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Add More Veggies to your Meals

There are many ways to add more vegetables to your regular meals. I think more vegetables add more fun, flavor and zest too. Try these methods:

  1. Add veggies with intention, not as a side dish but as an appetizer. you’ll get the added benefit of starting out with a lower-calorie item first when you are hungriest. Veggies and dip, broiled peppers with cream cheese (you can even wrap in bacon), cut into bit sized pieces with humus or salsa rather than chips.
  2. Grate the veggies into slivers and add to you meal, or put in bowls and make available on the table.
  3. Grill ’em! Lots of people don’t like the mushy boiled vegetables from childhood…. but crispy, flavorful GRILLED zucchini, peppers, corn, onions and fennel slices are a wonderful taste treat.
  4. Smoothie – Blend them up with yogurt! Avocado in a fruit smoothie tastes like you have added creamy smooth ice cream. Surprise!
  5. Make your breakfast a Gourmet Meal! Add fruit, strawberries, blue berries, dates, raisins and more. It will look so appetizing.
  6. Order another vegetable – on your pizza or ask for the addition of peppers, parsley, bean sprouts… it all adds nutrients.
  7. Put more veggies on your sandwiches  –  think of them as salads in a bun! Add lettuce, radicchio, dandelion, endive, parsley, sprouts, peppers, avocado, tomatoes, scallions, carrots…. the sky is the limit!
  8. Make a “Sunday” Roast, make minestrone soup….. perfect rainy weather dishes. AND you can make extra and have it for a couple meals. Or share with a friend. Pot Luck? It’s all fun.

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Try a new vegetable each month. Our first times that we LOVED…. figs, fennel, radicchio, rocket….. and there are new varieties of old favorites. Try a chocolate colored heirloom tomato!  How about one of the many multi-colored squashes, so many varieties.

WATER! Drink and Enjoy


Water is one of our dearest resources. We may be surrounded by water, but it is not fresh, clean or drinkable.

The United Healthcare Newsletter focuses on WATER this month. Here is a great article: Stay hydrated: Which tasty foods can help?

I loved this infographic… it will help you make a variety of thirst quenching choices.


Enjoy a thirst-quenching menu

When the temperature rises, make a splash in your daily diet with these ideas:

Super salads. Watermelon, oranges, tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe, berries, celery and cucumbers are all flush with fluid. These water-rich foods make great low-calorie snacks too!

Berry-delicious smoothies. Add berries — fresh or frozen — to low-fat or fat-free yogurt or milk. Puree in a blender.

Summer salsas. These can be made from vegetables, fruits or a combination of both. Enjoy your favorite variety as a snack — dip into it with cut-up veggies or whole-grain pita chips. Or top grilled fish or chicken with it. Have a sweet tooth? Give orange or pineapple salsa a try.

Chilled soups. You can serve these as a light meal — or as an appetizer or dessert. Here are three cool and soothing options:



YUM! Blender Magic with Superfoods

super food smoothiesNovato, California (May 15, 2013) – Over the past several years, the team at Navitas Naturals has watched natural foods chef Julie Morris create hundreds (if not thousands) of amazing smoothies during a variety of events, classes, product development sessions and store demos. That’s why it’s a pleasure to announce her delightful new book Superfood Smoothies released this week by Sterling Publishing. In this comprehensive smoothie how-to book available at Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and bookstores in the U.S., Chef Julie shares 100 quick, healthy and delicious recipes that use the world’s most nutritious foods.

Julie Morris is the Executive Chef for Navitas Naturals – the leading superfoods brand at retail stores across the continent. Superfood Smoothies demonstrates her culinary and writing talents, and her vast experience blending up the healthiest smoothies. Her new book is loaded with helpful advice and tips about the best culinary methods for making the ultimate smoothies. Chef Julie shares her insight about using the hottest nutrient-dense superfoods in the marketplace, including chia seeds, goji berries, raw cacao, hemp seeds, acai, and goldenberries.  Whether you’re looking for an energy boost, seeking a gentle cleanse, or just trying to get healthy, you’ll be inspired to power up the blender!

Beautiful food photos are key to the success of a cookbook, and Superfood Smoothies has a lot of eye-candy to enjoy. The gorgeous new book also includes informative chapters on smoothie “basics”, “essentials” and “nutritional rewards”, a helpful conversion chart, and a resource guide. It is thoughtful that the recipes are searchable by both style of drink, and nutritional health function. For example, this Maqui Banana smoothie recipe from the book, below, is indexed under Beauty Foods, due to Maqui’s high level of skin-healthy anthocyanins – the antioxidants that give it that deep purple color.


Maqui Banana Smoothie

3 frozen bananas

2¼ cups coconut milk (boxed variety)

1 tablespoon Navitas Naturals Maqui Berry Powder

1 tablespoon of Navitas Naturals chia seeds

Sweetener, to taste (optional

Blend together all the ingredients until smooth. Taste, and sweeten if desired. Makes two 14-ounce servings.


About Navitas Naturals – The Superfood Company

The mission of Navitas Naturals is to provide the finest organic superfoods that increase energy and enhance health. Since 2003, health-conscious people have been choosing their organic superfoods because they’re a diverse whole-food source of antioxidants, protein, essential fats, minerals, vitamins and other key nutrients. All of their products are certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified, and use methods such as freeze-drying and low temperature processing to ensure maximum nutrition and flavor.


About Julie Morris is a Los Angeles-based natural food chef and author. She has worked in the natural food industry for close to a decade as a recipe developer, culinary writer, and cooking show host, and is a spokesperson and executive chef for Navitas Naturals, a fair trade company that specializes in 100% organic superfoods. Morris is an active advocate for whole, plant-based foods and superfoods for optimal health. Her mission is simple: to share recipes and nutrition tips that make a vibrantly healthy lifestyle both easy to achieve and simply delicious to follow. To learn more about Julie and superfoods visit juliemorris.net.

YUM – New Smoothie Book in time for Summer

Just Published!

The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices & Green Smoothies by Cherie Calbom, MS, CN.

juice lady book

About the Author: Known as “The Juice Lady” for her work with juicing and health, Cherie Calbom holds a Master of Science degree in nutrition from Bastyr University. She has practiced as a clinical nutritionist at St. Luke Medical Center and as a celebrity nutritionist for George Foreman and Richard Simmons.

About the Book: Juice and smoothies are sweeping the nation! Why? They’re fruity, delicious, easy to make, and packed with powerful nutrition. It’s no wonder everyone is enjoying the convenience and great taste of these healthy meal and snack alternatives.

Bring your blender or juicing machine into the twenty-first century with the most updated versions of Cherie’s recipes to be found anywhere—more than just refreshment, these recipes enhance your energy and boost your mental and physical health. The more than 400 simple recipes include:

• Delicious vegetable and fruit juices, plus healthy green smoothies
• Juice remedies and rejuvenators
• Unique gourmet juices
• One hundred green smoothie recipes, and more!