Hanukkah begins this week, with 8 days full of family, fun and food! One of the most popular foods this time of year is potato pancakes, or latkes. Did you know you could switch things up with just about any veggie? From Brussels sprouts to beets, we collected some new takes on this holiday comfort food plus a few other Hanukkah favorites.
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Last month, our friends at Avocados from Mexico shared some delicious and easy ways to swap out ingredients like butter, mayonnaise and sour cream for avocados for an extra produce boost in meals. This time of year, desserts are everywhere. While we believe in everything in moderation, why not make a few simple swaps to boost nutrients? Using avocados in your desserts contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds that can enhance the nutrient quality of the diet.
We latinos love to celebrate eating traditional foods like this boiled yuca salad for Christmas. Yuca is a root also known as cassava. This root is very common in the Cuban cuisine and it is prepared in many several ways. Yuca is used as an alternative to potatoes and it is a great complement to a turkey meal or for serving with pork.
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!
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.
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.
During the hustle an bustle of the holidays, putting a healthy, homemade meal on the table can be a difficult task! With a little meal planning, it can be easier than you think! Here are 15 make-ahead and freezable meal ideas to help you through the busy holiday season.
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.
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.
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.