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Brioche Pasquier is the no. 1 brioche bakery in France, established in 1936. They’re known for their authentic, specialized techniques and traditional family recipes.  As they’ve grown in popularity across Europe and now in the U.S., the baking process remains the same — with fresh artisan taste in each bite using natural ingredients. Their bread is created using a longer rising process that not only gives it a delicious and unique — it’s also the most natural way to raise dough and doesn’t require any added sugar!

We love Brioche Pasquier because it’s also free of trans fats, with no preservatives and made with non-GMO ingredients.They’re quickly becoming a favorite in the U.S., with products available in an expanding list of select retailers and local grocers, including Sprouts, Safeway, Super Target and Gelsons. You can search stores on their Facebook page.

Win a year of Brioche bread for your family

Kids love Brioche Pasquier for lunch

Kids love all their products, but the personal-sized Pitch is definitely a favorite! These delicious, individually-packaged brioche rolls are made with chocolate filling, or with chocolate chips, and are sure to satisfy any craving. They’re perfect for on-the-go bites, lunch boxes and mid-day snacks.

Win a Year of Brioche Pasquier

Or, you can win parent of the year by whipping up cool chocolate chip sandwiches using Brioche Pasquier’s Brioche Tressee (sliced brioche loaf) with Nutella and fresh strawberries, or even bananas and peanut butter!

Brioche for Breakfast

Brioche for breakfast

Of course, breakfast is always better with Brioche! Generously sliced Brioche Tressee is the perfect way to raise the bar on Eggs in a Basket, or a breakfast sandwiches. Or, one-up your favorite French Toast recipe with Chocolate Chip Brioche Tressee!

The Brioche Pasquier line includes:
Pain au Lait: Soft, light, sweet milk brioche rolls and slider buns.
Brioche Tressee: A delicious sliced brioche loaf made with butter and eggs; sliced for (French) toast, sandwiches or an anytime treat.
Brioche Tressee Chocolate Chip: A delicious braided brioche loaf filled European chocolate chips, and generously sliced.
Pitch: Individually wrapped and perfect for on-the-go bites, lunch boxes and snacks!

Enter below to win an entire year of brioche

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Strawberry recipes are summer perfection

13 Summer Strawberry Recipes

Strawberry season means you can pick loads of berries, which is a fun activity even young children can enjoy. After you’ve filled up several flats with berries, you’ll need to figure out what to do with them, and we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up strawberry recipes to help you savor summer berries — from cocktails and appetizers to salads and sweet desserts.

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Strawberry recipes to start your party

Strawberry Shortcake Moonshine from Pink Heels Pink Truck will quickly become your go-to summer cocktail. After some trial and error, she found the perfect recipe to balance the tartness and sweetness naturally found in her favorite summer berry.

My Wife Can Cook offers a simple combination of ingredients for Coconut Rum Strawberry Daiquiris. Frozen cocktails are always a hit during sweltering summer days, and the coconut rum brings a tropical twist to a traditional daiquiri.

Eat Healthy, Eat Simple put together the delicious Super Simple Strawberry Peach Smoothie for an easy way to add some summer fruit to your meals. Whether you’re starting your day with the smoothie or using it as an afternoon snack, you’ll love the way it tastes exactly like summer.

Strawberry Overnight French Toast from Eat, Live, and Play is one of those breakfasts filled with flavor that you sometimes save for holidays or birthdays. Since you can do the prep work the night before, you can add this to your summer vacation rotation for a special start to any brunch.

The Banana Split Stuffed Strawberries from Spend with Pennies would make a tasty dessert, but they’re also an unexpected appetizer for summer parties. These can be prepped in advance, so you can make them the day before a barbecue and pull them out when needed.

Sensational strawberry salads

Blackened Chicken with Strawberry Salad from Paleo Leap combines two summer favorites — grilled chicken and sweet summer strawberries. The entire recipe is paleo-friendly, including the vinaigrette, making it a lovely entree salad for summer dinners.

Healthy Liv put together a Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing you’ll want to make for every lunch this summer. The sweetness of the berries and the dressing balances the salty pecans and feta cheese, providing enough flavor to complete a vegetarian meal.

