CARE Snack: Pineapple and Pears with Cottage Cheese and Cashews

CARE Snack: Pineapple and Pears with Cottage Cheese and Cashews

Cashews, often deemed indulgent, are a rich dietary source of monounsaturated fat and copper which is essential in energy production, antioxidant functioning and bone formation. Enjoyed in moderation, they contribute to increasing our overall intake of nuts which studies have confirmed can lower our risk of heart disease, lower the risk of developing gallstones, and lower our risk of gaining weight! Participants in a study that consumed nuts 2x per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than those that never ate nuts. Enjoy (in moderation)!

CARE Snack: Dark Hot Chocolate

CARE Snack: Dark Hot Chocolate

Although it’s true that dark chocolate contains beneficial bioactive compounds, we like this evening snack for its theanine (in the chocolate) to help induce relaxation– perfect for those cold winter nights. This hot chocolate is balanced and very subtly sweet compared to commercial preparations – but that’s why we love it. Sip it knowing you are supporting your health through balance and before you know it you will actually prefer its simplicity.

CARE Recipe: Salmon Dill Spread on Toast

CARE Recipe: Salmon Dill Spread on Toast

This recipe is great with either canned salmon or left-over salmon from the night before. What is unique to canned salmon is the cost savings and convenience to use when preparing mid-day meals like lunch. Canned salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids and also has a high calcium contents if bought with the bones and skin (sounds much more ‘advanced’ than it really is, you can’t tell at all once mixed).

CARE Recipe: Vegan Creamed Spinach Pasta with Peas

CARE Recipe: Vegan Creamed Spinach Pasta with Peas

Legume-based pasta (like garbanzo, black bean, and soy) is an incredible way to continue enjoying pasta while getting much more nutrition than just carbohydrates provided by flour-based varieties. This recipe pairs legume-based pasta with our Faux Alfredo Sauce (white bean sauce) to make a plant-based protein-rich, fiber-rich (which equals FILLING) meal. Enjoy with endless varieties of leafy and tender veggies!

CARE Recipe: Roasted Chicken and Apple Pomegranate Salad

CARE Recipe: Roasted Chicken and Apple Pomegranate Salad

This salad is as pretty as it is nutritious. Pomegranates have various bioactive compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties against cancer cells. The arils are also a wonderful source of vitamin C and potassium needed to regulate blood pressure. The prebiotic and soluble fibers also help regulate the native strains of gut bacteria. This is a lot of health activity from something we just call “lunch”!

CARE Recipe: Roasted Parsnip, Apple, and Onion Soup

CARE Recipe: Roasted Parsnip, Apple, and Onion Soup

Try roasting a medley of roots and fruits first, then blending them to velvety soup. Any roasted root vegetables can be made into smooth soup, including carrot, beet, potato, or a mix of parsnip, apple, and red onion. Parsnips look like ivory carrots, and when roasted, they are ethereally sweet, nutty, soft, and perfect for soup. They’re also just as good simply roasted and eaten that way. For a balanced plate, pair with an easy green salad dressed in lemon and garlic and your choice of an extra lean piece of protein.

CARE Beverage Idea: Faux White Wine

CARE Beverage Idea: Faux White Wine

You know how alcohol is an acquired taste? There is usually something a little bitter (like tannins) or pungent in these beverages that we come to anticipate. When finding alcohol alternatives, I like to experiment with combinations of flavors that I might not exactly love at first sight – but I acquire a taste for it. This makes it more satisfying to me than just replacing my wine with a glass of juice. I still want that distinct taste that makes me sip it, slow down, and relax. Here is one combination that I enjoy. And in the spirit of CARE, the herbs are also therapeutic to the digestive system. This beverage supports your native strains of bacteria rather than stress them (as alcohol does).

CARE Recipe: Hearty Pumpkin Lasagna

CARE Recipe: Hearty Pumpkin Lasagna

This vegetarian version of lasagna is as filling and rich as its meat-based counterparts (more so really because of the 10 grams of fiber per serving!). This version is also rich in Vitamin A, calcium, and soluble fiber. The calcium comes from both the cheese and the collard greens. This lasagna also freezes well making homemade lasagna a reality on cold nights when prep didn’t get done over the weekend. I usually have this for two dinners and then freeze the rest. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.