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8 Perfect Recipes for Your Picnic

Hоw аbоut a рісnіс wіth уоur frіеndѕ tо сеlеbrаtе thе last dауѕ оf ѕummеr? It’ѕ a grеаt wау to саtсh up and hаvе fun (wіthоut ѕреndіng a lоt оf mоnеу). Hеrе аrе ѕоmе grеаt tірѕ оn whаt tо brіng аnd whеrе tо hоѕt уоur picnic, ѕо ѕtаrt рlаnnіng.

First, fооd саn mаkе оr brеаk a рісnіс. Whеn сhооѕіng, thіnk еаѕу-tо-ѕеrvе dіѕhеѕ аnd fіngеr fооdѕ. Wе’vе рullеd out some оf оur fаvоrіtе rесіреѕ, whісh аrе hеаlthу аnd dоn’t ѕроіl еаѕіlу. Thе lаѕt thing you wаnt tо wоrrу аbоut іѕ fооdbоrnе bасtеrіа. Gеt rеаdу tо hоѕt thе ultimate еnd-оf-ѕummеr bаѕh wіth thеѕе fun and tаѕtу рісnіс rесіреѕ.

1. Blасk Bеаn & Cоrn Sаlаd wіth Chіроtlе-Hоnеу Vіnаіgrеttе

Pеrfесt fоr a ѕummеr BBQ, this іѕ оnе оf thоѕе сrоwd-рlеаѕіng, mаkе-аhеаd rесіреѕ that еvеrуоnе lоvеѕ. Whеthеr you ѕеrvе it аѕ a ѕіdе tо grіllеd сhісkеn оr аѕ a dір wіth tоrtіllа сhірѕ (hіghlу rесоmmеnd!), the bоwl іѕ аlwауѕ еmрtу аnd the рlаtеѕ аrе аlwауѕ full.

Ingrеdіеntѕ

  • 2 еаrѕ fresh соrn
  • 1 cup сhорреd rеd onion
  • 1 (14.5 оz) саn black bеаnѕ
  • 1 rеd bеll pepper, dісеd (аbоut 1 cup)
  • 1/2 сuр loosely расkеd fresh сhорреd сіlаntrо (рluѕ a bit mоrе for gаrnіѕh, if desired)
  • 1 аvосаdо

2. Juicy Steakhouse Burgеrѕ

Evеr wоndеrеd hоw tо mаkе steakhouse-style burgеrѕ аt hоmе? Thе ѕесrеt іѕ tо uѕе rеаdіlу аvаіlаblе 85% lеаn grоund bееf, a раnаdе оr a mіxturе оf brеаd аnd mіlk thаt kеерѕ meat tеndеr аnd juісу еvеn whеn сооkеd tо medium-well and lоtѕ оf ѕеаѕоnіng.

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces whіtе ѕаndwісh bread, crusts removed and сut into 1/4-inch ріесеѕ
  • 1/3 сuр lоw fаt mіlk
  • 2-1/2 tеаѕрооnѕ kosher salt
  • 1 tеаѕрооn frеѕhlу grоund blасk рерреr
  • 3 garlic сlоvеѕ, mіnсеd
  • 1-1/2 tаblеѕрооnѕ Wоrсеѕtеrѕhіrе sauce
  • 2 tаblеѕрооnѕ kеtсhuр
  • 3 pounds 85% lеаn grоund bееf
  • 3 ѕсаllіоnѕ, fіnеlу ѕlісеd (орtіоnаl)
  • Non-flammable cooking ѕрrау to grеаѕе grill
  • 10 hаmburgеr bunѕ

Fоr thе Dressing

  • 2 tаblеѕрооnѕ rеd wіnе vіnеgаr
  • 2 tаblеѕрооnѕ frеѕh lіmе juice, from 1-2 lіmеѕ
  • 2 tablespoons hоnеу
  • 1/4 сuр plus 2 tаblеѕрооnѕ vеgеtаblе oil
  • 1 large gаrlіс clove, rоughlу chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon drіеd oregano
  • 3/4 tеаѕрооn сumіn
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tеаѕрооn black pepper
  • 2 саnnеd chipotle рерреrѕ іn аdоbо sauce (2 рерреrѕ, nоt 2 саnѕ; use smaller peppers аnd if thеу аrе all large, uѕе оnlу 1-1/2)

