Aug 29 2015

More Herbs, Less Salt Day

salt substituteThe folks at WellCat.com have created the “More Herbs, Less Salt Day” on August 29th.  Reducing your salt intake is a healthy goal and using herbs as a substitute is a good idea.  Consider making salt substitute herb mixes for friends and family who need to reduce the salt in their diet!

Some of the herbs you can use when creating your own salt substitute are chives, basil, cilantro, thyme, sage, parsley, marjoram, bay leaves and oregano.  We have compiled a list of sites that will help you create your own herb mix.

Herbal Salt Substitute Recipe
Zesty Salt Substitute Recipe
Salt Substitute
Heloise’s Salt Substitute
Herb Salt Substitute Recipe
Hints From Heloise: Tasty substitute for salt
Salt Substitute: Top Salt Substitute Recipes
A Spicy Substitute For Salt


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Jul 06 2015

Are BBQ Grill Brushes Safe?

According to Dr. David Grand, an associate professor of diagnostic imaging with the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, R.I. wire bristles from grill brushes can make their way into barbequed food and can cause severe harm.

If someone eats food containing the wire bristles it can work it’s way down the throat and into the digestive track leaving damage behind.  Some people have had to have surgery to remove the bristles and repair the damage.

To learn more read the article “Summer Danger: BBQ Grill Brush Wires Causing Big Health Woes“.


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Jul 01 2015

Food Safety For The Summer Months

Untitled 0 00 07-15Everyone loves a good outdoor barbeque or a summer picnic in the park or at the beach.  What we don’t love is the illnesses that can result from improper food preparation or storage when the heat rises.  According to the CDC approximately one in six Americans each year get sick from food borne illnesses and 128,000 are hospitalized.

To protect yourself and your guests during outdoor gatherings follow a few simple rules:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling and cooking food.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before your outdoor event.
  • Use a meat thermometer to make sure your meat reaches a safe internal temperature.
  • Do not leave any food out in the summer heat longer than two hours.  This includes cooked, non-cooked and fresh produce.
  • Keep coolers packed with ice to store food and keep them closed as much as possible.
  • Purchase and use food domes to keep the bugs away.
  • Provide plenty of non-alcoholic drinks on hand to keep guests hydrated.
  • Keep raw meat covered and do not reuse platters or plates that once held raw food.
  • Do not provide dressings or dishes that use raw or undercooked eggs.

These simple rules will help you keep your family and friends healthy and happy so that they can enjoy the warm summer months!


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Jun 10 2015

June is Georgia Blueberry Month

blueberryGeorgia is understandably proud of their blueberries.  Their growing season is the longest and it lasts from late April through the end of July.  Most of the blueberries grown in Georgia are of the Highbush and Rabbiteye varieties.  Not only are blueberries delicious but they are healthy too.  Following are some of our favorite recipes incorporating blueberries.

Blueberry Banana Pie Vegan Overnight Oats
Vanilla Millet Pudding with Blueberry Compote
Peach-Blueberry Pops
Chicken & Blueberry Pasta Salad
Blueberry and Maple-Pecan Granola Parfaits
Vegetable Couscous With Wild Blueberries Recipe
Minted Watermelon, Cucumber, and Blueberry Salad
Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tarts with Wild Blueberry Salsa


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May 14 2015

May Is National Barbeque Month

yay-1004616Nothing makes your mouth water more than the thought of breaking out the grill after a long hard winter.  Warm weather is finally becoming a reality so naturally we start to think about healthy ways to enjoy barbecued food this summer.

We have done the homework and found some lovely, delicious barbecue recipes that  the whole family will enjoy.  If you have a recipe you would like to share with our readers please add it to the comment section of this post!

Terri’s Barbeque Ribs
Tangy BBQ Sandwich
Barbecued Lime Shrimp and Corn
Grilled Vegetables
Grilled Asparagus Medley Recipe
Barbecue Jack Chicken Recipe
Grilled Chicken With Fruit Salsa
Grilled Peach Crisps Recipe
Grilled Plum-Topped Pizza


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Apr 16 2015

Fresh Florida Tomato Month

roadside4Despite the fact that tomatoes were once thought poisonous they are now a very popular food choice.

