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.
With the longer days, hotter weather and kids home from school, the need for easy ways to eat fruits and veggies becomes more prevalent. I have two active boys at home, and they are constantly reaching for the snacks. I usually have fresh fruits and veggies cut up and ready to go in the fridge, but between day camps and evening activities, it’s great to have some convenient staples on hand that are portable and easy to throw into a backpack or that make getting dinner on the table easier.
Today’s guest post comes from Zack Knight, MS, RD, LDN, ACSM-CPT. Zack is passionate about helping kids and families live healthier lifestyles through nutrition and fitness. For more from Zack, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Kids today are bombarded with advertisements on television, magazines, and even in pop-ups on their favorite mobile games trying to sell them on the next big product that’ll give them that burst of energy to take their performance up a notch and get them the gold. Whether it’s a sports drink or the coolest new tube of energy goo, more likely than not they aren’t much more than a refined mix of electrolytes and carbohydrates for quick ingestion and utilization in a flashy package. While these can be a good supplement to a balanced diet for active adult athletes, when we’re talking about kids a more “whole foods with fruits and vegetables” approach will likely provide them with the same amount of macronutrients with the added punch of fiber and deliciousness that will take performance to the next level!