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Classic Cucumber Salad

2 medium size cucumbers, peeled and sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Pepper

Peel and chop cucumber and place in a salad bowl. Slice tomato and put in bowl with cucumber. In a small separate bowl add sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk together until sugar dissolves. Pour vinegar dressing over the top of cucumber and tomatoes. Stir to evenly distribute. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Serve chilled.

 

Classic Cucumber Salad

 

Classic Cucumber Salad
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Cashew Chicken Salad

This refreshing and filling chicken salad is the perfect combo for lunch or dinner. It has a hearty amount of protein from the chicken, cashews and yogurt. This salad also provides 3 full servings of vegetables. Enjoy your chicken salad served over leafy greens or on whole grain bread with avocado!

1 1/2 cups English cucumber, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup light mayo
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Cashews, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Pepper

Place chopped cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion and cooked chicken in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add Greek yogurt, mayo, chopped cashews and pepper. Gently stir contents again. Serve immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 5 days. This mixture goes great over leafy greens or on whole grain bread.

 

Cashew Chicken Salad

 

Cashew Chicken Salad

 

Cashew Chicken Salad
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Digestive Health

The two biggest factors that impact your digestive health are the foods that you eat and your everyday lifestyle choices. If we neglect to consider our digestive health needs then our system will likely experience issues absorbing vital nutrients. Here are 5 ways to improve your digestive wellbeing.

  1. Consume whole foods rich in fiber such as vegetables, whole grains, berries and legumes.
  2. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day allows your bowels to flow more freely.
  3. Find sustainable stress reducing activities. Stress contributes to ulcers and heartburn so managing stress can impact your digestive wellbeing.
  4. Exercise. Regular activity can not only help maintain weight it also reduces constipation.
  5. Enjoy more natural probiotic containing foods such as yogurt, pickled cucumbers, kombucha and some cheeses (mozzarella, Gouda, aged cheddar and cottage cheese).
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Flavors of Fall Pizza

1 prepared pizza crust
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Olive Oil
2 cups roasted butternut squash
1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
4 oz goat cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place prepared pizza crust on a pan. Drizzle olive oil on crust and evenly distribute with brush or back of spoon. Top with roasted butternut squash, minced garlic, chopped spinach, walnuts and goat cheese. Bake in preheated oven until crust edges are slightly brown about 15 to 18 minutes.

 

Flavors of Fall Pizza

 

Flavors of Fall Pizza

 

Flavors of Fall Pizza

 

Flavors of Fall Pizza

 

Flavors of Fall Pizza
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Health Benefits of Walnuts

Walnuts are a super food that contain many beneficial nutritional components. Incorporating walnuts and a variety of other tree nuts into your daily routine not only adds flavor and texture it can boost your overall wellbeing. Here are 3 benefits of eating walnuts consistently.

1. The omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in walnuts make them the perfect food to help with memory enhancement and cognitive functioning.

2. Out of the entire tree nut family walnuts have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants. Which means these tiny nuts can help prevent the growth of certain types of cancers.

3. The monounsaturated fats in walnuts help keep your heart strong. The nutrients in walnuts help lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and raise your good cholesterol.

Consider adding walnuts to your next salad, bowl of oats, yogurt or cottage cheese. These small nuts pack a big nutritional punch.

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Breakfast Bowls

If you like to keep things interesting in the morning, then you’ll never get bored with a breakfast bowl. Skip the sugary cereal and consider keeping these wholesome ingredients stocked in your kitchen. Here are 4 breakfast bowl combinations that incorporate vegetables, fruit, lean proteins and whole grains.

The Classic Breakfast Bowl: 3/4 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup berries, half a banana (sliced) and 1/4 cup granola.

The Veggie Bowl: 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, 1 cup seasoned wilted spinach, 2 Tablespoons cheddar cheese, 2 poached eggs.

The Cherry Tomato Bowl: 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half and seasoned with salt and pepper, 1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Flax Hemp Blend.

