Pesto Makeover

Posted on: April 2, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Traditional pesto is typically loaded with fat. This is a great alternative that removes most of the fat without sacrificing any of the flavor. INGREDIENTS 1 15 oz can white beans, drained, liquid reserved 1 cup packed baby spinach 1 cup packed basil leaves 2 cloves garlic, peeled 2 tablespoons toasted walnuts Juice of half… Read More »

Gardening Ideas and Tips

Posted on: April 2, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

With warmer temperatures, it’s time for planting our spring gardens. Some of the most common spring crops for home gardens include tomatoes, cucumber, squash, eggplant, peppers, okra, and sweet potatoes. In order to ensure a smooth gardening season, experts recommend having all the supplies you need prior to planting. Here are three things to keep… Read More »

Step Up to Better Health

Posted on: April 2, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Grab your walking shoes and get moving to improve your health. According to the American Heart Association, moderate physical activity, such as walking for at least 30 minutes a day, has several health benefits. Here are five reasons to get your walk on. Reduces your risk for coronary heart disease and helps strengthen your heart,… Read More »

Have a Healthy Happy Hour

Posted on: April 2, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

The social aspect of happy hour can be relaxing after a long day or at the end of a hectic week. But the calories in those spiritous cocktails can add up, leaving you with a feeling of defeat. Get a handle on happy hour and your waistline by choosing healthier habits. Choose your drink wisely!… Read More »

Cook Smarter, Save Money!

Posted on: March 15, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

You and your family can cook healthy meals, even on a tight budget. Here are some tips that can help! Before You Shop – Plan Ahead Step 1: Think about what foods you already have in the house. Step 2: Make a list of meals that you can you make with those items. Step 3:… Read More »

Eggplant Pizza

Posted on: March 6, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

This dish can be cut into small pieces to serve as an appetizer, or it can be a delicious light entrée. The eggplant, artichokes and tomatoes are loaded with cancer-fighting nutrients, and count toward your 5 daily servings of fruit and vegetables. Ingredients 1/2 package frozen bread dough, thawed 1/4 teaspoon olive oil 1 medium… Read More »

Strategies to Lower Calories

Posted on: February 28, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Clearly, to lose weight and to keep it off – we need ideas to lower calories. Sometimes we can save lots of calories with a few “easy wins.” See the chart below for some strategies to help you cut calories. Each of these changes is pretty powerful, but imagine if you made more than one… Read More »

When Hunger Strikes!

Posted on: February 22, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Snacks are a great way to keep the hunger monster at bay, but it’s easy to let snacks overtake healthy meals. And parents can often spend more money than necessary on prepackaged snacks. You can find the right balance. Here’s your snack plan to help get you started: Monday 1 string cheese wrapped with a… Read More »

Cinnamon Carrot Spears

Posted on: February 22, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

Add some color and flavor to your dinner with this quick and easy recipe! These roasted and coated carrots are the perfect side dish! You can even enjoy them as a light, healthy snack. INGREDIENTS 8 medium carrots ½ tablespoon olive oil ½ teaspoon cinnamon Salt and pepper to taste PREPARATION Preheat oven to 400… Read More »

Hearty Minestrone

Posted on: January 25, 2018 by Healthy Lives No Comments

On a cold or rainy night, enjoy a bowl of this low-calorie and satisfying soup. Packed with flavor and nutrients, it’s sure to warm your soul! INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions 2 cups diced carrots 2 cups diced celery 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced 6 cloves garlic,… Read More »