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Healthy Egg Muffin Cups

Healthy Egg Muffin Cups

by Starr Long - August 15, 2017

Looking for a yummy grab-and-go breakfast? I am all about convenience in the morning so I love that these egg muffin cups can be made in advance.

Make the Most of Your Food

Make the Most of Your Food

by Starr Long - May 08, 2017

Do you dread going to the grocery store, or wish the vegetables you had on hand would last for just a few more days? Make the most of those cumbersome grocery runs by stocking up and storing your food appropriately to keep them fresher longer.

Tasty Tailgating

Tasty Tailgating

by Health & Wellness Team - September 08, 2015

Tailgating is synonymous with fans, fun and food—lots and lots of food. Much of the time, those tailgate feasts don’t feature the most healthful fare. But even in the midst of all the fun, good nutrition doesn’t have to go out the window.

A Sugary Secret

A Sugary Secret

by Holly Foreman - May 28, 2015

Experts say nutrition is the key to a healthy lifestyle. It can lower the risk of disease and improve your overall health. Yes, this is VERY true. But, do you ever get bogged down with the complexities of nutrition?

What's in Your Easter Eggs?

What's in Your Easter Eggs?

by Holly Foreman - April 01, 2015

This past weekend I took my niece and nephew to an Easter egg hunt in a neighborhood park. It was a great event and very organized. All the children hunted eggs with other kids in their age group. My niece is 2 years old, so she was in the 0-3 age group.

No, I Won't Eat It!

No, I Won't Eat It!

by Health & Wellness Team - March 04, 2015

Do your picky eaters turn up their noses at everything from A (apricots) to Z (zucchini)? If so, here are some homespun strategies for transforming young fruit and veggie haters into more adventurous (and healthier) food lovers.

My Cavewoman Journey - Part One

My Cavewoman Journey - Part One

by Becca Brannan, RN - February 26, 2015

My mom laughingly told me to stop reading books the other day. You see, I have been interested in health, fitness and nutrition since I was a teenager (not quite Neolithic times, but a long time ago). So, I am always coming up with new or old info to test out on the family.

Surviving the Super Bowl Spread

Surviving the Super Bowl Spread

by Holly Foreman - January 29, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX is just around the corner and it will be full of football, commercials, entertainment, and CALORIES! Yes, calories… Some say this ‘holiday’ is second behind Thanksgiving Day for the most calories consumed.

It's Fresh. It's Here.

It's Fresh. It's Here.

by September Summers - November 20, 2014

My favorite thing to do when I travel is check out the local markets. I believe this is a great way to experience and truly get a taste of the culture and environment of the area I am visiting.

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar

by Becca Brannan, RN - September 26, 2014

Texans have a fiercely independent nature, and we still try to hold on to a little bit of the old Wild West! Not to mention, we love cowboys. AND, no one can visit Texas without eating some great food.

More Matters

More Matters

by Becca Brannan, RN - September 08, 2014

Did you know that 90% of adults and children do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and veggies each day? WOW! What are we eating… burgers, burritos and bon bons?

Choices on the Road

Choices on the Road

by Health & Wellness Team - July 17, 2014

Taking it easy is one of the best parts about a vacation. But while the rest and scenery may do you some good, the same can’t always be said of the food—especially when you’re driving to your destination. Think empty-calorie, gas station munchies.

No-Chop Potato Salad

No-Chop Potato Salad

by Becca Brannan, RN - July 03, 2014

What comes to mind when you think about July 4th? Most of us probably think of lazy summer days with lots of picnics and fireworks! With all the excitement, it can be easy to overlook what exactly the celebration is about!

Snacks for Dad

Snacks for Dad

by Health & Wellness Team - June 12, 2014

What dad doesn’t like a snack full of nuts and chocolate? Let’s find a way to combine some of dad’s favorite ingredients to create an energy-dense snack that is portable for all of our ‘on-the-go’ dads!

Just Ask!

Just Ask!

by Becca Brannan, RN - May 22, 2014

What do you think is the main goal of your favorite restaurant?

They may be a small mom & pop restaurant or a huge chain. They all probably started because someone loved cooking and developing new recipes. BUT, they still have something in common… they want your money!

Anatomy of the Ingredient List

Anatomy of the Ingredient List

by Becca Brannan, RN - April 24, 2014

How often do you look at the list of ingredients on the foods you buy? Geez… what do all those gigantic multi-syllable words mean? Is that granola bar really as healthy as you think it is? Are you really choosing low sodium and low sugar foods? Or are those ingredients hiding behind an unfamiliar-sounding name?

Enjoy the Taste

Enjoy the Taste

by Holly Foreman - March 20, 2014

“Enjoy the taste of eating right” is the slogan this March for National Nutrition Month. Research suggests taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another. This month, let’s focus on making informed food choices and developing healthy eating habits.

