In A Recipe Rut

I'm addicted to Pinterest.

I have so many food boards brimming with recipes I want to try. But, I have to be honest (and I know I'm not alone), I pin, pin, pin but never cook, cook, cook.

Well, that has to end.

So many pins, so little time! Screenshot from Pinterest.
I'm in a recipe rut, and it's time to try some new meals. The hubby and I eat the same 10 meals over and over, with variations of course, but it's still getting boring.

With the farmer's market in full swing, an obnoxious amount of recipes saved on Pinterest and a dining room bookcase devoted to cookbooks, it's time to get busy and break out of this recipe rut.

So, how do you stay motivated to cook new meals after a long day of work when your energy and time is waning? I'd love some tips!

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

Opening Week at the Farmer's Market

Photo by Angela Tague
I've been waiting all winter. The farmer's market is open!

Day one was soggy and slow. But, a sunny second day brought out flocks of people and tons of fresh produce, plants for the garden and even a face-painting booth.

So, what's in season in May in the Midwest?

You'll find lots of fresh greens including kale, arugula and several varieties of lettuce. I also spied multiple vendors with green and purple asparagus. The rhubarb was plentiful and if you love kohlrabi, radishes and turnips, there were no shortages of root vegetables on the tables.

At my local market there are also several non-food vendors. Today I saw a face-painting booth, a musician singing, a wood crafter selling cutting boards, a local winery offering samples and a jewelry maker displaying one-of-a-kind necklaces. You never know what you'll find at the market!

Do you shop at a local farmer's market? Why or why not? Tell me in the comments below.

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

My Las Vegas Jackpot Moment: Homemade Ice Cream

I hit the big one in Vegas, baby!!

I found a place that makes homemade ice cream while you wait. I'm not into gambling, so for me, indulging in a bowl of made-from-scratch mango ice cream while strolling down the Las Vegas strip was like hitting the jackpot.

Homemade mango ice cream! Photos by Angela Tague
During my random wanderings I stopped by a little shop in the Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. If you're ever in the area, look up IcePan.

They custom make a variety of fruit-flavored ice creams. They also create classic chocolate and vanilla treats and whip up more exotic flavors including green tea and red bean.

I watched the ice cream artist chop a fresh mango, puree the fruit and combine it with soy milk. That's it! Two ingredients!

Then he poured the smoothie-type liquid onto a freezing cold platform and worked his magic. He used two paddles to scoop, fold and mash the mixture until it turned into ice cream.

So, how was it? Creamy. Rich. Decadent.

It was simply amazing. If I'm ever in Las Vegas again, I'll be back for round two, three and four of this healthy whole foods dessert!

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

Is Your Salad Making You Fat?

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Salads aren't always healthy.

Sure a bed of greens and chopped vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals. But, have you ever taken a closer look at all those salad toppings you pile on?

Beware of These 4 Calorie-Heavy Salad Toppings

  1. Croutons: These crispy chunks of dried bread add minimal nutrition and lots of calories to your salad. Instead try adding a sprinkle of equally crunchy almonds, walnuts or sunflower seeds to add texture to the salad.
  2. Dressing: A drizzle of ranch or dollop of blue cheese dressing is just fine. But when your salad bowl looks like soup, you're simply using too much dressing. Experiment with non-creamy dressings like flavored vinaigrettes if you like a lot of extra added flavor.
  3. Cheese: I was shocked when I found out a serving of cheese is the size of two dice. Really? That's tiny! It's easy to sprinkle up to 200 calories and a day's worth of sodium on an entree-size salad without much thought. If you can't part with this dairy topping, opt for lower-sodium cheeses such as whole-milk mozzarella, sliced Swiss and crumbly goat cheese.
  4. Dried Fruit: Skip the raisins, dried cherries and dried cranberries preserved with extra sugar. Use fresh whole fruits like sliced grapes, strawberries or pears instead. You'll use less (since the chunks are bigger) and consume fewer calories.
The takeaway? Enjoy anything you want on your salad, but in moderation. If you're going to use half a bottle of dressing or a cup of dried fruit, you might as well skip the salad altogether and just order pizza.

So, what healthy salad toppings do you enjoy?

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

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