According to Restaurant Insider at www.upserve.com, restaurants have been using the following strategies (and you can too) to make dishes more Instagram-worthy:

1. Food injection: You can add fun sauces and condiments with syringes or pipettes to everything from ice cream to steak.

2. Poke bowls: The Hawaiian staple is a light treat that you can jazz up in different ways.

3. Edible flowers: Add edible flowers to drinks, desserts, salads, sushi and more.

4. Doughnuts with non-traditional fillings: Stuff them with candy bars, liquor-flavored creams, tea-flavored custards and other fillings.

5. Algae: Superfoods are popular and algae is full of vitamins and nutrients. Use it in drinks, soups, sandwiches and more.


Strawberry Chia Pudding

For a delicious treat that helps decrease inflammation, try this Strawberry Chia Pudding recipe from the California Strawberry Commission.

— 4 tablespoons chia seeds

— 1 1/2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk (or preferred nut or soy milk)

— 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup to taste

— 6 strawberries; 4 mashed, 2 sliced for garnish

— 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small bowl, stir together chia seeds, milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Cover with lid and refrigerate overnight. Remove lid and stir gently. Spoon half of the pudding into a separate bowl and combine with mashed strawberries. Fill serving glasses halfway with strawberry chia pudding and then top with plain pudding. Garnish with sliced strawberries.


Mango and Watermelon Salad

For a fresh-tasting, colorful salad, try this recipe from the National Mango Board.

— 2 large (or 3 small) ripe, slightly soft mangoes, peeled, pitted and cut in large dice

— 1 cup seedless watermelon, cut in large squares

— 1/2 small red onion, finely sliced

— 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño pepper, chopped

— 12 small cherry tomatoes, cut in half

— 1 teaspoon garlic, minced

— 2 tablespoons lemon juice

— 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

— 1 tablespoon honey

— 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

— 3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro

— 1 cup watercress, washed and dried

In a medium stainless steel bowl, combine the mango, watermelon, onion, jalapeno and tomatoes. To prepare the dressing, whisk the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, honey and salt in a small bowl. Drizzle dressing over the mango mixture and toss with cilantro and watercress.


Try these three simple steps to get your deck and yard ready to go, so you can play host to the cookout of the year.

1. Make your deck and patio shine. After you remove the leaves from the surface of your deck or patio, dirt and stains remain. Try the 2000psi Pressure Washer by Greenworks to make your deck or patio look brand-new.

2. Give your deck a makeover. Consider outdoor string lights to hang across the deck, instead of relying on porch lights, to set the party mood. This is also a wonderful time to invest in new lawn and deck furniture if your current set is beginning to show its age.

3. Pamper your yard. While the barbecue may not leave the deck, your guests should be impressed with the high-quality mowing lines and perfectly trimmed hedges in your backyard.

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— Brandpoint