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MyPlate // Snack Tips for Parents

The excitement of back to school season is winding down. It is important that our health goals don't wind down as well.  Check out these snack tips from MyPlate.  It's not just about preparing healthy snacks for the kids.  These tips are great for any age!  One of my favorite quick and easy snacks is… Continue reading MyPlate // Snack Tips for Parents

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Weekly Menu Plan // What’s On Your List?

Did you see our Weekly Menu Plan blog post last month?  It talks about the steps you take to plan your dinner menu for the week using your local grocery store ads.  If you missed it, or just need a review, click here. Then come on back and see what I'm  planning this week!   Remember that… Continue reading Weekly Menu Plan // What’s On Your List?

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The Facts About Caffeine // Electrolyte Water

Some people may rely on caffeine for extra energy.  It is a stimulant of the nervous system and causes you to become more alert with a boost of energy.  Sounds good, right?  Along with that boost of energy come some negative side effects. Depending on the amount of caffeine you consume, one or more of the… Continue reading The Facts About Caffeine // Electrolyte Water

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Weekly Menu Plan // What’s on Your List?

One of the best ways to save money on your grocery bill is to utilize current grocery store ads.  Start by comparing ads from different grocery stores in your area, making a list of sale items.  Next, take an inventory of your pantry, refrigerator and freezer and make a list of what you already have on… Continue reading Weekly Menu Plan // What’s on Your List?

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Back to School Blues // Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

Children will soon be heading back to school and the lazy days of summer will be over.  Getting back into the groove of carpooling, catching the bus, homework, and after school activities can be a bit challenging.  It is important to start the day out right and full of energy.  A healthy breakfast is the… Continue reading Back to School Blues // Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

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Get Fit! // Stretching

Did you know that regular stretching is just as important as regular exercise?  Stretching helps improve flexibility, improves posture, and decreases your chance for exercise related injuries.  Aside from the physical benefits, stretching also provides time to relax your mind and give your body a chance to recharge. Just like any type of physical activity, it… Continue reading Get Fit! // Stretching

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Healthy Eating in a Hurry // Slow Cooker Chicken and Potatoes

Do you ever feel like you are in too much of a hurry to eat healthy?  With today's busy, fast-paced lifestyles healthy eating can be tricky.  It is important to make nutritious food choices as often as possible.  You'll find below ten tips to eat healthy in a hurry. 1.  Plan ahead.  The first step to… Continue reading Healthy Eating in a Hurry // Slow Cooker Chicken and Potatoes

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My Plate Tips // Make Better Beverage Choices

Did you know that every system in your body depends on water to function?  On average water makes up 60% of your body weight.  Getting enough water every day is a crucial part of keeping your body healthy and functioning correctly. Water comes from more then just fluids.  It is estimated that about 20% of our… Continue reading My Plate Tips // Make Better Beverage Choices

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Cooking in Season // Limes

Limes, though small in size, pack a large flavorful punch!  They are tart with just a hint of sweetness and an essential part of many types of cuisines around the word.  They can replace lemons in almost any recipe and are a great staple to have in your kitchen. Have you ever heard a sailor… Continue reading Cooking in Season // Limes

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Summer Food Safety // Grilled Beef and Veggies

It's summer!  Summer often brings picnics, barbecues, and packing food to take on the go.  It is important to take proper food safety steps when transporting food and cooking outdoors.  The FDA offers the following tips: Keep cold food cold. Place cold food in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. Cold food should be stored… Continue reading Summer Food Safety // Grilled Beef and Veggies

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Let’s Create! // Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

According to the America Heart Association, Chinese food is one of America's most popular ethnic cuisines.  When it comes to Chinese dishes, it's important to watch the amount of sodium.  When ordering Chinese food from a restaurant, you have limited choices about what goes into the food and how it is prepared.  Instead of a… Continue reading Let’s Create! // Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Go A Little Nuts // Flaxseed Walnut Pancakes

It's okay to go a little nuts!  Nuts are plant-based proteins and can contribute to a healthy diet.  They contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  They are rich in heart healthy fats and have cholesterol lowering properties. Some people might steer away from nuts because they are high in fat.  However, the fat found in nuts… Continue reading Go A Little Nuts // Flaxseed Walnut Pancakes

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MyPlate Tips // Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less

Food is meant to be enjoyed! The key is to find the balance between healthy foods, food indulgences, and portion sizes.  MyPlate offers 10 great tips to get you started.  By following these 10 tips you can strike a healthy balance. One of the most important parts of eating less is understanding how much from each food… Continue reading MyPlate Tips // Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less

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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Whole Foods Diet // Quick and Easy Fettuccine

Have you heard the term "whole foods diet"?  Are you confused about exactly what the means?  It turns out that a whole foods diet is really quite simple.  This type of diet is a lifestyle centered around eating mainly unprocessed foods, fresh fruits, and vegetables.  The basic concept is that food should come from nature.  When you… Continue reading The Do’s and Don’ts of a Whole Foods Diet // Quick and Easy Fettuccine

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Get Back on Track // Oatmeal Waffles

Did you make a new years resolution to be more healthy?  Are your healthy habits holding strong or starting to fade?  If you need to get back on track check out choosemyplate.gov.  You'll find great tips on eating healthy for an active lifestyle, enjoying your food but eating less, eating better on a budget, and much,… Continue reading Get Back on Track // Oatmeal Waffles

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Cooking in Season // Red Leaf Lettuce

It's this time of year, when spring is around the corner and it starts to warm up in Utah, that I really long for fresh, colorful veggies from my own garden.  This week while I was doing my grocery shopping I was especially missing all that home grown fresh produce.  My spirits were lifted a bit… Continue reading Cooking in Season // Red Leaf Lettuce

Create A Skillet Meal, Homemade Spices and Dressings

Spice It Up! // Chicken Fajitas

Have you ever tried making your own spices at home?  You may be thinking, "why would I do that when it's so easy to buy them at the store?".  Many spices you find on grocery store and market shelves are full of fillers, preservatives, and fake flavor enhancers.  Part of eating a whole foods diet is to… Continue reading Spice It Up! // Chicken Fajitas

Create A Casserole, Homemade Spices and Dressings

Let’s Make ’em Mini // Mini Lasagna Cups

Although they may be mini, these lasagna cups pack a tasty punch.  They are quick and easy to make for a flavorful Italian style dinner.  Start by heating some olive oil in a skillet.  The recipe calls for Italian sausage links,  however, ground beef or ground turkey would make a great substitution.  If you choose… Continue reading Let’s Make ’em Mini // Mini Lasagna Cups