Sweet desserts burst with strawberries

Grilled Strawberry and Nutella Quesadillas from Garnish With Lemon are a simple treat that seem more complicated than they are. Basically, they’re the perfect way to make your kids — or picnic guests — think you’re a grill master, while delivering a unique dessert.

Healthy Sweet Eats offers the Easy 5-Ingredient Chocolate Chunk Strawberry Frozen Yogurt that’s ideal for hot summer afternoons. While this treat looks decadent, many people will have each of the five ingredients readily available, which means you can make this anytime you’d like!

If you can’t get enough strawberries, then the Fresh Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Frosting is the dessert for you. Read Chop Eat created a cake bursting with berries — the frosting itself looks so delicious you might have to make a double batch just for dipping extra berries!

The Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble Bars from Baking the Goods make me wish I had rhubarb growing in my backyard, because I would absolutely whip these up today. Strawberry and rhubarb pair beautifully, and the inclusion of the ginger adds a little snap to the recipe.

Little Broken gives a classic dessert a fun twist with her Strawberry Shortcake Cake. The cake is simple but delicious, and the brightness of the strawberries against the white, whipped topping will look beautiful on your table.

Strawberry Raspberry Yogurt Popsicles from Fine, Fresh & Food satisfy summer popsicle cravings while providing a bit of nutrition. The creamy, frozen treats combine tartness with sweet flavors to create a refreshing, satisfying dessert.

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Great Father’s Day gifts for dads

Father’s Day doesn’t garner the same sort of attention as Mother’s Day, but the fabulous dads in our lives deserve special treatment, too. Gifts for dads don’t have to be expensive — though we’re not saying you shouldn’t splurge if there’s something out there you know he’ll love. We’ve unburied five Father’s Day finds to make your favorite dad feel special.

Personalize his gift by including one of these adorable — and simple — Father’s Day crafts.

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Dad will flip for this perfect Father’s Day gift

Whether he’s an expert on the grill or in the kitchen, this Hand Stamped Spatula will remind him of how much the family loves his meal time contributions (Etsy, $24). The stainless steel spatula can be personalized with up to two lines of text. We adore the play on words suggested with “We flippin’ love you,” but you can add names or another special message for Dad.

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Common sense advice for dads — from a dad

In Raising Children That Other People Like to Be Around, Richard E. Greenberg takes the common sense hanging out in a dad’s brain and heart and creates practical tips for raising kids (Amazon, $15). Greenberg, the father of four children, knows dads — and moms, if we’re being honest — often question their parenting instincts. Are we doing the “right” things for our kids? Greenberg’s tips for helping children develop into people other people actually like draws upon the common sense and instinct he knows dads already have. With Greenberg’s guidance, dads will be able to put that common sense to use and realize they’ve always had the tools to parent their (amazing) kids.

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House projects are more fun with the right tools

There’s always a house project waiting for dad’s expertise, and this sweet Personalized Hammer will make those projects seem a little less like work (Etsy, $18). The hammer can be used for years to come when dad and the kids need to work on something together — or he can preserve it as a keepsake. Personalized tools are a great addition to every tool collection, and there’s something extra special about being reminded of his fab dad status each time he opens the toolbox.

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A DIY project dad will love

DIY projects sound Pinterest-y and complicated, but the Texas Chipolte Amber Beer Brewing Kit is the sort of project dads will love to try (Uncommon Goods, $45). The kit comes with the ingredients for a full gallon of Amber brew, or ten 12-ounce bottles. We think the Texas Chipolte Amber will pair beautifully with grilled summer burgers and s’mores. Refills are available, as are other types of beer if he falls in love with brewing after his first attempt.

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Let him take the kids golfing — without taking the kids golfing

Even the most devoted dads need some time to themselves, and the golf course is the perfect setting for dads to hang out with each other. He’ll never question which ball is his with these Photo Perfect Personalized Golf Ball Set from Callaway (Personalization Mall, $43). They’re a fun way to give him a break while keeping his mind on the adorable faces waiting to welcome him home.

