Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Find Fresh Local Produce with a CSA Share

March 25, 2014 by  
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CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a community of individuals who monetarily support a local farm in exchange for fresh, seasonal produce and goods throughout the growing season. CSAs are wonderful ways to support local farmers and to ensure that you and your family eat locally grown vegetables. These sites can help you find a nearby CSA:

National Agricultural Library
The National Agricultural Library of the USDA offers a complete guide to CSAs on its websites. Here you’ll find information about how CSAs work, explanations of where food comes from, and educational literature about farming and agriculture. The site also offers a list of websites that can help you locate a CSA in any area across the country.

Local Harvest
The Local Harvest website offers informative tips and frequently asked questions to help visitors make informed decisions about becoming CSA members. It also features a map of CSA farms across the country, with a space to search by your own state or zip code.

Farm Locator
Not only does Farm Locator connect visitors with CSAs, it also connects farmers with other farmers, farmers to local businesses, and businesses to buyers to help improve the exchange of produce and goods from all sides. The detailed search option even allows you to browse the site by product, type of market, or area to find local farms.

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Get More Active With These Tips from Fitness.gov

February 25, 2014 by  
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Getting enough physical activity may seem like a chore, but it becomes much less daunting when you build it into your every day routine.

These fun tips from Fitness.gov will show you how to meet the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity every day, without making fitness feel like hard work!

  • Incorporate physical activity into something you already do. If you take the bus to work, make it a goal to walk to the bus stop every morning. Or, instead of using a riding lawn mower, resolve to use a push mower instead.
  • Replace your afternoon coffee break with an outdoor walk. It has the same stimulating effects as caffeine, and it helps to burn calories.
  • Include your family or friends. Some people need encouragement from others to stick to a workout schedule, and it makes working out a lot more fun.

Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning any fitness plan!

For more tips for staying active, visit Fitness.gov.

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2 Culinary Podcasts Made Just for Foodies

February 25, 2014 by  
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You love to cook, and even when you’re not in the kitchen, you’re always planning your next big dish. If you’re an avid home chef who always wants to learn more about the world of food, these amazing podcasts will teach you the latest cooking news even when you’re on the go.

The Sporkful
Equal parts informative and off-the-wall, The Sporkful is a fun podcast that discusses various aspects surrounding the culture of food. From the proper way to eat a slice of pizza to how to make pretzel-encrusted chicken nuggets, The Sporkful is so ridiculous that it’s actually quite brilliant. Boasting the tagline, "It’s not for foodies, it’s for eaters," this is a show for food enthusiasts, by food enthusiasts.

The Splendid Table
If your food interests are a bit more sophisticated, The Splendid Table podcast might be right up your alley. Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper, acclaimed food writer and cooking teacher, discusses food from around the world, the science behind cooking, the history of staple ingredients, and the way food brings people together in this vibrant, inspiring show. The Splendid Table also features special guests in culinary professions, including the late Julia Child, The Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan, and chef Mario Batali. 

Happy Presidents’ Day

February 17, 2014 by  
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Remembering the courage and vision of past and present leaders, we honor and share the spirit of Presidents' Day together as a nation.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2014 by  
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Wishing everyone a day filled with fun and happy memories!

Breakfast Grilled Cheese

February 11, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
1/3 cup whipped cream cheese
1/4 cup small-curd cottage cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, plus more for topping
4 frozen waffles (untoasted)
1 to 2 tablespoons jam (any flavor)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more if needed
Ground cinnamon, for topping

Directions:
-Mix the cream cheese, cottage cheese and confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl. Spread 2 waffles with the jam, then top with the cream cheese mixture; cover with the remaining 2 waffles.

-Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sandwiches and cook until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes per side, adding more butter to the pan if needed. (Adjust the heat if the waffles are browning too quickly.)

-Let the sandwiches rest 1 minute before serving. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and cinnamon.

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Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

February 8, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
2 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large bananas, mashed
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
6 oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Instructions:
In a large mixing bowl, beat honey, agave nectar, egg, vanilla, and banana until blended. Add flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and yogurt. Beat for 1-2 minutes until fully combined. Fold in chocolate morsels.

Grease cupcake tin with nonstick baking spray. Spoon batter into each tin (about 1/4 cup). Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 18-20 minutes. For mini muffins, bake 11-13 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for later use. ENJOY.
**For mini muffins, recipe makes about 36 muffins.

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Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad with Bacon Poppyseed Dressing

February 7, 2014 by  
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Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
-6 cups of baby kale (pre-washed kind)
-2 cups sliced strawberries
-1 ripe avocado, sliced

Dressing:
-4 slices bacon
-1/2 cup mayonnaise
-2 tablespoons sugar
-2 tablespoons white vinegar
-1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
-salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:
Place kale, strawberries, and avocado into a large bowl and set aside.

For the dressing, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and drain bacon on paper towels. Crumble into small pieces and whisk together with remaining ingredients. Drizzle over salad and serve.

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Skinny Cookies & Cream Popsicles

February 6, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
4 Oz. Fat Free Cream Cheese, Softened
4 Oz. Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 C. Fat Free Milk (I used Mootopia)
2 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar
6 Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches, Crushed (I used WhoNu?)

Directions:
-Combine the cream cheese, yogurt, milk, and powdered sugar together in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy.
-Stir in the crushed cookies.
-Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold of your choice.
-Place in the freezer until set and frozen.
-Remove and enjoy!

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How to Make Awesome Peanut Butter Bars at Home

February 5, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
Natural peanut butter – 1 cup
Honey – 1 cup
Old Fashioned Oatmeal – 3 cups

Instructions:

  1. Put peanut butter and honey in a heavy saucepan and heat on low until thoroughly combined and becomes a liquid consistency.
  2. Mix in oats and stir.
  3. Press into a 9 x 9 inch pan.
  4. Cover and let set overnight.

*For gluten free, use gluten free oats.
*For clean eating, use raw honey.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield:: 12 bars
Rating:: 3.44 stars – based on 635 review(s)
Nutrition facts: Calories: 281 kcal; Fat: 12.2 grams;

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