Oct 05 2015

October Is Vegetarian Awareness Month

Untitled 0 00 07-15A vegetarian diet has many benefits including reducing the suffering of animals in factory farms around the world, a reduction in heart disease, cancer and stroke, a decrease in body weight and a decrease in cholesterol.  To celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month in October plan on making some changes to the way you eat.

If you are not a vegetarian follow these tips to celebrate the month:

  • Replace one meat based dish each day with a vegetarian dish.
  • Choose one day a week to have only vegetarian meals.
  • Introduce a new vegetable to your family meals each week.
  • Cook more often with grains.

If you are vegetarian you can celebrate by:

  • Bring a vegetarian dish to the office to share with your co-workers at least once during the month.
  • Try a new vegetable at least once a week.
  • Organize a neighborhood pot luck with only vegetarian meals.
  • Increase the number of fruit based meals you consume during the month.

No responses yet

Sep 23 2015

September Is Also National Mushroom Month!

Many people don’t realize that mushrooms are a type of gilled fungus that grows with our without stems above ground in the soil or on another food source.  There are many varieties but they all produce tiny spores that spread the fungus on the ground.

There are many varieties of mushrooms, each variety has a unique taste but all of them are healthy and nutritious.  They are fat-free, gluten-free, low calorie and contain vitamin D, riboflavin, niacin, selenium and potassium.  Many people use mushrooms as a meat substitute.

There are many recipes that include mushrooms and below you’ll find a few of our favorites.

Stuffed Mushrooms
Smoky Roasted Mushrooms
Mushroom Quesadillas
Chicken Stew with Turnips & Mushrooms
Pesto Portobellos

No responses yet

Sep 09 2015

September is Whole Grains Month!

amaranthWhole grains are good for everyone and in addition to being good for you they taste good as well.  There are several ways you can celebrate Whole Grains Month:

  • Serve whole grains to your family at least three times a week during Whole Grains Month.
  • Purchase and try new whole grain products like cereals, bread or pasta.
  • Make a whole grain dish and share it with friends and neighbors.
  • Experiment with favorite recipes by adding or substituting whole grains.
  • Replace standard bread with whole wheat when you shop.
  • Purchase a new cookbook or two that incorporates whole grains into recipes.

To help you cook with more whole grains during September download the PDF file “Quick, Easy, Whole Grain Recipes for Families.”

No responses yet

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

No responses yet

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“.

No responses yet

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!

No responses yet

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

No responses yet

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

No responses yet

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!

No responses yet

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:

Green Beans

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.

No responses yet

Next »