Salads! Get Ready for Summer with These 5 Favorite Salads

Friday, April 30, 2021


Salade Niçoise

With the change in seasons comes the desire for a change in what foods we eat. As the cold and rain of spring moves into the drier and hotter months of summer I also look to salads to perk up my palette. Salads tend to be lighter and make me feel healthier as I prepare for my more active months in the outdoors...gardening, walking, cycle, kayaking, and hiking. I also love to grill and eat outside. 

I am always surprised when someone talks about hating sladas and think of them as boring. I think about salads as being quite the opposite. There are an infinite variety of combinations you can put together to make a salad from the types of greens you use to the variety of grains, fruits and vegetables you choose to the protein you add and the dressings available. They are great for using leftovers in a new way.

Below are 5 Favorite Salads to inspire you. They use a variety of meats including fish and chicken, not to mention fruits, vegetables and grains. Here's to enjoying the months ahead!

1. Salmon Caesar Salad

2. Chicken Salad with Avocado & Mango

3. Wilted Kale Salad With Pancetta and Fried Egg

4. Roasted Turkey, Dried Cherries and Barley Salad

5. Tuna Niçoise Salad


Looking for even more ideas for salads? Check out all our salads on our Live Vibrant Blog!



Monday Moitivational Meal—Carrot Raisin Muffin

Monday, April 26, 2021

Monday Moitivational Meal—Carrot Raisin Muffin
This muffin bursts with health and mouth-watering ingredients. It is oh-so-moist and hearty in its yummy goodness. Serve it up on a Livliga side plate to complete the experience. Our muffin looks gorgeous on Halsa!

Get the recipe here.


Celebratory Watermelon Margarita

Friday, April 23, 2021

Celebratory Watermelon Margaritas Served Up in a Livliga Beverage Glass!

There are many reasons to celebrate life and special events. The key is to have a fun, healthy drink you enjoy that can add to your sense of celebration without costing you a week’s worth of calories. Also, in this day and age, you want a drink to serve that can be offered with or without alcohol…as we have done below. During the summer months a favorite of ours is to create mixed drinks with fresh fruit. The fresh fruit punches up the flavor and keeps the calories and carbs down since very little or no added sugar is necessary. Here we offer a Watermelon Margarita, originally from a @CookingLight recipe, that has both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version.

Celebratory Watermelon Margarita

How to Make a Watermelon Margarita


  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional: for the rim of the glass)
  • 1 lime wedge (optional: for the rim of the glass)
  • 3 ½ cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • ½ cup tequila or coconut water (*nav)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur) or fresh orange juice (*nav)
  • Lime wedges or watermelon balls (optional)

*non-alcoholic version


  1. Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer. Rub the rims of 6 glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in sugar to coat. Set prepared glasses aside. If you prefer not to use the sugar, then rim the glass with the lime only.

  2. Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass. Garnish with lime wedges or melon balls, if desired.


If you own Livliga Aveq glassware use our beautiful beverage glass to make the drink even more festive and to make measuring that much easier by using the etched fill lines for your amounts.

Enjoy Your Celebratory Margarita in a Healthy Lifestyle Beverage Glass from Livliga

Nutrition Facts

Serves 6. Serving size: 4 ounces. Calories: 105 for alcoholic version; fat 0.2g; poly fat 0.1g; protein 0.6g; carbohydrates 14.1g; fiber 0.4g; iron 0.2mg; sodium 1mg; calcium 7mg. 


Monday Motivational Meal--Chicken Salad with Avocado and Mango

Monday, April 19, 2021


Chicken Salad with Avocado and Mango

Have some leftover chicken and wondering what to do with it? Try this scrumptious Chicken Salad with Avocado and Mango to perk up your meal planning...and make sure to serve it up on Livliga's Celebrate dishware for added inspiration!

Get the recipe here.



Adventures of a Healthy Lifestyle Start Up—Presenting to Groups

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Benefits of Presenting to Groups  

Presenting at the USDA/MyPlate Symposium
Presenting at the USDA/MyPlate Symposium

Livliga has a story to tell and so much information to share. There is a lot of science behind what we have created. In fact, we have 3 patents protecting the science and psychology we have built into all our tableware. You don’t need to know all the background of our product to use it but learning about how it works and how best to use it does help people understand its benefits and relevance to their own personal needs. That is why we like to present our story, product and usefulness to a variety of groups that invite us to speak. Honestly, it is the best possible way to get information out about our brand.