April is Fresh Florida Tomato Month.  In order to celebrate we thought we’d find some delicious, nutritious recipes that include tomatoes!

Snapper with Zucchini and Tomatoes
Baked Tomatoes with Quinoa, Corn, and Green Chiles
Vegetable Lasagna
Tomatoes Stuffed with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil
Grilled Tomatoes with Basil Vinaigrette
Smoky Roasted Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Chickpeas
Amazingly Sweet Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

If you have a favorite tomato recipe be sure to share it in the comment section below!


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Apr 01 2015

Tips To Add More Fiber To Your Diet

sesame snap peasEveryone knows that a healthy diet includes fiber but most of us don’t know how to get enough for healthy digestion.

How much fiber do you need?  The USDA recommends 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed.  It’s a good idea to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet especially if you have any gastrointestinal diseases.

To increase your fiber intake add the following fresh items to your daily diet:

Apples
Bananas
Grapes
Berries
Prunes
Pears
Oranges
Carrots
Lentils
Legumes
Cabbage
Green Beans
Oatmeal
Beans
Corn
Celery
Peas
Squash

You can add fruit to cereal, yogurt and desserts and vegetables and beans to soup, stews, sandwiches, casseroles and other dishes.

Make sure to add more water to your diet while you increase fiber and be aware that, initially, you may have more gas than usual.


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Mar 04 2015

March Is National Nutrition Month

Put on your party hats and buy some balloons!  March is National Nutrition Month and we’re ready to celebrate!

Read “5 Ways To Dive Into National Nutrition Month“.

Join us by playing some games and participate in some quizzes.

Read some activity handouts and tipsheets.

“Like” the NutritionFacts.org Facebook Fan Page for frequent nutrition updates.

Read “You Know Everything About Nutrition. So Why Are You Still Overeating?

Check out The Top 20 Healthy Pantry Must Haves infographic.

Hopefully these resources will help you discover a better and healthier way of eating!


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Feb 13 2015

National Cherry Month

“You can’t pick cherries with your back to the tree.”
-John N. Mitchell

cherry recipesFebruary is National Cherry Month although it seems early to see cherries in the grocery store.  For fans of cherries it is never too early to start celebrating.  Cherries are rich in antioxidants, reduce inflammation and gout and may help recovery after exercise as well as promote better sleep.

There are hundreds or thousands of cherry recipes but we’ve rounded up some of our favorites below:

Montgomery Tart Cherries
Honey Sweetened Cherry Pie
Quinoa Salad With Cherries and Feta
Cherry-Berry Smoothies
Cherry Chicken Spirals
Roasted Cherry Butternut Squash
Puffed Cherry Pancake
Grilled Chicken & Fresh Cherry Salsa
Forbidden Black Rice Salad with Cherries, Massaged Kale and Mint
Gluten Free Fresh Cherry Pavlova
Simple Cherry Green Salad


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Jan 27 2015

National Oatmeal Month

“Once we sowed wild oats, now we cook them in the microwave.”
-Anonymous

oatmealJanuary is National Oatmeal Month and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate. Oatmeal has long been one of our favorites but this month we’re going to talk about the health benefits of oatmeal.

The scientific name for oats is Avena sativa. To create oatmeal ground oat groats are de-husked, heated and cooled and then they are milled to create oatmeal. You’ll find steel-cut or rolled oatmeal in just about every grocery store.

The benefits of eating oatmeal include:

  • Oatmeal contains contains fiber that keeps you fuller longer and stabilizes blood sugar.
  • As a whole grain oatmeal can reduce the risk of several diseases like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
  • Some people on a gluten-free diet may tolerate oatmeal well even though it contains a small amount of gluten. For those who can’t tolerate regular oatmeal purchase certified gluten free oatmeal.
  • Want a good source of copper, biotin, vitamin B1, magnesium, dietary fiber, chromium, zinc, and protein? Eat oatmeal.
  • The avenanthramides in oatmeal are an antioxidants that can prevent hardening of the arteries.
  • The beta-gluten fiber in oatmeal increases the immune response to diseases by helping neutrophils get to an infection quickly while helping to eliminate bacterial.

Now that you know the numerous benefits of eating oatmeal you will want to add it to your diet as often as possible. You’ll find many recipes that include oatmeal in cookbooks or online.


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