The Perfect Picnic

It’s the last official weekend of summer and we want it to go out with a bang.  Below is our Top 10 List of Picnic Must Haves to ensure you have equal parts fun and yumm in the sun.HCC the perfect picnic

1. It’s all about the blanket. We recommend something large and in charge that can accomodate all of your food & friends. Roll your blanket in this Pendelton carrier and it’s insta-picnic-chic.

2. Fun straws give your picnic a festive vibe.  Check out these adorable biodegradable straws.

3. For beverages, we recommend Belvoir Cordials. Mix it with some soda water and berries or spike it with your booze of choice. (Quinn<3s Tequila, Robyn + Vodka 4ever)

4. Bring along a salad like Holli Thompson’s Quinoa & Bean Salad with Mango.  This was definitely a crowd favorite during Salad Fest 2013.  Get the recipe HERE.

5. Seasonal fruit is a must. At this time of year we are bit past berries and totally onto stone fruit. Pick up some ripe peaches, plums and nectarines and you’ll be in heaven.

6. Also include seasonal fruit spread.  Before you know it, fall will be here so savor all the flavors of summer while you can! We adore Le Pain Quotidien’s Organic Strawberry Rhubarb Spread.  It’s made from great ingredients and is easy to find.

7. Cheeses. They’re a classic. We recommend asking your cheese monger for their recommendation for a good, organic goat or sheep’s milk cheese. It’s hard to go wrong with a goat brie or manchego.

8. It all comes together with the crackers. Some brand we love are Lesley Stowe’s Rain Coast Crisps, Mary’s Gone Crackers, and Edward & Sons Black Sesame Rice Crackers.

9. For dessert you must have chocolate.  We are obsessed with all things Gnosis, but especially their Fleur de Sel Bar.

10. You didn’t think we forgot about the basket?  It’s all about carrier.  We love this one from, where else but Target.

Are we missing anything?  What are YOUR favorite picnic go-tos?  Pretty please, share with the rest of the “Campers” in the comments below! 

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Salad Fest 2013: That’s a Wrap

Whoa.  3 weeks of non-stop salads have us feeling svelte and satisfied.

We  couldn’t be more excited about all of the amazing participation over the past few weeks.  It’s been amazing to see recipes from our foodie friends and to see what’s cooking in the kitchens of people like indie rock icon Sarah Lewitinn, eFlirt Expert Laurie Davis, and fashion writer Faran Krentcil.

We did our best to get a variety of salads from Sweet to Savory to Slaw… We traveled the globe giving you something from Japan and something from Italy

We hope Salad Fest 2013 rocked your kitchen as much as it did ours.

saladfest3Here’s the rundown of all the recipes that were featured in Salad Fest 2013.  

Feel free to let us know which ones were your favorite OR keep the Salad Fest fun alive and keep tweeting, facebook’ing and instagram’ing your favorite salads using the hashtag #SaladFest2013.

Healthy Cooking Camp’s Fresh Herb Salad

Amie Valpone of Healthy Apple’s Sesame Brown Rice Salad

Jamie Mendel of Studio Eats’ Massaged Kale Salad

Arielle Fierman of Be Well with Arielle’s Japanese Carrot Ginger Dressing

Robyn Youkilis of Your Healthiest You’s Detox Quinoa Salad

Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn’s Colorful Pasta Salad

Sarah Kagan of Beyond the Batter’s Kohlrabi, Carrot and Apple Slaw

Laurie Davis, eFlirt Expert’s Date Night Salad

Quinn Asteak aka Health Coach Quinn’s Peachy White Bean Salad

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture’s Carrot & Cabbage Slaw

Jaime K of Save the Kales’ Chickpea Strawberry Summer Salad

Holli Thompson of Nutritional Style’s Quinoa and Bean Salad with Mango

My New Roots’ Chakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce

Faran Krentcil’s Watermelon Mozzarella Salad

Healthy Cooking Camp’s Italian Tuna + Bean Salad

Health Ninja’s Tempeh & Grilled Peach Salad with Blackberry Cilantro Pesto

Katie Dalebout of Wellness Wonderland’s {Sweet Salty Spicy, Simple} Breakfast Salad

Bon Appetit, Campers!

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Holli Thompson’s Quinoa & Bean Salad with Mango #SaladFest2013

Quinoa looks and tastes like a grain, but actually a seed that’s easy to make, readily holli_square_1500digestible, and high in protein. It’s a great option if you’re looking for plant-based protein sources.

With this combination of protein, fiber, and vegetables, this salad can be delicious lunch as well as a side dish.

This is my favorite recipe to bring to summer pot-lucks, and I love it for fall tail-gates too.

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Quinoa & Bean Salad with Mango
Servings: 6-8
Time: 10 minutes

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 15 ounces cooked black beans
  • 1 mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, seed and diced
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro (I have made this with and without, your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 2 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

Directions
Fold everything together in a large bowl.

Allow salad to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours, if you can, so the flavors meld together.

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Holli Thompson, CHHC, CNHP is the founder of Nutritional Style and www.hollithompson.com.  Holli appears on CBS, ABC and FX networks as a nutrition and food expert, and speaks to national organizations, including the American Heart Association and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Holli writes a weekly blog, and is featured in The Daily Love.  She’s been profiled in More Magazine, Well&GoodNYC, Camille Styles, and was USA Today’s choice for an Age-Proof Beauty.  She is co-author of the book “Optimism!” and is currently writing her own book to be published in early 2014.

Holli offers individual and group coaching by telephone or Skype. Connect in with her on Twitter, @nutrition, Facebook @Holli Thompson, Pinterest @Holli Thompson, or Instagram @HolliThompson 

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