Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

How crazy is it that Thanksgiving is next week? As we mentally prep for the day (cause family), we are also collecting some healthy recipes to make sure that we get our greens amongst a day that is know for gluttony. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving on your own (wow!) or are just showing up a as a guest, having healthy options is a great way to balance this meal and even have, dare we say it, a healthy Thanksgiving!? To help us out we are sharing some delicious recipes from our friends at Terra’s Kitchen, a healthy meal delivery service that are sure to inspire your Thanksgiving Day side action.

Healthy Thanksgiving Day Side Dishes

healthy thanksgiving sides Brussels Sprouts With Grapes & Walnuts

Brussels Sprouts With Grapes & Walnuts

To make, preheat your oven to 375° F.
Line a baking sheet with foil (this really helps with cleanup).
On the baking sheet, toss the Brussels sprouts (7 ounces) and grapes (7.5 ounces) with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, 3 tablespoons shallot, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.
Spread evenly and roast until sprouts are tender and golden brown (about 20 minutes).

Healthy Thanksgiving sides Basil-Infused Skillet Roasted Corn

Basil-Infused Skillet Roasted Corn

To make, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon garlic in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add 1 more teaspoon garlic, corn (as much as you’d prefer), and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
Sauté 5 minutes or until corn is tender.
Stir in basil (add to your liking).

Thanksgiving Day Sides Crisp Haricots Verts In a Sweet and Sour Bacon Sauce

Crisp Haricots Verts in a Sweet and Sour Bacon Sauce

Roughly chop your bacon (as much as you prefer) and add to a large skillet over medium high heat.
Cook until crisp. Turn off heat.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer cooked bacon to the paper towel lined plate.
Place skillet back over a low heat.
Stir 2 tablespoons shallot into bacon renderings and cook, stirring until translucent (2 minutes). Whisk in 2 tablespoons mustard, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/3 cup water.
Increase heat to medium-low, add haricots verts in a single layer and cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are just cooked but still crisp (approximately 6-7 minutes)

Healthy Thanksgiving sides Broccoli and Apple Salad

Broccoli and Apple Salad

To make, bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil.
Add broccoli (7 ounces). Cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
Drain broccoli, and plunge in a large bowl of ice water to stop cooking.
Pat the broccoli dry with paper towels. Chop the apples (5.5 ounces).
Make vinaigrette: Whisk together 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl.
Combine broccoli, apples, pepitas, and onion in a serving bowl. Add vinaigrette and toss to coat

Enjoy and happy healthy Thanksgiving!

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Vegetable Soup Recipe

Vegetable Soup Recipe
The perfect comfort food for your mind, body, and soul is soup!

‘Tis the season for healthy comfort foods and you could say that we are thrilled! One of our favorite winter comfort foods is soup. Not only a way to warm up our bodies during the winter chill, soup is also an incredible food that can provide tons of nutrients and vitamins that’s especially needed during the colder months. Plus, it’s really easy to make! One of our go-to soup recipes is actually a simple vegetable soup that’s packed with spinach, celery, carrots, bone broth and more – making it the ultimate winter soup recipe. You can also add beans and pasta to make this dish more of a meal, or eat as is for a hearty dose of veggies. Read on to check out our recipe that we are going to be slurping up all winter long.

vegetable soup recipe

Vegetable Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

1 carton of chicken bone broth or veggie broth
1 can of whole organic tomatoes
2 parsnips, cut up
stalk of celery, cut up
2 carrots, cut up
1 squash, cut up
1/2 onion, cut up
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 head of broccoli, cut up
1 head of spinach, cut up
1 can of chickpeas, washed and drained
1 package of whole wheat pasta, optional
dash of basil flakes
dash of dill flakes
dash of tumeric
salt and pepper

Directions:

Pour the broth into a large pot and boil on a low heat. Chop up the onions, carrots, parsnips, celery, squash, and garlic and place them in the pot. Add in the tomatoes, tumeric, basil, dill and salt and pepper. Let the soup cook as you check on it periodically. Add in the spinach and broccoli and stir. If you’re adding in some pasta, boil a separate pot of water and cook the pasta as directed. Taste your soup and add more salt and pepper as needed. Enjoy!

