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!

4 Festive Tomato Recipes for the Entire Family

When we think of the holiday season, our minds go straight to thoughts of freshly baked cookies, lights on every house, gifts, holiday music and festivities. This year, we want you to add tomatoes to your holiday plans! With their beautiful red color, tomatoes are perfect for adding flair to holiday recipes.

Caramelized Butternut Squash

In my home, butternut squash remains a cautionary yellow light food, meaning my kids proceed with caution. They are still leery of this bright orange veggie which shows up in the fall. I love the comforting flavor of squash, and present it in new ways to get my family on board.   

8 Ways to Lighten Up Your Holiday Menu + a free e-cookbook!

Between holiday parties and family get-togethers, it can sometimes be hard to keep things healthy. The holidays are known for rich dishes and decadent desserts. While we certainly don’t want to take away from classic dishes or family recipes, there are simple ways to lighten up those dishes by swapping an ingredient or adding a veggie.

Hearty Tortellini Soup

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.

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 to prep and easy to clean up, which is just my style.

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

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 in your digestive system.

Butternut Squash Lasagna

I’ve always loved butternut squash and I enjoy eating it simply roasted, tossed in salads, and especially in Butternut Squash Soup. I’d never used it in lasagna until just recently, and I’m so glad I gave it a try. This lasagna is creamy, hearty, and flavorful, and truly is the perfect comfort food.

Foods to Fight Winter Colds

The arrival of colder weather often brings forth the need for tissues and trips to your family physician. You might feel extra tired, out of sorts, and frankly moving off the couch is enough exercise for the day. What we fail to remember is that food provides an effective natural boost to both mood and health. Instead of blaming our lack of time or winter’s early darkness, prep yourself with strategies to fit in healthy eating when our bodies need it the most.

Fight the Flu with Florida Grapefruit

Cold and flu season is upon us. Many of us will be reaching for food rich in Vitamin C to help ward off potential colds. Did you know half of a medium grapefruit contains 100% of your daily value of Vitamin C? In addition to being an excellent source of Vitamin C, grapefruit also provides your body with essential nutrients like Vitamin A, potassium and dietary fiber. Learn more about the health benefits of grapefruit by visiting floridacitrus.org.