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Creative Recipes Featuring Fruit

by in Uncategorized, May 25, 2012

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We’re hosting a Healthy Every Week Challenge for the month of May; 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 .

The May Healthy Challenge is almost over, and I have to say that I’ve had a wonderful time participating with all of you. The challenge has enabled me to save money, eat healthier, and stay on track with portion control. What about you? Perhaps you’ve been inspired to make healthy choices, or simply think about ways to make small changes, such as eating breakfast in the morning or getting more whole grains in your diet.

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Grocery Shopping for Healthy Cooking at Home

by in Grocery Shopping, May 18, 2012
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Vegan Pina Colada Smoothies

We’re hosting a Healthy Every Week Challenge for the month of May; 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 .

Between work, exercise and a busy social life, sometimes I find it difficult to prepare myself meals during the week. It’s time consuming and after a long day in meetings the last thing I want to do is cook a meal for myself. It’s usually easier to heat up a frozen meal or to stop and grab a sandwich on my way home. So what’s the problem with this? Well I’m spending money that could be saved and I’m also not 100% sure of what additives or hidden calories are in my food. Okay and I’ll admit: I’m a firm believer that cooking at home is a creative energy that should be explored by all.

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Get Your Whole Grains from Pasta

by in Uncategorized, May 11, 2012
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Fresh Veggie Pasta With Butternut Squash Sauce

We’re hosting a Healthy Every Week Challenge for the month of May; 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 .

How did the second week of the Healthy Every Week Challenge go for you? Did you eat enough whole grains?

The second week of the challenge was a success for me. After falling head over heels for quinoa in pancakes, I couldn’t resist eating quinoa as my whole grain for nearly every meal. I even used some of Toby’s different quinoa ideas. From a Mexican flavored quinoa salad with lime, avocados, and black beans to completely delicious enchilada chicken and quinoa stuffed bell peppers; I was celebrating Cinco de Mayo with quinoa all last week.

One of my favorite things about spring is how affordable produce becomes. Instead of buying frozen food, I become inspired to cook more at home with fresh, seasonal vegetables. I found a variety of bright baby tomatoes and squash on sale at the grocery store and knew I wanted to incorporate them into something for this week’s theme: eating more whole grains. Of course pasta was the first thing on my mind; to me a big bowl of pasta is like a giant serving of comfort.

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Healthy Every Week Challenge Week 1 Wrap-Up: 4 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

by in Uncategorized, May 4, 2012
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Quinoa Pancakes from Ambitious Kitchen

We’re hosting a Healthy Every Week Challenge for the month of May; 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 .

Hi I’m Monique and I run the food blog Ambitious Kitchen. I’m excited to be joining you all on the Healthy Every Week Challenge in May; each week, right here on Healthy Eats, I’ll share my experiences, as well as provide you with healthy, creative recipes to try.

During the first week of the challenge, the goal was to eat breakfast. Now for me, breakfast is undoubtedly one of the most important meals of the day. Eating in the morning gives me energy, boosts my mood, and puts me on track to eat right the rest of the day. Even if I wake up and I’m not hungry, I realize that if I don’t eat something for breakfast I’m more likely to reach for that bag of chips or candy bar during the afternoon. Yikes!

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Join Us for a Healthy May Challenge

by in Uncategorized, April 13, 2012

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It’s almost summer — are you ready for beach season? How many of you have kept your January resolutions? Spring is a good time to reevaluate your 2012 health goals and get back on track if you’ve gone off course.

To help everyone get back on track and be fit for summer, we’ve set up a get-healthy challenge for the month of May. This challenge will be similar to our January Challenge, with small, weekly goals that when practiced, can turn into lifetime healthy habits.

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Healthy Every Week Challenge: Cook More at Home Round-Up

by in Uncategorized, January 24, 2012
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Cookin' in my Kitchen's Carrot-Walnut Muffins

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.

The theme of the third week of our healthy challenge was to cook more at home. Cooking more means something different to everyone — some of us eat out once each day, some once a week, some of us buy lunch but prepare dinners at home and some of us buy breakfast on-the-go but pack lunch each day. Regardless of your personal dining away from home practices, increasing the number of meals you prepare yourself will save you money and you’ll save on calories, too. Plus, if you’re feeding a family, preparing a meal together makes for fun family time.