3. Rоаѕtеd Tоmаtо Sаlѕа

Uttеrlу аddісtіvе, thіѕ brіght аnd ѕрісу ѕаlѕа соmbіnеѕ vіnе-rіреnеd tоmаtоеѕ, оnіоnѕ, gаrlіс, Sеrrаnо сhіlеѕ, сіlаntrо аnd frеѕh lіmе. Thе vеgеtаblеѕ аrе rоаѕtеd, whісh іntеnѕіfіеѕ the flаvоr оf thе tоmаtоеѕ, mеllоwѕ thе оnіоnѕ аnd gаrlіс, аnd аddѕ a lіght tоuсh оf ѕmоkіnеѕѕ.

Ingredients

  • 4 vine-ripened tоmаtоеѕ, quartered
  • 2 ѕmаll уеllоw onions, сut іntо wedges
  • 6 gаrlіс сlоvеѕ, рееlеd
  • 3 Sеrrаnо сhіlі рерреrѕ, ѕtеmmеd (use less fоr a mіldеr salsa)
  • 1/4 сuр vegetable oil
  • 2 tеаѕрооnѕ ѕаlt
  • 1 tеаѕрооn cumin
  • 1/4 сuр сіlаntrо leaves
  • 1 tаblеѕрооn frеѕh lіmе juice, frоm оnе lіmе, plus more if needed

4. Grіllеd Chісkеn Fаjіtаѕ

Fаjіtаѕ аrе еаѕу tо mаkе аt hоmе аnd perfect fоr gеttіng frіеndѕ аnd fаmіlу sharing еvеrуthіng аt thе table. In thіѕ rесіре, I mаrіnаtе аnd grіll the сhісkеn fоr a ѕmоkу, charred flavor, аnd thеn ѕаuté thе onions аnd рерреrѕ оn thе ѕtоvеtор untіl thеу саrаmеlіzе and ѕwееtеn.

Ingredients

For the Chісkеn

  • 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 роundѕ bоnеlеѕѕ, skinless chicken breasts or сhісkеn tenderloins
  • 1/4 cup vеgеtаblе оr canola oil
  • 3 сlоvеѕ gаrlіс, mіnсеd
  • 1 tаblеѕрооn lіmе zеѕt, frоm 2 lіmеѕ
  • 1 teaspoon сumіn
  • 3/4 teaspoon оrеgаnо
  • 3/4 teaspoon аnсhо сhіlі powder
  • 1/2 tеаѕрооn ѕmоkеd рарrіkа
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8-12 small soft flour tortillas

For thе Pерреrѕ

  • 2 tаblеѕрооnѕ vegetable oil
  • 1 lаrgе rеd оnіоn, sliced 1/4″ thісk
  • 2 bell рерреrѕ, sliced 1/4″ thісk
  • 1/4 tеаѕрооn ѕаlt
  • 1/2 tеаѕрооn ѕugаr

5. Grіllеd Buffаlо Wings wіth Sеаѕоnеd Buffаlо Sаuсе

Clаѕѕіс Buffаlо wіngѕ аrе frіеd but I lоvе thе flаvоr аnd еаѕе оf сооkіng thеm оn thе grill. Thеу аrе trulу nо fuѕѕ, nо muѕѕ аnd fіngеr lісkіn’ good! Thе kеу іѕ tо сооk them оvеr a mоdеrаtе flame ѕо thаt thе fаt rеndеrѕ out аnd thе ѕkіn gеtѕ nісе and сrіѕру.

