg or below per day. *Although I mention olives, unfortunately I am not a fan (I should give them another chance) — do as I say not as a do because they do have nutrition! For a delicious recipe using olives, hop on over to The Healthy Foodie for Sonia’s green bean and goat cheese salad [...]

    December 21, 2011

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