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Slow-Cooker Curried Vegetable Lentil Soup

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb and that seems to be the case in 2016.  With temperatures still chilly in much of the country, it is a perfect weekend to make a simple, comforting soup.  This slow-cooker vegetarian soup is easy to make and tastes great.  Enjoy!

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  • 2 cups uncooked lentils
  • 1 can Garbanzo beans/chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 10 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

For cooking instructions visit Dishing Out Health.

About the Author: Jamie Vespa is a Registered Dietitian and health food blogger with a passion for food, fitness and getting creative in the kitchen. Jamie’s blog, Dishing Out Health, offers nutritious recipes to help prove that eating healthy can taste just as good as it feels.

Heart Healthy Honey Basil Fruit Salad

Here at EatSmart, we’re continuing to celebrate Heart Health Month with another nutritious recipe! This week, we are featuring a Honey Basil Fruit Salad, which blends together 3 healthy fruits with a sweet, quick and easy dressing.

A key ingredient in the salad is strawberries, which are great for maintaining a healthy heart because they are naturally free of sodium, cholesterol, and fat! Strawberries can help control three risk factors of heart disease:  high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high homocysteine levels.

The salad is also loaded with raspberries. Raspberries are an excellent source of dietary fiber and vitamin C, and when combined with an overall a healthy diet, have the potential to lower your risk of heart disease.

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Head over to With Salt & Wit for the recipe, which was created by Megan, who is an artist in the kitchen with a serious passion for creating healthier meals without compromising flavor. Enjoy!

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Heart diseaseScreen Shot 2016-02-11 at 7.48.26 AM is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States. Eating a heart healthy diet can decrease the risk of developing both heart disease and heart attack by helping to lower cholesterol, sugar levels and blood pressure.

Two foods that are extremely beneficial to heart health are salmon and avocado. Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which decrease the inflammation that damages blood vessels and leads to heart disease. Avocados are also full of unsaturated fats that, when eaten in moderation, can lower bad cholesterol levels. Thus, this Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa recipe by Becky at The Cookie Rookie is a heart-health home run.  Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tbs olive oil (I used light extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper

For the Avocado salsa:

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1-2 tbs finely chopped cilantro (depending on how big of a cilantro lover you are)
  • Salt to taste

Get the cooking instructions from The Cookie Rookie. 

The recipe is courtesy of Becky at The Cookie Rookie.  Becky loves to create delicious and easy recipes anyone can make and everyone will love!

Do-It-Yourself Edible Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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This Valentine’s Day, skip giving loved ones another tired box of heart shaped chocolates and surprise them with a homemade treat! Your Valentine will be impressed with these delicious, thoughtful gifts and touched that you took the time to make something just for them. Need some inspiration on what to make? Here’s a list of our favorite edible Valentine’s Day gifts.

Chocolate Dipped Heart Shaped Marshmallows

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Get the recipe from Smashed Peas and Carrots.


Mango Passion Jam

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Raw Chocolate Raspberry Slice

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Pomegranate and Coconut Chocolate Bark

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Get the recipe from Dessert for Two.


No Bake Red Velvet Protein Barsred-velvet-protein-bars-5

 Get the recipe from The Big Man’s World.


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Get the recipe from 5 Minutes from Mom.


Fruit Bouquets

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Get the recipe from Salmon at Seven.


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Get the recipe from Chocolate & Carrots.


Five Minute Bailey’s Fudge Sauce

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Get the recipe from Cupcakes & Kale Chips.


Strawberry Applesauce

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Get the recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling.


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Get the recipe from Oh, Sweet Basil.


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Get the recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking.


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Get the recipe from Merriment Design.


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Get the recipe from My Whole Food Life.


Do you have a favorite DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea you would like to share? Share it with us on Instagram by tagging us, @EatSmartProducts. Use the hashtag #getleanin2016 to enter our weekly Instagram giveaway!

5-Minute Lentil Tomato Salad

Did you know February is Heart Health Month?  Here at EatSmart, we are dedicated to bettering the lives of our customers through encouraging a healthy lifestyle.  We encourage our readers to learn more about living a heart-healthy life by visiting and exploring the American Heart Association website.

To do our part in celebrating Heart Health Month, EatSmart will be sharing heart-healthy recipes throughout the month of February.  This 5-Minute Lentil Tomato Salad, developed by Kaitlin at The Garden Grazer, which is loaded with lentils, a high fiber food known to reduce the risk of Heart disease, is a great way to kick off the month.  Enjoy!

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Ingredients
15 oz. can lentils
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup white wine vinegar (or white balsamic vinegar)
1/8 cup chives (optional)
Salt to taste
Other additions: olive oil, basil, parsley, etc.