 

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Nearly every mom jokes around that shopping is her therapy — that it’s what she does to find happiness after a way-too-long day with her kids or to revive herself after a crazy work week. But, what if we told you that shopping, and more specifically saving when you shop, is scientifically proven to make you happy?

Shop with Plenti, save more, feel happier

How to Save with Plenti

According to Dr. Paul Zak, Founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies, when measuring neurochemicals affecting happiness and stress, happiness levels rise and stress levels decrease when shoppers receive a monetary reward while shopping, just like the ones they receive when using Plenti, the new rewards program.

In fact, not only did shoppers feel happy when they received monetary rewards for shopping, but they were actually shown to be happier than if they’d received a chocolate bar instead! According to the study, shoppers who received a modest monetary reward after shopping had elevated oxytocin levels of 67%, compared to a 12% elevated level for shoppers who received chocolate instead.

And, even more importantly, this happiness lasts. Dr. Zak’s study also showed that receiving monetary rewards has a lasting effect on shoppers, with reports of a 20% sustained happiness level one week after receiving the monetary reward.

How you can use Plenti to shop… and be happy!

Does shopping make you happier?

Here’s what you probably want to know… How can you use the Plenti to earn rewards and be happier when you shop?

Start by signing up on the Plenti website. You can join for free and you’ll receive membership rewards immediately, just for joining!

You can also simply download the Plenti app on your smartphone or tablet to sign-up and start earning rewards on the go as you shop. Your Plenti card is accessible on the app — just pull it up when you’re checking out and the retailer will scan the barcode on your phone to add your Plenti points to your account.

Once you have your Plenti rewards card — either via mail if you signed up online or on your phone if you’re using the app — look through their partner retailers and brands to start shopping and earning! Current partners include Macy’s, AT&T, Exxon Mobil, Nationwide Insurance, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise and Hulu.

Want to see how we shopped with Plenti? See how we used Plenti to shop for our summer BBQ.

Remember that you can also earn rewards on Plenti when you pay your bills at Plenti partners and then use the rewards to shop. For example, use Plenti the next time you pay your Nationwide bill, and then use the rewards you earned to shop at Rite Aid.

A little extra dose of happiness when we shop? Yes, please.

This was a sponsored post as part of a brand ambassador program for Plenti, operated by American Express.

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Summer appetizers and dessert recipes you’ll adore

13 Delicious BBQ Side Dishes

Once you’ve determined your favorite BBQ recipe, you need to find your perfect picnic side dishes. Whether you’ve volunteered to make an appetizer, bring a salad or wow your friends with an amazing dessert, our picnic dishes roundup is your go-to recipe source for the whole summer.

In case you missed them, we shared our 13 favorite, fabulous barbecue recipes!
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Simple sides for your summer cookout

Stuffed mushrooms can be tweaked to match a variety of menus, and the BBQ Chicken Pepper Jack Stuffed Mushrooms from Life as a Strawberry are the perfect fit for your picnic menu. With only five ingredients, these don’t take long to prep at all, but the flavorful appetizer makes you seem like a gourmet in the kitchen.

Grilled Artichokes are simple, amazing and something special when you pop them on the grill. Haaps and Barley shares her tips for making sure you get them right every time — veggies have never been so in-demand.

Homemade Barbecue Potato Chips are easier to make than you would expect — and a delicious alternative to any barbecue chip you can find in the store. Chocolate Moosey offers both baked and fried versions of the tasty treats, so you can decide on the cooking method that works best for you.

No picnic is complete without baked beans, and Spoonshine will help yours shine with her recipe for Pork Belly Baked Beans. The hearty version of a picnic classic uses crisp pork belly— and you can vary the beans you use to tailor the recipe to your tastes.

Simply Sated offers another alternative to traditional baked beans. Her Apple Brown Sugar Baked Beans are filled with flavor — and bacon — without veering too far from a traditional recipe. Simple to prepare, these special beans will become a barbecue staple this summer.

Summer side salads you’ll love

An Easy Bean Salad is the perfect dish if you need to toss something together at the last minute. Food Fanatic‘s vinaigrette makes this salad special — and you can add feta cheese if you want another layer of flavor at your barbecue.

