The Memorial Day holiday weekend is here – the unofficial launch of summer grilling season. It can be the perfect time to clean off the grill, plan the menu and cook up a hearty outdoor meal for family and friends. We remember and salute our brave military personnel who have given their lives for our country.
Recently, the Midwest was hit by one of the bigger snowfalls of the season, blanketing everything in the kind of snow that is perfect for building a snowman. Later in the week on Pinterest, one of my pins was a pancake snowman with a bacon scarf. It instantly made me smile,, and off I went with the tweak of replacing the bacon scarf with string cheese and bell pepper to personalize it in my Tweet. Take it one step further – by making the replacement I did, obvious to all of us dietitians, it made it a three food group meal relevant to exactly what happened with the weather. Is it a full serving of vegetables? No, but perhaps it moved a customer to add a veggie where they never would have thought it fit.
It’s spring cleaning season! Instead of just swapping out wardrobes and cleaning house, this year, add your kitchen to the list! Whether losing winter pounds, training for a run, or just keeping up with the kids, changing the menu to healthier fare can help that summer wardrobe fit as well as it did last year while boosting energy. With a little creativity, the menu can go from winter weary to spring time cheery in no time!
Frozen foods can be just as nutritious as fresh! It’s absolutely fine to use frozen veggies or fruits as a time saver in the kitchen on busy days. The added bonus is that there is no waste on frozen produce and shortened prep time since all the chopping is done!
Find your pot of gold at the end of the health rainbow by eating a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables. Each color of produce provides a different mix of nutrients and helps support health in different ways. A simple tip for kids and adults alike is that the darker the color, the more nutrients per forkful!
Birthday cake, special pastries for holidays, office parties with baked goods – the list goes on. So here’s the question: When did we stop cherishing the simple yet effective everyday choices like eating more fruits and vegetables or moving more?