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Build your Own Sheet Pan Meal in 3 Simple Steps

Are you always worrying about what to make your family after you come home from work? With just 10 minutes of prep, you can prepare a simple and tasty sheet pan meal with very little cleanup. All you have to do is put the sheet pan in the oven and allow your food to cook, leaving you with plenty of free time to spend with your family. You have the option of making enough food for one night or making extra to feed your family throughout the week. You can do just this in three simple steps! Continue reading

Day 6 of Julie’s SNAP Challenge

I woke up absolutely starving! Oatmeal, boiled eggs, and milk again. I had a sudden thought this morning in the shower. I recall doing another SNAP meal plan design for a family of 4, and noticed that the menu had WAY more variety and achieved all the recommendations. This makes me realize that it is actually much easier to eat on a SNAP budget, when you are buying for more people. That way, you can combine the money and buy more at once, so you can eat more variety over time. Do you all shop and cook for one person or for a family?

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Day 2 of Julie’s SNAP Challenge

This morning I ate oatmeal with some skim milk and peanut butter swirled in. I must say that I really love milk. When I was little, my mom made me drink it and I didn’t find it that amazing, but now that I am older, I can’t get enough of the stuff! Good thing too, because it is so good for you! Do you like to drink milk? I prefer 2% actually, but I bought skim this week because it was cheaper.

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Fall Fruits and Veggies Recipe Round-Up

The first day of fall was this week and already the weather is beginning to change. The nights are cooler and the days are noticeably shorter. As sad as I am to see summer go, I am excited about all of my favorite fall foods- apples, pumpkins, winter squash, cranberries, etc.

What fall foods are you most looking forward to?

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Fall Produce Recipes

Whoa, that’s a lot of recipes! The good news is that you have all of fall to try them out. Add one or two to your weekly meal plan as you find good prices on the seasonal produce.

Let us know in the comments which recipes you plan to try!

 

A Tasty Way to Eat Your Veggies

Written by Jordan Zelenky
Part of National Nutrition Month 2014

How many times have you been told to eat two or three servings of vegetables every day? If you’re anything like me, you probably hear that message all the time. Unfortunately, most people just don’t like the taste of those green, leafy veggies.

sliced fruit and spinach

Image by Jordan Zelenky

What’s so special about greens? Take spinach, for example, which is an excellent source of Vitamins K and A, and is very low in fat (Palmer, 2009). All of those benefits are great, but because spinach has such a bland taste, it is often excluded from my meals. I knew I had to start eating spinach because relying on broccoli and carrots to get enough veggies doesn’t provide enough variety, so I thought about adding spinach to smoothies.

blended fruits and veggies drink

Image by Jordan Zelenky

Smoothies are so versatile, which makes them an easy way to add new foods to your diet if you’re unsure about a new food’s texture. The thought of an overwhelming spinach taste in my smoothie made me nervous at first, but after my first try combining the ingredients the flavors were nothing but strawberries, bananas, and soy milk! The spinach blended into the flavors of the fruits perfectly, and I was left with my normal smoothie, just a little more green in color.

To make my smoothie, use 2 large strawberries, ½ ripe banana, a couple of ice cubes, ½ cup of soy milk, and a ¼ cup of spinach. Next, cut up the strawberries and banana, then combine all of the ingredients into the blender. Pulse the blender for 30 seconds, but you can adjust that time depending on the thickness you prefer. Try to come up with your own combination of flavors and veggies! I’d love to hear new ideas to mix up my routine ingredients.

References

Palmer, S. (2009). Spinach Flexes Its Mighty Nutrition Muscle. Environmental Nutrition, 32(3), 8-8.