Black Bean and Mango Quinoa Salad from Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen combines sweet and savory in a lovely summer salad. The quinoa pumps up the filling factor of the salad, so it can work as a side dish or a complete meal for your vegetarian friends at your summer cookout.

The Orzo Cucumber Salad from Where is My Spoon? is a light — but filling — summer pasta salad that pairs well with anything you’re grilling. Using orzo is a fun twist on traditional pasta salads, and this one pops with summer flavor.

The Wright Family Table brings you a Carmelized Leek, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Potato Salad. While potato salad is definitely a picnic staple, traditional versions with mayonnaise can seem heavy during sweltering days. This version is light and packed with flavor, making it a healthier — and delicious — alternative to your classic recipe.

Picnic desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth

Sugar Apron shares her Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs, and they are going to be a dessert you make over and over again. The light dessert can be prepped ahead of time, which is key in the summer when you find your schedule interrupted by impromptu games outside or trips to the park.

Blackberry Cornmeal Shortcakes from Ashley Marie’s Kitchen take full advantage of mouth-watering summer blackberries.The cornmeal adds a bit of crunch to traditional shortcakes, which takes the simple dessert to a new level of deliciousness.

Glazed Orange Poppy Seed Bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction boast an unbeatable combination of white chocolate and fruit flavor. A cross between a blondie and a cake, these delectable bars will disappear quickly — make a double batch so everyone can try them.

Every summer cookout needs cupcakes, and the Lemon Lime Refresher Cupcakes from Virtually Yours are a refreshing take on a super sweet cupcake. The tartness of the lemon and lime flavors keep these cupcakes from being overly sweet, so they’re an ideal dessert for hot summer days.

Orange Infused Sweet Ricotta Peach Cookies from Mitzy at Home are a little more complicated than your basic chocolate chip cookie, but the end result is definitely worth it. Peaches conjure up the essence of summer, and everyone will want this recipe the first time you bring them to a picnic.

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Save with the new Plenti rewards program

There’s something so sweet about the start of summer — the weather is getting warmer, but it’s not too hot yet, the bustle of the school year is behind you and your grill is ready for BBQ season. This year, for your summer BBQs and celebrations, use Plenti, a brand-new loyalty program, to help you earn back some of what you spend in points that you can redeem with some of your favorite brands.

How to use Plenti to save money

Here’s how Plenti works: Start by downloading the app onto your phone, by visiting one of their partner locations or by simply enrolling on the Plenti website. It only takes a few minutes before you’re ready to start racking up the rewards points.

The best part about Plenti is that it brings multiple brands together into one program — no more carrying around dozens of reward cards in your wallet or having a keychain full of mini-cards. Just pull up your app or take out your single membership card when you’re making purchases at stores such as RiteAid or Macy’s, when buying your gas at Exxon Mobil or renting a car at Enterprise, or even when you’re paying your AT&T or Nationwide bill.

Shop with Pleni at Rite Aid locations to save

Some rewards are collected simply by making purchases and some rewards are earned by purchasing specific items as you shop. You can see on the Plenti app that there is a special reward for purchasing Banana Boat products at Rite Aid, as well as on signage in the store when you’re shopping. They really make it as easy as possible!

What we might love most of all about Plenti is that not only can you use it to earn points paying bills with their partners, but you can also redeem your rewards at your favorite participating stores! Paying your AT&T bill using Plenti suddenly earns you discounts at Macy’s, for example. Trust us, paying those bills or filling up at Exxon Mobil is going to feel that much better when you’ll be able to redeem them for that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing.

Another cool feature is that with certain partners, your Plenti rewards are even better when you also use your existing customer rewards program or in-store credit card. At Macy’s, for example, you earn extra Macy’s reward points when you use your Plenti card alongside your Macy’s card. Remember that just because Plenti is from the American Express family, doesn’t mean you have to use an American Express credit card to earn rewards — it works with any form of payment you choose, even your other credit or debit cards or cash.. And, signing up for Plenti is free.

