Summer has finally arrived! Besides the beautiful weather, I also love summer because of the celebrations of the season. Summer produce is at its peak as well, and I can't wait to get back to the farmer’s market and pick up colorful fresh fruits and veggies of all kinds. This time of year I start to gravitate towards lighter meals rather than the traditional warm comfort food I've eaten all winter. That includes lightening up my desserts, too!
I have 3 kids, ages 12, 10 and 5. They are at different developmental stages, so I have to be creative when it comes to finding things we can all do (and enjoy!) together. Bike riding is a hit. So is going out to eat and swimming. But this year, I’m trying something new: gardening as a family.
Spring is in full effect with summer fast-approaching, which means it's time to dust off the patio furniture and fire up the grill. I've actually had my grill out for a few weeks now and take every chance I get to grill our dinner. Burgers, steak, chicken, even veggies, I love grilling season! Less time in the kitchen, less mess to clean up, and more time with family and friends. Isn't that what spring and summer is all about?
April is the month we celebrate Earth Day! It's a reason to take a look at how you're doing in the kitchen when it comes to being more mindful about what we're eating, how we're getting it to the table and what happens after the meal is over. Here are a few tips to get you started.
It’s official – Florida blueberry season is here! Blueberries are a favorite in our house (well, all berries really), and they’re more versatile than you think. Sure, there’s blueberry muffins and plain ‘ol snacking, but today we’re teaming up with our friends at Wish Farms to share 6 ways to satisfy your sweet tooth with blueberries! Did you know blueberries are packed with antioxidants that can help improve vision, motor skills and reverse short-term memory loss? They also contain fiber, potassium, folate, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. They truly are a super food!
Although spring has officially sprung, it definitely still feels like winter across most of the country. For most of us, we had a taste of spring much earlier than usual, but then old man winter had to come back and remind us that he wasn't gone quite yet! So while it's still cold outside, I'm enjoying my favorite soups for as long as I can.
Spring sports are kicking off, which means parents will need to have snacks ready to go to fuel their little athletes for practice and games. Did you know potatoes provide the carbohydrates, potassium and energy needed to perform your best? We’ve teamed up with Colorado Potatoes to bring you some recipes and tips to incorporate potatoes into your active lifestyle.
It’s hard to believe that spring break is just around the corner with all of the crazy weather we’ve had this winter. No matter what the weather is like where you live or what your plans are, I have great snack ideas and fun activities for your spring break.
Today's guest blog post comes from Diane Smith, Executive Director of the Michigan Apple Committee. March is National Nutrition Month, so we at the Michigan Apple Committee are thinking about all the great nutritional benefits of apples. Apples are an important part of a healthy diet. They are low in sodium and calories and loaded with flavonoids, antioxidants and fiber - truly a smart choice for everybody!
This Valentine’s day pamper your loved ones with a fresh, seasonal Kumquat Papaya Salad with Honey Citrus Mint Dressing. This fruit salad is not only tasty but a good, healthy option to nourish the body while enjoying something sweet.