Most Americans aren’r drinking enough water, and National data suggests fifty percent of children are underhydrated.
Improve your hydration and you could improve your health! That’s a motivating factor. Proper hydration isn’t just for athletes. Research from the University of Arkansas, Stavros Kavouras, Director of the Hydration Science Lab notes that water intake is assoicated with properly regulating blood glucose.
‘How much water should I drink?’ It’s a question I get asked often, and there is no perfect answer. Here’s the latest on hydration: Kavouras Discusses Benefits of Hydration //news.uark.edu/articles/42085/a
If your looking for ways to increase you fluid intake, try carrying a water bottle with you and keep a pitcher of cold water in the refrigerator. I like to make infused water, like this lemon, basil and strawberry infused water. Recipe below.
Strawberry Lemonade made with Stevia is delicious without any added sugar and makes a refreshing beverage for al fresco dining!
Hello Spring! I sense everyone is enthusiatic about welcoming warmer weather, and all that the rejuvenating seasonbrings. The Recipe Redux wants you to celebrate with healthy recipes for enjoying al fresco (National Picnic Day is April 23). Let’s get started with something strawberry! It’s perfectly convenient that this fragrant edible berry is in season the same time we are heading back outside to garden, to barbecue, and to reap the benefits of some good old fashioned fresh air. Ahhh! Doesn’t it feel good?!!!
Strawberries are not only a healthy and delicious stand alone snack but a versatile fruit that can be the used in a myriad of recipes, like spring salads and desserts . I’m going to keep this real simple with a homemade strawberry lemonade made light with Stevia. It’s a slim 70 calories per each refreshing 8 ounces, and has no added sugar! Whether you’re planning a brunch or a backyard barbeque, this light beverage is sure to fit in!
What are your favorite al fresco foods?
Be sure to visit more links at the bottom of this post to see what my colleagues are bringing to their outdoor gatherings this picnic season.
Panera at Home soup accompanies a Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken for a ‘better for you meal’ made in the comfort of your own home. Disclosure: I received free samples of Panera at Home Soups. I was not financially compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.
This past weekend was beautiful , and I had the opportunity to spend some time with a dear friend of mine, Pam, visiting from Delaware. Pam and I were roommates years decades ago at the University of Delaware. Both RDs with different career paths, it’s fun to catch up! While we both love to cook, our good intentions of making a Saturday night meal of Chicken Agrodolce with Creamy Polenta, never came to be. But that’s ok. Sometimes, you have to rethink homemade.
Enter Panera at Home. It just so happened that the good folks at Panera helped me stock my refrigerator for the weekend with an assortment of Panera Bread at Home soups. These easy to heat containers of savory soup gave me the flexibility of enjoying picture perfect weather outside, riding bicycles and strolling the beach, without the need to rush back to make supper. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than being able to kick back in the comfort of my own kitchen and quickly assemble a delicious meal that’s ‘better for you’. I heated Panera at Home’s Turkey Sausage, Kale and Quinoa Soup (garnished it with a sage leaf) and put together my version of Panera’s Ancient Grain and Arugula Salad with Chicken.
I ‘m a long time Panera Bread customer because I apprecipate their beliefs of Food as it Should Be (and they have great hazelnut coffee too)!
• Free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners,colors or flavors from artifical sources.
• Savored and enjoyed. At a table. Alone or together with family and friends.
• Raised Responsibly. Sourced from farms that respect the food they produce.
• Personalized. Curated and customizable menus so you can eat the way you want.
If you’re like me and frequent Panera Bread for the above reasons, you can now enjoy the convenience of the Panera Bread at Home for times when it’s fitting to Rethink Homemade. Click here for a Panera at Home soup coupon to serve this delicious soup…along with the salad I’m sharing today (recipe below).
Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken
Panera at Home soup accompanies a Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken for a ‘better for you meal’ made in the comfort of your own home.
Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes
1 cup precooked long grain and wild rice
1 cup broccoli slaw mix ( broccoli and carrots)
1 gala aple diced
3 cups lettuce (romaine and red leaf)
4 ounces sliced roasted chicken breast
12 red grapes, cut in half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Pomegranate Juice
1 tablspoon white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons canola oil
In a salad bowl, add cooked rice, broccoli slaw mix, apples, lettuce, chicken, grapes. Toss. Set aside. In a small prep bowl combine salt, Pomegranate juice, vinegar, honey and oil. Whisk. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Divide between two plates. Note: May substitute Panera Fuji Apple Vinaigrette Dressing .