Wellness

The Buzz: Kombucha

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What’s the buzz? Kombucha, the slightly tart, slightly sweet, and sometimes fizzy beverage that’s increasingly available in beverage cases nationwide has a big fan following. Many claim it can support immunity and provide a wide range of other health benefits. What does the science say? Kombucha is a fermented tea and sugar-based drink to which…Read More

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Fig and Watercress Salad

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Forget boring salads. Fresh figs, bright mint, spicy watercress, and walnuts come together to form a gorgeous salad that takes under 10 minutes to make.

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The Buzz: Monk Fruit Sugar

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What’s the buzz? Monk fruit sugar is the newest zero-calorie sweetener to have dieters salivating. What does the science say? Monk fruit, also referred to as “lo han guo,” is a small green gourd that grows in Southeast Asia. While this sweetener is newly on the radar for many Westerners, its use dates back to…Read More

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Seven Ways to Kick Your Sugar Habit

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Americans are consuming nearly 150 pounds of added sugar per year —  that’s approximately 42 teaspoons per day! The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar consumption to no more than 6 teaspoons for women and children, and 9 teaspoons for men —  quite a lot less than most are consuming. While sugar-sweetened beverages and…Read More

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The (Bitter)Sweet Truth about Sugars

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In recent years, sugar has been deemed a major contributor to our nation’s obesity crisis, along with other health conditions. It’s true that added sugars add empty calories to one’s diet, and few of us need more of those!

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Homemade Muesli

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Have you met muesli? It’s similar to granola but rather than mixing in oil and honey prior to baking, you toast the grains plain and add your own honey upon serving (yes, you control the sugar!). Serve this muesli with milk or stirred into yogurt – we are sure it won’t disappoint.

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Watermelon Gazpacho

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Forget what you know about soup. This watermelon gazpacho is a little sweet, a little savory, served cold — and is extremely refreshing. The watermelon makes it perfect for keeping hydrated on a hot summer day.

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Green Beans with Chopped Eggs and Olives

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Although readily available year-round, seasonal green beans really take the spotlight. For a quick and easy lunch or side dish, fresh green beans are blanched to retain their beautiful vibrant color and are paired with chopped hard-boiled eggs and briny olives.

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When Gluten’s Off the Table

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Going “gluten-free” may seem like the trendy thing to do right now, but for some people avoiding gluten it’s the only effective treatment for their health condition.

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Avoiding Gluten?

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For our guests with gluten-related disorders or those avoiding gluten for other reasons, we offer “made without gluten-containing ingredient” options.

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Celebrating the Mediterranean Way of Life

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Imagine a table filled with freshly caught fish topped with bright green herbs, platters of vibrantly colored vegetables, and a simple bulgur salad lightly tossed in a fragrant citrus and olive oil dressing. Sitting around that table are your closest family and friends, breathing in the sea air and lingering over the meal with great conversation and lots of laughter. Sounds like vacation, right? For those living near the Mediterranean Sea, this is just a typical evening.

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Garlicky Greens Over Polenta

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Beautifully flavored with garlic, spicy red pepper flakes, and a splash of vinegar, these greens prove you don’t need to add more salt in order to create more flavor.

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Exercise Eats: Real Food or Sports Foods?

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Whether you’re gearing up for an upcoming race, training for college athletics, or just enjoying a long bike ride, fueling your body is key to performing and feeling your best both during and after exercise.

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Chocolate-Date Energy Bars

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Many energy bars come with a long list of ingredients and high dose of sugar. Skip the uncertainty and make your own. Naturally sweetened by dates and loaded with almonds for extended energy, these bars are sure to satisfy when hunger strikes.

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10 Brain Boosting Bites

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The connection between food and healthy aging has been well-established. More recently though, scientists have found a relationship between certain foods and how the brain functions even beyond early development in children.

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Seven Ways to Pump Up Your Productivity

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A quick internet search on how to be more productive results in more than 36 million (yes million!) articles. Whether you’re a working professional or a college student, figuring out how to be more productive in the limited hours you have each day may feel like a constant work in progress.

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Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Tomatoes and Herbs

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Poaching can feel intimidating, but it’s actually a quite simple cooking technique. Make this beautifully poached wild salmon in minutes to serve over whole wheat pasta and vegetables, all by itself, or even on a sandwich the next day.

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Surprisingly Edible Plant Parts

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When most of us think of vegetables, we see visions of ruby red beets and vibrant carrots roasting in the oven, or forests of tree-like broccoli stalks waiting to be steamed or stir-fried. But, what about those feathery carrot tops or deep green beet or broccoli leaves?

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Plant-Based Eating YOUR Way

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Health experts like a good debate about food. When reviewing recommendations in the popular media, you may be hard pressed to find a consensus about the “best” diet.

