Thank Your Local Grower – Michigan Apples are a Healthy Choice!

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 -...

Braised Chicken Thighs with Winter Vegetables

Home cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. After a long day of work, sometimes it’s tough to make your way to the kitchen to cook dinner, but with a little meal planning and some simple recipes, it definitely can be done! My favorite recipes tend to be those made in the slow cooker, sheet pan suppers, and one-pot meals. Easy...

Creamy Chicken Avocado Alfredo

This recipe is a twist on classic Alfredo but made much healthier by swapping avocados for the butter and heavy cream. This 30-minute meal is delicious, low fat, creamy and packed with protein. Try adding spinach for added nutrition or swamping out the pasta for zucchini noodles.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Creamy Chicken Avocado Alfredo - This recipe is a twist on classic Alfredo but...

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

A sweet treat with hidden veggies! This fluffy, chocolatey dessert bread gets a healthy dose of veggies by adding zucchini (kids won’t even know!). After grating the zucchini, place in a strainer over a bowl to catch excess moisture while you work on preparing the recipe. Recipe and photography by Estela of Weekly Bite.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Chocolate Zucchini Bread - A sweet treat...

Modeling a Healthy Body Image for Your Kids

Everywhere we turn people are talking about bodies: Strong bodies, sick bodies, short bodies, pregnant bodies. And whether we like it or not, our kids are hearing and seeing all this talk about bodies - and what’s good, bad; attractive, ugly. It’s important for us, as parents, to add our voices to the mix, and not let the media have...

Registered Dietitian-Approved Heart-Healthy Eating Tips for Your Family

Throughout the month of February, Americans are urged to join the battle against heart disease. A healthy diet and lifestyle are factors that you can modify to help decrease your risk of disease and increased quality of life. Choosing to follow heart-healthy guidelines doesn’t mean having to eat bland and boring foods. All foods can be incorporated into your meal...

Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies

This healthier spin on the classic chocolate chip cookie cuts down on the amount of fat and added sugar by replacing most of the butter and sugar with mashed banana. The oats add protein and fiber, making this cookie perfect for dessert, a snack or grab-and-go breakfast![wpurp-searchable-recipe]Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies - This healthier spin on the classic chocolate chip...

Chicken Avocado Enchiladas

Enchiladas with a fresh avocado spin! Avocados are rich in heart-healthy fats, potassium and fiber, making them one of the healthiest foods on the planet. These enchiladas can be made ahead of time and reheated when ready to serve, plus the cilantro lime yogurt sauce adds tons of flavor.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Chicken Avocado Enchiladas - Enchiladas with a fresh avocado spin! Avocados are...

Chicken & White Bean Chili

We love all kinds of chili and sometimes it is nice to break out of your traditional ground meat & red bean variety. Whether using leftover chicken or a Rotisserie chicken from the deli, this chili can be pulled together quickly for an easy weeknight dinner.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Chicken & White Bean Chili - We love all kinds of chili and sometimes it...

7 Ways to Eat Apples Every Day (that aren’t dessert!)

This post is sponsored by the New York Apple Association. All opinions are our own. An apple a day keeps the doctor away! One medium apple delivers a powerful punch including one-fifth of your daily intake of dietary fiber and no fat, sodium or cholesterol. Apples also contain a prebiotic called pectin, which provides food for the good bacteria found...