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Swiss Chard Lemon Pasta

This recipe is compliments of Amie Valpone, Editor-in-Chief of The Healthy Apple, LLC

This simple Swiss chard pasta dish calls for summer oranges, fresh scallions n’ cilantro all bundled together with fresh Swiss chard and gluten-free pasta.
Prep time:  4 mins
Cook time:  10 mins
Total time:  14 mins
Serves: 4
Gluten-Free and Vegan


  • 1 cup Heartland Gluten-Free Penne Pasta
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 head Swiss chard, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup kalamata olives
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper


  1. Cook penne according to package directions. Remove from heat; drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook Swiss chard in olive oil over medium heat until wilted, approximately 4 minutes. Remove from heat; transfer to a large serving bowl. Add cooked penne, olives, cilantro, scallions, vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, smoked paprika, sea salt and pepper; gently toss to combine.
  3. Serve warm.
Nutritional Information:
Serving Size: 1 c Calories: 148.5 cal • Fat: 7.9 g • Protein: 2.8 g • Carb: 17.3 g • Fiber: 2.7 g • Sugar: 1.3 g • Sodium: 516.6 mg

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Bombay Salad from Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

This recipe is compliments of Echo Valley Ranch & Spa located in British Columbia, Canada and created by Master Chef Kim Madsen. Echo Valley is a Destination Spa Vacations group member.

Serves 4 Servings


  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped Major Grey’s chutney
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/3 cup toasted shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds, slivered
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, or turkey
  • leaf lettuce
  • 3 fresh California peaches, sliced (2 cups)
  • 4 fresh California plums, sliced (1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 kiwi, pared, sliced


  1. Combine sour cream, chutney, curry, lime juice, 1/4 cup coconut and almonds until mixed. Mix 3/4 cup of this dressing with chicken; chill.
  2. Line salad bowl or platter with lettuce and pile 1 quart torn lettuce in center.
  3. Pile chicken mixture into center of bowl.
  4. Arrange peaches, plums and kiwi in an attractive manner around chicken mixture.
  5. Sprinkle remaining toasted coconut over salad. Serve remaining dressing on the side.

Amount Per Serving:
Calories 477 Calories from Fat 214
Percent Total Calories From:
Fat 45% Protein 20% Carb. 35%

Nutrient Amount per % Daily
Serving Value
Total Fat 24 g 37%
Saturated Fat 8 g 41%
Cholesterol 75 mg 25%
Sodium 89 mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 41 g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2 g 8%
Protein 24 g
Vitamin A 24% Vitamin C 58% Iron 12%

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Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing

This recipe is compliments of Amie Valpone, Editor-in-Chief of The Healthy Apple, LLC

Quinoa is a healthy and gluten-free alternative to pasta. Quinoa pairs perfectly with just about anything.  It serves as an excellent base for all the fresh vegetables and fruits this season.  You can serve it hot or cold, and as a main dish, side, soup or as a salad.  It’s as versatile as it is healthy for you! In this recipe, Amie Valpone has paired it beautifully with a salad. With the added benefit of protein, this salad can be perfectly satisfying as a main dish!

Ingredients for Salad:vegan-quinoa-salad

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 cups mixed greens such as spinach and arugula

Ingredients for Dressing:

  • ¼ cup cashews
  • ⅛ cup pine nuts
  • 2 tsp. white miso paste
  • ¼ tsp. agave nectar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook quinoa according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all dressing ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Add more water, if necessary.
  3. In a large serving bowl, combine cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, scallions and mixed greens; gently toss with Caesar dressing to coat.
  4. Serve chilled.

Serving Size: ½ cup Calories: 305.3 cal • Fat: 9.9 g • Protein: 9.3 g • Carb: 47.8 g • Fiber: 5.5 g • Sugar: 11.5 g • Sodium: 251.2 mg

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Vacation Snack Pack Makeover and More…

roadtrip_fullGearing up for a fun vacation?  Congratulations, you are one of the lucky ones who can actually take time away from your regular life and carve out an experience all your own.  As a regular traveler I know how important it is to stay feeling well while you travel so when you return you actually feel rested and healthy.  It can be extremely challenging to keep on a healthy track when you are in a new environment and temptations abound.  Here are some tips on how you can stay wellness focused on your trip.

  1. Pack your own snacks – This has saved me from mindless snacking numerous times.  Once you are out of the routine of home it is so easy to travel snackssuccumb to temptation, especially when you are hungry.  Before heading out make sure you have a nice stash of tummy friendly snacks to go with you.  My favorites to pack are – turkey jerky, apples, sunflower butter, dairy free chocolate bars, hummus and gluten free crackers.
  2. Pack a yoga mat, stretch bands and workout clothes – Make the decision easier once you get there by packing non-bulky items that will remind you to stay active while you travel.
  3. Choose to stay at places that encourage movement – There’s all kinds of things you can do on your vacation and the amount of energy burned during these activities varies.  Most hotels have gyms, but you can also inquire about local parks, walking trails and other outdoor options that are easily accessible. When choosing activities, also opt for activity based fun.  For example playing putt putt golf will burn more calories than sitting in a movie and munching on popcorn.  Bike tours, hiking, shopping – plan to stay in areas where everything is in walking distance.  With a little preparation you can ensure that adding movement into your day is an easier option.
  4. Utilize apps to find restaurants with healthier options – There are some great apps that can help you make healthier choices when you travel.  I personally use Yelp.  Search for the type of food you would like to enjoy instead of relying on what’s around you.  There are some really great vegetarian and ethnic restaurants off the beaten path that have helped me stay healthy on the road.
  5. Lighter cocktail choices – Not all cocktails are created equal.  I am all about enjoying some libation with friends at the end of the day.  Knowing in advance which ones are smarter choices helps you decide what drink to enjoy.  There are some great gluten free beers available now, as well as pear and apple hard ciders.  Avoid drinks with dairy and creams. And, opt for a single alcohol with sparkling water and fruit; such as vodka, club soda and lime wedges.  Skim calories from your wine by adding in sparkling water to make a spritzer.

It is possible to stay healthy while you travel.  Join me on Facebook and share how you stay healthy!