Do you have a plan in place for a healthy Halloween? The abundance of Halloween candy makes it easy to over-indulge. Whether you're a trick-or-treater, a party host, or part of the stay at home crew, here are a few tips for keeping halloween healthy: For the Trick-or-Treater Fill Up First. As you hurry to get the… Continue reading Tricks for a Healthy Halloween // Snack Ideas
It's Apple Crunch Week! What is Apple Crunch Week? It's an initiative from utahfarmtofork.org. Put simply, it's an excuse to celebrate apples. Let my friend, Captain Create tell you more. https://youtu.be/-W0pUIcj02k Pick a day this week to celebrate apples and crunch into your favorite variety. Here are a few recipe ideas to try: You might… Continue reading Apple Crunch Week // Let’s Celebrate Apples!
Today is National Taco Day! If you ask me, you don't need a special day to celebrate. Everyday is a good day for a taco. You can prepare them meatless, get your greens with a taco salad, enjoy them with an egg on top, or even serve them for dessert. The possibilities are endless. To… Continue reading National Taco Day // Tacos Ten Ways
Cauliflower is a popular vegetable year round, but did you know that you will find fuller heads of cauliflower, at a great price, during the fall and winter months? As fresh vegetables from the garden or farmers market phase out for the year, look for ways to add fall and winter veggies, like cauliflower, to… Continue reading Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Cauliflower // Roasted Cauliflower Rice
Do you have picky eaters at your dinner table? Trying to please all the taste buds in the house leads to extra planning, cooking, and sometimes tension at the dinner table. This may leave you feeling like you want to abandon dinnertime all together. The Family Dinner project offers a few ideas to help ease… Continue reading Pick Your Battles with Picky Eaters // Sloppy Joe
The lazy days of summer are over and school is back in session. This provides families an opportunity to return to a routine and make family meals a priority. With a full schedule of after-school and extracurricular activities, fun may not be on the dinnertime menu. What if it was? Fun is the ingredient that… Continue reading Make Fun The Most Important Ingredient // Harvest Cobb Salad
It is important for both adults and kids to each their veggies. MyPlate tells us if you make vegetables part of an overall healthy diet, you are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Veggies also provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body. You can find out even more… Continue reading Kids Create // Can You Guess the Veggie?
What do you say when you see a speedy fruit? Wow, look at that man-go! Mangoes are a tropical fruit readily found in local grocery stores. Eating a mango just might make you feel like you are sitting on an island in the tropics. Mangos are very sweet and juicy and come with many health… Continue reading Look at That Man-go! // Top Ten Ways To Enjoy Mangoes
Have you ever found yourself with a bag of lentils? Did you know what to do with it? Do you even know what lentils are? Lentils are part of the legume family, like beans and peas. They are high in fiber and low in fat, which makes them a great add-in for many meals. There… Continue reading Cooking with Lentils // Cheesy Lentil and Bean Casserole
Summer is winding down and soon kids will be back in school. Are you stressing about weeknight meals? Don’t! Follow some of our easy menu planning tips to reduce mealtime mayhem. Start with this helpful advice from Create Better Health and USU Extension: 1. Schedule a time that would work for you to plan your… Continue reading Reduce Mealtime Mayhem / Two Week Sample Menu
What you might think is a small odd looking green tomato is actually a tomatillo. Don't be afraid to add a few to your shopping cart. Tomatillos have a sweet, but tangy flavor and can be used the same way you use a tomato. When picking out tomatillos at your local farmers market or grocery… Continue reading Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Tomatillos // Tomatillo Chicken
Just like eating healthy food is essential to creating a healthy lifestyle, so is drinking water. It is especially important to drink water when you're in hot climates and more physically active. It is very hot in Utah right now, and in the summer, people tend to be more physically active. How have you been… Continue reading Healthy Hydration // Infused Water Recipes
How are you dealing with the summer heat? Are you a fan of the hot days of Utah Summer, or are you longing for the cooler days of spring and fall? It is important to find ways to stay cool when it's burning up outside. Did you know that food can be a tool to… Continue reading Refreshingly Frozen // Fruit Sorbet Recipes
What are your favorite kinds of berries? Did blackberries make the cut? They are in season June through August. Now is the time to give them a try. When selecting blackberries, look for those that are plump, soft, and dull black in color. If you find yourself with a batch of blackberries that have a… Continue reading Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Blackberries // Blackberry Lemon Muffins
Eating out can be a way to treat yourself, a timesaver on a busy night, or an opportunity for a night off from cooking. The Create Better Health team encourages people to eat at home to save money and to prepare more nutritious meals, but eating out isn't all bad. MyPlate tells us that making… Continue reading Tips for Takeout // Restaurant Copycat Recipes
You know how a tomato is fruit that we use like a vegetable? Well, rhubarb is a vegetable that we use like a fruit! It is crunchy like celery, and super sour, and one of Captain Create's favorite veggies! Visit kidscreateutah.org to learn how to make Rhu-Berry Toaster Tarts. Enjoy!
Pies, tarts, and crisps, oh my! When you think of Rhubarb, what comes to mind? Rhubarb is often used in dessert recipes and paired with lots of sugar to balance out its tart flavor. A low-sugar, fruity dessert is a nice end to a balanced meal. Read on to learn how to use Rhubarb in… Continue reading Pies, Tarts, and Crisps, Oh My! // Healthy Rhubarb Recipes
What is an herb? The botanist definition is: “Any seed-bearing plant that does not have a woody stem and dies down to the ground after flowering.” At Create Better Health, we like the simple definition: A useful plant. Herbs can be used for medicinal purposes, in scented oils, and for fresh or dried flower arrangements.… Continue reading Fresh Herbs – A Useful Plant // Rosemary Parmesan Breadsticks
Have you met Captain Create? He is our very own super hero helping kids eat healthy and be active. Take a minute to watch his hilarious and fun video below. It's full of great jokes and important nutrition information, too! Captain Create has his own blog and YouTube channel. Check in with him often for entertaining… Continue reading Kids Create // Meet Captain Create
MyPlate recommends you make half your plate fruits and veggies. Some people think it's too expensive to include that much produce in their meals. What do you think? Is it too expensive to eat fruits and veggies? Let's do a comparison. Check out the table below. What You Get for $3Nutrition Value for Your $5… Continue reading Smart Shopping for Fruits and Vegetables // Fruit and Veggie Salad