Garden Cannellini Bean Salad

Chopped tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers combine with cannellini (white) beans, almonds and a simple vinaigrette for a delicious and satisfying salad. Prep Time: 45 Min           Ready In: 45 Min Servings: 4 Ingredients: For the dressing: 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar 1/2 cup apple juice 1 tablespoon tomato basil garlic seasoning…

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Love creamsicles but want a snack that’s a little more substantial? This smoothie is the perfect choice for breakfast, dessert or snack. Prep Time: 5 Min Ready In: 5 Min Servings: 1 Ingredients: 1 orange, peeled and seeds removed 1/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 ice cubes…

Fiesta Lettuce Wraps and Pepper Boats

Using bell peppers and lettuce for wraps is a fun way to increase vegetables on the plate. Lettuce leaves and mini peppers are perfect for a build-your-own Southwestern meal or as appetizers. Prep Time:  45 Min Cook Time:  0 Min Ready In: 45 Min Servings: 4 Ingredients: 6 sweet, mini bell peppers 8 lettuce leaves…

Watermelon Gazpacho

Combine watermelon with some savory and spicy ingredients for a refreshing twist in this simple and quick gazpacho recipe. Prep Time:  30 Min Cook Time:  0 Min Ready In: 30 Min Servings: 4 Ingredients: 4 cups cubed, seeded watermelon (divided) 1 cucumber, peeled, coarsley chopped (divided) 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped onion 2…

10 Foods That Promote Weight Loss

Foods that promote weight loss might seem too good to be true—after all, doesn’t nearly everything have calories? But some foods really can help you along your weight loss journey when you choose them over other options. Here are 10 to add to your diet in moderation. 1. Apples Research has shown that eating a…

8 Ways You Can Get Your Kid to Eat Vegetables

You want your child to eat more vegetables. You beg and you plead, but her diet consists of grilled cheese, pizza, chicken nuggets and other stereotypical kid fare. You have good reason to want your children to eat veggies. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, vegetables offer nutrients such as folate, vitamin A,…

Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Heat

You’ve heard all the advice: Drink eight glasses of water a day. Stay properly hydrated while exercising. Sports drinks aren’t just for professional athletes. Yet you’re still unsure whether you’re drinking the right amount for good health. How much fluid should you really be taking in daily? Do you need to add extra when you’re…

How to Prevent Foodborne Illnesses This Summer

With warmer weather come the joys of eating al fresco. Barbecues, picnics and outdoor eating are common when the temperature rises. However, those higher digits also create a potential breeding ground for food bacteria. And that can bring on foodborne illnesses, which is when you get sick from consuming contaminated beverages or foods, says the Centers…