The Berries Are Coming on Food Porn Friday

Berry Fruit Salad, National Berry Month, Berries, Fruit

Image Credit; Gimme Some Oven

What’s your favorite Berry (and no we aren’t talking about Chuck Berry)? July is National Berry Month and we are celebrating the colorful, edible, delicious and nutritional properties of a plethora of berries in our produce section. Whether it’s blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, huckleberries, gooseberries, lingonberries, marionberries or dewberries, get to pickin’ and start to lickin’.

Let’s face it, the summer is hot and we want to eat something that is cool to our palate, but berry-licious at the same time! Today, we are featuring this Berry Fruit Salad from the kitchen of Gimme Some Oven. This colorful salad is quick and easy to prepare, and tastes berry, berry good!

So, while most berries are in season during the summer, get creative and come up with some spectacular dishes that are healthy and delicious. Saluting the berry on #FoodPornFriday!

Observing National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month on Food Porn Friday

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, Farmers Market, Fruits, Vegetables

Oh, the brilliant rainbow of bold colors that you see displayed in the fruit and vegetable bins when you visit your local farmers market or free standing produce stands. Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month? This is another great reason to celebrate eating healthier during these hot summer days while getting your heart-smart grub on. 

There is a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your area that provide some amazing health benefits, which include lowering your cholesterol, helping you to lose weight, contains beneficial fiber, improves your vision and cellular growth. Fruits and vegetables also contain natural sources of daily recommended vitamins and minerals. Here are 40 Garden-Fresh Vegetable Recipes that are quick and simple to whip up from the folks at Midwest Living.

Happy #NationalFreshFruitandVegetablesMonth on #FoodPornFriday!

 

Pecan-Crusted Chicken on Food Porn Friday

I remember growing up how excited I was to visit my grandfather and get my hands on a bushel of those ginormous pecans that fell from his pecan trees. Those long brown shells held some of the biggest, sweetest and meatiest pecans I ever tasted. Nowadays, I have not found any pecans that fit the size or caliber of my memories of those Ninja pecans my grandfather grew.

So today, on Food Porn Friday, as we celebrate National Pecan Day, which by the way has been celebrated on April 14 since 1996, I decided to feature this healthy recipe, Pecan-Crusted Chicken from EatingWell Magazine. This recipe coats tender chicken breasts with buttery pecans flavored with spicy chipotle and zesty orange.

This recipe only takes 30 minutes to prepare and is ready in 30 minutes. In the picture, it is served with spinach salad. Depending on your tastes, you can modify a number of certain ingredients to your choosing. What a wickedly delicious way to eat a healthy meal with only 270 calories per serving.

#HappyNationalPecanDay on #FoodPornFriday!

For You Potato Lovers on Food Porn Friday

How do I love potatoes? Let me count the ways. Well, you have Idaho Russet, Sweet, Jewel Yam, King Edward, Japanese Sweet, Doré, Laura, Rose Finn Apple, Hannah Sweet, Solanum, Red Thumb, LaRette, Désirée, Austrian Crescent, Red Gold, Purple Majesty, Yukon Gold, Kennebec, Parel…shall I go on?

February is National Potato Lovers Month, so why not put a new spin on this common staple that you will find in practically every pantry. Today I am featuring this artistic recipe for a delicious potato kugel cup from Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller. If you have a favorite potato recipe or a favorite type of potato you enjoy cooking with, please feel free to share it with our audience.

Happy National Potato Lovers Month on #FoodPornFriday!

Celebrating World Vegan Month on Food Porn Friday

Vegan Recipes, World Vegan Month, The Vegan Society, Vegetables

Image Credit: AvacadoPesto.com

World Vegan Day is celebrated on November 1 and marks the beginning of World Vegan Month throughout November. The Vegan Society was founded in November 1944. The principle of the emancipation of animals, non-dairy vegetarian diets and lifestyles were adapted. To learn more about The Vegan Society visit their website https://www.vegansociety.com.

Join the raw vegan movement with this recipe for RAW VEGAN COLLARD WRAPS from Avocado Pesto. It only takes 20 minutes to prepare this great healthy lunch or snack. Have a delicious #FoodPornFriday y’all.

Observing National Staying Healthy Month

National Staying Healthy Month, Exercising, Healthy Living, Healthy Eating

More often than not, many people make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or to get in shape. The problem with that goal is our mindset. If we are not in the right frame of mind to commit to a long-term plan to be our healthiest on a consistent basis, by deleting unhealthy food, mindsets, attitudes and sometimes people, then our chances of success is at the bottom of the totem pole.

We can go on an assortment of diet plans and it will be in vain if we continue to hoard unhealthy choices that cancels us from becoming the best possible us. While National Staying Healthy Month is observed throughout the month of January, do you merely stop focusing on the mission when January 31st arrives? If so, then you are truly setting yourself up for failure.

When making healthier choices the picture is bigger than food. Sit down and write “why” you are striving to live a healthier lifestyle. If it is for someone or something else, besides what is beneficial for you, then you will truly miss the boat, because it can create a great deal of unhappiness and possible depression. If the report card for your overall health is at risk, then seek professional or medical consultation and do it according to your profile and not that of someone else. You are not a cookie cutter version of other people, even if you are an identical twin. What is healthy for one person, may not be a healthy alternative for you!

What is your idea or definition of living a healthy lifestyle? Have you made tough decisions to eliminate things that negatively affect your life? If so, I applaud you, because I am in the same boat as you are. The process of elimination can be a challenge, but when you make the decision to move beyond those challenges, you will feel lighter, more productive and healthier. Here’s to being your BEST you!