Cucumbers are one of my favorite veggies. My mouth waters just thinking about them! They add just the right amount of crunch to many dishes. Rarely is there a family gathering in the summertime without a bowl of fresh cucumbers marinating in vinegar. That's my favorite way to enjoy them! Fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org helps us get creative with… Continue reading Add A Little Crunch // Cucumber Lentil Salad
May is National Salsa Month! With ingredients from onions, jalapeños, and tomatillos, to jicama, pineapple, and mango, you are bound to find a flavor you enjoy. In America, salsa is traditionally thought of as a dip for tortilla chips or as a side to burritos and tacos, but salsa can be paired with so much more! Keep… Continue reading Salsa Surprise! // National Salsa Month
In the nutrition world we talk about all things in moderation. If we enjoy ourselves and indulge on Thanksgiving, that's moderation, right? After all, it is just one day out of 365. But tell me what happens after Thanksgiving? Do you hop right back on the nutrition bandwagon? Or do you falter on and off… Continue reading Healthy Holiday Checklist // Winter Goddess Salad
This week's goal from our 52-week challenge is to get three cups of veggies every day. To see what counts as a cup, click here. The MyPlate recommendations vary a bit based on age and gender. Aim for three a day and you've got yourself covered! If you are struggling with getting enough veggies in your… Continue reading Three a Day Is All You Need // Cucumbers Caesar
One of my favorite childhood memories is going over to my Grandma and Grandpa's house and picking peas from their garden. There's nothing quite like the taste of fresh green peas. I can eat them by the handful! Peas are considered to be in season during the spring months and soon you can plant them… Continue reading Peas Please // Spring Pea Salad and More!
If you have been following our 52 week approach to better health, found here, then you know that this week's challenge is to spend 30 minutes browsing choosemyplate.gov. Educating yourself about different nutrition topics will help you on your journey to a more healthy lifestyle. Choosemyplate.gov is a wealth of information. You will find lots of information… Continue reading Bring on the Veggies // Sesame Cucumber Salad & More!
Summer in Utah is a great time for a picnic. Take advantage of the fresh produce of the season for a colorful, tasty, and healthy meal. A picnic basket packed with a variety of fruits and veggies provides your body with much needed vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Meals don't have to be complex to be healthy.… Continue reading Picnic Perfect // Triple Berry Salad
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics designates March as National Nutrition Month. It's a great time to focus on the basics of a healthy diet and set a few goals to be more healthy. This year, the theme of National Nutrition Month is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right". Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring and it… Continue reading National Nutrition Month // Chicken Gyros
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
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?
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
It's hot outside! When it's hot out it can be hard to find the motivation to fire up your oven and cook a hot meal. To keep it cool in the kitchen try this Greek Veggie Salad. It's fresh and tangy and can be served in many was as part of a MyPlate meal. First,… Continue reading Let’s Create! // Greek Veggie Salad
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