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We used Plenti to purchase all of our summer BBQ necessities — from beach towels for aprées sprinkler sessions with the neighborhood kids to BBQ sauces that will be perfect for the grill to copper mugs for cocktails made just for a long evenings enjoying your backyard. Between our purchases at Macy’s and Rite Aid, we earned 700 Plenti points that we can use on our next purchase!

Find these products at Macy’s for your summer BBQs

Throw a summer BBQ

Mikasa Moscow Mule Mug Collection, $30 each
Martha Stewart Collection Biscayne Stripe Cool Beach Towel, $40 each
Martha Stewart Collection Bamboo Paddle Cutting Board, $50
Martha Stewart Collection Enamel on Steel White Colander, $25
Martha Stewart Collection Basket Weave Kitchen Towels, $17 for a set of three
The Cellar Whiteware Lasagna Baker, $43
Martha Stewart Collection Gingham Spatula, $10, available in stores only
Stonewall Kitchen Sauces, $8 each, available in stores only

Be sure to follow Plenti on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates!

This was a sponsored post as part of the ambassador program for Plenti from American Express. All opinions are my own.

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The best BBQ recipe is a matter of opinion — and taste testing!

13 Best BBQ Recipes to Impress Your Guests

May is National BBQ month, and we know you’re going to love the recipes we’ve rounded up. From different BBQ styles to a variety of sauces, everyone has their favorites — so you’re going to want to try each of these and let us know which one you consider the best BBQ recipe!

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Barbecue pork recipes to impress your guests
Barbecue recipes with a twist
  • Bourbon Barbecue Sliders with Bleu Cheese from Saucy Pear is a delectable twist on the classic slider. The bourbon adds the perfect amount of flavor to the sauce, and you’ll love the bleu cheese spread so much you’ll be looking around for other uses for your new favorite condiment.
  • Barbecue Pulled Pork Taquitos from Life Tastes Good are a fantastic way to stretch your menu and use leftover pork. Leftovers on their own might not seem special, but rolling them into these taquitos makes an entirely new — and delicious — meal.
  • Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Quesadillas from Belle of the Kitchen are simple and delicious. The meat is prepared in your slow cooker, so the cleanup is minimal, and quesadillas are a fun way to incorporate BBQ recipes into your weekly menu.
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza from The Optimalist Kitchen makes use of the perfect pizza dough for a recipe you’ll use long after National BBQ Month is finished. The pizza is great for summer months, and you can whip up a new batch of chicken or use leftovers from a meal made earlier in the week.
  • Smoked Chicken Wings with Turmeric Honey Mustard Glaze from Droolworthy are, in fact, drool worthy. Smoked wings really bring out the flavor in the chicken, and the turmeric honey mustard is the perfect balance of tangy and sweet to coat the crispy meat.
  • Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs from Garnish & Glaze are sure to be a crowd pleaser during your next outdoor party. Easy to make — and simple to adapt for kids who might not be open to experimenting with new foods — they can be popped on the grill and topped however you’d like.
  • Coconut-Harissa Grilled Shrimp Skewers from Floating Kitchen allow you to indulge your love for seafood while grilling this summer. The prep work is minimal, and a light meal is lovely as the weather starts to get warmer.
Find your signature barbecue sauce
  • Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce from The Suburban Soapbox is a fun twist on your classic barbecue sauce for summer grilling. Ready in just 30 minutes, this sauce will make all of your tried-and-true grilled meals taste even better.
  • Carolina Bold Gold from Patio Daddio is a mouth-watering interpretation of a classic South Carolina mustard sauce. The sauce is bold enough to make your pork shine but mellow enough for kids to enjoy, too, making it a true crowd favorite.
  • Pineapple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce from The Recipe Rebel blends sweet and sour together perfectly for a tangy sauce with just a bit of spice. You’ll want to try it on all of your meats this summer — pork, chicken and seafood all work well with the balanced flavors.
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There are so many important moms in your life. Your own mom, who taught you the best parts of becoming a mom yourself. Your mother-in-law, who always has a secret stash of sweets and wise words to add to a discussion. Your sisters, who are the only ones who will tell you when your kid really needs a good haircut. Your mama friends, who know more about your baby’s poop than your pediatrician.