Eating healthfully is not something most of us are brought up to understand. We are not taught about serving sizes, portion control, or the difference between a portion and a serving in school. The only reference we have is the super sized world we live in with the oversized plates we use, the huge quantity of foods we are served at restaurants and the ads we are subjected to promoting the value of super-sized meals. There is so much to learn that we just don’t know.

Presentations take some work to organize and make interesting to those you are presenting to. Each group may have a slightly different interest or need for information. One size does not fit all. To make it interesting it needs to be personalized.

UFHealth Shands Hospital Support Group Presentation
UFHealth Shands Hospital Video Presentation

Recently I was asked to present to a bariatric support group from a health system in Tampa, Florida.  The title of the presentation was The Healthy Lifestyle Journey: Making Friends with Portions. During the presentation we covered:

•    What we never learned in school: portions versus serving sizes
•    How to live in a right-sized world
•    The tools to make it easier to live a healthy lifestyle

All of the discussion was geared towards those who have chosen to undergo bariatric surgery and now live a bariatric lifestyle. It is different from standard measurements and servings. What you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat is profoundly different. In fact, Livliga created a line of bariatric tableware specifically for the needs of a bariatric patient. The measurements we talked about and the demonstration of product was very specific to this group. 

Over the years I have presented to so many different groups from children in classrooms to young adults in weight management clinics to groups where everyone is living with diabetes and/or a bariatric lifestyle or to those just wanting to live life as their healthiest selves. It is such a privilege to share what I have learned and the ways Livliga can support individuals with their specific needs and goals.

Livliga Presentation at a School
Reading Sammie & Sax in the Land of Quinoa to a Group of Students at a School in Kansas City

What has been particularly interesting over the past year is learning to present online. Most often the presentations have been on Zoom. Who could have imagined the shift we have made to online business, presenting, and just having regular interactive conversations through video conferencing?! There are some tricks to it. The biggest issues are: making sure you have a good internet connection, that you have good light for presenting, and that your computer is raised up for the best viewing angle. Keeping the dogs and kids out of the room also helps! Video conferencing has helped us reach a larger group of people from all over the world.

There is nothing more powerful than being able to tell your story and demonstrate your product as a start up. That is why there is always so much emphasis on developing your “elevator speech.” You always need to be ready to tell your story. I have found that people love to hear the story behind how a product was developed or how we started our company.  Through telling our story and sharing the powerful information we have synthesized through our product we have made some wonderful connections and true friends. The opportunities we have been given have all come through connections. What better way to make those connections than through presentations?


Monday Motivatonal Meal—Banana Macadamia Madeleines

Monday, April 12, 2021


Banana Macadamia Madelienes

Wondering what to do with those over ripe bananas besides put them in a smoothie? Try these @CookingLight madeleines that are oh-so beautiful and delectable...perfect for spring, especially when served up on Livliga's bursting-with-springtime Halsa pattern.

Get the recipe here.



Snack Time—9 Rice Cake Combos

Friday, April 9, 2021


Snack Time—9 Rice Cake Combos Served Up on Livliga

Snack Time—9 Rice Cake Combos

Rice cakes are my go-to as a base for some fun and varied snack ideas. They provide a crunch and savory foundation for a whole host of ideas to make healthy snacks. It is a great way to create tasty combos, find new favorites…and is a perfect way to use up some leftover food items in a different way.  I also like them because it doesn’t take much time to assemble them, they can be tailored to your mood, and each day you can plan for a different combo or stick to a favorite.

There are a number of choices in rice cakes these days. My favorites are Lundberg and Quaker. The wonderful thing is they are gluten free and low in carbs so they suit many needs and lifestyle choices from being diabetes-friendly, bariatric-friendly, and kid-friendly.

The calories are 28 to 35 per cake, depending on the brand you buy. They are a nice size too so you can concoct one or two snacks and still have the total calorie count around 200 calories.  Below are nine Rice Cake Combos to choose from. Use this as a jumping off point for coming up with your own healthy creations.

