Nov 24 2017

Healthy Holiday Leftovers

Some people believe that holiday leftovers are even more delicious the second, third or fourth time around!  We would agree.  However, you might not realize that you can use holiday leftovers and make them healthier that you normally would.

Below you’ll find some resources that can guide you to getting the most out of your leftovers without jeopardizing your New Years Resolutions!

20 Healthy Recipes To Make With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
3 Delicious Ways to Turn Holiday Leftovers into a Healthy Lunch!
5 Healthy, Creative Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes from Around the Web
Nine Holiday Leftovers You Can Make into Deliciously Healthy Meals
Nine Holiday Leftovers You Can Make into Deliciously Healthy Meals
How To Make Holiday Leftovers Healthy
Easy And Healthy Holiday Leftover Recipes

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Oct 11 2017

Do You Love Pumpkin?

The world must believe that everyone loves pumpkin because every fall pumpkin flavored products are everywhere.  Not just pumpkin pie but pumpkin coffee, tea, candy, cookies, soup, biscuits, popcorn, lattes, ale and the list goes on and on.

Many of these pumpkin products are high in fat and sugar so it’s a good thing that they are seasonal.  You, however, can make pumpkin flavored food year round.  Pumpkins are a nutritious powerhouse that provides you with potassium, vitamin C, and beta carotene making it a good addition to your diet.

We scoured the internet for the healthiest and tastiest pumpkin recipes available.  Try out those below that appear to you and share  your favorite recipe in the comments!

Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Oatmeal Pumpkin Spice Bread
Baked Oatmeal with Pumpkin and Bananas
Pumpkin Spiced Crepes with Pumpkin Butter
Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili
The Ultimate Healthy Pumpkin Pie
Skinny Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
Skinny Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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Sep 06 2017

Everyone Is Going Crazy For Avocado Toast!

Avocado ToastEverywhere we go someone is talking about, preparing or eating avocado toast!  It’s become a thing!  Why is everyone obsessed with avocado toast and how do you make it?  Inquiring minds want to know!

First of all, we’ve talked about avocados in two previous posts:

Summertime Avocado Recipes
Avocados: Any Variety You Use Is Good Bet!

Everyone agrees that an avocado is an excellent addition to your healthy diet.  The nutritional advantages of avocados are numerous including good fats, Vitamins A, C, D, K and E, folate and potassium.

So why the obsession with avocado toast?  No one knows for sure but it probably became popular because of the nutritional  value combined with the fact that it is easy to make.  In order to keep avocado toast on the healthy side it is important to choose a whole-grain bread without  added chemicals, artificial color and flavors  or preservatives.

There are dozens of options for making avocado toast.  Following are a few recipes we thought you might enjoy:

California Avocado Toast Three Ways
My Go-To Avocado Toast
11 Easy Ways to Fancy Up Your Avocado Toast
Sweet Mango Avocado Toast
Avocado Toast With Heirloom Tomato and Balsamic Drizzle
West Coast Avocado Toast

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Jun 15 2017

The Benefits of Meatless Monday

Everyone has heard of Meatless Monday but they may not know that eating less meat may reduce the risk of diseases like cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes and obesity. The other benefit to eating less meat is that your food budget will shrink. Meat is usually much more expensive than other foods.

Meatless Monday is a nod to the World War I food rationing and was launched internationally in 2003. The theme focuses on encouraging individuals and families to have one day where recipes will not include meat.

We have compiled a list of meatless recipes that can get you started on your journey to Meatless Mondays.

Garlic Scape Ricotta Tart
Mediterranean Grain Medley
Tortellini Primavera
Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Lots of Kale
Veggie Loaded Pizza
Creamy Polenta Bowl with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini
Wild Rice Bowl with Red Lentil Curry and Spinach

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May 31 2017

Healthy Summer Recipes

Summer has arrived and we thought we would do a roundup of all of our summertime posts.  This gives you all the recipes we have covered in past summertime blog posts.  Enjoy!

Healthy Hot Weather Recipes

July Is National Ice Cream Month

Summertime Avocado Recipes

Warm Weather Slow Cooker Recipes

June Is Georgia Blueberry Month

Fruit Salad Recipes

Fruit Salsa For Summer

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Apr 19 2017

Practical Tips For Reducing The Sugar In Your Diet!

Our modern, hectic and stressful lives make it very difficult to eat a balanced diet. You know that too much sugar is not good for you but you don’t know how to banish it from your life.  Sugar is added to just about all processed foods and you rely on them too much to feed your family.  We’ve done some research and have come up with some simple changes you can help you get the sugar out of your diet.

