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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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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