The Oat Bowl: 3/4 cup prepared overnight oats with chia seeds, 1/2 cup fresh seasonal fruit, 1 Tablespoon almond butter.

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Zucchini Waffles

1 1/2 cups zucchini, shredded
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Butter, melted
1 cup Clearly Organic Almond Milk
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup Clearly Organic Old Fashioned Oats
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Flax Hemp Blend
1 Tablespoon baking powder
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Cinnamon
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Raisins (optional)

Shred zucchini and place in a tea towel over a mixing bowl. Squeeze out excess water from zucchini. Discard excess water from zucchini. Then place zucchini, eggs, butter, milk and yogurt in a bowl. Stir to combine. Add flour, oats, flax hemp blend, baking powder, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and raisins. Stir to evenly distribute ingredients. Pour batter into preheated waffle iron. Cook until waffle is slightly brown and crisp. Serve with Clearly Organic Maple Syrup.

 

Zucchini Waffles

 

Zucchini Waffles

 

Zucchini Waffles

 

Zucchini Waffles

 

Zucchini Waffles

 

Zucchini Waffles

 

Zucchini Waffles
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Peach Cobbler

4 small ripe peaches, sliced
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Brown Sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup flour
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Granulated Sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Clearly Organic Cinnamon
3/4 cup milk

Place fresh peach slices and brown sugar in a bowl. Mash together with hands. Let sit. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter then pour into an 8×8 baking dish. In a separate bowl mix together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir dry ingredients then pour milk over the top and gently stir until just combined. Pour batter over butter in 8×8 dish, moving some batter to the sides. Then top with peaches. Bake for 45 minutes or until sides are golden brown. Cool completely before serving, about 30 minutes. Serve with honey yogurt or vanilla ice cream on top!

 

Peach Cobbler

 

Peach Cobbler

 

Peach Cobbler

 

Peach Cobbler

 

Peach Cobbler

 

Peach Cobbler

 

Peach Cobbler
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Keeping Life Peachy

Studies show that as plant food consumption increases the risk of lifestyle related diseases, such as obesity and some forms of diabetes and heart disease, have substantially decreased. If you are able to enjoy 3 to 4 servings of fruit per day you can increase your energy level, improve your hair and skin health while also decreasing your risk of macular degeneration. Eating fresh seasonal fruit offers your body the widest range of vitamins and minerals. Now is the time to purchase peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines. The multiple varieties of stone fruits offer your body antioxidants to improve your health and wellbeing.

Peaches are my favorite mid-August indulgence. Their fuzzy exterior and juicy flesh provide anti inflammatory properties and can reduce bad cholesterol levels. Peaches are a great addition to a green salad, your morning breakfast routine, or even on the grill. Be watching the Clearly Organic blog for recipes including peaches and other stone fruits.

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Black Bean Burgers

These vegetarian black bean burgers are zesty and wholesome. They go great served over organic greens and seasonal veggies.

 

1 can Clearly Organic Black Beans (drained, rinsed and mashed)
3/4 cup Clearly Organic Old Fashioned Oats, blended
1 cup fresh cooked white rice
1 packet Clearly Organic Spicy Taco Seasoning
1 medium size tomato, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
2 Tablespoons lime juice
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Olive Oil

 

Using a potato masher or small blender mash up rinsed black beans and place in a mixing bowl. Blend oats and add to mixing bowl. Place fresh cooked rice, Clearly Organic Spicy Taco Seasoning, tomato, jalapeño and lime juice in the bowl as well. Mix together with hands. When evenly distributed form parties (makes 5 or 6) and place on a platter. Heat Clearly Olive Oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add patties to the sauté pan and cook on each side until browned and slightly crisp, about 4 minutes per side. Serve over fresh leafy greens, tomato and additional rice if desired.

 

Black Bean Burgers

 

Black Bean Burgers

 

 

Black Bean Burgers

 

Black Bean Burgers

 

Black Bean Burgers

 

Black Bean Burgers

 

 

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