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Healthy Every Week Challenge: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Week Round-Up

by in Uncategorized, January 31, 2012
vegetable pie
The Undercover Cook's Piled High Roasted Vegetable Pizza Pie

We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers and healthy eating advocates to host a Healthy Every Week Challenge, a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #gethealthy.

Well, our January Healthy Challenge is nearly over, but hopefully the habits formed during the past few weeks will stick around. The goals for each week of January were:

Week 1: Eat Breakfast
Week 2: Eat More Whole Grains
Week 3: Cook at Home
Week 4: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Week 5: Stay On Track

But the goal for lifetime healthy eating is to eat breakfast, choose whole grains, cook more at home and eat more fruits and vegetables every day of every week. Did the simple weekly breakdown help you create new healthy habits? We hope so. And from the feedback we’ve received from our participants, it seems that many have seen great success and will continue to think carefully about what they eat, and make the healthful choice most of the time.

Last week’s goal, Eat More Fruits and Vegetables, was challenging for some; as we discovered when we asked fans on Facebook and Twitter that there are quite a few hated vegetables. But before you swear off broccoli, Brussels sprouts and eggplant, try cooking them in a new way. You might be surprised how much better they taste when prepared right. To help you with the last goal of the month (but a big goal for the rest of the year), check out the fruit and vegetable recipes our participants shared, after the jump. And for the Roasted Vegetable Pie recipe pictured at the top, visit The Undercover Cook’s blog for the recipe.

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Smarter Snacks: Picks for During & After School

by in Back to School, Kid-Friendly, August 21, 2009

Popcorn
I tell my younger clients to eat three meals and two to three small, healthy snacks a day. They often look at me with a puzzled face and say, “I’m supposed to snack?” Yes, of course, but it’s all about picking wisely.

Kids should get 25% of their daily calories from snacks, so these mini-meals should be full of vitamins and minerals to help them grow. But the question is: What’s a healthy snack that your kid (and you, too) will want to eat?

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Food Trend: Home Canning

by in Healthy Tips, August 11, 2009

home canning
With the economy in the dumps and folks more interested in growing their own foods, everyone’s talking about home canning. So when my girlfriend and I heard about a canning workshop at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture near my house, we had to sign up. Canning has been around for 200 years, but I was new to the practice. What did I learn? It’s pretty easy, definitely fun and a wonderful way to preserve fruits and veggies to enjoy year round.

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Healthy How-To: Juicing Fruits & Veggies

by in Healthy Tips, May 7, 2009

Melon Juice
Juice bars have popped up everywhere, but it’s fairly simple — and often less expensive — to try juicing at home. Knowing which fruit and veggie combination’s make life easier, but a little experimentation never hurts.

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