Archive for the 'Healthy Recipes' Category

March 20, 2017

#MeatlessMonday Recipe: Reunion Salad

Author: Melissa Kear

This week’s National Nutritional Month #MeatlessMonday recipe is perfect for the first day of spring! One of our most popular recipes, this dish uses fresh vegetables, black-eyed peas, and a light sauce to make a refreshing, tasty salad that can be easily customized with other great flavors.

Check out the recipe below, or download your own printable copy here.

Second Harvest #MeatlessMonday Reunion Salad recipe

March 14, 2017

National Nutrition Month: On the Move with Chef Terah

Author: Maria Shanley

On a weekly basis, you can find Chef Terah Barrios, Nutrition Educator at Second Harvest, at one of our many partner feeding programs. Chef Terah takes nutrition and cooking education out to the community where hungry families are being served.

What kind of work are you doing with the partner feeding programs?
I get the opportunity to work with families, single adults, seniors and just about anyone who is served through our partner feeding programs. I take nutrition and cooking education to clients while food is being distributed in their communities. I often share recipes utilizing fresh produce or items that Second Harvest has in abundance. Along with the recipe, I give clients a sample that they can taste.

Many of the clients served have diet-related health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. For this reason, I also share diet-related health information. I get to personally speak with many individuals while they wait for food. I hear their stories, their challenges and even their successes as many of them are returning for food. Read More …

March 13, 2017

#MeatlessMonday Recipe: Asian Slaw

Author: Melissa Kear

We’ve hit week 2 of National Nutrition Month, and the Nutrition Team over at Second Harvest are back with another great Meatless Monday recipe.

Whether you have it as a side or as a full dish, this Asian Slaw recipe is both delicious and nutritious. This recipe has a lot of great crunch and flavor, and is a perfect next-day-meal that can be tossed with your favorite protein.

Check it out below, or download and print your own copy here.

Second Harvest Nutrition Team Meatless Monday Asian Slaw Recipe

March 6, 2017

#MeatlessMonday Recipe: Summer Bean Salad

Author: Melissa Kear

March is National Nutrition Month, and we are celebrating by sharing great recipes every week.

Check out Week 1’s recipe from our nutrition team, Summer Bean Salad, for a healthy and inexpensive meal for Monday or any day of the week.Summer Bean Salad #MeatlessMonday recipe

Or download or print a copy by clicking here.

March 25, 2016

Savor the Flavor of Your Beverage Without Added Sugar

Author: Guest Blogger

Healthy beveragesThe beverages you choose play a bigger impact on your health than you may think. Consuming large amounts of sugary beverages may increase your chances of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Sugary beverages contain added sugar. Added sugars are considered “empty calories” because they have no nutritional value, yet they provide calories.

The American Heart Association recommends women limit their consumption of added sugars to less than 6 teaspoons a day. For men, they recommend limiting consumption of added sugar to less than 9 teaspoons a day. Added sugar consumption for children should be limited to no more than 4 teaspoons a day. Keep in mind that one teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar.

To put things in perspective, let’s take a look at how much sugar is in popular beverages.

  • Soda (20 fl.oz.) – 65 grams of sugar or 16 teaspoons of sugar
  • Sports Drink(24 fl.oz.) – 42 grams of sugar or 11 teaspoons of sugar
  • 100% Orange Juice (15 fl.oz.) – 45 grams of sugar or 11 teaspoons of sugar
  • 100% Apple Juice (15 fl.oz.) – 49 grams of sugar or 12 teaspoons of sugar

Read More …

March 2, 2016

Savor the Flavor Together!

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

Written by Jamie Williams, Keiser University Dietetic Intern

NationalNutritionMonth2016Cooking doesn’t always have to be a chore. It can be creative, exciting, and fun for the whole family. Although our hectic schedules may not always allow, strive to prepare one meal a week together with your family, or simply make a goal of eating as many meals as you can together in the week.

Spending quality time together allows families to reconnect, talk about their daily lives, and develop a family bond. If you have children, cooking together can give them a sense of responsibility while allowing them to develop their self-expression through food.

Having family meals can help savor the flavor of your traditions. Passing on family values and traditions plays a huge role at meal time. This time together is perfect for conversing about old family memories and history—ones that may very well be passed on to future generations. Read More …