1. Almond Butter and Banana Served Up on Halsa
(⅛ cup almond butter topped with ½ sliced banana)

Almond Butter and Banana Served Up on Halsa

2. Avocado Topped with Salsa Served Up on Celebrate
(¼ sliced and mashed avocado topped with 2 tablespoons of salsa)

Avocado Topped with Salsa Served Up on Celebrate

3. Cheese Spread with Shredded Carrot Served Up on Halsa
(⅛ cup Alouette spreadable cheese topped with ¼ cup shredded carrot)

Cheese Spread with Shredded Carrot Served Up on Halsa

4. Cottage Cheese and Sliced Strawberries drizzled with Honey Served Up on Celebrate
(¼ cup lowfat cottage cheese topped with 3 sliced strawberries and drizzled with 1 teaspoon honey)

Cottage Cheese and Sliced Strawberries drizzled with Honey Served Up on Celebrate

5. Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon with Red Onion Served Up on Vivente
(⅛ cup whipped plain cream cheese topped with ½ ounce smoked salmon and 1 tablespoon thinly sliced red onion)

Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon with Red Onion Served Up on Vivente

6. Egg Salad with Shredded Spinach Served Up on Celebrate
(¼ cup egg salad on a bed of 3 leaves of baby spinach thinly sliced sprinkled with dill)

Egg Salad with Shredded Spinach Served Up on Celebrate

7. Hummus and Roasted Red Peppers Served Up on Vivente
(⅛ cup hummus topped with ⅛ cup thinly sliced roasted red pepper)

Hummus and Roasted Red Peppers Served Up on Vivente

8. White Beans with Coarse Salt and a drizzle of Olive Oil Served Up on Halsa
(¼ cup mashed white kidney beans, cannellini, topped with 3 sliced cherry tomatoes, pinch of sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil)

White Beans with Coarse Salt and a drizzle of Olive Oil Served Up on Halsa

9. Yogurt, nuts, herbs and Lemon Zest Served Up on Vivente
(⅛ cup plain Greek yogurt topped with sprinkles of chopped roasted almonds, herb de Provence, sea salt and lemon zest)

Yogurt, nuts, herbs and Lemon Zest Served Up on Vivente


Monday Motivational Meal—Easter Basket Egg Salad

Monday, April 5, 2021


Egg Salad From Leftover Easter Eggs

Wondering what to do with all those hard-boiled decorated eggs you have leftover from Easter? Wonder no more! Fix up a delish egg salad to place over greens or to make a sandwich...its easy and family-friendly! Don't forget to serve it on Livliga's healthy lifestyle our hues of blue Halsa pattern! So gorgeous!

Get the recipe here.



Tools to Help Your Family Stay Healthy

Friday, April 2, 2021


There are steps you can take to set your family up for healthy success


Tools to Help Your Family Stay Healthy
Livliga provides a system for preparing and serving right sized amounts of food for the whole family

This past year we have been reminded of how precious life is and how important our families are. As a mom I spend a lot of time wanting to make sure my kids stay healthy. That is why at Livliga we created the Family Friendly Bundle as part of our Everyday Bundles meant to help everyone live healthier, happier lives.


Livliga Family Friendly Bundle

To help our kids live as their healthiest selves we need to give them the tools to manage what they eat as well as how much they eat. This is also true for the adults in the household. In the super sized world we live in we have no reference for right-sized eating. That is where Livliga comes in; we have created a right sized world that makes it easier to serve up just right portions, no matter what age you are or where you fit into to your family. We have you covered.


Livliga has Right sized Dinnerware for All Ages and Needs

Every one deserves to have their own right sized dishes. The needs of family members are different. What we eat and how much we eat depends on our age, gender, and activity level as well as any health concerns we may be living with. That is why we have a children’s line (ideal for ages 3-8) and our standard lines, like Halsa, that work for teenagers and adults as well as those living with diabetes. All lines have icons designed on the plates for the different measurements of the different food groups. In the Standard line there are even two lines for two different measurements where you serve up your grain or starch to support people in serving up the right measurement for them according to their specific needs and goals. Servings should and can be personalized according to what makes sense in a right sized world for each person.


Livliga has built in measurement that is easily customized
Livliga has built in measurement that is easily customized

A healthy lifestyle is relevant and important to every family member. We all deserve to live life as our healthiest selves. Livliga has developed the tools to help you and your family succeed. We encourage you to discover the healthy lifestyle Livliga offers. We make it easy for you to invest in the tools to help you live life to the fullest.