Kid-Friendly Greens & Grains

Kale Pesto Pasta

Kids are sometimes more receptive to processed foods, making whole wheat pasta a great choice for making sure they’re getting more whole grains in their diet. If they tend to balk at eating their greens too, pureeing them into pesto with the lovely flavors of cheese and garlic may encourage them to gobble down their meal

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Unfamiliar Greens & Grains

Mustard Greens and Bulgur

It’s easy to get caught up in the old brown rice and kale rut when it comes to getting your daily intake of whole grains and dark leafy greens, but there is a world of flavor and texture to explore! Mustard greens are a little spicy and a little bitter, making them a sophisticated choice, perfect for braising. Bulgur is a quick-cooking grain option with a nice little bite to it, and it will soak up whatever flavor your throw at it.

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Breakfast Greens…with Grains

Melissa's Green Breakfast Smoothie.

Whole grains are an awesome way to start your day. They boost your energy and keep it steady. And getting your day started off on the right foot with green, leafy veg is an obvious win. This smoothie gives you both, while making you feel like you’re drinking a peanut butter milkshake. If you like a thicker smoothie, try adding some frozen berries or using frozen greens.

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Quinoa Crunch

Toasted Quinoa Salad

Building a great salad is about balancing the nutrition to give you a well-rounded set of nutrients and about keeping the texture interesting. This salad uses quinoa to add an important serving of whole grains to your days and to add a little crunch to your salad.

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Greens & Grains

Mustard Greens and Bulgur

Greens and whole grains are two food groups most of us could stand to incorporate more of into our diets. Fortunately, they’re natural partners. Warm side salads for dinner, sturdy cold salad for lunch, and green smoothies…there’s a lot you can get out of a meal when you put both greens and grains into it.

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Chocolate, No Indulgence Required

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

Did you know that cocoa powder earns three Guiding Stars? It’s true! On its own, cocoa is high in iron, dietary fiber, and a couple of other important nutrients. The reason chocolate gets a bad rap is that, in order to balance its natural bitterness, it’s often paired with added sugar and saturated fat. Neither is necessary! Pair cocoa powder with fruit for sweetness (plus fiber and a great range of nutrients) and plain, non-fat yogurt for creaminess (and protein), and you’ve got a winning nutritional combination that tastes like a “sometimes” food.

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The Secret to Vegan “Cheese”

Cashew Cheese Sauce

Cheese sauce is a treat many of us enjoy, no doubt. And many of us rarely indulge because it’s very much a “sometimes” food. Vegan cheese sauces, however, can be absolutely packed with nutrition. The secret to the cheesey flavor is nutritional yeast, which can generally be found in either the natural foods section or the spice section of your grocery store.

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