Watermelon Arugula Salad with White Wine Vinaigrette

With these hot temperatures we have been having, fruit has been my go-to food! It just seems to satisfy me when I come home from the day {usually sweating}. Also, any dinner that I can create that requires minimal oven use, is a winner to me! I recently had the watermelon feta salad at Panera Bread which inspired me to create this dressing and salad! I love the light flavor that the dressing provides, and the watermelon adds a sweetness that fits perfectly with the arugula. We had this salad as a side dish to Mahi Mahi; however, it would be great to bring for lunch as well.

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5 ways to eat healthier at a Summer BBQ

Thanks to everyone who completed our survey! It’s great to hear feedback from our readers about what you enjoy seeing on our blog. If you ever have feedback for us, please don’t hesitate to let us know! Our random winner from our survey was {drumroll…} Kimberly B.! Keep an eye out for an email from us today.

With summertime here, BBQs and summer potlucks are a frequent event! It can be easy to get carried away with all of the different food options and forget about our health. We have some tips and tricks to follow so you can enjoy a BBQ with friends and family without feeling guilty!

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Year in review + Summer seasonal produce

It’s hard to believe we are almost to the month of July! I say this all the time, but I feel like the year is flying by. This time last year, we were anxiously awaiting the official launch of Healthy Bites Houston on July 4th! We started the blog with the intention of providing quality nutrition information to readers, and we hope we have accomplished that.

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Lemon Orzo Chickpea Salad

With as hot as it has been here in Houston, I find myself craving cool salads for dinner, but not always green salad. Many times pasta salads and potato salads are loaded with mayonnaise, making them a not so healthy choice. By using orzo (a small, delicate pasta similarly shaped to rice) and an olive oil based dressing, the salad has a lite and refreshing texture. This lemon chickpea orzo salad was easy to pull together after a day at work and serve cool with grilled chicken. There was not too much chopping or mixing, which I appreciate when time is limited. The hint of lemon in the dressing was refreshing and crisp! I found the original recipe here, but made a few modifications to make it my own.

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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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