Pack the Perfect Picnic: 10 Insanely Delicious Recipes for a Weekend Picnic

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This weekend’s forecast calls for 70-degree weather and sunny skies, and you know what that means? It means the only season that matters has officially arrived: picnic-season. Eeeeeee! There is nothing I love more than soaking up some vitamin D with my dog lounging next to me, a Scrabble board in front of me and friends surrounding me. Oh! And I can’t forget the most important picnic essential: food. So. Much. Food. (Because a good Scrabble game requires ample amounts of brain-food. Duh.)

But making food for a picnic can be a tricky task: You want dishes that taste good cold, won’t get soggy, and are easily packed. This combo is pretty tough to find, which is why, come picnic-season, many folks resort to the most lack-luster meal of all time: a turkey sandwich on whole wheat.

To help you avoid this boring, brown-bag-lunch fate, we’ve rounded up a bunch of easy, healthy, picnic-friendly recipes for you to choose from. So pick a few, dust off that picnic blanket and enjoy!

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The Checkup: What the Heck Is Carb Backloading? And Should You Be Doing It?

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• I always eat my biggest meal for dinner, and I’ve been told time and time again how terrible this is. But looks like all those naysayers might’ve been wrong: A new study shows that consuming most of your carbs in the evening—or carb backloading, as the experts call it—could help with weight-loss and inflammation. Ha! take that, nay-sayers. [Q by Equinox]

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Start Your Day Off Right: 26 Genius Ways to Eat Quinoa for Breakfast

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Remember a couple years ago when nobody knew how to pronounce the word “quinoa,” much less knew what it actually is? Today, the protein-packed seed, loaded with all nine essential amino acids, is everywhere, and the quinoa moment doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, any time soon.

To wit: Have you noticed that quinoa isn’t just a dinnertime staple anymore? Lately, it’s been making its way onto the breakfast table in all sorts of unexpected forms: breakfast bars, pancakes, porridge—you name it, you can make it with quinoa.

And the more I think about it, the more sense it makes. I mean, what better breakfast is there than one loaded with fiber, protein and antioxidants? None, right? So to get the ball rolling on your quinoa-for-breakfast obsession—because, trust us, you will be obsessed—here are 20 of our favorite breakfast recipes starring everyone’s favorite superfood.

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What to Eat This Week: Spring Superfoods Edition

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Spring has sprung, friends. And along with bringing us warmer weather (finally) this lovely season brings us tons of nutrient-packed fruits and veggies to add to our grocery lists. In celebration, this week’s recipes are filled with our favorite spring superfoods: You’ll find fiber-packed artichoke, vitamin C-rich strawberries and spinach, beets loaded with antioxidants, and many more.

Upping your nutrient-intake is as simple as whipping up one of these easy and, most importantly, super delicious recipes. So get to cookin’, Be Wellers!

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Move Over, Jelly: Peanut Butter and Sriracha Is Now a Thing (And We Tried It)

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For a solid 10 years of my life, I ate a peanut butter sandwich for lunch Every. Single. Day. What can I say? I just love peanut butter. But when Be Well editor, Emily, mentioned a peanut butter, Sriracha and basil sandwich she’d spotted on the Without Walls blog, the peanut butter-sandwich connoisseur in me was a bit skeptical. I mean, I love Sriracha—so much so that when the news of a potential Sriracha shortage broke, I had a full-blown, blowing-into-a-brown-paper-bag panic attack—but Sriracha with peanut butter? That might be too much even for me.

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To Do: Philly Farm and Food Fest

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Time to gather up all the recyclable bags you can find, because the Philly Farm and Food Fest is coming up and, believe me, you are going to want to buy everything in sight. Please excuse me while I squeal with excitement.

The annual fundraising event, hosted by Fair Food Philly and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, will be taking over the Convention Center on April 13th. The Fest is a food-lovers dream, with over 150 local farms and businesses posting up shop for the day, basically creating the dreamiest farmers’ market imaginable.

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