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Fun Snacks for the Holiday Season

One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is to snuggle up with my boys and watch one of the many Christmas specials on TV. I have so many favorites! Of course, a steaming cup of hot chocolate is the best treat while watching these shows but this year I decided to incorporate fruits into our viewing snacks. Here are some of our healthy and yummy treats that celebrate a couple of the classics!

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Which Apple to Use? Discover the 16 Varieties of Michigan Apples!

When making a holiday dish with apples, it can be a little overwhelming when you head to the grocery store if you don’t know one apple from another. Which one is the best for baking? Adding to a fruit salad? Which are sweet and which are more tart? There are 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States and 7,500 varieties grown worldwide. That’s a whole lot of apples! Our friends at Michigan Apples have 16 varieties, each with its own unique flavor.

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8 Delicious Sweet Potato Recipes for the Holidays

Did you know that Native Americans were growing sweet potatoes in America since before Columbus came in 1492? Sweet potatoes are a versatile veggie that can be added to a number of dishes, while also packing in a bunch of health benefits like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese, fiber, complex carbohydrates and antioxidants. 

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Top 5 Ideas for Your Holiday Leftovers

The holidays are a time when many people go “all out” in the kitchen and share their favorite dishes with family and friends. And while meal planning can help prevent the amount of leftovers, sometimes it’s just inevitable that there will be some things leftover! Not to worry, there are many ways to reinvent those leftovers into delicious new meals and prevent food waste.

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Simple Swaps to Boost Produce Intake with Avocados

Today’s guest blog post comes from Barbara Ruhs, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian, avocado health expert and consultant for Avocados from Mexico. Read more about Barbara and her work here. If you’re looking for delicious ways to boost your intake of fruits and vegetables, we’ve got a variety of creamy and delicious ideas using avocados to help you to increase your intake! ChooseMyPlate.gov recommend that Americans fill half their plate with fruits and vegetables as a general guide to meet dietary recommendations. If you want to calculate your specific needs, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov and review dietary intake goals based on your age and sex. 

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Michigan Apple Grower Profile: The Youngquist Family

Today’s guest blog post comes from our friends at the Michigan Apple Committee. Learn more about one of the many growers they work with, the Youngquist family! Youngquist Farm is a 180-acre orchard, located on the “Fruit Ridge” in Kent City, MI. Mark Youngquist, a 5th generation grower, works alongside his father, Wayne Youngquist and son, Jordan Youngquist on their family-operated farm. While Mark’s great-grandfather originally purchased the land, it was his grandfather, Carlton, who planted the first orchard.

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30+ Healthy Holiday Side Dishes

Time to start meal planning for the holidays! Our favorite part of any holiday feast? The sides! Plenty of ways to enjoy your favorite fall fruits and veggies – and easy to make healthy with a few simple ingredient swaps. We’ve rounded up 30+ delicious holiday side dishes from some of our favorite food bloggers. Which will you be adding to your holiday meal plan?

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Caribbean Style Turkey “Pavochón” for Thanksgiving

Being part of a Cuban family has added a new set of flavors and spices to my style of cooking. And making Caribbean Style Turkey “Pavochón” for Thanksgiving has become a tradition in our home. This turkey is a perfect example how we us latinos embrace a true American tradition like Thanksgiving but infuse our culture and flavors to make it our own.

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