It was great to see variation in the recipes our challenge participants made this week — some shared dinner recipes, we saw quite a few homemade breakfast ideas, a selection of easy-to-make lunches, and of course, some sweet treats too, like the Carrot-Walnut Muffins pictured above from Cookin’ in my Kitchen. What did you make last week? Did your good habits carry over to this week? Check out our challenge participants’ recipes from week 3 after the jump.

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Healthy Every Week Challenge: Eat More Whole-Grains Wrap Up

by in Uncategorized, January 19, 2012

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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.

Quite possibly the best news of the week for the healthy challengers: Corn is a whole-grain. And so popcorn is a whole-grain. Air-popped is best, and of course with minimal butter/oil on it (but sprinkle liberally with cinnamon or spices!), but yes, eat some air-popped popcorn for a snack, and you’ve fulfilled week 2′s challenge of eating your whole grains. But the challenge participants didn’t limit their grain selection to just corn — oatmeal played a big role, as did whole-wheat flours, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice and wheat berries. What was the best grain, or form of whole grains that you ate this week? After the jump, check out a round-up of our challenge participants’ blog posts about whole grain week.

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Weekend Cooking: Make a Whole-Grain Treat Today, Snack on Leftovers Next Week

by in Uncategorized, January 14, 2012
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These cookies are packed with whole-grains.

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 an 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.

There’s generally more time on weekends for bigger cooking and baking projects — a Tuesday night isn’t usually ideal for experimenting with homemade pasta or learning to make ice cream from scratch. So when you do have extra time on the weekend, pick something that’s maybe a bit more adventurous or time-consuming, but that also makes great leftovers for the busy week ahead. If you make pancakes or waffles this weekend, make a few extra and stick them in the freezer. If you make a pot of soup or chili, freeze single servings in freezer bags; move a portion from the freezer to the fridge at night and by lunchtime the next day it’ll be ready to heat and eat. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, make a whole-grain-packed treat that will satisfy your cravings this weekend, and that you can eat for a snack during the busy week to come.

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Healthy Every Week Challenge Weekly Round-Up

by in Uncategorized, January 10, 2012
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The Picky Eater's Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal

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 an 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.

We made it through week 1 of our Healthy Every Week Challenge, with many successes reported by participants. It seems that most of you were able to eat breakfast every day, or at least almost every day. Many reported quick breakfasts like nut butter on whole wheat toast or a container of yogurt and some fruit. Quite a few of you are egg lovers and there are a lot of die-hard smoothie fans out there, too. But overwhelmingly, the challenge breakfast of choice was oatmeal. When we gave away 2 bags of Coach’s Oat’s Oatmeal we learned about so many new ways to eat oatmeal — you like it topped with apples, brown sugar and cinnamon, honey, dried fruit, granola, chia and flax seeds, bananas, berries, pumpkin puree and there was even one report of topping oatmeal with Irish whiskey. To add to the oatmeal love, Kath Freston from KathEats.com shared with us her favorite ways to eat oatmeal (in smoothies, cooked on the stove-top and in pancakes!). The recipe pictured on top got a ton of attention on Twitter, and why wouldn’t it — it’s chocolate brownie oatmeal! Its creator, Anjali, over at The Picky Eater ate it every day during week 1 — a good idea for week 2 as well. The goal for week 2 is to eat more whole grains (you should keep eating breakfast, too!) so keep eating that oatmeal, granola and whole grain toast for breakfast and you’re set.

After the jump, see what our friends and participants were up to during week 1 of the challenge.

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The Veggie Table: How to Get More Whole Grains in Your Diet

by in The Veggie Table, January 9, 2012
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Are you eating enough of these?

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 an 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.

If you’re following a vegetarian or vegan diet, chances are a good portion of your plate is already made up of grains. But the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that at least half of all the grains you eat are whole grains. What’s so special about whole grains? They’re naturally packed with high amounts of fiber, and micro-nutrients like folic acid, magnesium, and vitamin E. All grains are low in fat and cholesterol free, and they typically have between 5-10 grams of protein per cup, which is great new for those of us following a plant-based diet. All that fiber and protein in whole grains helps to fill us up and keep us satisfied, making them great for weight management. Better yet, they’ve been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.

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