Savor the Summer: Simple Salmon and Quinoa Salad Recipe

Salmon and quinoa salad | Photo by Becca Boyd

Salmon and quinoa salad | Photo by Becca Boyd

Although the market is already showcasing early apples and some pretty stellar butternut squash, my shopping bag will be full of corn and tomatoes till they’re good and gone. These summertime staples are not only delicious, they epitomize what we love most about summer living: that it’s easy.

So in a final salute to summer, let’s stave off the high-heat roasting for at least a few more weeks and soak up the fresh summer flavors while we can. This dish can be served warm, room-temp or cold, and tastes great with my other summertime staple, corn on the cob.  Read more »

How to Skip the Chipotle Lunch Lines for Good

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I’m as much of a Chipotle fan as the next gal — those burrito bowls are my jam — but a regular Chipotle-for-lunch habit is about as healthy for my bank account as it is for my waistline.

So this past weekend, I decided to take matters into my own hands: I whipped up a monster batch of make-ahead-and-freeze burritos that should keep me lunchtime-happy for at least two solid weeks. (See the photo I snapped above for evidence.) Bonus: The entire process, from chop to cleanup, only took about an hour.

All you need to do to pull off this bit of lunch-hour magic is make a batch of burrito filling, put it in some tortillas, wrap said tortillas in aluminum foil, pop them in the freezer and — voila! — frozen, ready-to-eat burritos whenever you need a quick lunch. Read more »

MAKE: Gluten-Free Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

The concept of gluten-free diets has been a hot topic for years now, but I’ve never never needed to pay attention to it until recently. See, I’m a firm believer in the fact that going gluten-free is only something one needs to do out of medical necessity. It isn’t a weight-loss diet, so I’ve never seen the need to wade into the gluten-free waters. Besides, I’ve eaten pretty much the same way for at least the past 10 years.

But when my husband started eating gluten-free about a month ago in an attempt to alleviate the symptoms of an autoimmune disease, the cook in the family — i.e. me — had to change her wheat-loving ways — and quickly.  Read more »

Make: Lighter Frozen Peach Margaritas

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

Moderate alcohol intake can absolutely be a part of healthy lifestyle — and thank goodness for that, because summer barbeques wouldn’t be the same without a cold drink in hand. A light beer or a glass of wine is generally your best bet, whereas blended fruit cocktails can be loaded with sugar, clocking in upwards of 400 calories. But they’re also delicious. Can we keep the frozen fruit concoction but lose the guilt? I daresay we can.

This drink is bright, fresh, and comes just in time for summer peach season. With a small amount of honey, it’s just sweet enough, and while it is still on the sugary side, the calorie count isn’t out the roof. So give your blender a break from smoothies and get the party started — with a big dose of vitamin C to boot!

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Thirsty Thursday: The Bubbly Strawberry Cocktail You Have to Try

Photo by Stephanie Smith

Photo by Stephanie Smith

Throughout the summer, we’ll be bringing you healthier cocktail recipes concocted by Philly craft bartender and the brain behind Spirit Forward, Dan Hamm, who believes strongly in the powers of fresh herbs and fruits when it comes to whipping up a good drink. 

It’s Thursday and, boy, are we thirsty over here in Be Well Philly Land. You too, you say? Well, we’ve got just the fix: This week’s cocktail, called Off the Vine, features refreshing fresh strawberries, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, some elderflower liqueur, gin and champagne. It’s a doozy — and it’s so easy to make! Free of sugary simple syrups and juices, you won’t feel too bad about drinking it, either. Cheers!

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The Perfect Weekend Brunch Recipe: Lemon-Poppy Seed Pancakes with Blueberry Cream

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Photo by Becca Boyd

Brunch is one of my favorite meals, but going out for bunch can be a big ol’ pain. Two words: the lines. Because I’m not one to wait an hour or more for a table, I’m happiest having an at-home brunch. Besides, whipping up my own pancakes or French toast means I can control what goes in it and on it — a much safer bet in terms of fat and calories than restaurant food.

This week’s recipe is the perfect example of exactly that. The lemon-poppy seed pancakes are totally something you’d find on a brunch menu, but I’m putting a healthier twist on this brunch staple with whole-wheat flour and a creamy blueberry topping made with Greek yogurt. I’d call that a win-win.  Read more »

Why You Need to Start Eating Nutritional Yeast

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A few years ago, I started to strictly limit the amount of dairy I ate. Since doing so, my digestion has improved tenfold: I no longer get stomachaches after eating dinner or feel bloated all the time. The truth is, I really don’t miss milk at all. I’ve found almond and coconut milk to more than fill that void. But I do miss cheese. And, yeah, while I will give in and have it on occasion, for everyday cheese cravings, I use something called nutritional yeast.  Read more »

The Ultimate Healthy Eater’s Dessert: Brûléed Grapefruit with Maple Cream

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

You can’t beat a fresh, vibrant, fragrant, juicy pink grapefruit. On second thought, you can: A grapefruit gets even more delicious when you pop it under the broiler. Really! With a sprinkle of sugar and a burst of flames, the vitamin C-rich citrus fruit is transformed — like magic — into a caramelized dessert no one can pass up.

And, hey, with my Greek yogurt maple topping, you can totally justify have this for breakfast, too. I won’t tell. Read more »

The Insane No-Bake Pecan Bars You Need to Make This Weekend

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

I talk to people all the time who tell me they can’t bake. This is all well and good (or, well, sad as the case my be), but everyone needs a sweet snack now and then, and if you’re not baking them yourself, you’re buying them. While you can find some pretty amazing store-bought snacks, low in preservatives and whatnot, I have yet to find one without an unpronounceable ingredient or two. For your health’s, the environment’s (helloooo, plastic packaging) and your wallet’s sake, getting in your kitchen and doing the work is always worth it. Read more »

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