Spring

How to Fuel Young Athletes with Potatoes

Spring sports are kicking off, which means parents will need to have snacks ready to go to fuel their little athletes for practice and games. Did you know potatoes provide the carbohydrates, potassium and energy needed to perform your best? We’ve teamed up with Colorado Potatoes to bring you some recipes and tips to incorporate potatoes into your active lifestyle.

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Spring Break Snacks & Activities

It’s hard to believe that spring break is just around the corner with all of the crazy weather we’ve had this winter. No matter what the weather is like where you live or what your plans are, I have great snack ideas and fun activities for your spring break.

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Thank Your Local Grower – Michigan Apples are a Healthy Choice!

Today's guest blog post comes from Diane Smith, Executive Director of the Michigan Apple Committee. March is National Nutrition Month, so we at the Michigan Apple Committee are thinking about all the great nutritional benefits of apples. Apples are an important part of a healthy diet. They are low in sodium and calories and loaded with flavonoids, antioxidants and fiber - truly a smart choice for everybody! 

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10 Convenient Fruit and Veggie Products for Summer

With the longer days, hotter weather and kids home from school, the need for easy ways to eat fruits and veggies becomes more prevalent. I have two active boys at home, and they are constantly reaching for the snacks. I usually have fresh fruits and veggies cut up and ready to go in the fridge, but between day camps and evening activities, it’s great to have some convenient staples on hand that are portable and easy to throw into a backpack or that make getting dinner on the table easier.

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10 Snacks to Fuel Active Kids

Today’s guest post comes from Zack Knight, MS, RD, LDN, ACSM-CPT. Zack is passionate about helping kids and families live healthier lifestyles through nutrition and fitness. For more from Zack, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Kids today are bombarded with advertisements on television, magazines, and even in pop-ups on their favorite mobile games trying to sell them on the next big product that’ll give them that burst of energy to take their performance up a notch and get them the gold. Whether it’s a sports drink or the coolest new tube of energy goo, more likely than not they aren’t much more than a refined mix of electrolytes and carbohydrates for quick ingestion and utilization in a flashy package. While these can be a good supplement to a balanced diet for active adult athletes, when we’re talking about kids a more “whole foods with fruits and vegetables” approach will likely provide them with the same amount of macronutrients with the added punch of fiber and deliciousness that will take performance to the next level! 

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Easy Tips to Celebrate Earth Day At Home

April is the month we celebrate Earth Day! It's a reason to take a look at how you're doing in the kitchen when it comes to being more mindful about what we're eating, how we're getting it to the table and what happens after the meal is over. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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15 Healthy Picnic-Friendly Recipes

Summer is the perfect time to pack a picnic and head to the local park for some family time. You can enjoy fresh air, sneak in some exercise and enjoy some tasty dishes. Make sure to pack your basket with fresh and tasty recipes using fresh produce at season's peak! Here are 15 recipes to get you started!

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What’s in Season for May?

Knowing what fresh produce items are in season when you head to the grocery store can not only save you money, but also means that you’ll be enjoying fruits and veggies at their peak! Read on to see what’s in season for May and get some delicious recipes to incorporate these items into mealtime.

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How Gardening Can Improve Mental Health

Did you know that playing in the dirt can be good for your brain, heart and relationships? This time of year, many of us consider planting a garden so that we can provide healthy foods for our families. What we may not realize is that while we’re planting, we’re enjoying more than just the promise of tasty vegetables.

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