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Creating Memories in the Kitchen with Your Kids

by Together Counts Partner | September 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm | comments

If you have kids, you probably have similar struggles as many other families—including getting your kids involved in meal and snack prep. Ideally they’re not only involved, but also comfortable and excited to help in the kitchen. As a Together Counts™ partner for healthy, active living, we’re here to tell you that the struggles are worth the outcome because cooking with your children can be one of the best ways to

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The Plusses of Pulses

by Together Counts Partner | September 22, 2016 at 8:34 am | comments

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, chef and Together Counts™ partner who is passionate about food, I am committed to showing how all forms of fruits, vegetables, and pulses can be nutritious and flavorful. The United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, so what better time to promote the benefits of these amazing little foods? Pulses, including lentils, beans (such as kidney, navy, butter), peas and chickpeas, are affordable,

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Conquering Busy Weeknight Dinners

by Together Counts Partner | September 6, 2016 at 10:31 am | comments

We all have places to be and things to do during the busy back-to-school season. Making time for family meals is important, too. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize that 20 minutes at the dinner table as a family can make a big impact on establishing healthy eating habits for your children. While our schedules are ever changing, preparing family dinner doesn’t have to be another dreaded item on

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What’s for Dinner?

by Together Counts Partner | September 1, 2016 at 9:28 am | comments

Does it sometimes feel like Groundhog Day for you because you find yourself asking this same question most days of the week? As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for active, healthy living we realize that everyone wants a nice, family dinner, but sometimes it can be tricky deciding what to do. Here are four ways to feel confident in your answer! Embrace your favorite food/meal/recipe. If you like

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Five Things to Love about Frozen…(food)

by Together Counts Partner | August 16, 2016 at 9:46 am | comments

Have you ever said you are too busy to eat better? Or that you don’t have time to prep food after a busy day? Lucky for you, frozen food extends your options to make better choices, no matter how busy the week becomes. As part of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we realize that nutritious food comes in all varieties, and frozen food is no different. Frozen

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Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

by Together Counts Partner | August 9, 2016 at 10:32 am | comments

Close your eyes and picture your favorite meal or snack. Picture someone offering to make it for you and how happy that makes you feel. Now, picture yourself enjoying it. Chances are, there’s at least one component that is better for you, like a seasonal fruit or vegetable. And chances are, there’s also one component that’s a little decadent. That’s a great canvas for balanced eating over time, something that

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IGA Forgot to plan ahead

Beyond the Tips: What to Do When You Forgot to Plan Ahead

by Together Counts Partner | July 28, 2016 at 10:43 am | comments

When it comes to shopping for food, these are tips that surface time and time again. As a Together Counts™ partner for active, healthy living, we realize that while they are certainly helpful, all is not lost if you happen to miss one or more of these grocery shopping musts. Here are four of my favorite things to do when you find yourself at your Hometown Proud IGA hungry, without

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Cauliflower Rice

Playing Nice with Cauliflower Rice

by Together Counts Partner | July 12, 2016 at 11:45 am | comments

If you’re watching calories, you may think that you have to go without some of your favorite foods. But, rather than feel deprived, I prefer to look at this as an opportunity to add, or experiment with, other foods like vegetables. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, I recognize that one way to cut calories and carbohydrates is to swap in food substitutes such

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Med Diet

7 Simple Swaps to Make Your Diet More Mediterranean

by Together Counts Partner | June 30, 2016 at 10:35 am | comments

Looking to spice up your family meals? Consider making a few Mediterranean-style swaps!  You may have considered the Mediterranean diet in the past as it has been shown again and again to boost both short- and long-term health overall. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic: “An analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from

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Meal Prep Sunday

by Together Counts Partner | June 23, 2016 at 10:36 am | comments

To prep or not to prep, that is the question. In this fast paced world we live in, filled with temptation at every corner, it can be quite a challenge to eat healthfully on a daily basis. But fear not, the meal prep is your friend. This is not a new phenomenon. In fact, this is something our friends at Together Counts™ talk about regularly, but with the advent of

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