You Should Make These Veggies This Thanksgiving

These Brussels sprouts and cauliflower dishes will liven up your veggie selection without scaring off the veggie haters this Thanksgiving. Dig in!

cherrypecansproutsWhat to make:

Cherry & Pecan Brussels Sprouts With A Tarragon & Madeira Wine Reduction – from The Urban Poser

Why you should make it:

It’s paleo, vegan and GAPS friendly. It’s Brussels sprouts that aren’t soggy or bitter. Instead, they have an extra kick of fall and winter flavor with cherry and pecan accents, and they’re sure to add both color and novelty to your Thanksgiving table.

 

What to make: Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Why you should make it:

It’s thick, creamy, and rich – but without the cheese, because it’s also vegan. This soup is made with almond milk and is a bit tougher as far as recipes go, but if you’re looking for a great meal starter that provides the cauliflower you want in your family’s bellies, this is the one.

What to make: skinnysproutsEasy Skinny Roasted Brussels Sprouts - from Amy’s Healthy Baking

Why you should make it:

It’s roasted. It’s a two-ingredient dish. It’s a 16-minute endeavor. It’s delicious. Need we say more? Ok, fine. These sprouts have just 41 calories per serving, 0% of your total fat intake, a whole bunch of fiber, and 3.2 grams of protein.

What to make: Crackling Cauliflower

Why you should make it:

Fragrant spices like ginger and curry make this dish pop. It’s spicy and sweet (the peas lend the sweetness) and only takes about a half hour to prepare. All of that makes it an excellent potluck dish – perfect for your Thanksgiving grazers!

What vegetables will grace your table this Thursday? Share in the comments below!

gratitude This Thanksgiving week, take deep breaths and remember that no matter what comes your way, gratitude is the ultimate gift to yourself and others.

The Gluten-Free Label: A Regulation for Good

gluten free stickersOver the last two years, the gluten-free market has seen an incredible surge in purchasing. In fact, recently released Mintel research shows that the “gluten-free food market is estimated to reach sales of $8.8 billion in 2014, representing an increase of 63% from 2012-14.”

Given that huge boom, and all of the precautions we talked about regarding celiac disease, the FDA has had to make some changes to regulatory standards.

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The Only Healthy Football Snack Recipes You Need This Weekend

footballsnacksFootball finger foods are a great way to bring people together. The assembly, the noshing, the compliments – they all create a camaraderie that is in keeping with the spirit of watching the big game with your crew.

Football finger foods are also a great way to pack your weekly calories into one afternoon. How can you get the best of both worlds – the food and the good gut feelings?

Try these four healthy football appetizer recipes this weekend. They’re the only ones you’ll need to make every guest happy.

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Immune System, Meet Zinc

winter cold Daylight Savings has ended and the chill of winter has taken over our homes, our outfit choices, and our commutes.

But that doesn’t mean we should let it take over our immune systems, too.

We’ve all been told a million times to bundle up to avoid getting a cold, and yes, body temperature (in general) definitely can affect your health. But the real reason why we get sick more often in winter isn’t because of the cold itself—it’s because we spend more time in closed quarters with dryer and less circulated air.

So, what can we do to support our bodies during this time of (unfortunate) change?

There’s one mineral that we really stand behind. It supports all sorts of normal bodily processes, but when we say that its support extends to immune system health, we mean it.

Here’s your intro:

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Celiac Disease, Gluten Free and You: What you Need to Know

6677360_l“Celiac disease” and “gluten free.” Undeniably, they’re buzzwords. Buzz topics, even.

The sharp increase in diagnoses of celiac disease and the subsequent market boom surrounding gluten-free products have undoubtedly reformed our collective thoughts on bread and our health. From Wheat Belly to FDA labeling guidelines – everyone is taking notice.

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Why Your Supplement Storage Choices Matter

how to store your supplements When we craft a supplement at FoodScience, we want the person who consumes it to have the same great experience we have during development.

We also want to ensure that you have access to all the nutrients packed into any given capsule, tablet, chew or powder, so we focus on treating our supplements right as they go through each manufacturing process.

But that’s not where quality stops.

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9 Healthier Halloween Treats for Kids

9876131_l1. Tattoos

Ok, so it’s not a treat in the traditional sense, and it’s not necessarily “healthy” by design, but it is an alternative to a sugary sweet – and it’s sure to be a hit. Give temp tattoos of funny skulls, pumpkins, witches, etc. You could even have a bit of water at the ready if kids want to put them on right away.

2. Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

You’re already not giving candy, but that doesn’t mean you have to be boring. Opting for treats that kids don’t get every day is just as good – that’s the whole point! This thing comes once a year. Make the treats you choose just slightly different than an everyday snack and you’ll be successful.

Choose pretzels with a yummy filling but no hydrogenated oils. Of course, a lot of kids aren’t able to eat nuts, so be careful about who you hand these to!

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6 Houseplants To Clean Your Air

plant copyWe’re so much less likely to crack our windows when it’s only three degrees outside. And we’re getting to that point right now, in mid-October, so the time is right to think about our homes’ air quality. Aside from forcing yourself to bear the chill momentarily (which we all should try to do at least once a week), what strategies can you use to keep your house fresh and your inhales healthy?

Our favorite: Buy some houseplants.

Here are our six favorite plants for cleaning your air this winter. Get thee to the nursery!

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