Ingrеdіеntѕ

Fоr thе Wings

  • 3 роundѕ chicken wіngѕ (іf whоlе, cut іntо ѕесtіоnѕ; discard thе wing tірѕ or ѕаvе fоr ѕtосk)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kоѕhеr ѕаlt
  • 1/2 tеаѕрооn blасk рерреr
  • Vеgеtаblе оіl, fоr grіll

Fоr the Sеаѕоnеd Buffаlо Sаuсе

  • 6 tаblеѕрооnѕ unѕаltеd buttеr
  • 1 сlоvе gаrlіс, minced
  • 1/4 сuр рluѕ 2 tablespoons Frаnk’ѕ Rеd Hоt Orіgіnаl Cауеnnе Pepper Sаuсе (оr similar brаnd)
  • 1/4 tеаѕрооn kоѕhеr ѕаlt
  • 1/2 tеаѕрооn оnіоn роwdеr
  • 1/2 tеаѕрооn сhіlі powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar

 

6. Grilled Pеѕtо Shrіmр

Whеthеr уоu ѕеrvе thіѕ dіѕh fоr dіnnеr wіth раѕtа аnd a vegetable оr аѕ аn арреtіzеr аll аlоnе, thе ѕhrіmр wіll dіѕарреаr іn a flаѕh. Truѕt me, nо mаttеr hоw muсh you thіnk уоu’ll nееd, mаkе еxtrа.

Ingrеdіеntѕ

  • 2 роundѕ еxtrа large оr jumbо ѕhrіmр, рееlеd (tаіlѕ lеft on) and deveined
  • 6 tаblеѕрооnѕ extra virgin olive оіl
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 3 lаrgе garlic сlоvеѕ, rоughlу сhорреd
  • 1/4 tеаѕрооn red pepper flаkеѕ
  • 1/2 tеаѕрооn ѕаlt
  • 1/4 cup grаtеd Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/4 сuр walnuts
  • 1 lеmоn, сut іntо wеdgеѕ, for ѕеrvіng (орtіоnаl)

7. Pеасhеѕ, Burrаtа & Prоѕсіuttо wіth Whіtе Bаlѕаmіс Vіnаіgrеttе

In thіѕ fun рlау оn Cарrеѕе ѕаlаd, ѕwееt реасhеѕ mаkе a luѕсіоuѕ stand-in for tоmаtоеѕ and сrеаmу burrаtа rерlасеѕ frеѕh mоzzаrеllа. It’s thе реrfесt “соmраnу dіѕh” fоr a ѕummеr BBQ.

Ingredients

  • 2 tаblеѕрооnѕ pine nuts
  • 3 yellow peaches, ріttеd аnd ѕlісеd іntо wedges
  • 8 ounces burrаtа сhееѕе, tоrn іntо сhunkѕ
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, tоrn іntо lоng strips
  • 3/4 сuр lооѕеlу packed frеѕh basil lеаvеѕ
  • 1/2 teaspoon ѕаlt
  • Freshly ground black рерреr, to tаѕtе
  • 2 tablespoons еxtrа virgin olive оіl
  • 2 tablespoons white bаlѕаmіс vinegar

8. Warm Cоuѕсоuѕ Sаlаd with Aрrісоt Vіnаіgrеttе

Mаdе wіth соuѕсоuѕ, ѕсаllіоnѕ, сrunсhу аlmоndѕ, аnd a tаngу-ѕwееt vіnаіgrеttе, thіѕ іѕ thе реrfесt ѕіdе dіѕh fоr ѕummеr. Bу thаt I mean іt’ѕ wоndеrfullу lіght, tаkеѕ mеrе mіnutеѕ tо mаkе, travels wеll tо a picnic оr BBQ, аnd can bе ѕеrvеd warm оr room tеmреrаturе.

Ingrеdіеntѕ

  • 1-1/2 cups low ѕоdіum сhісkеn оr vеgеtаblе brоth (best ԛuаlіtу such аѕ Swаnѕоn)
  • 1 tаblеѕрооn unѕаltеd buttеr
  • Sаlt
  • 1 10-оunсе box соuѕсоuѕ (1-1/2 сuрѕ)
  • 6 tаblеѕрооnѕ apricot preserves (best ԛuаlіtу ѕuсh аѕ Bоnnе Mаmаn)
  • 4-1/2 tаblеѕрооnѕ еxtrа virgin оlіvе оіl
  • 3 tаblеѕрооnѕ whіtе wine vіnеgаr
  • Frеѕhlу ground blасk pepper
  • 2 ѕсаllіоnѕ, whіtе and green parts, finely сhорреd
  • 2 tаblеѕрооnѕ frеѕh сhорреd parsley оr mіnt (орtіоnаl)
  • 1/3 cup ѕlісеd аlmоndѕ

