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11 Healthy Roasting Recipes You Can Try This Weekend

11 Healthy Roasting Recipes You Can Try This Weekend

While fall is the perfect time for tasty comfort foods, you won’t feel too “comfortable” after you realize you’ve consumed 1,000 calories or more with most of those unhealthy disasters. Fortunately, you can still enjoy the foods you love by taking advantage of these delicious and healthy roasting recipes.

French Roast Chicken with Whole Garlic via Taste of Home

There are few dishes more satisfying than a delicious roasted chicken. Toss in some fresh herbs and garlic and a bit of heart-healthy olive oil and fresh lemon juice, and you have yourself an amazingly tasty and healthy dinner.

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    Easy Roasted Carrots Recipe via The Healthy Eating Guide

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      Doesn’t get much easier (and healthier) than this: just five all-natural ingredients and 20 minutes of cooking time and you have a deliciously simple side dish.

      Here’s a delectable combination of sweet and savory that’s perfect for the fall season. It starts with roasted butternut squash and apples and is complemented by a rich chicken broth with just a hint of butter and some sautéed onions.

      Oven Roasted Cauliflower via Skinny Taste

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        One of the best ways to add a ton of flavor to roasting recipes is to toss in a bit of authentic parmigiano-reggiano cheese. A little bit goes a long way and it turns into a yummy, salty, cheesy crust that pairs perfectly with roasted veggies like cauliflower.

        Healthier Roasted Pork Loin via All Recipes

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          Pork is generally not known for being “healthy”, but pork loin is a leaner cut and when you roast it you save a lot of calories and fat because you don’t need nearly as much butter and/or oil. This recipe is bursting with flavor thanks to the plethora of fresh herbs and fennel. Top with the pan juices, which form an earthy, savory, white-wine-based sauce.

          Roasted Veggie Frittata Recipe via Fitness Magazine

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            Frittatas are a notoriously unhealthy dish. But that’s not the case with this healthy, roasted veggie frittata recipe. It’s loaded with healthy veggies including peppers, onions and zucchini. Plus, the eggs in this one provide plenty of nutritional bang for your buck.

            Basic Roast Beef & Vegetables via Taste of Home

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              Roast beef is a relatively lean cut of meat, and slow roasting it produces a tender, delicious flavor. This recipe uses more olive oil than butter, so you get the benefits of olive oil’s heart-healthy properties. And, you can serve it with steamed spinach or greens beans for a nutritional boost.

              Roasted Broccoli With Tahini Garlic Sauce via New York Times

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                Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Broccoli may be bland on its own, but when you pair it with this amazing tahini sauce, beautiful things happen. This dish is loaded with other healthy ingredients like lemon juice, olive oil and fresh garlic too.

                Healthy Roasted Potato Chips via The Healthy Eating Guide

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                  Of course, eating potato chips on a regular basis isn’t the best way to maintain optimal health. But this healthy roasted potato chip recipe has all-natural ingredients including potatoes, fresh herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper. That’s what we call a winning chip!

                  Roasted Delicata Squash Recipe via Summer Tomato

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                    How’s this for a simple and healthy roasting recipe: delicata squash, olive oil, and salt. That’s it! Cooking often comes down to keeping it simple and letting the ingredients shine, and that’s exactly what this healthy recipe does. Enjoy it with the roasted chicken or pork recipe above.

                    Roasted Cabbage Slices via Wellness Mama

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                      If you’ve never tasted roasted cabbage, you’re in for a treat. You’ll get some pieces that are crunchy and some that are soft and roasted to perfection. It’s the perfect combination! This recipe uses healthy coconut oil and fresh herbs, which are complementary toppings for tasty roasted cabbage.

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                      Last Updated on January 11, 2021

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      2. Stress Relief

                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      8. Pain Relief

                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                      11. Money Saving

                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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