Click here for preparation instructions from The Garden Grazer.

The recipe is courtesy of Kaitlin at The Garden Grazer.  Kaitlin is vegetable enthusiast who loves animals, nature, matcha, positivity, kindness, and colorful food!  Stop by her website for lots of healthy recipes!

Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe Round-Up

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Did you know January is National Oatmeal Month? This highly nutritious food is a perfect way to start your morning. If the thought of eating oatmeal for breakfast sounds boring, we’ll have you thinking again. Break out your crockpot and get ready for an oat-astic experience with the following delicious recipes. A little prep the night before (and we mean little – simply throw all ingredients into your slow cooker!) and you will wake up to a pot of creamy oats that tastes like dessert. Enjoy!

Banana Nut Oatmeal

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Get the recipe from The Lemon Bowl.


Creamy Coconut & Strawberry Steel Cut Oats

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Get the recipe from Domestic Superhero.


Overnight Cherry Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Get the recipe from The Yummy Life.


Overnight Steel Cut Oats in a Jar

Get the recipe from Making Thyme for Health.


Overnight Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Get the recipe from Mel’s Kitchen.


Banana Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

Get the recipe from Cozy Country Living.


Peach Oatmeal

Get the recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy.


Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal

Get the recipe from Five Heart Home.


Overnight Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Get the recipe from Foxes Love Lemons.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Steel Cut Oats

Get the recipe from The Gold Lining Girl.


Blueberry Muffins Oats

Get the recipe from Dishing Out Health.


Overnight Spiced Vanilla Pear Oatmeal

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Get the recipe from Boys Ahoy.


Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oats

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Get the recipe from Table for Two.

Do you have a favorite slow cooker oatmeal recipe you would like to share? Share it with us on Instagram by tagging us, @EatSmartProducts. Use the hashtag #getleanin2016 to get entered into our weekly Instagram giveaway!

Low-Carb Egg Muffins

Egg Muffins are a perfect breakfast for anyone who is “on-the-go.” They are incredibly easy to make and very versatile.  They can be customized hassle-free to include your favorite vegetables, meats and spices.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 slices turkey bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbs. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper (or to taste)

Click here for preparation instructions.

About the Author: Stephanie is the author of the food blog, Eat.Drink.Love. where she loves to share easy and healthy recipes that everyone can enjoy. Visit her site to check out all of her creations!

Lemon Garlic Orzo Soup

This simple soup is full of flavor and very satisfying.  It is perfect for winter!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, roughly grated
  • 6 C chicken broth
  • ½ C orzo
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil

Click here for cooking instructions.

About the author:  Jenna blogs about recipes and food/lifestyle tips and ideas on her blog Petit Foodie.  She hopes that by reading her blog you too can find happiness in your everyday life without overindulging in guilty pleasures.

Carrot Spice Pancakes

Love carrot cake?  Then you’ll enjoy these Carrot Spice Pancakes.  They are full of fresh carrots and very flavorful.

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  • 1¼ cup shredded carrot, packed
  • 1¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • oil for frying

Click here for preparation instructions.

About the Author: Annie is the gluten-free blogger behind Maebells that has a passion for revamping classic Southern comfort food into lighter, healthier, gluten-free meals.

DIY Edible Holiday Gift Ideas

edible-gift-ideasHomemade edible gifts let your friends and family know you’re thinking of them and they’ll think of you as they enjoy their goodies. We have compiled a variety of DIY edible gift ideas, some sweet and some savory. Most of these recipes are quick and easy, with a few requiring no more than layering ingredients in a jar. Wow your friends and family with these DIY treats that are sure to please.

Gingerbread Box and Mason Jars

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Get the recipe from RecipeTin Eats.


Homemade Nutella

Get the recipe from A Southern Fairytale.


Homemade Coffee Syrup

Get the recipe from Nellie Bellie.


Hot Chocolate Fudge

Get the recipe from Wonky Wonderful.


Cranberry Mustard

Get the recipe from In Johnna’s Kitchen.


Vanilla Chai Tea

Get the recipe from Kats’ Kitchen.


Honey Roasted Almond Butter

Get the recipe from Heather’s French Press.


Double Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Get the recipe from The Pretty Bee.


 

Homemade Popcorn Holiday Gift Set

Get the recipe from Real Food Real Deals.


Lentil Rice Casserole

Get the recipe from Busy-at-Home.


Cranberry Ginger Baked Oatmeal

Get the recipe from Mom’s Kitchen Handbook.


Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

Get the recipe from Cafe Johnsonia.


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