Making Breakfast Count – pt2

Posted on March 12, 2010. Filed under: Healthy Living | Tags: , , |

Blueberry Streusel Muffins
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No Time for Breakfast?

How do you make time in the morning for a well rounded breakfast when you have to get your kids up, get yourself ready for work, and get everyone out the door on time? Sounds like it may be an impossible task, but there are many ways to offset this problem.  Purchasing foods that can be eaten on the go, getting up an extra 15 minutes earlier in the morning, and planning ahead are a few ways to integrate breakfast intro your morning routine.

Cereal bars, yogurts, muffins are all perfect for eating in the car, on the bus, or as you walk to school or work. If eating on your way to you daily responsibilities is not an option for you, getting up an extra 15 minutes early in the morning can ensure you have time to eat a bowl of cereal, make scrambled eggs, or prepare and eat almost any other breakfast food before heading out. Lastly, just as you would make your lunch for the next day or set aside your clothes for work or school, planning breakfast the night before can really help save precious time.  For example, it’s as simple as setting out the box of cereal with the bowls and spoons the night before, which not only gives you one less thing to take care of in the morning, but it also serves as a reminder to eat breakfast.

The great thing about many breakfast foods, as compared to foods typically for lunch or dinner, is most are fortified with vitamins and minerals and are quick and easy to make.  While we have said breakfast is the most important meal, simply eating a doughnut or having a cup of coffee is not going to be beneficial.

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Spring Vegetables

Posted on March 6, 2010. Filed under: Gardening, Healthy Living | Tags: , |

Spinach Orange Salad.
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Do you know what vegetables are in season this spring?  Well, here are a few picks for the season…

Spinach

Strawberries

New Potatoes

Green Beans

Peas

Cherries

We can think of a few opportunities to sprinkle these fresh vegetables into flavorful dishes!  How about a spinach & leafy green salad with sliced strawberries and walnuts with raspberry vinaigrette? Or green beans tossed in with roasted potatoes and a green bean casserole.  What kind of dish could you make with a spring veggie?

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What to choose?

Posted on January 26, 2010. Filed under: Health & Wellness | Tags: , |

Spinach in flower
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When choosing fruits and vegetables, there is one main rule to keep in mind, the more colorful the better. The benefits received from eating a tomato are different than those from eating broccoli. Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C.

Some examples include green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, black beans, yellow corn, purple plums, red watermelon, and white onions. Click here for a more detailed list of which foods contain the most highly desired nutrients.

There are many options as to how you can purchase your fruits and vegetables. Purchasing from your local Famer’s Market is your best option in terms of price and freshness. Once fruits and vegetables have been picked, they immediately begin losing some of their nutritional benefits, such as amount of Vitamin A and C.

Purchasing from Farmer’s Markets helps cut down the time from the garden to the table. Canned or frozen fruits and vegetables are also beneficial due to added convenience, price, and extended shelf life. Freezing vegetables “locks in” important vitamins and stops the nutrient loss that can occur in fresh vegetables over time and frozen vegetable are often the least expensive option. When choosing canned products, look for those that specify low sodium/salt and no added sugar.

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