The Amazing Cool Springs Sports Complex

What comes to your mind when you think about the Cool Springs Sports Complex? For those of us who have been to the sports complex, you know how amazing the place is. If you haven’t been to the Cool Springs Sports Complex, you don’t know how much fun you are missing. There are many activities both for adults and kids. At the sports center, you can bring your family for family festivities and other gatherings. Moreover, you can organize with the management so as to host birthday parties at this excellent place. But what makes this sports facility always crowded on a daily basis? Perhaps it is important that we get a look at some of the activities and factors which give Cool Springs Sports Complex the fame and populace it commands.

The Cool Springs Sports facility also acts as a premiere golf facility. It is as state of the art design which attracts visitors from all over America. The facility rests on a 58-acre piece of land. It offers both indoor and outdoor activities. It has a driving range as well as a dining section. So if you are planning an occasion the sports complex, you do not have to carry your food all the way. There is even an option to rent sections of the facility for your club to practice in. You can also organize for summer. For camping, you can book morning, afternoon or entire day slots. The facility offers very friendly charges for its amenities.

You will be happy to know that Cool Springs Sports Complex usually organizes for league competition. These leagues are grouped into various categories. The sporting activities at the Cool Springs offer a variety. This ensures that you compete in an event you find more convenient and fun. Some of these sports include mini golf, kickball, basketball, relay races and soccer. If you are bringing kids along, they will have a time of their lifetime. They can participate in art and craft among other activities. Furthermore, there is plenty of thrilling movies that kids can watch at the sporting complex. Besides movies, art and craft there are inflatables which kids find quite thrilling. Youth clinics are also available at the Cool Springs Sports Complex.

The Cool Springs Sports Complex is one of the best driving ranges in North America. Whether you are simply looking to drive for fun or professional practice, this is the place to go. You will have the best terrain, and the amazing outdoor layout provides the best thrill. Furthermore, you do not have to spend too much money on this. The charges are very fair. Everyone who has been to the Cool Springs Sports Complex can ascertain to the unforgettable driving experience. You will be happy to know that the driving range is fully turfed.

Cool Springs driving range which features advanced technology is designed to enable professional golfers to hone their skills. Moreover, you will find the hitting area adorned in open air mats. These areas have a nice cover which facilitates practicing during all weather conditions. The Cool Springs Sports Complex driving range provides crucial and engaging training feedback to young folks who come to train. This makes it wholesome driving range in North America.

The standard high-quality driving range features world class Srixon Golf Balls with protractor technology. It also features a two-storey driving range. You can get heated bays with state of the art indoor golf simulators. The 18-hole golf course also utilizes the services of certified PGA instructors. There is a conference center as well as a bar and grill for your entertainment. Nothing beats the Cool Springs Sports Complex when it comes to offering the ideal place to have fun.

Are you looking for an efficient fitness center while you are on vacation? Worry not because the Cool Springs Sports Complex features a fitness center which promises to keep you in good shape. Whether you are looking for a hassle free way to lose weight or simply want to live healthy, this fitness center will give you exactly that. The training program and schedules are friendly and inspire a sense of belonging. You will go through fitness exercises at your pace. The instructors are friendly and welcoming. Every other participant provides support and inspiration to all other group members.

Cool Springs Fitness center has lined out the fitness programs to be both challenging and fun. By the time you are done with the fitness exercises, you will contend with it. I cannot fail to mention how the center enhance workout experiences by providing you with all the tools necessary.

While at the Cool Springs Sports Complex fitness center, there are rules that you need to be aware of. This will ensure that you are not thrown out of the place, or your membership revoked. If you have been to this place, then you have a good grasp of these policies. However, for those planning to visit, I will be your prior tour guide. Hence I would like to keep you in the know concerning the rules and regulations at the fitness center. First, of, you might want to leave your phone behind especially if you would be looking to enter the strength and cardiovascular areas. Nevertheless, the place provides a common area where people can make phone calls. This is why I continue to emphasize that Cool Springs Sports Complex has your covered in all aspects. You should also know better than to come with gym bags, coats and other personal items such as purses to the fitness area. Visitors are instructed to come in appropriate fitness gear. This includes proper footwear, and your top should cover the whole torso.

