November 25, 2015

Pumpkin Pie – Lighten or Leave Out?

It’s a tradition this time of year – pumpkin. It often graces our holiday tables in the form of pie. While pumpkin pie may finish the traditional holiday meal, there are many benefits to incorporating pumpkin throughout the holiday season and beyond. After all, pumpkin flavors are everywhere – from coffee to bread to snacks and other desserts – but what nutrition does a pumpkin hold? Let’s take a look.

Pumpkins are made of 90% water and very high in vitamin A content (more than 200% of our daily recommended goals).  Vitamin A is essential to healthy vision and skin, as well as keeping immunity strong.  You can also find other beneficial nutrients in pumpkin, including fiber, vitamin C, iron and heart-healthy magnesium.  Whether you purchase a “pie-pumpkin”, a pumpkin that is small, sweet and easy to cook, or you purchase pumpkin for your pie or other recipes off the store shelf, it’s important to know the differences between the types of pumpkin you might see in the supermarket.

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November 24, 2015

What’s Your Plan for a Stuffed Refrigerator?

Anyone hosting a Thanksgiving dinner has to have a game plan to make sure all of the food needed for a successful meal is purchased, prepared and properly served. But what about the days after Thanksgiving when your refrigerator is stuffed with assorted leftovers? Do you have a plan for that food so it doesn’t go to waste or end up around your waist?

No need to worry, help is on the way! Just use these tips to turn those leftovers into completely new menu options that will let you enjoy the tastes of the day, but with a healthy new twist.


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November 20, 2015

Skinny Recipe: Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupckes
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The spiced flavors and smells of warm gingerbread signifies the start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving right around the corner, and the countdown to Christmas underway, this yummy treat is one of those foods that will get you into the holiday spirit. Easy to make, easy on the hips, and super tasty, this Gingerbread Cupcake recipe is perfect for any party you attend in the coming weeks.


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November 19, 2015

Quick Tip: Wash Up

To fend off colds, washing your hands well and often is the best step you can take. Use plain soap and water and scrub for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday to You” twice.

Washing Hands with soap in bathroom. Hygiene