Mar 07

Veggie of the Day: Parsnips

One of my absolute favorites! Why it’s fabulous: This root veggie is lighter than potatoes and less sweet than carrots, featuring an earthy and subtly spicy flavor all its own! Enjoy mashed, roasted or steamed. It’s not too shabby in the nutrition department either, containing large doses of fiber, plus vitamins A, C and K. Healthy Recipe: Smashed Butter & Herb Parsnips

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Mar 06

Fruit of the Day: Currants

Fresh or dried – you need more currants in your life. Why they’re fabulous: Lots of antioxidants, plus an unmistakable sweet-tart punch. These beauty berries make vibrant jam, sauce, or addition to a salad. Healthy Recipe: Red Currant Sauce (via @HealthyEats)  

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Mar 04

Veggie of the Day: Sugar Snap Peas

Steamed, boiled or straight up – I can’t resist the sweet crunch of these peas with edible pods. Why they’re fabulous: A crunchy dose of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C – plus there’s even some protein and iron. Healthy Recipe: Nothing fancy here — toss in a stir fry with chicken, honey, soy and chili sauce – serve with rice or noodles.  

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Mar 04

Veggie of the Day: Beets

 There’s nothing better than a fresh bunch of beets straight from the farmers’ market. Keep the greens too — but use them ASAP — they wilt quickly. Why they’re fabulous: Beets are serious healthy eats. Loaded with fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, and potassium —  all with that unmistakable, brilliant red hue. Healthy Recipe: Roasted Beet Risotto  

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Mar 03

Fruit of the Day: Apples

Did you know you can still find local apples in Connecticut during a snowy winter? If properly stored and temperature controlled, apples can remain sweet and delicious all winter long. Why it’s fabulous: A great choice for fiber, vitamin C, and numerous antioxidants. Crunching into an apple is a simply perfect snack for kids and adults. Healthy Recipe: Carrot-Apple Muffins

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Mar 02

Veggie of the Day: Cauliflower

This cruciferous veg has been making a big comeback. Why it’s fabulous: Part of the reason cauliflower is so popular is because it’s so versatile. Cooking methods like roasting and boiling as well as grilling and broiling all unlock different elements of flavor. It’s not so shabby in the nutrition department either. Cauliflower boasts fiber, plus vitamins A, C, E and K. It also contains various antioxidants that help protect cells…

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Mar 01

Veggie of the Day: Eggplant

To celebrate National Nutrition Month I will be posting love for a fruit or veggie each day. First up — the under appreciated — eggplant. Why it’s fabulous: eggplant is low in calories but filled with fiber and contains a wide range of B-vitamins including folate, thiamin, niacin and B6. Healthy recipe: Roasted Eggplant Spread    

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Feb 24

Top 5 Recovery Foods

Misconception: Just eat lots of protein after a workout.Truth: Eat protein along with carbohydrates after a workout to promote recovery and build muscle. Science: Muscle cells are more sensitive to protein immediately after exercise. Reach for these five foods to make the most of your workouts.  For best results, eat within 30 to 60 minutes after exercise.  1) Chocolate milk – a huge hit with athletes and there’s science to…

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Feb 17

First Bites Cookbook: Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

I’ve made oatmeal this way so many times I had to write up the recipe. It has all the sweet goodness of sticky bun, but it is a much healthier way to start your day. For easy morning time prep, make plain oatmeal ahead and store in the fridge. Microwave to reheat and then pile on the toppings. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 teaspoons brown sugar 1 ½ cups rolled…

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Feb 09

First Bites Cookbook: Maddy’s Creamy Dreamy Banana Shake

My older daughter can’t get enough of this “milk shake,” where frozen banana takes the place of ice cream. To turn into a breakfast item, add a handful of fresh berries, or throw in some mini chocolate chips and—voilà— it’s dessert. 2 medium bananas, frozen 1 cup low-fat (1 percent) milk Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Yield: about 2 ½ cupsNutrition information per B/c Cup Calories:…

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