Spring greens, apricots and quinoa salad with easy, peachy dressing! Vegan, gluten-free.

Summer salad with super foods-quinoa and beans! Eat a rainbow of fresh flavors, colors, and nutrients, with this refreshing salad, replete with crunchy, mildly caramelized onions, sweet, sliced apricots, and garden fresh, spring greens. Cash in on the warm weather and enjoy eating this salad al fresco! The tartness of the cherry tomatoes is complemented with the mildly sweet, but tangy, home-made peach dressing that looks and tastes like you slaved over it, but can be made in a snap! It’s rich, creamy flavor belies its caloric content and will have your fussiest family members flocking back for more.

© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE

Summer salad with peachy dressing © Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE 

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Easy-peachy dressing, © Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE.

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Gut friendly, Very-Berry Yogurt Parfait

The stunning truth about your gut!! Did you know that the little critters in your gut may be calling the shots when it comes to your health?? From gaining or losing weight, allergies, inflammatory bowel disorders, diabetes, and would you believe it-food cravings, these little microbes may be influencing all these conditions, based upon emerging scientific evidence. No wonder the gut microbiome is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting and promising frontiers in medicine today!

Gut friendly foods: This means that the foods that help your gut bacteria thrive, are also emerging as key contributors of good health. Long touted as  super foods, with the emergence of the gut microbiome, fermented foods such as yogurt and kefir have been basking in the spot light as we discover how probiotics ( friendly bacteria), can influence host immune response. If you are serious about improving your health, you need to start from the inside out, so please scroll down to read more on the all-important probiotics in my Registered Dietitian’s tip below. In the mean time, dig into this refreshing yogurt jello, just in time for summer!

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© Copyright, 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE

In this recipe, luscious berries are served atop a cantaloupe flavored yogurt jello to create a dessert that looks like you slaved over it, but in reality can be assembled in a snap!

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Spinach-pesto pasta salad with fresh, sweet corn and cherry tomatoes

A pesto sauce that pops with flavor and nutrients! Nothing spells spring and summer like tender, fresh, sweet corn, served straight off of the cob. Shallots, garlic and walnuts sautéed in olive oil, and then blended into the pesto sauce, add an unexpected, and delicious variation to the traditional version, making it burst with flavor. The fresh corn adds a delightful crunch that will have your guests drooling for more. What’s more, this recipe also packs a hefty nutrient punch with the antioxidant power of spinach, omega -3 fatty acids from walnuts, Vitamin C from tomatoes and a hefty dose of fiber from the whole wheat pasta. Great way to sneak in the spinach for fussy kids (and a few grown ups)! So go ahead, dig in and enjoy!

© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE.

© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE.

© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE.

© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE.

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