Healthy & Satisfying Super Bowl Sunday Recipe

This Super Bowl Sunday skip the chips and dips, and instead opt for a delicious burger recipe that’s actually healthy!

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Typical Super Bowl snacks like chips, dips and wings can derail your diet fast, and the bloated, sickly feeling that accompanies every junk food binge is never justifiable. But what if you could dig into a seriously satisfying snack that’s loaded with flavor instead of calories as you watch the biggest football game of the year?

This Super Bowl Sunday, pay homage to the classic combo of burgers and beers with a healthier spin that’s as guilt-free as it gets. This vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger recipe by the Minimalist Baker is smoky, savory and satisfying, and the texture actually mimics its calorie-laden counterpart. Better yet, ingredients like sweet potato, black beans, walnuts, and brown rice are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that make you look and feel your best.

These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers are highly versatile, and pair perfectly with creamy and crunchy greens. The Minimalist Baker recommends topping your sweet potato burger with avocado, sprouts and onion for a double dose of deliciousness. To get the full recipe for Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers, visit the minimalistbaker.com.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

Snacking Made Simple: How to Eat Healthy on The Go

Wave goodbye to the vending machine! Graze snack boxes are all you need to eat healthy on the go.

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When you’re chained to your computer or running errands while the kids are still at school, ingesting food that’s actually good for you is asking a lot. But what if there was something infinitely healthier and just as simple as snagging a bag of chips for the road? Well, there is. Meet Graze snack boxes.

Founded by seven friends fed up with chips and candy, Graze offers busy bees a healthy AND tasty snacking alternative. From dried fruit and dip to a mixture of miniature basil baguettes, garlic crostinis and oregano rice crackers, the Graze team has crafted 90 different snack varieties to satisfy pretty much any craving. But that’s not all. Graze’s nutritious combos are customizable and delivered straight to your door! How’s that for modern-life convenience?

In fact, we can’t say enough wonderful things about the sheer brilliance of Graze’s snack boxes. (Did we mention they have an in-house nutritionist?) All we know is, the days of post-vending machine depression are definitely behind us.

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.

The Best Hot Chocolate for Braving a Blizzard

Nor’Easter? No problem! Beat the blizzard blues with a cup of the world’s best hot chocolate.

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Is there anything better than a creamy cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night? We don’t think so. And with buckets of snow about to be dumped from the sky (here on the East Coast, at least), there are few things we’re craving more right now than a steaming mug of marshmallow-covered hot chocolate.

Whether you’re currently curled up under the covers, or preparing for an evening on the couch, we’ve got a hot chocolate recipe that’ll rock your indoor routine during the raging Nor’Easter.

What You’ll Need

3 cups of whole milk

1 cup half-and-half

¼ cup cocoa powder

½ cup sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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 How You’ll Do It

Pour milk and half-and-half into a saucepan and let it simmer over medium heat.

While the milk and half-and-half are simmering, combine the cocoa powder, sugar and cinnamon in a separate pan. Carefully pour the milk and half-and-half mixture, a few teaspoons at a time, into the cocoa blend until it turns into a smooth paste. Transfer the paste back into the original saucepan with the milk and half-and-half and let it simmer for two minutes. Make sure it doesn’t boil. Complete by stirring in vanilla and transferring the hot chocolate to your favorite mug. Top off with mini marshmallows or a dash of whipped cream.

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.

Mad About Matcha: 2015’s Top Tea Trend

Tea trend alert! From industry experts to it-girls, Matcha tea is taking the world of wellness by storm.

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In case you haven’t noticed, there’s much ado about Matcha these days. Even famous fashion blogger Leandra Medine of Manrepeller.com is singing the praises of the age-old powdered beverage. So what’s all the fuss about? Let’s get right to it.

To start, when it comes to health and nutritional value, Matcha is no match for any other green tea on the market. Unlike other teas, drinking Matcha involves consuming the entire tea leaf, rather than just ingesting brewed water. Packed with catechin polyphenols, as well as vitamins A,B-complex, C, E and K, Matcha’s inventory of antioxidant compounds is through the roof. In fact, Matcha’s antioxidant activity is twenty times that of blueberries or pomegranates. So go ahead and add the miracle mixture to your cancer-fighting shopping list.

But it’s not just in the impressive arena of cancer prevention where Matcha’s high antioxidant content excels. Matcha’s amazing antioxidant properties also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stabilize blood sugar levels, lower high blood pressure, enhance the body’s resistance to harmful toxins and even slow the aging process. Oh, and let’s not forget that this divine drink is nearly calorie-free. Boosting your metabolism to help the body burn fat is yet another of Matcha’s infinite fab features.

No longer surprised this tea is trending? We thought so.

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.

Is Farro the New Quinoa?

Find out why farro could dethrone quinoa as the healthiest (and tastiest!) grain of 2015!

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At a recent dinner party we were introduced to farro, the latest nutrient-packed grain to hit health food stores, and we have to say we were quite impressed. The Mediterranean ingredient indigenous to northern Italy stands to dethrone quinoa as the trendiest grain, large in part because of its superior health benefits.

Not only is farro packed with protein, fiber and magnesium, which support digestion and make you feel full, but Vitamins A, B, C, and E also provide a beauty boost for hair, skin and nails. Another reason we favor farro over its quinoa-counterpart is that it’s much easier and faster to cook!

The final reason to switch to farro is that the nutritious grain is highly versatile. Aside from utilizing farro as a salad filler, you can use it to cook rich risottos, flavorful vegetable stir-frys and more.  So without further ado, we present you with the most mouth-watering Pinterest boards filled with farro recipes that are equal parts flavorful and fantastic for your 2015 wellness goals.

1. Mrs. Katie Lugar’s Farro Pinterest Board

2. Faith’s Farro Pinterest Board

3. E Thornton’s Farro Pinterest Board

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.