HBH’s Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2015: In the Kitchen

With Black Friday in just two days, we thought we would share some of our favorite gifts + a few that are on our own wish list! Today, we will focus on the kitchen, and next week, we will share our gift guide for the fitness enthusiast.

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Quinoa Greek Salad

My husband and I were traveling earlier this month {more to come on this in the next few weeks}, and it has been a struggle for me to get back in a routine of meal planning and cooking at home. I admit I got too comfortable with meals being planned and prepared for us, and the reality of being back home took a while to set in. With that said, I have been incorporating easy recipes into my meal plan the past two weeks to ease my way back into the kitchen. And, as an added bonus, I have been using recipes that we can eat off of for multiple meals. This quinoa greek salad recipe met all of my requirements, and the taste exceeded my expectations! Better yet, my husband loved it. It’s a win all- around!

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That smoothie has how much sugar?!

Juicing and smoothies seem to be some of the most popular drinks these days. Especially for those who find it difficult to eat adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables in a day, these drinks can be an easy way to get a wide range of nutrients a body needs. Unlike a juice, one benefit to a smoothie is the fact that the fiber from the fruit and vegetable remains in the drink. Fiber is needed for many reasons, and the benefit of having it in a drink is to slow down the release of sugar into bloodstream; you feel fuller for longer.   [Read more…]

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