Healthy(ish) Painkiller

While we fully believe that moderation is key to leading a healthy and happy lifestyle, there’s no harm in a cocktail every now and then—especially when they’re made with fresh, quality ingredients. This is a take on the British Virgin Islands’ drink of choice: the Painkiller. This cocktail, made famous by Pusser’s Rum, will transport you from cramped apartment kitchen to the breezy beaches.

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Nikki Bennett
Ruby Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is not only tasty, it’s extremely good for your digestive system, as are all fermented foods. Packed with dietary fiber, it’s good for your heart too. It’s also full of vitamins A, C, K, E and is an excellent source of iron, manganese, copper, sodium, magnesium and calcium.

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Nikki Bennett
Crispy Baked Tofu

Here’s an easy-to-follow recipe that results in restaurant-quality, crispy tofu—without breaking out the frying pan. Serve it with your favorite sauce or on top of your favorite noodles, salad or rice. Also, feel free to get creative and marinate your tofu before baking.

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Nikki Bennett
Sesame Miso Kale Chips

Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to making crispy, flavorful kale chips. While kale has gotten a bad rap as a fad, it’s an undeniable superfood. Packed with vitamin A and C, fiber and antioxidants, these tasty chips make a great low-calorie snack.

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Nikki Bennett
Sweet & Spicy Mustard

Forgo those store-bought condiments and try your hand at making your own. In addition to tasting better, your sauces and spreads will also avoid those unnecessary added preservatives and “natural” flavors. This simple recipe (just three steps) for homemade mustard is a great place to startspread it on a sammie or to a steak for a delicious, guilt-free addition.

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Nikki Bennett
Vanilla Oat Milk

Give non-dairy milk a try with this lactose-free alternative. Not only is it low in cholesterol and fat, it also contains twice the amount of vitamin A than its dairy counterpart. This version contains agave to slightly sweeten, but you can easily omit. Add some unsweetened cocoa powder for another variation.

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Nikki Bennett
Salted Coconut & Almond Granola

Homemade granola is almost always tastier than a store-bought kindand healthier. Store-bought granolas are often full of sugar and preservatives and yet, they can still lack flavor. In this flavorful recipe, you can dictate your own level of sweetness and enjoy your breakfast preservative-free. Break out your baking pans for this salty-sweet granola. Tip: use roasted (unsalted) almonds for added depth in flavor.

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Nikki Bennett
Baked Yam Chips

Here is a recipe for a tasty treat with no guilt included: baked yam chips. This is a perfect, satisfying substitute for traditional snack food, as it’s packed with vitamins and dietary fiber. These crunchy, savory and sweet chips are hard to resist.

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Nikki Bennett
Arugula & Pistachio Pesto

Who says you can only have fresh pesto in the summer time? Try this flavorful arugula pesto anytime of year. No cheese needed in this recipe, the pistachio nuts provide richness and depth.

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Nikki Bennett
Spaghetti Squash

This very low carb, naturally gluten-free pasta alternative contains less than a quarter the amount of carbohydrates as regular pasta, and it’s super-easy to prepare. Spaghetti squash takes on the texture of pasta when cooked, making it the perfect substitute. (Plus, it’s higher in fiber and lower in calories than its counterpart.) The squash is perfect when tossed in your favorite tomato sauce, pesto or just served directly out of the oven.

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Nikki Bennett
Cauliflower Alfredo

Enjoy this guilt-free alfredo: it’s low in fat, high in fiber, paleo and vegan. Cauliflower is a great source of vitamin C, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Serve it over your favorite veggies, pasta or rice.

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Nikki Bennett
Pine Nut Ricotta

Pine nuts contain essential fatty acids which help to lower the “bad cholesterol” (LDL) and raise the “good cholesterol” (HDL) in our bodies. They also happen to contain a large amount of healthy minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Whether you’re trying to cut out dairy, or you just feel like trying something new, this is a simple and tasty treat. Throw in some of your favorite herbs to add additional flavor.

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Nikki Bennett
Charred Shishito Peppers

Originating in East Asia, shishito peppers are growing in popularity all over the world; popping up on restaurant menus, at farmer’s markets and grocery stores over the last couple of years. While these peppers are not traditionally spicy (on average one in every 15-20) every once in a while, you will find a pepper with a serious kick. This is a delicious, easy recipe to try at home.

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Nikki Bennett
Shiitake Bacon

Almost everybody loves bacon. However, we can all agree that it’s not the best thing for us. Shiitake mushrooms, however, are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Give Shiitake “Bacon” (a lower calorie substitute) a try—just like the real thing, it’s smoky, salty, crisp and addictive.

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