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Plant Power for Cancer Prevention

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When it comes to cancer, the stats are scary — one in two men and one in three women will get cancer sometime in their life. While that reality is daunting, don’t let it make you feel powerless.

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Eat These 10 Foods to Show Love for Your Heart

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When talking about heart disease prevention, often the focus is on what you shouldn’t eat: red meat, cheese, salt, too much alcohol. While removing these foods from your diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, emphasizing what you can add to your plate to better your heart is just as important – and a lot more fun.

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Toasted Pepita Pesto

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Pesto can be made with almost any nut or seed one desires; this recipe uses pepitas. Toasting the pepitas releases their oils and deepens their flavor for a delicious take on the classic.

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A New Kind of New Year’s Resolution

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Happy New Year! A fresh, new year, full of promise, resplendent with opportunity…rife with anxiety. Let’s admit it: Many of the resolutions we all set in the New Year are goals we set every year.

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Cumin-Scented Wheat Berry and Lentil Soup

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Start a meal with a warm cup of soup and reap the benefits. This filling, hot, fiber-loaded soup will help curb your appetite, which can help with portion control. To save time, cook a large batch of wheat berries ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for up to one week for healthy, nutty grains at your fingertips.

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7 Foods to Boost Your Immunity

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No one plans to get sick, and it always seems like a cold or flu hits at your busiest times. While you can’t completely avoid germs (unless you want to avoid public places altogether), there are many ways to amp up your immune system so your body is ready to fight back.

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Garbanzo Cauliflower Soup

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Cozy up in your favorite chair and enjoy this hearty nutrient-loaded soup. Before taking your first spoonful, take a mindful moment to smell the deep aromas and hint of paprika as the steam warms your face.

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Food Allergens

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We take food allergies seriously. Our menu items are prepared from scratch in our kitchens each day using the freshest, highest quality selections available seasonally and regionally. As a result, we do not operate from corporate recipes and ingredients and products change frequently in our kitchens.  If you have food allergy concerns, our well-trained chefs…Read More

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Plant-Based Diets for Everyone

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More people are choosing to eat a plant-based diet, whether it be a strictly vegetarian or vegan diet; a pescetarian diet (includes fish), or a more flexible diet that includes a mix of plant-based meals and those that include meat and poultry (the “flexitarian” diet, or other options like Mark Bittman’s “vegan before 6”).  People…Read More

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Eating for a Happy Wallet

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While many health and fitness websites, blogs, and magazines may have you believing that healthy eating is only for top earners, it doesn’t have to break the bank.

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Eating Healthy in the Workplace

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The workplace can be one of the biggest saboteurs of eating healthy. It’s where many of us spend the majority of our days, and from working lunches, office candy jars, and celebrations, it’s easy for unwanted calories to sneak in without even realizing it. Pair that with a sedentary desk job and you have a recipe for packing on extra pounds.

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Managing Your Weight? Who Isn’t…

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For most, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight involves lifestyle modifications of healthy eating, physical activity, and behavior changes such as managing stress and getting enough sleep.

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Power-Up with Plant Protein

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Protein is an essential macronutrient that helps our bodies build and maintain muscles, keeps hair, skin, and nails healthy, and shuttles nutrients to our cells.

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The Unsuspecting Health Barometer: Your Gut

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It is well established that the billions of bacteria that reside in your gut are important for digestive health. In recent years, though, scientists have discovered that the state of health in your gut may be a window into your overall health status and risk for certain diseases down the road.

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The Pros (and Cons) of Probiotics

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Probiotics have gotten a lot of attention in recent years as helping lay a foundation for a healthy gut. They’ve infiltrated their way into our grocery stores, and supplement makers may have you wondering if a little probiotic pill is the secret to feeling great.

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Navigating the Holidays, Nutritiously

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Most of us experience a host of challenges to our wellness goals during the holidays. We’re crunched for time, with social gatherings, volunteer service, shopping excursions, family activities, and faith events all crowding the calendar and making it even harder to fit in exercise and healthy meals.

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Cheers Without the Fear — Navigating Holiday Beverages

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From holiday parties and family celebrations to shopping trips and end-of-semester traditions, the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can feel like one marathon celebration. Pair that with all of the tempting holiday foods and drinks that are everywhere you turn, and it’s easy to see how the average American gains between one to five pounds during the holiday season – many of which unfortunately will stick around after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

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A Recipe for Healthy Summertime Celebrations

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Backyard barbecues, pool parties, picnics in the park, and trips to the ice cream shop — ahh, the signs of summer! Between a calendar full of festive occasions and the whirlwind of summertime travel, it’s easy to let your healthy habits slide.

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The Hype on Whole Grains

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In recent years, grains have been quite the controversial food category. From books like “Wheat Belly” or “Grain Brain” to popular diets that eliminate grains like Whole 30 and The Paleo Diet, it may seem like grains are the cause of all health problems. For most people, however, whole grains are part of a healthy diet.

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