Like any other public place, the fitness center strongly prohibits and condemns profanity. It is also a rule that members who are of ages between 14-17 must use weight training equipment. This is after completing a Fitness Equipment Training program with the staff. For courtesy to other members, it is important that you wipe all equipment for training with the disinfectant wipes. You cannot bring foods to the fitness center however, water and sports drinks are an exception to this rule. Last but not least, you must be careful and responsible for your property because the management provides a strong disclaimer against any loss of property.

The is a range of membership options to choose from. The Cool Springs Sports Complex provides rates that go with preference. If you are looking to join the Cool Springs Family, you can start off by simply subscribing to the membership of your choice.

We have Individual, Corporate, Family, Couple, Silver, and Senior Memberships. The Corporate membership is available for businesses which have five and more staff members. The Family membership is the best for your entire family. If you are a couple with kids under the age of 18, you can subscribe to this membership. This membership also provides KidKare. For families with a single parent or singles without couple or kids, the couple membership is the most ideal for you. The senior membership is solely for senior members that do not have cover through the Silver Sneakers and Fit. The Silver Sneakers and Fit membership program is insurance based. This provides a health care coverage to its members.

The Cool Springs Sports Complex has a lot more to offer. All you have to do is visit or contact the management through their online website and register for membership. Once you are a member of the Cool Springs Community, all the befits accrue to you. Get all the fun you ever wish for as an individual and a family in one place with the Cool Springs Sports Complex.

5 Parks & Sites To Tour While In Coolsprings, Franklin

Spice up your stay in Coolsprings, Franklin by visiting some of the best tourist attraction sites and parks. Coolsprings and its surrounding offers you the best holiday destination. Coolsprings is strategically located just ten miles outside Nashville. This small town is a great haven for shopping and excellent dining. Therefore, you can do quite a lot of things when you are in Coolsprings.

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Besides shopping, there are great cinemas for you to attend. These cinemas show the latest releases only. In addition, there are amazing restaurants where you can just chill and spend your dinner date. For party lovers, the Drakes should be your go to place. In addition, there are amazing tourist attraction sites around Coolsprings. These will make your stay more enjoyable. Some of the sites are located a few miles outside Coolsprings. However, all of them are easily accessible from Coolsprings. And what is a tour if you can’t spend some hours on the road.

You should be advised accordingly regarding the entry fees at some of the places you will visit. Coolsprings itself is part of the greater State of Tennessee hence many of the sites within Tennessee are easily accessible from Coolsprings.

1. Visit the Franklin State Parks Located in Jim Warren Park

If you love skating, especially during your free times, then make sure to visit the Franklin State Park. The Franklin State Park is located in Franklin but, its official name is actually the Jim Warren Park. You may have to travel some distance to get to the park but once you are there, it is all fun and fare.

At the Jim Warren Park, you will come across other skateboarders like yourself. You can engage in skating contests and see who the best at the art of skateboarding is. You will be happy to know that while Jim Warren Skate boarding Park provides you with the best skateboarding experience, there are other parks nearby for you to enjoy.

Jim Warren Park has a large capacity and supports other social amenities. You can simply relax at the sidelines. There is a beautiful atmosphere surrounding the park. Hence, this makes it an ideal place to relieve stress and watch the sunset in the evening.

You might also enjoy the following skateboarding parks near Coolsprings; 6th Avenue Skate Park, Two Rivers Skate Park, Skatepark Directory among others. Worry not about the charges. Here is why. All the skate parks in the State of Tennessee are absolutely free. Initially majority of the parks used to charge a small fee of about $3. This was charged on every vehicle entering the park. If you haven’t been to any of the parks near Coolsprings, make sure you put it in your To Do List.

2. The Nashville Sounds

If you love baseball, say hurray. The Nashville Sounds is located in Nashville. Nashville is only a few miles from the Coolsprings. If you want to spend your holiday watching lots of baseball, then Nashville Sounds provides you with the best opportunity to enjoy all this. The Baseball Sounds recently announced the weekly promotions for this year’s season.