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Burst of Nutrients from Pure Green

pure green juice in NYC

We are big green juice fans. And even more than that, lovers of convenient green juices. The issue, especially in big cities, is the level of how much green juices have taken some areas by storm where you’ll find a new green juice maker at basically every corner. So, how are they different? What makes them better that their competitor? Why are they so expensive?!

To better understand the latest green juice maker, we tested out Pure Green, a new wellness brand in NYC that’s focused on a providing people with energizing and nutritious options that taste good. This includes a full-range of healthy options such as cold-pressed juices, smoothies, pure milks, acai bowls, pure bites, and more.

To kick-off the weekend, we tested out some blends from their cold-pressed juice that features a range of healthy combinations including their namesake, Pure Greens, Rockin Beet, Green Coco, Soul Kick, Wake up Call and more. Filled with high quality ingredients like beets, carrots, apples, kale, chia, coconut water and more, we were thrilled to start out our week by trying the Pure Greens and Rockin Beet blends.

Pure Green NYC

Starting Pure Greens, we loved how this 12ounce bottle is packed with nutrients and good-for-you ingredients like kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, zucchini, and romaine. Easy to drink, the blend is the perfect serving for a quick drink on-the-go, to accompany breakfast or an in-between drink. We loved how it was all blended perfectly together, delivering a powerful punch that was satisfying. We were equally impressed with Rockin Beet that’s blended with a delicious combination of beet, carrot, apple, lemon, and ginger. We love how these blends provided us with the nutrients that are bodies need but don’t always get in our frantic, fast-paced lives. Plus, they helped to keep us super energized and not sluggish after we feel after our mid-day coffee/chocolate combo. Not that we are giving up on coffee or chocolate anytime soon, but it’s always nice to have healthy options to help us make better decisions to keep us powered up throughout the day.

A new wellness brand that’s focused on using wholesome ingredients, we loved trying out the flavorful and nutrient-rich blends that made it really easy to enjoy a healthy snack that kept us energized throughout the day.

Pure Green is located in three locations: Financial District, Soho, and Midtown East. They will soon be open in Tribeca, UES, the East Village, and Cobble Hill!

For more information, please visit: http://www.puregreen.com/menu/

We were not paid for this post. We were given samples for review.

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Latest Healthy Snack on the Block: Organic Superseed Crunch

Organic Superseed Crunch review
Add a little crunch to your morning oatmeal.

In our quest to eat as healthy as possible, the snack category can sometimes fall a little short in satisfying our healthy needs. Sure, we try to grab a piece of fruit whenever it’s humanely possible, but sometimes we just want a snack with a little more crunch that isn’t loaded with sugar. This weekend we tested a snack (and breakfast option) that falls into these categories with the Organic Superseed Crunch by Absolutely Gluten-Free, a company committed to offering delicious products that also happen to be gluten-free.

A product that has been two years in the making, the Organic Superseed Crunch line includes three yummy flavors (Cinnamon, Original and Toasted Coconut) that seriously pack a punch in the flavor department. Made with flax seeds, chia seeds, and sesame seeds, this wholesome snack is packed with Omega 3 ALA, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, and antioxidants!

As a granola-bar like snack, we love eating it as when hunger strikes, which is basically every couple of hours, or as a topping to our morning oatmeal that delivers a nice crunch factor coupled with a mild sweetness. You can also add it to yogurt, fruit salads, or even ice cream, which is a great option for kids to get some much-needed nutrients throughout the day. It’s also a really convenient snack that we like to place in small bags, along with some nuts, for a tasty snack that keeps us satisfied when we are running around.

You can find the Organic Superseed Crunch line at supermarkets, big box and natural food stores. Absolutely Gluten-Free Organic Superseed Crunch is packaged in convenient 4.5 oz. re-sealable bags (six to a case). It’s all-natural, certified gluten-free, OU kosher, non-GMO, vegan, dairy and soy-free, low in sodium and USDA Organic.

For more information, please check them out at http://absolutelygf.com.

