Shared Meals: 11 Family-Style Platters for Every Time of Day | The Health Sessions

Shared Meals: 11 Family-Style Platters for Every Time of Day

Have you been drooling over those pretty pictures of delicious food platters on Instagram and Pinterest?

There’s something ultimately relaxed about shared dining. I mean, what’s not to love about gathering around a beautiful board filled with foods for every flavour? That’s what makes shared meals perfect for festive occasions, from passing a vibrant crudité platter on parties to hosting a brunch.

If you have picky eaters, family-style meals also take the pressure off cooking something everyone will eat by serving separate components. When you put bowls with different foods on the table, everyone can create their own dinner.

Sharing a meal isn’t limited to snacks and dinnertime either. From breakfast boards to dessert platters, take a look at these 11 shared meals you can enjoy any time of day.

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11 Medicinal Mushroom Recipes That'll Boost Your Immunity | The Health Sessions

11 Medicinal Mushroom Recipes That’ll Boost Your Immunity

“All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once.” – Terry Pratchett

For hundreds of years, mushrooms have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for healing purposes. Used in tinctures, powders and teas made from dried fungi, medicinal mushrooms were believed to support the immune system, protect heart health and promote longevity.

It turns out that these traditional healers were onto something. Not only are mushrooms packed with vitamin B and minerals like copper, selenium and zinc, they’re also an excellent source of antioxidants – substances that protect against cell damage from free radicals. That makes mushrooms great for fighting inflammation in the body and boosting your immunity.

What’s more, studies have found that medicinal mushrooms indeed contain powerful compounds that enhance your health. Although more research is needed, each mushroom seems to have their own unique benefits:

  • Shiitake support a healthy heart by lowering blood pressure and bad cholesterol in mice.
  • Reishi help your body adjust to physical and psychological stress, making it a natural remedy for anxiety, depression and sleeplessness.
  • Cordyceps are known for their energy-boosting powers. This mushroom fights fatigue and boosts athletic performance by enhancing cellular energy.
  • Chaga mushrooms are packed with antioxidants, helping you reduce disease-promoting inflammation in your body.
  • Maitake contain beta-glucans, which stimulate the immune system. In animal studies, maitake have been shown to reduce tumor growth and increase the number of cells fighting tumors.

Of course the most pleasurable way to get the benefits from these medicinal mushrooms is to add them to your diet. Because of their meaty texture and earthy flavors, mushrooms lend themselves really well for vegetarian dishes.

If you do want to take supplements, powders or tinctures, please check with your doctor for the right dosage, unwanted side effects and possible drug interactions. It’s also best not to eat mushrooms raw – and don’t forage them in the wild without expertise.

Include some medicinal mushroom magic in your meals with these 11 fungi recipes. 

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How to Get Your Family On Board with Healthy Eating | The Health Sessions

How to Get Your Family On Board With Healthy Eating

It’s a familiar scenario. You’d like to start eating healthier, but your spouse and kids aren’t jumping for joy at the thought of having broccoli and quinoa for dinner. Between work and family life, the last thing you want is drama at the dining table or endless brainstorm sessions about what to cook tonight. So what can you do to get your family on board with healthy eating?

Have a look at these 10 good food strategies to win over your family’s hearts, minds and tastebuds.

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9 Meal-Worthy Soups for a Nourishing Dinner

9 Meal-Worthy Soups for a Nourishing Dinner

I have to admit, I’m not much of a soup girl. I just prefer crispy and crunchy textures. But on cold winter days, a warm, filling bowl of minestrone or split pea soup looks so cozy and comfy!

Soup can be so much more than the traditional broth served as a starter before the ‘real’ dinner. These 9 meal-worthy soups from our favourite food bloggers don’t just satisfy your appetite, but also tick all nutritional boxes. They’re chock-full of veggies, health-boosting herbs and spices, (plant-based) protein and crunchy toppings, like toasted nuts and chickpeas.

Which one do you like best?

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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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