18 Sweet and Savory Recipes with Berries You Should Try This Season | The Health Sessions

18 Sweet and Savory Recipes with Berries You Should Try This Season

Berries are a beloved ingredient in healthy recipes, sweet or savory, all around the world – and for good reason. From strawberries and blueberries to the exotic açaí berry, these juicy superfoods are packed with antioxidants, fibers, vitamin and manganese.

Despite being sweet, studies show that a handful of berries can improve blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity. Raspberries and strawberries have been shown to help lower cholesterol and improve arterial function, two important factors of heart health. Consuming cranberries reduces your chances of developing a urinary tract infection with 26 percent. And thanks a compound called anthocyanidins, eating 1 to 2 cups of blueberries every week can help you keep mentally sharp in old age.

All the more reason to regular snack on nature’s colorful candy!

Of course you can eat any kind of berry straight up, no recipe required. But who does’t like to add a little sweet & sour taste to their smoothie, yogurt bowl, healthy baking and even salads and dinner?

So let’s take a look how you can enjoy even more strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries this season with these 18 sweet and savory berry recipes!

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12 Light Pasta Recipes Packed with Flavor - And Veggies! | The Health Sessions

12 Light Pasta Recipes That Are Packed with Flavor (And Veggies!)

Ah pasta. It’s the ultimate comfort food: it warms you up, satisfies your carb cravings and – depending on the recipes – it can be quick and easy to make after a tiring day.

But sadly, spaghetti, macaroni and lasagna don’t have the best reputation when it comes to healthy eating. Pasta tends to be heavy in carbs and calories, especially if you add a creamy sauce like carbonara or high-fat meat balls.

Thankfully, nowadays you can find plenty of light pasta recipes online, from Paleo and vegetarian versions to gluten-free twists packed with vegetables. Ok, maybe the Italian nonnas won’t approve of deviating from their traditional dishes, but at least you can still enjoy your bowl of pasta while sticking to your health goals!

Take a look at these 12 light pasta recipes that are still full of flavor – and veggies! 

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14 Healthy Brunch Recipes for Slow Sundays

14 Healthy Brunch Recipes for Slow Sundays

Isn’t brunch the ideal mealtime on weekends?

You can still take it slow in the morning and work up an appetite. You can have savory and sweet dishes, both hot and cold. And depending on your health and daily rhythm, meeting friends over brunch may work better for your energy levels than late night dinner and drinks.

No matter if you want to celebrate Mother’s Day in style, crave a hearty start of the day or you’d love to organize an elegant but easy brunch party, here are 14 healthy brunch recipes that are perfect for slow Sundays.

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10 Homemade (Bone) Broth Recipes to Support Your Healing | The Health Sessions

10 Homemade (Bone) Broth Recipes, and How to Use Them

You know how chicken soup is the go-to dish when you’re sick? Modern science shows there’s truth to that traditional wisdom.

Not only does it keep you hydrated and comforted, but old fashioned bone broth is packed with health-boosting nutrients that are easy to absorb. By simmering bones and connective tissue of chicken, beef or fish, bone broth becomes a valuable source of collagen and gelatin, which protects the lining of your gut. And in turn, good gut health boosts your immunity, since 70% of your immune system is located in the gastrointestinal tract. What’s more, bone broth is rich in bone-strengthening minerals and glucosamine, a natural compound that supports healthy joints.

Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones high in collagen for a long period of time, up to 8-12 hours on the stovetop. Nourished Kitchen has a helpful guide to understand the difference between broth, stock and bone broth, as well as how to make a basic bone broth.

If you’re not a fan of eating animal products, there are vegetarian broths you can make. You’ll miss out on the gelatin and glucosamine, but you can load up on garlic, onions, vibrant veggies, medicinal spices and fresh herbs to create a nutrient-rich broth.

Bone broth also makes a great recovery meal for practical reasons: it’s easy to digest, requires little cleaning and when you make a large batch, you only have to warm up a cup on days you’re feeling sick.

All the more reason to try these 10 homemade (bone) broth recipes, plus some creative ways to use your broth! 

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23 Surprising Ways to Jazz Up Common Veggies | The Health Sessions

23 Surprising Ways to Jazz Up Common Veggies

It’s one of the simplest and best things you can do for your health: eat the rainbow of vegetables. Getting your greens in provides you with the vitamins, minerals, fibers and phytonutrients necessary to function well. What’s more, a diet rich in fresh produce promotes good heart health and a healthy weight, lowers your risk for cancer and diabetes type 2, and even increases your happiness levels.

And yet, a shocking 90% of us do not eat the recommended amount of 2-3 cups or 200 grams of vegetables.

One of the main reasons people do not consume enough veggies is taste. If you’re not a fan of eating your greens either, there are a few things you can do to learn to like them better over time.

First of all, try new ingredients. Maybe you just haven’t found veggies you like yet! Instead of having peas and carrots again, give braised fennel, Ottolenghi-style leeks and stir-fried baby bok choy a go. You could also experiment with different cooking methods. Roasting, for example, gives a much sweeter flavor to vegetables, whereas grilling provides that crispy bite you love.

Another way to make your greens taste better is to jazz up your vegetables. Forget the plain old cooked green beans, and sprinkle them with sautéed mushrooms and onions, or sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. You can still have your regular meat, potato and veg dishes, just with more exciting vegetables.

Get inspired by these surprising ways to jazz up common veggies!

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