14 Recipes for a Healthier Fourth of July

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Fourth of July weekend always includes a few food staples: potato salad, burgers, an all-American pie. Another, less appealing, staple of the holiday is a post-barbecue bloat (and guilt). For a healthier holiday this year, opt for the lighter versions of your Fourth favorites. Happy Fourth of July, Philly!

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14 Healthy and Easy Mason Jar Breakfasts

We’ve done it again. We already showed you the joys of mason jar salads, and now we’re back with another Instagram-worthy meal: mason jar breakfasts.

Not only are your breakfast faves now in a totally cute mason jar, they’re also portable! And since eating a good breakfast is so stinkin’ important, we’ve picked recipes that will help you start your day off right and avoid a crash later. So no matter how many times you hit the snooze button, knowing you have a nutritious breakfast ready to go will make your rushed morning just a little bit easier.

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7 Healthy-Eating Philly Pinterest Boards You Need to Follow Now

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There’s no doubt about it: healthy eating is the bomb. It’s good for your your body, your brain—it can even up your Instagram following if you style it correctly. The only problem is, without a bazillion and one sources of inspiration, coming up with healthy recipe ideas can be tough. And after a long, draining day of working/watching cat videos on YouTube/twisting yourself into a pretzel during hot yoga–or whatever it is that you do during the day—the last thing you want to do is rack your brain for a healthy dinner idea, right?

We’re totally with you. So to make sure none of us ever has to think of a healthy dinner recipe again, we’ve scoured the depths of Pinterest to find the most amazing healthy-eating recipe boards our fellow Philadelphians have to offer (aside from ours, of course!). Here, seven totally drool-inducing Pinterest boards overflowing with years—maybe even decades!—worth of healthy recipes and inspiration. Happy cooking, friends!

(Warning: Pinterest is like Pringles—once you start, you canNOT stop. Case in point: I spent an entire two days this week just looking at Pinterest boards. You’ve been warned.)

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What to Eat This Week: Simple, Veggie-Centric Recipes

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The other day, I was devouring my lunch when someone said to me, “Oooh, that looks good. What is it?” It was a three-day old zucchini and quinoa salad—the same salad I’ve been making for the past month and eating for lunch or dinner at least three times a week. And she was right—it is a delicious dish. But not when you eat it three times a week. And that was when I realized: I am officially in a cooking rut.

I’m so used to sautéing zucchini and throwing it into a salad that it never even occurs to me to prepare the versatile veggie differently. It’s pure habit. And my guess is—whether your go-to veggie dinner of choice is zucchini and quinoa, a mushroom stir-fry over rice or a kale Caesar salad —you’ve fallen into a cooking rut at some point, too. And you might just be in one now. But it’s time to snap out of it, folks (myself included): This week, we’ve brought you five simple but creative veggie-filled recipes that have probably never landed on your dinner table before. So give your predictable go-to meals a break and whip up these delicious new recipes instead. Happy cooking!

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Beat the Heat: 11 Smoothie Bowl Recipes to Make for Dinner

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Last night, as I stood in my kitchen, my face dripping with sweat (because my boyfriend and I live in the dark ages, where central air conditioning does not exist), all I could imagine eating for dinner was ice cream. It was simply too hot to consider consuming anything else. But alas, ice cream for dinner isn’t really acceptable past the age of 15, so I opted for a quinoa salad instead. It was delicious, but it was no ice cream.

But tonight I will be eating an ice-cream like concoction for dinner, because I, my friends, have found a loophole to the no-ice-cream-for-dinner rule: The smoothie bowl. The smoothie bowl is pretty much just what it sounds like: a smoothie, served in a bowl, topped off with whatever delicious stuff you’ve got lying around—chia seeds, cocoa nibs, nuts, granola, coconut flakes. Anything, really. A smoothie bowl is delicious, nutritious and—most importantly—ice-cold. So tonight, join me in taking a break from this desert-like heat with a dessert-like dinner: Here, 11 fruit and veggie packed smoothie bowl recipes that are sure to cool you down and fill you up.

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Your New Favorite Lunch: 12 Ways to Stuff an Avocado

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The only thing better than a perfectly ripe avocado is a perfectly ripe avocado stuffed with eggs or chickpeas or tomatoes or sprouts. Or all of the above—am I right? To get the ball rolling on your stuffed avocado obsession—not that anyone needs much encouragement when it comes to avocado lovin’—we’ve rounded up a few drool-worthy recipes that are sure to become staples on your lunch table. Enjoy!

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Make: Mayo-Less Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs and Arugula

Photograph by Becca Boyd

Photograph by Becca Boyd

Mayonnaise: A creamy concoction of eggs and oil and a critical, albeit small, component of a spicy tuna roll. Add a cup of it to starchy pasta or potatoes and you’ve got yourself an iconic summer BBQ side dish that’s best left off the healthy eater’s plate. But here’s the question: Can we lose the white stuff and still whip up a BBQ classic?

Bring this recipe to your next BBQ, and you’ll see the answer is yes. Bursting with fresh flavor and loaded with healthy fats, this salad hits the spot. And considering the potato is nothing to be afraid of (it has more potassium than a banana!), it’s a seemingly indulgent way to get more vegetables on your plate. Plus, this dish can sit at room temperature for a few hours—another win over the typical mayo-slicked salad.

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We Heart Moms: 12 Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

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The way to mom’s heart is through her stomach, yes? Yes. So we’ve rounded up 12 delicious brunch recipes to whip up for your mom this weekend. Because your mom might say the only gift she wants for Mother’s day is time with you, but a heart-shaped breakfast pizza won’t hurt. Enjoy!

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