Much to my dietitian dismay, my daughter LOVES fruit snacks. These are often given as a snack at school and every time she eats them all I can think about is the sugar that is sticking to her teeth and immediately forming cavities! That being said, I decided to try my hand at dehydrating fruit to see if I could convince her that these are a great replacement. Dehydrating is a great method of food preservation because it doesn’t require … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Snacks Tips, Tools & Techniques

Every month I glance over the “official” holidays, and it’s official: July is National Blueberry Month. Here are some great links to resources for cooking with blueberries. Blueberries are consistently ranked as a super-food – fruit packed with nutrition and disease fighting antioxidants. If you find a “you-pick” blueberry farm near you,  pick way more than you can consume fresh–blueberries freeze well. Wash them and let them drain dry. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and pour blueberries into … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques

If you haven’t tried pizza on the grill yet, now is the time. It’s far easier than you might imagine and you will get the closest to a thin, wood-fired crust you can get without actually having a wood-fired pizza oven in your back yard. The trick is to have all the ingredients ready and waiting so you can cook the pizza shell about half-way, top the pizza, then let the crust finish cooking as the ingredients on top melt … continued…

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Barb Freda Summer Grilling

I was looking through July’s calendar with my kids and discovered that this month is National Ice Cream Month and on the 15th it’s National Ice Cream Day. Normally I don’t pay much attention to these designations. But, this seems to be too good to be true. A wonderful excuse to share a cold treat with my kids… and maybe some time for a really cute kid craft! My kids recently took a hand sewing class at Jo-Ann Fabrics and … continued…

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DIY Foodie Crafts Pam Freeman

Summer is now in full swing, so many of us are packing up and heading out for vacation! Many people think that going on vacation means they can take a break from exercise, but please don’t let yourself fall into this trap! Although it may appear difficult to keep up with your fitness routine on vacation, it really isn’t all that tough… it just takes some planning and some commitment to be intentional while on your trip! Here are a … continued…

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Fitness Judy Eggebeen

I love flank steak for this recipe because it marinates so thoroughly–the marinade is a full-on tenderizer, and the flank steak really holds up to it in flavor. The best way to cook this marinated flank steak is just medium rare (of course, cook it to your desired degree of doneness) to keep it at peak tenderness. Don’t even think of serving this without the delicious yogurt sauce, tzatziki and some pita bread. 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef Flank steak … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Summer Grilling

It’s that time of year. I never want the oven on. I am always too hot, but I don’t want to spend more money or make a bigger “carbon footprint” on the earth, so I won’t chill the air even more with the air conditioner. But we still have to eat. Here are five great ways to make it cooler. 1. Use the grill. For everything. I like to do steaks and baked potatoes on the grill (the potatoes take … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques

We make these worthy of the firecracker name by adding some heat to the mix with chipotle peppers, which are smoked jalapenos. I love using canned chipotle in adobo, with its smoky richness. Topped with cheese and crunchy cabbage, carrots and red onions, these are a firecracker treat. 1 pound 92% lean Laura’s Lean Beef ground beef 1 chipotle in adobo, finely chopped 2 ounces low-fat Muenster cheese, grated 1 cup shredded cabbage 1/2 cup shredded carrots 1/2 red onion, … continued…

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Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Holiday Cooking Holidays Memorable Meals Summer Grilling

While many people think Core Exercises are just for flattening their tummy, they really are so much more than that.  (In fact, just doing core exercises is not enough to get that flat tummy… see that Fitness Myth busted in this post.)  Your core muscles (abdominal muscles and lower back muscles) are the main muscles that support your body to keep you sitting and standing throughout the day.  Having a strong core makes your daily activities less tiring because these … continued…

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Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

This goes a little against my summertime cooking (trying not to turn the oven on), but is totally in keeping with making it simple. I was inspired by a friend who prepared a chicken this way–straight into a hot cast-iron skillet, along with some herbs and vegetables, topped with a touch of oil and onions over all to keep it moist. I use thyme in this version, but I think rosemary would work well, too. (And if it is really … continued…

Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Summer Grilling