No matter how many moms you’re celebrating this year, or if you’re simply looking for some Mother’s Day gift ideas to sneakily handover to your loved ones, Minted has you covered. The Minted Mother’s Day gifts will be the perfect fit for every single mom in your life that makes you a better mom, each and every day.

Mothers Day Gift Ideas from Minted

For the mom who keeps everyone organized

A mom who is uber-organized is a mom who is after our own hearts! The collection of day planners from Minted is out of this world for calendar-obsessed moms. You can choose a cover that speaks to her personality and even customize it with photos of her kids. (Pictured: Bold Statement Day Planner, $23 for a monthly planner & $26 for a weekly planner)

For the mom who has a Pinterest board dedicated to quotes

Help her start or build a gallery wall at home with a few art prints from Minted’s gorgeous selection that will keep her inspired every time she walks in the room. We especially adore the prints that have a touch of gold foil, that give just that added something special to her Minted Mother’s Day gift this year. (Pictured: Some Things Take Time Print & Fleur Print, $38 and up each)

For the mom who is an Instagram pro

She’s killin’ it on Instagram, but her photos never come off of her iPhone. For Mother’s Day, snag a bunch of her best shots and use them in one of Minted’s custom art pieces. There are ideas and designs that will suit her photography style. Don’t forget about these thoughtful gifts for your own mom and mother-in-law, too. She will love having a special print filled with pictures of the reasons why she’s a mom — and grandmother — in the first place! (Pictured: Overlay Custom Photo Art & Where Life Begins Custom Photo Art, $24 and up each)

Don’t miss our Savvy Sassy Scouts + Minted

Our Savvy Sassy Product Scouts have been sharing some of their favorites from Minted, too! Check out their posts:

A gift for me, a gift for you! on O’Leary Love
Savvy Sassy Sunday: Minted home decor on The Magnolia Mamas
Minted custom photo art review on Running From the Law
Minted {& my love for collage prints} on Beloved Nest
April favorites on Simply Girly Blog
How to hang a gallery wall with Minted on The Nashville Mom
My yellow Minted favorites from The Average Jess

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best spring salads

Spring salads to spruce up your menu

As the days get longer and the local produce starts to look brighter, salads become an enticing menu choice. Whether you’re starting your meal with a small salad or finding the perfect spring salad to make your entire meal, spring brings a wide variety of salad options. We’ve rounded up fourteen delicious options — we know several of them will make their way into your meal rotation and will stay there throughout the summer.

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Protein-packed salads
  • The Mason Jar Healthy Taco Salad from Food Faith Fitness meets all sorts of healthy-eating check marks. The paleo-friendly salad is low-carb and high protein, without sacrificing any flavor. The convenient mason jar storage method means you can easily transport the taco salad without making a mess, and you won’t have to worry about forgetting to pack any of the ingredients once you have it assembled.
  • If you love the idea of a mason jar salad, try the Spring Cobb Salad from Fit Foodie Finds. A raspberry vinaigrette dressing adds a delicious spring twist to the classic cobb salad. You can prep this salad at the beginning of the week, and it will be ready for lunch whenever you’re in the mood for it — and as delicious as it is, you’d better prepare more than one!
  • Yummy Beet offers a Smashed Chickpea Salad with Curry Mayo, which is a fantastic vegetarian salad that could even be used as a sandwich filling. The way she smashes the chickpeas might surprise you, but you’ll likely use her method for all of your chickpea recipes in the future! With only a few ingredients, this salad will end up on your shopping list again and again.
  • The Lyonnaise Salad from Today’s Nest is a filling salad that can definitely be considered a meal. With bacon, an egg, and a tasty dressing, the salad is packed with flavor. It’s the perfect salad for a brunch menu, and the beautiful presentation will make you feel like you’re eating something decadent.
  • The Roasted Root wants you to take advantage of spring’s bountiful veggies with a Spring Cleaning Detox Salad. While you’re spring cleaning your house, take a few meals to clean up your diet a little, too. Packed with protein, minerals, healthy fats and antioxidants, this salad will help you feel ready to tackle whatever spring may toss your way.
Get your green on with these spring salads
Salads bursting with fruit flavor
Hearty spring salads
  • For a perfect picnic potluck, try the Vegan Rainbow Potato Salad from I Love Vegan. Bursting with flavor, this potato salad is colorful and delicious, and it will satisfy anyone looking for a potato salad that doesn’t have egg-filled mayonnaise.
  • The Quinoa Arugula Cucumber Salad from Give Recipe combines nutritious quinoa with the fresh and crispy arugula and cucumbers. The salad can be used as a side dish for your entree, but with the quinoa and the tasty, pomegranate dressing, a large bowl could be used as a main meal.
  • So Munch Love takes the classic wedge salad and takes it to a fabulous new level with the Corn and Black Bean Wedge Salad. Iceberg lettuce can be overlooked in salad recipes in favor of more flavorful greens, but a wedge salad takes advantage of the cool, crisp iceberg lettuce as the perfect texture and foundation for the creamy, delicious salad toppings.
  • The Tangy Quinoa Spring Salad Cups from Simple Bites are a lovely addition to a lunch menu. Mango and jalapeño combine for the ideal balance of sweetness and heat, but the peppers can be left out of the salad if you’re serving it to young children — or if you don’t like spicy food yourself.