I was not paid for this post. I was provided with some samples for review.

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National Gym Chain Helps Fight Hunger This Thanksgiving

National Gym Chain Helps Fight Hunger This Thanksgiving

Did you know that nearly 50 million people in the United States face hunger? To help combat this growing issue, National gym chain, Crunch Fitness is partnering with Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization, to host a mega Thanksgiving food drive from November 1 – 18 at locations across the country.

Members of the community are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, such as soups, peanut butter, tuna fish, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, rice, and beans, to participating Crunch locations in New York City, San Francisco, Miami, and Los Angeles to help provide meals for their neighbors in need. Local moving companies, Divine Moving & Storage (New York), Gentle Giant Moving Company (New York & San Francisco), White Glove Moving (New York), Alexander’s Mobility Services (San Francisco), NorthStar Moving (Los Angeles), and Crown Relocations (Miami), have generously volunteered to donate supplies and transportation for these food drives, and will bring all of the donations to the local food bank.

Through the support of community partners like Crunch Fitness and local moving companies, Move For Hunger can continue to help our neighbors struggling to find their next meal.

National Gym Chain Helps Fight Hunger This Thanksgiving

Crunch Fitness locations in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami.

November 1 – 18

For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit www.MoveForHunger.org.

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Safer Speakers for Exercise

Safer speakers for Exercise

Exercise can be challenging when you workout on your own. One motivational technique that we love is to play music when we run, walk, bike and so on. The problem with some headphones, especially for bikers, is that there have been, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half a million emergency room visits due to bicycle-related injuries, and over 900 bicyclists were killed. Now, many people are pushing for the new laws to determine whether or not they can wear headphones as they are engaging in these activities. There are additional states that are currently considering legislation regarding the practice. However as these times are changing, so is the way that we can listen to our music when we workout.

safer speakers for exercise

Enter BiGR Audio, a company that makes specialty headphones and innovative Bluetooth wrist speakers. We recently tested out their WristBoom line during a run to see how it would compare to our traditional ear buds. With the WristBoom you simply wear this wireless speaker around your wrist, like watch. Having never listened to music this way, I was totally skeptical of the sound quality and also the ease to change songs. With my red WristBoom, I started by standard run and was actually really shocked at how crisp the sound quality was. I keep looking at my WristBoom in quasi disbelief that this small gadget was creating such clear sounds. I also loved how it created a new sense of alternates to my morning runs. I was able to hear the sounds of people and cars around me that enabled me to be aware and conscious in a way that traditional headphones used to block out.

Advisable in 7 really cool colors (check them out above), I also found really easy to set up the device where it easily connected via Bluetooth to my  Smart Phone-it also connects via an iPod, tablet and/or computer. Additionally, the device is water resistant, lightweight, and has a battery life of 4-6 hours, and allows for hands-free phone calls. As someone who needs music to workout, I really loved how the WristBoom offers an alternative to traditional headphones while providing the same quality without blocking out the world that we all still need awareness of.

Additional info on staying informed and protected when you cycle and/or run:

  • Know the laws and guidelines for where you will be cycling or running. This is especially important if you will be taking a vacation and getting some exercise. Even places such as Quebec in Canada have laws against using headphones while cycling. Knowing the laws will help you avoid getting tickets.
  • Even if there are no laws regarding headphones in your state, if you choose to wear them opt for using only one. That will leave one ear free for hearing traffic and what is going on around you.
  • Seek out an alternative to listening to music in your ears while you are bicycling or running, such as wearing the Wristboom. The Wristboom is a watch-style Bluetooth speaker that gives people the ability to wear it while cycling, running, and walking. It’s water-resistant (for sweat) and provides a safe way for people to listen to a personal music device as they are engaging in the physical activities they enjoy.
  • Runners who are signing up for marathons, especially if they are in states they don’t reside in, should check the rules regarding headphone or earbud use for the run. There are many marathons today that don’t allow headphone use, so you will want to consider alternatives, such as the Wristboom option.

 

 For more information on BiGR Audio, visit the site at: http://www.bigraudio.com.

We were provided with a sample for review. All opinions are our own.

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