14 Fresh Recipes for a Healthy Picnic | The Health Sessions

14 Fresh Recipes for a Healthy Picnic

It’s one of my daughter’s favourite activities: having a picnic.

It doesn’t really matter where – in the park, the garden, or even in front of the TV on cold winter days. Because what’s more leisurely than lounging around with a variety of foods you can eat with your hands?

Now that the weather’s warming up, it’s time to round up some outdoor-friendly recipes that are easy to pack up. Some days a simple sandwich with snacks and refreshments will do just fine. But if you’re looking for something special to turn a sunny afternoon in the park into a mini vacation, check out these 14 vibrant dishes and drinks!

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Sweet Seduction: 14 Healthy Chocolate Recipes | The Health Sessions

Sweet Seduction: 14 Healthy Chocolate Recipes

Chocolate is the ultimate guilty pleasure. From the Aztec times, the cocoa bean has had a feel-good, romance-inducing reputation. Besides being known for its aphrodisiac qualities, chocolate’s considered an indulgent but not-so-healthy treat. And while that certainly can be true for regular chocolate bars, science shows some chocolate is actually good for you.

In it’s purest form, raw cacao contains health-boosting antioxidants called flavonoids. These plant nutrients support a healthy heart, keep your blood sugar in check and fight inflammation in your body. Unprocessed cocoa powder is also rich in minerals like iron and magnesium, which help boost your energy.

But not all chocolate’s created equal: only dark chocolate with a 70% cocoa content or higher, and little milk and sugar added, counts as the real deal. And remember that chocolate is a stimulant, so it may not be helpful for those sensitive to caffeine.

If you want to really treat yourself and harness the power of raw cacao, look no further and try the healthy chocolate recipes below! 

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24 Ways to Eat Vegetables with Every Meal | The Health Sessions

24 Exciting Ways to Eat Vegetables with Every Meal

It’s one of the easiest ways to improve your diet: eat vegetables with every meal. This healthy habit has multiple benefits. Not only do you nourish your body with much-needed vitamins, minerals and fibers, but focusing on greens automatically stimulates you to make healthier food choices overall.

Years ago I wrote a blog post with 40 easy ideas to eat more vegetables every day. But now we’re taking it to the next-level. Most of us have got dinner’s covered, from a traditional meat-potato-and-veg to plant-based exotic cuisines or healthy takes on your favorite fast food. But what about the other meals of the day? Have a look at these 24 ways to have vegetables for breakfast, lunch and snack-time and enjoy it too!

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Healthy Party Food: 16 Savoury and Sweet Bites | The Health Sessions

Healthy Party Food: 16 Savoury and Sweet Bites

A good party usually involves good company and good food. A canapé in one hand, a glass of bubbly in the other and fun people almost guarantees a great night.

But as much as I love snacking on salted nuts, olives or chips and dips, there’s more finger food that’s nutritious and finger-licking good. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, hosting a classy cocktail party or entertaining friends at home, these 16 healthy and delicious bites will take any party to the next level. 

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Pizza Party: 10 Healthy Crusts & Toppings

Pizza Party: 10 Healthy Crusts & Toppings

 

It’s my all-time favourite food — a crispy thin crust layered with bright tomato sauce, veggies, herbs, deli meats and stringy mozzarella on top. There’s an embarrassing amount of childhood pictures of me eating pizza – my sister made me a food-themed photo book for my 30th birthday to prove that point.

But the latest pizzas populating our Instagram and Pinterest feeds are not your standard Pepperoni pizzas. They’re actually made with healthy ingredients: crusts from wholegrain flours or even veggies; topped with more veggies, (dairy-free) cheese and health-boosting herbs.

So let’s have a guilt-free pizza party with these 10 good-for-you crusts and toppings from around the web!

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