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Clean up your diet with the best juice cleanses

After the onslaught of jelly beans and chocolate bunnies, your nutrition plan may feel a little stalled. Even if you don’t actually celebrate Easter, it’s not exactly easy to bypass the post-Easter candy clearance aisles. A juice cleanse can jump start you back into cleaner eating, and we’ve rounded up the best juice cleanses for you to try.

Juice cleanses

BluePrint offers three levels of cleansing intensity

Moving from snacking on candy to six liquid meals a day might seem drastic, but BluePrint® makes sure there’s a cleanse available for anyone who wants to clean up their diets. Their three cleanses — Renovation, Foundation and Excavation — are designed for beginning, intermediate and advanced cleansers. The basic difference is the amount of green juices are included versus fruit juices, because moving straight into a green-juice-heavy cleanse can be difficult, and BluePrint wants you to stick with your cleanse until you’re feeling healthier and more energized.

best juice cleanses

Make your blender work for you with Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox Cleanse

Not all juice cleanses need to break your budget. Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox Cleanse arms you with a shopping list and recipe sheet that can have you on the way to healthier eating for $16 a day. Fruits and vegetables deliver bursts of phytochemicals and antioxidants through three different drinks throughout the day — you can choose one of the drinks to repeat for a snack if you’re feeling a little hungry. Green tea helps start your morning if you’re used to hot coffee. If you’re unsure about a cleanse, three days isn’t a terrible length of time to try, and the site has a bunch of great information about how to transition your body in a way that keeps you energized and comfortable.
Detox Juice Cleanse

Mix and match your juicing needs

Project Juice knows not all cleanse-doers are the same, and they’ve designed a way for you to personalize your experience to meet your own needs — and tastes. With the Project Juice Build Your Own Juice Cleanse, you choose everything, from the amount of days to the types of juices you want — 6 juices per day. Project juice has recommendations on how many of each type of juice you should include and why, for example, they recommend at least one nut juice for healthy fats and protein each day.

Project Juice

Going green isn’t just about the environment

Go Green from Organic Avenue is a cleanse comprised of all green juices for three or five days. The low-glycemic, nut-free cleanse is packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, giving you the opportunity to really incorporate the benefits of green juice into your diet. The juice is delivered to your home after undergoing two cold-pressing processes to maintain the highest levels of freshness and nutrition.

Best Juice Cleanses

Make juicing part of your daily life

The benefits of incorporating cold-pressed, nutrient-dense juices into your diet don’t have to stop at the end of your juice cleanse. Life Juice urges juicers to use a cleanse to jump-start a lifestyle change. They recommend a three-day diet to slowly ease into the cleanse, then a one, three or five day all-juice diet, followed by incorporating juices into your daily diet in a way that works for you. Their juices work together on the cleanse to keep you balanced and supplied with the proper nutrients, but you can choose the juices you need for daily use to meet your individual needs — like getting more green vegetables into your diet or soothing your digestive system.

Best Juice Cleanses

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