  • Stop eating so much processed foods and cook more at home.
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • If you must buy processed food read the labels and choose the version with the least amount of sugar.
  • Get rid of sugar, syrup, honey, cereal, cookies, ice cream, candy from your pantry, refrigerator and freezer.
  • Get rid of soda and drink more water and unsweetened tea and coffee.
  • Experiment with recipes by reducing the amount of sugar you normally use.
  • Replace sugar with spices.
  • Instead of having sweetened cereal in the morning have plain yogurt or oatmeal with fresh fruit.
  • If you like fruit juice use fresh fruit and squeeze your own.
  • Make your own sauces and salad dressing.
  • Cut back or eliminate alcohol from your diet.

These are our simple tips to reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet.  Let us know your tips and we’ll add them to this list!

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Mar 05 2017

March Is National Frozen Food Month

March is National Frozen Food Month and traditionally that means that certain brands will offer new products, coupons and discounts during the month.  Their goal is to increase sales and brand recognition but your goal should be to learn how to use frozen food to supplement your diet of fresh and canned food.

In some areas it is especially hard to get fruits and vegetables during the winter.  Supplementing your diet with frozen vegetables like corn, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc. can stretch your options but check the packages to make sure there are no added chemicals or sugar.

Fruit like any kind of berries, sliced peaches, whole or sliced strawberries freeze well but you’ll also want to make sure that nothing has been added before the fruit was frozen.

Another option exists for people who grow their own fruits and vegetables.  Freeze or can them yourself.  There are many excellent tutorials on the internet to teach you how to do this!

Remember that canned and frozen foods are best used to supplement your diet and not become a staple themselves!

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Feb 03 2017

What Is Mindful Eating?

February is American Heart Month and it brings with it an awareness that what we put into our body and how much we eat impacts our heart health.  We can talk about low fat food, gluten-free food, low carb diets, etc. but we should consider other health options like mindful eating.

What is mindful eating?  I’m glad you asked.  When you practice mindful eating you focus on the food and the enjoyment that comes from eating it.  You also learn to pay attention to your level of hunger and any triggers that might cause you to overeat.

There are so many excellent resources online where you can learn how to become a mindful eater and we’ve listed a few of our favorites below.

The Center for Mindful Eating
12 Mindful Eating Tips That Will Change Your Relationship With Food
Mindful Eating 101 – A Beginner’s Guide
Mindful Eating: 5 Easy Tips To Get Started
6 Ways to Practice Mindful Eating
What is Mindful Eating? – Am I Hungry?
Psychology Today – Mindful Eating
6 Ways to Become a Mindful Eater

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Jan 02 2017

January Is National Hot Tea Month

Tea is a drink that has been around for thousands of years.  No one knows for sure where tea harvesting originated but it seems that it originated in China as a concoction used for medicinal purposes.  We have to thank the British for making tea a daily popular drink in the 17th century and they used India for tea production in order to compete with the Chinese.

Tea is incredibly popular today and is used in medicine as well as a hot and cold beverage.  You can find tea in many flavors available in loose tea leaves, tea bags, bottled or in cans.  However, the true way to enjoy tea is to make it at home.  Following are some our favorite tea recipes.

Slow Cooker Chai
Elderberry Tea
Homemade Black Apple Tea Mix Recipe
Hot Cinnamon Apple Green Tea
Pumpkin Spice Tea
Hot Orange Spiced Tea
Vanilla Green Tea Latte

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Nov 30 2016

How to Get a Handle on the Holiday Food Blitz

Now that Thanksgiving is over,  the holiday season is truly in full swing. Preventing weight gain over the holiday season is challenging when there’s a food blitz everywhere. Here’s a few tips to help you get a handle on the holiday food and prevent weight gain:

  • Use an online tracker or wearable device:  Keep track of food intake and your daily activity. Studies suggest that tracking what you do each day helps to keep you mindful of what you eat.
  • Set Limits Around Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages are empty calories and often stimulate  appetite. Alcohol also reduces self-control. This can be problematic at parties where alcohol and food are served. Develop a strategy to keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum.
  • Makeover High Calorie Recipes: If you have calorie-rich traditional  recipes to prepare, consider using alternative ingredients or techniques that help lighten  the load. Substitute whole milk for heavy cream, and use less butter or  sugar. Many times a recipe can withstand a reduction in sugar, butter, or heavy cream by 30-50%.
  • Keep on Weighing yourself:  Step on the scale at least once a week.  A recent study found that people who weighed themselves frequently lost more weight over a  six month period than those who seldom weighed themselves.
  •  Get Adequate Sleep and Manage Your Stress: The holidays are a  stressful time for many people. Lack of sleep adds to the stress. Make sure you get adequate sleep, maintain regular physical activity, and keep  your time-management realistic for a more stress-free holiday season.

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