Vegetable Cheese Skewers

These skewers are a really easy and fun snack to eat on the go. Have the older kids help cut up the vegetables, and let all ages design their own skewers.

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The Best Vegetables to “Zoodle”: A Creative take on Pasta

“Zoodling” originated as the term for zucchini spirals made into noodles. Zoodling vegetables is a creative way to make meals look good, taste amazing, boost your servings per day of vegetables, and eliminate heavy gluten products in pasta-like dishes and other meals for those who need to be gluten-free (i.e. Celiac Disease). Usually, zoodling is…

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Stay Fresh During Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

Did you know that the entire month of June is dedicated to fresh fruits and vegetables? Yes, you read that right! This is the perfect month to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your meals and learn why it is so important to do so. Did you know that fruits and vegetables have many health…

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Celebrating Celery

I used to think that celery was the dullest of all of the vegetables. I used to resent its mild, watery flavor. Who knows, perhaps it was an immature palate that steered me away from celery. But boy things have changed. April is National Celery Month and a great time to start making healthy food…

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Spaghetti the Healthy Way

I hope you all have been having a wonderful New Year so far! To start your New Year on the right foot, start by celebrating National Spaghetti Day the healthier way. Most people make the same resolution every year- to change their diet and to exercise more. The thing is that most do not end…

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Meals in Minutes

Some weeks are longer than others. You all know those weeks where it feels like there is no time to make dinner let alone meal prep. During times like these it’s easy to turn to your nearest fast food drive-thru or Chinese takeout. Fortunately there are ways to make quick meals with what you have…

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Have a Happy Healthful Thanksgiving

    The year is just flying by; Thanksgiving is already upon us! Thanksgiving has to be my favorite holiday. I love that the whole family is one place, tables are full of great food, and it’s just getting cold enough to light a fire. What a way to kick off the holiday season.  …

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Pamper Your Produce to Avoid Pesticides

With prepackaged produce, you have the advantage of almost guaranteed consistency. There is a certain kind of convenience from prewashed, precut food that are readily available at the supermarket. However, these prepackaged products are typically more expensive than loose produce. Save yourself a few dollars and purchase your veggies separately or by the pound. You’ll…

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7 Ideas to Give the Gift of Health this Holiday Season

The holiday season is truly about giving! It is only natural to put a lot of thought into your gifts to be sure that the special person receiving your present is more than just pleased.   This year give something different by considering a holiday gift that inspires health and wellness for the ones you…

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June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month

Did you know that June is Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Months? The entire month is dedicated to the promotion of incorporating more fruits and veggies into your meals, the importance of doing so with regard to health benefits, and the recommended serving sizes. The promotion of fresh fruits and vegetables will also include safe selection…

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Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month®

Fruits & Veggies – More Matters®is a non-profit organization focusing on helping you eat more fruits and vegetables to better your health.  September is designated as Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month®.  According to the Fruits & Veggies – More Matters website, 90 percent of adults and children do not eat the suggested amount…

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It’s National Eat Your Vegetables Day!

Vegetables are a vital part of your daily intake that provides several health benefits. Remember the old adage, “you are what you eat”?  If you remember your vegetables, than you are one step closer to being the picture of health. Vegetables are nutrient dense, that is, they carry a greater nutrient contribution than calorie contribution. …

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Celebrate National Vegetarian Awareness Week

The second week of September is National Vegetarian Awareness Week! With more restaurants offering vegetarian menu options, supermarkets carrying more vegetarian products, and farmer’s markets popping up left and right, now is a great time to explore leading a more plant based lifestyle. There is a whole host of health benefits that you can gain…

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Foods to Choose for Healthy Eyes

Eating certain foods can help to reduce the risk of cataracts and eye disease. Below are foods that encourage preventative eye care. Fatty Fish:  Fatty fish contains Omega 3 fatty acids such as DHA, which is recommended for dry eyes and which help to restore the structural support of the eye’s membranes. Examples of fatty…

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Decorate your Plate with Fruits & Vegetables of the Rainbow

If you didn’t reach your fruit and vegetable goal yesterday, here are a few ideas that may help to inspire you for the days ahead: Swap your BLT sandwich for baked beans or grilled mushrooms and tomato on whole grain toast Include vegetables, such as baby spinach, in pasta sauces and risottos. Stir through at…

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Summer 2009: To Your Health

In this Issue: Keep your Skin Healthy from the Inside Out! Celebrate National Men’s Health Week Proper Hydration During the Summer Months Enjoy Trail Mix Day this August, but Beware of Fat Traps! Freshen Up this Summer with some Tasty Fruits and Veggies Feature Food of the Month: Quinoa Recipe of the Month: Quinoa and…

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Heart Healthy Nutrition Guidelines

To help you get started on your new healthy outlook, follow these simple suggestions for eating healthy: Limit saturated fats. Aim for less than 7% of your total daily calories from saturated fat, and choose foods that will help keep your daily cholesterol intake under 300 milligrams. Get involved in some sort of physical activity…

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Food Sources of Lutein & Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are primarily found in dark green and leafy vegetables, such as kale, collard greens, and turnip greens. They are also present in lesser amounts in corn, broccoli, green beans, peas, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, orange peppers, persimmons, kiwi, honeydew, and tangerines. Food Item Serving Size Lutein & Zeaxanthin (mg) Kale, cooked 1 cup…

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Spring 2008: To Your Health

In this Issue: Celebrating the 27th Anniversary of National Nutrition Month How Eating Breakfast Can Benefit Children The Link Between a Healthy Diet & Cancer The Best Foods for Spring Eat Your Way to a Good Night’s Sleep Feature Food of the Month: Figs Healthy Recipe: Fig and Oat Bars Celebrating the 27th Anniversary of…

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DASH Eating Plan

The meal pattern below is rich in low fat dairy foods, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and follows the DASH Meal Planning guidelines. For many people, following the DASH eating style can be an easy way to prevent or manage their high blood pressure. FOOD GROUP DAILY SERVINGS 1 SERVING EQUALS Milk and Dairy 2-3…

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