Skinny Shamrock Shake

Skinny Shamrock Shake

by Becca Brannan, RN - March 17, 2014

As a health coach and personal trainer, I am always talking to people and answering questions about what to eat and what not to eat! I always try to emphasize “Moderation not Deprivation.” I stress this because we all know what happens when we try to totally restrict something that we are REALLY craving.

Pesto Goat Cheese Crostini

Pesto Goat Cheese Crostini

by September Summers - February 27, 2014

With heart health on our minds, let’s have a glass of red wine and try a new snack. Make this fresh, healthy snack to enjoy along with your heart healthy glass of wine because red wine has its benefits in moderation.

Love Your Heart

Love Your Heart

by Holly Foreman - February 13, 2014

February is known for two things: heart health and love. So let’s love our hearts and combine the two for a decadent treat… dark chocolate! It’s time to have a heart-healthy diet without trashing the chocolate stash. A heart-healthy diet is your first defense to prevent heart disease.

Keeping the Pounds Off on Vacation

Keeping the Pounds Off on Vacation

by Health & Wellness Team - December 03, 2013

It’s not unusual to decide you want to lose some weight before going on vacation. In fact, an impending vacation is one of the top reasons people give for starting diet and exercise regimens. Of course you want to look fantastic on your trip, but hopefully you want to look just as good on the way home.

Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

by Health & Wellness Team - November 26, 2013

This holiday season, let’s be thankful for good health and great food as we share healthy options with family and friends. Here is a version of sweet potatoes that has a lighter coating sauce that brings out the flavor of the sweet potatoes and saves a few calories.

How to Survive the Holiday Party

How to Survive the Holiday Party

by Becca Brannan, RN - November 25, 2013

It is that time of year again… are visions of sugarplums dancing in your head, too? With all the holiday parties looming in the near future, you may feel like it will be impossible to eat healthy during the holiday season. But, it can be accomplished.

Unfrosted Carrot Cake

Unfrosted Carrot Cake

by Health & Wellness Team - November 22, 2013

Carrot Cake is a classic dessert that echoes the scents and flavors of the holiday season, but just because it has carrots does not mean it is automatically a healthy choice. Here’s a recipe you can feel good about.

Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits

Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits

by Health & Wellness Team - November 13, 2013

It’s that time of year… Thanksgiving is around the corner. Holiday eats and treats can come with many tasty temptations. Be on the lookout for holiday recipes and tips that let you partake in the festivities without all the extra calories. Everyone needs a little spice during the holidays, so let’s start with some Pumpkin Spiced Biscuits.

Don’t Stash It, Trash It.

Don’t Stash It, Trash It.

by Crystal Conner - October 30, 2013

Every year around Halloween I go through a moral dilemma. It’s not a battle between my Christian faith and the fact that Halloween began as a pagan holiday (already worked through that one). It’s not about whether or not I am going to let my kids pick out their costumes. It’s not even deciding which fall festival, trunk or treat, or costume party I’m going to have to pass on this year.

Eating Triggers... How to Tame Temptations

Eating Triggers... How to Tame Temptations

by Health & Wellness Team - October 02, 2013

Every day you decide what to eat, but you might not understand why you eat.

For instance, do you eat only when you’re truly hungry or do you sometimes nosh because you’re bored or sad or because a tempting TV ad sent you to the fridge?

The answer to those questions can be important—especially if you’re trying to lose or maintain weight.

Hey Everybody - it’s Boxing Day!  Let’s Have Cake!

Hey Everybody - it’s Boxing Day! Let’s Have Cake!

by Sam Allen - September 19, 2013

The good professor was taught that in today’s society, for most people, food is not a means of nutrition. Food is a sign of ethnicity, food is a sign of success, food is a shoulder to cry on, food is art, food is a social event, food is a badge of personality, food is a party or a parade. Food is everything but a commodity consumed to prevent starvation.

Are You Up to the Challenge?

Are You Up to the Challenge?

by Health & Wellness Team - September 05, 2013

The second annual Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge begins on September 1st and ends November 1st. This eight-week competition challenges cities, towns, and communities across the state to compete to see which can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living.

Top Nine Point Five Reasons to Subscribe

Top Nine Point Five Reasons to Subscribe

by Crystal Conner - August 19, 2013

1. It will raise your Wellness IQ.

2. We live here, we work here. We understand the challenges.

3. Reading our blog burns calories.

4. You’ll receive weekly updates to encourage you and keep you on track.

5. You’ll feel more confident.

Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

by Health & Wellness Team - August 19, 2013

In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt and cream cheese (use a blender for smoother results). Stir in tomatoes, olives,oregano, parsley and pepper, to taste.Spread on whole grain crackers, use as a dip or spread on bread instead of mayo for a flavorfulsandwich or burger