Vegan Paella

Vegetarian paella with corn

If you love Paella but prefer to save a few shrimp, have we got a recipe for you! This dish is packed with tons of vegetables that can help boast your fiber needs for the day. Research shows that a diet high in fiber may help in the prevention of heart disease and diabetes. In addition to being high in fiber, this dish is also a great source of vitamin C (found in the red pepper, tomatoes, and broccoli) and for the vegan in you, it doesn’t have a lick of animal product in it! Get the recipe.

Tangy Salsa

Salsa dip

Next time you’re in the mood for chips and dip, try making your own salsa! Why? Many of the store-bought salsas have added ingredients you just don’t need or want such as sugar and sodium. Instead, spend a little time in the kitchen and make your own fresh batch. This recipe has it all. Only 80 calories, 5 grams of sugar and it even has fiber. So save your wallet – and your waistline and choose fresh!

Oyster & Shitake Mushroom Salad

Oyster Mushrooms on Old Timber

Mushrooms are fabulous! They provide flavor, texture and in many recipes, an alternative to meat. Now, mushrooms can boast another big plus! According to research conducted in 2013 mushrooms may also provide us with the vitamin D that many of us are lacking as well! In addition to mushrooms, this delicious recipe contains zinc abundant oysters as well – a must if you’re feeling in a romantic mood! Get the recipe.

Chia Guacamole

Fresh guacamole in bowl on wooden table

What do you get when you mix omega 3’s with monounsaturated fats? Slurry of heart & brain protecting nutrients! That’s exactly what you’ll get with this chia guacamole. Monounsaturated fats have been shown to help in the prevention of heart disease and omega 3 fatty acids (prevalent in chia seeds) can help strengthen your brain according to the latest research! This creamy and satisfying concoction will wow both your guests and your body at your next summer event. Get the recipe.

 

Fat-Free Prune & Balsamic Dressing

Pitted Prunes

I’m in love with prunes. I love everything about them. The fact that they are an easy snack to throw in my purse in the morning, that they help in keeping me … well … regular and that, as studies have shown, they help in keeping my bones strong. That’s why I really love this recipe! It allows me to take a snack staple and make it a salad dressing option. Not only do the prunes in this recipe create some fiber (how many dressings can boast that?), but they also provide an alternative to the fat, making this option less calories than traditional dressings. Get the recipe!