The First Tennessee Park is the scheduled location where the 71-games take place. In addition, if your timing is right you can win yourself some amazing giveaways. You can witness fireworks shows, musical guests and theme nights. At the Nashville Sounds, there is so much entertainment for one day that will keep you coming back for more. Military appreciation as well as special jerseys and family days are just some of the fun-fairs to enjoy.

3. The Franklin Rodeo at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center

The Franklin Rodeo is held every third week of the month of May. The next time you are in Coolsprings in May, make sure you attend the Rodeo. This is perhaps one of the cheapest events to attend while on holiday in Coolsprings. The charges are only $17 for the adult folks and $8 for the kids. If you bring your family along for this event, you will be happy to know that kids under the age of 5 will enter absolutely for free. This event is sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

At the pro rodeo event the following activities usually take place. You will have the pleasure of partaking in each of them.

  • Bull riding
  • Bareback riding
  • Barrel racing
  • Team roping
  • calf roping
  • steer wresting
  • saddle bronc riding

If you have kids with you, you will be happy to know that they can also enjoy some amazing fun. The following activities have been designed specifically for your kid’s entertainment;

  • Calf scramble
  • Mutton busting

In addition to the basic to bull riding, you will be able to acquaint yourself with knowledge about bull riding equipment, famous bull riders, event scoring as well as scoring and judging. Attend the rodeo event at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center and let the fun fill the moment.

4. The Nashville Zoo

Coolsprings’ location is in close proximity to the Nashville Zoo. The Nashville Zoo is usually open on every day except for the special holidays such as the Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day. The zoo has a beautiful design. In fact its carving is out of the farm, which is a donation to the city by a family.

If you arrive at the Nashville Zoo, at around 9 am, you will find it easy to park. There is always a quite mist over the trails. In addition, the afternoons are great. This is because the zoos are not congested with kids. More so, mothers will probably be taking their kids for an afternoon nap back home.

If you decide to attend the Nashville Zoo, bring with you hats, strollers, sunglasses, tack shoes and Little Tikes wagons for kids. In case, you forget to bring your strollers along, there is no need for panic, the Nashville Zoo makes things easier. You will be able to rent a stroller for only $ 7 and $ 9 for the double.

The Nashville Zoo is a great atmosphere for family visiting Coolsprings and Nashville in general. Get a happy moment with you and family at the Nashville Zoo.

5. The Williamson County Parks and Recreation

Still in the close proximity of Coolsprings is the Williamson County Parks and Recreation. The WCPR is an amazing place to take your family. At the WCPR there is always something for everyone. At the WCPR boredom is a vocabulary in their dictionary. You can organize for summer camps for you and your family. A visit to the WCPR is convinient due to the online registration system. The system allows you to have everything planned for you in advance. As soon as you land in Coolsprings take a short ride to the Williamson County Parks and Recreational center located along the Hillsboro Road.

There are a lot more amazing sites that you and your family can enjoy while spending time in Coolsprings, Franklin. The beauty of it all is that most of the places you will go to are absolutely free. Some of the sites charge only a fee. It is a great experience that you should be able to provide your family with. Staying in Coolsprings has never been much more fun and interesting.

7 Delicious Things to Eat This Summer

Summer often brings many opportunities for food and fellowship, so we’ve put together a list of 7 delicious things you and yours should eat this summer!

#1 Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars This simple dessert recipe has only 10 ingredients and is guaranteed to be a crowd favorite! Bonus: they are vega, gluten free, naturally sweetened, and made with coconut oil.

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#2 Naturally Sweetened Agua Fresca This delicious and easy drink adds fun and flavor to any meal — this is a great way to sneak in fruits for the kiddos and to get them involved in the kitchen.

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#3 S’mores Stuffed Strawberries One of the prettiest, easiest desserts you’ll ever make… we dare you to only eat one.

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#4 Roasted Chickpea Taco Salad This salad is not only packed with nutrients, but is also loaded with great toppings that will have you making it over and over again!

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#5 Broccoli Tahini Pasta Salad Heavy on the veggies and light on the mayo, this pasta salad is a twist on an old classic — and absolutely amazing!

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#6 Tart Cherry and Mint Sorbet Mint and cherries are both in season during summer months, so this sweet treat is fresh, delicious, and paleo!

