Friday Favorite Fresh Food!

Get REAL with your Skinny: Eat Fresh. Eat Real. At Every Meal.

Basil, originally from India is a fabulous herb most known for it’s spotlight in Italian cuisine. Basil is most commonly used fresh in cooked recipes and added in at the last moment. You don’t want to cook this stellar herb though, as cooking quickly destroys is phenomenal flavor!

Why is basil so amazing to get REAL with?

Well after you read this paragraph, you might add planting it on the top of your to-do list…

Basil has incredibly strong antibacterial capabilities and has been shown to stop the growth of many bacteria. Good bye constipation, stomach cramps, the cold, the flu, sinus infections and bronchitis when you have basil on board studies show.

If you aren’t already running out the door to go grab some, know too that Basil has powerful antioxidant properties that can protect the body from premature aging, age-related problems, common skin issues and even some types of cancer. Ya you heard me, see ya later wrinkles!

The fresh, green herb can be kept for a long time in the freezer after being blanched in boiling water, kept for a short time in a ziplock in the fridge or kept forever as a beautiful plant growing fresh and real on your kitchen windowsill (like us!) or in your garden~ Just add water daily & some TLC!

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One of our favorite recipes to add basil into is a Caprese Salad. Check out our REAL Skinny recipe below! Basil + Tomatoes + Cheese = Sign us up!

“Easy Breezy Caprese Salad”

Fresh Basil Leaves

2 whole Ripe Tomatoes, sliced to your desired size

6 ounces Mozzarella Cheese, sliced to your desired size

2 cups Balsamic Vinegar

Olive Oil, to drizzle

Happy Friday!

“Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission”

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Mary Fox, LMHC, RD challenges the traditional approach to weight management to help people discover their path to success. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Dietitian, she combines both disciplines into a unique and comprehensive approach that is changing the way we understand weight management.

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