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4 Reasons to Get Strong Not Skinny This Summer

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With Summer finally on it's way many of us are ready to pull out of the bathing suits and squeeze into our favorite summer outfits.  But this summer it's time to ditch the old goals of getting skinny-- instead focusing on getting strong and fit can help you reach and surpass some of your goals for your health and your body.  Some advantages of setting your sights toward strengthening your body and improving your wellness include:  1. Increase Your Confidence and Empower Yourself! As you start focusing on setting workout goals for yourself, you will notice your body gets stronger as workouts...

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Chef/Founder Jona Silva Shares His Favorite Essential Cupboard Items

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  Cooked Founder and Executive Chef Jona Silva loves to eat well as much as he loves to cook.  He is also a very busy guy and knows what it is to have to throw together dinner in a pinch-- so we sat down with him recently to find out some of the pantry items he doesn't like to live without. In a nutshell, here is what he said: Essentials: "A good olive oil is probably at the top of my list.  Look for an oil with a slight peppery after-taste to make sure you have a quality oil.  I love it...

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20 Top Nutrient Dense Foods We Love!

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Many health authorities including the US Department of Agriculture believe that the overall quality of your diet can be measured by looking at a few criteria:  (1) the ratio or macro or micronutrients per calorie eaten (2) whether an appropriate number of calories is consumed to satisfy the needs of the body  (3) avoidance of toxic substances such as transfats and refined sugars.  The first on this list can be referred to as "nutrient density" and has been used to market a variety of food products over the last decade (cereals that claim "with Omega-3!, etc).  Our favorite list of...

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A Better Summer Salad

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We believe Summer is on it's way.  Snow storms are scattered from East Coast to Midwest, but it must end soon!  Our seedlings are planted, our bathing suits are out of storage, and we are working on gathering recipes for some of our very favorite fresh, hearty, healthy large salads.  Here are 5 of our favorites from around the web, voted by the Cooked team to be delicious summer standbys!   Black Quinoa Chopped Salad from Camille Styles Tart Granny Smith apples, toasted almonds, black quinoa and a few teaspoons of cold plain yogurt make this salad truly worthy of drooling.   ...

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While We Make Dinner, You Can Cook Up Some Wine In Your Instant Pot (Really!).

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Everyone seems to be crazy about the Instant Pot.  It's small, fast, convenient and you can make just about anything in it at rocket speed-- yogurt, rice, stews, slow cook, pressure cook, and more.  But recently, perhaps because Spring has sprung and stews sound heavy (or perhaps they realized they could get much better meals from us at Cooked!) folks have started to dream big with their instant pot.  Has anyone seen this hilarious meme circulating social media?  As soon as it started to circulate, recipe developers raced to the task.  Well, ladies and gentlemen, word has it that it's here,...

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