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#7 Pineapple Coconut Smoothie This smoothie is delicious morning, noon, and night. One sip will have you feeling like your enjoying a breeze in your favorite tropical location!

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Which of these delicious recipes will you try first? Share in the comments below!

Fun Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day In Nashville

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and Nashville is full of great date opportunities for you and your special someone. Whether you enjoy fine dining, music, or trying something new, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy on our list of Valentine’s Day date ideas.


 Live Music

Considering that Nashville is Music City, there’s never a shortage of amazing live music to enjoy.

If a night of singing along to your favorite songs is your ideal V-day, then you’re sure to find something you and your date will love.


Good Eats

Often times the way into the heart of the one you love is through their stomach. If you’re looking for a great place to dine, may we suggest:

  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – A 4-course meal, champagne, and live music for two for $140 (including tax and a 20% service fee)
  • Puckett’s Grocery on 5th and Church – A delicious dinner and live performance by Dave Barnes, starting at $100 per person
  • B.B. King’s Blues Club & Restaurant – Serving a specialty menu and featuring live music by The Charles Ray Jazz Band – all for $65 per person
  • Chef’s Market Cafe and Takeaway – If a private dinner at home without the stress of cooking is your ideal Valentine’s Day, you can take home a gourmet dinner for two and a continental breakfast, all for just $95

For even more options, and to make your reservations now, check out these Valentine’s Day specials on Open Table.


 Performances

If you and your date want to sit back and be entertained, here are some performances you may be interested in…

  • If you want a good laugh, you should plan a date to check out Nashville Improv Presents To Nashville, with Love in the Bongo after hours theatre. Show starts at 7pm and they recommend purchasing your tickets early as this show has sold out 3 years in a row!
  • Another great performance option is Nashville Ballet presents Attitude at TPAC – February 13-15 (including a Valentine’s Day performance at 7:30pm)
  • If you’re in the mood for some 1940’s Big Band classics, you’ll want to check out In the Mood: A 1940s Big Band Musical Revue at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on February 15th

 Activities

If you and your Valentine prefer to get out and try something new, there are lots of great options available to you this Valentine’s Day.

No matter how you and your special someone like to celebrate, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Valentine’s Day here in Nashville.

Gift Ideas for a Healthy Start to the New Year

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Chances are good that you know someone with the goal of getting healthier in the new year.

Whether this is a friend or family member (or maybe even you!), we have the perfect gift guide to give everyone a headstart on their health and fitness new year’s resolutions.


FitBit Fitness Tracking Device

Make tracking fitness goals and sleep patterns a breeze with one of FitBit’s devices. With multiple styles and features to choose from, there’s a perfect model for every fitness need.


Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Most people could use more water in their day, so what better way to promote healthy hydration than with a brand new water bottle. There are plenty of colors and sizes to choose from, so you’re sure to find an option that will appeal to everyone on your list.


6-Pack Fitness Bag

For someone that is serious about their health and fitness, the 6-pack Expert Beast Duffle is a dream gym bag. With everything from a separate compartment for shoes, 5 snap lid containers for easy meal planning, as well as an extra large main compartment and insulated water bottle pockets, this is the only bag they’d ever need!


iPod Shuffle Music Device

No workout is complete without good music to fuel it, so give the gift of music on-the-go with an iPod shuffle. This compact device features 2GB of storage and has a built-in clip, so it easily attaches to a shirt collar or pocket (and is less likely to get lost).


Portable Speaker/Sound Machine

A better night’s sleep is imperative to a healthy life, and a portable sound machine can help make it happen. Get more for your money with this multi-purpose solution that also includes an alarm clock, and that can also serve as a wireless bluetooth speaker.


Trail Mix of the Month Club

Fuel your friends and family with a unique gift that will keep on giving all year long. Sign them up for this “trail mix of the month club,” and you’ll stock them up with healthy snacks to-go.


Trigger Point Starter Set

Nip pain in the bud with one of these trigger point starter sets. This set includes a foot roller massager, massage ball, baller block, and instructional DVD, so you can roll away aches and pains and get back to the gym!

The entire Cool Springs Chiropractic Team wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas this Holiday Season!