What to Eat This Week: Grilling Edition

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Okay, okay, so we might be jumping the gun just a bit on this one — but given the fantastic weather Mother Nature has blessed us with this weekend, I think it’s safe to assume that the grills are comin’ out of storage. Grilling provides that oh-so amazing, charcoal-y flavor your little George Foreman simply can’t replicate, try it might. Plus, it’s the easiest way to cook anything and everything. Proof: The slideshow of super-simple and delicious recipes below. Happy grilling, friends!

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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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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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What to Eat This Week: Your Favorite Guilty Pleasures

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We all have our guilty-pleasure foods: pizza, cheeseburgers, fried chicken. Mine? Fettuccine alfredo. If I were stranded on a desert island with three things, I would want my dog, a clean water supply, and a gigantic, never-ending bowl of fettuccine alfredo. (Sorry, boyfriend. A girl’s gotta eat.)

Unfortunately, here on mainland, we can’t all chow down on our favorite guilty pleasures every single night. Because let’s be honest, our guilty pleasures make us feel a wee-bit guilty for a reason: too many calories, so much fat, way too much sugar, etc. But the great thing about this week’s recipes is that they take the guilt out of your guilty pleasures.

So go ahead, chow down on a burger one night and a pizza the next. And don’t you dare feel an ounce of guilt about it.

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8 Nutrient-Packed Veggies We Can’t Wait to Eat This Spring

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One of the most exciting things about spring’s arrival is the bounty of wonderful foods that come along with it. For me, spring has truly sprung once the farmers’ market has less potatoes and more, well, color. In anticipation of all the good veggies that will be filling our shopping carts in the coming weeks, we’ve rounded up eight of our favorite vitamin-packed spring vegetables, plus eight delicious recipes for you to whip up. Happy spring, friends!

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What to Eat This Week: Eat Like You’re on Vacation

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It’s about that time, friends: spring break season. And just because we aren’t all jetting off to Cancún doesn’t mean we can’t eat like we’re on an a fabulous vacation. So, to give you a taste of spring break, we’ve brought you five delicious and healthy meals from around the globe.

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What to Eat This Week: Green Goodness

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When I was in preschool, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by chowing down on green bagels. And let me tell you, as a four-year old, there was absolutely nothing more amazing than the almighty green bagel.

The green bagel has yet to be outdone as my favorite meal of all time, but after this edition of What to Eat This Week, it might have some competition. To celebrate St. Patrick, we’ve rounded up five healthy and delicious clover-colored meals. So pour yourself a green beer and get to cookin’, Be Wellers!

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Make: Vegan Banana Bread with Applesauce (and Less Sugar!)

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First: Props to all the food photographers out there who’ve managed to take a drool-inducing photo of banana bread. Let me tell you, making banana bread look good on camera is not easy. (The struggle is clear in the photo above.) Thankfully, while banana bread might not be the most  photogenic food subject, it totally makes up for its looks with its delicious taste.

Now, on to recipe-talk: Last week, after I posted a roundup of healthy cooking swaps, a reader asked me to share my banana bread recipe. Instead of loading up my banana bread with sugar, I use unsweetened applesauce. I know, it sounds totally weird. But it really is good—promise! Plus, it’s a super simple way to make your morning snack a little bit healthier.

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