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Healthy Pecan Recipes

Healthy Pecan Recipes for National Pecan Month

It’s National Pecan Month. Ditch heavy pecan pie for lighter ways to love the nut with these healthy pecan recipes.

First up, make these Pecan Pie Energy Bites for snacking on the go.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites
Image and Recipe for Tastemade

 

Whip up Spiralized Apple Salad with Citrus Dressing with pecans for extra crunch.

Spiralized Apple Salad with Citrus Dressing

 

This Maple Pecan Crusted Salmon uses a maple marinade to flavor the fish.

Maple Pecan Crusted Salmon

 

Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Granola is a great replacement for your favorite candy bars.

Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Granola

 

This Triple Berry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans is a perfect springtime lunch.

Triple Berry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans

 

Whip up this Clean-Eating Cranberry Pecan Quinoa for a healthy picnic dish.

Clean Eating Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Recipe

 

Add flavor and crunch to bland chicken with Honey Pecan Chicken.

Honey Pecan Chicken

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Healthy Peanut Recipes

Peanut Recipes for National Peanut Month

It’s National Peanut Month, and there are plenty of healthy peanut recipes to make the most of the popular nut in your diet.

Thai Peanut Chicken and Zucchini Noodle Bowl is a great substitute for Thai takeout.

Thai Peanut Chicken Zucchini Bowl

Thai Peanut Chicken And Zucchini Noodle Bowl

 

Make Homemade Peanut Butter with your food processor to ditch store-bought.

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter

 

This Peanut Coleslaw will be a perfect side for upcoming spring barbecues.

Peanut Coleslaw

 

Get a taste of the world at home with this hearty West African Peanut Soup.

West African Peanut Soup

 

Peanut Tofu Bowls are a great way to go meatless without losing flavor.

Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl

 

Spicy Peanuts are a great snack to munch on during afternoon slumps or on game day.

Spicy Peanuts

 

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad with Peanuts is a light lunch as the weather warms up.

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing

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School Lunches Done Right

Vantage Point: Eating Like a Grown-Up

With the holidays fast-approaching, I think fondly of my mother. She was a private and commercial cook for over 40 years and was very good about making our family eat balanced meals. Of course, she included my school lunches in that quest as well.

Like every kid, I wanted a lunch just like my friends’. Their menus consisted of:

  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Bags of chips
  • Carrots (only a few)
  • A Twinkie or Hostess cupcake

My mother had other ideas. Here’s an example of what my lunches consisted of:

  • Meatloaf sandwich
  • Cut-up celery
  • An apple or pear
  • A box of raisins

To a sixth-grader, this was so not cool. I pleaded and begged with my mom to change what she was putting in my lunches, to no avail. By high school, I was buying lunch, and she never knew what I ate.

Fast forward to my lunches as an adult. Most days, I eat leftovers from dinner the night before, which works out great because they are well-balanced meals. However, on those days when I am on-the-go out of the office, it’s a little bit more work to eat a balanced meal. I sometimes feel like I am channeling my mother, or she’s haunting me.

I think all of our tastes develop and get more complex as we get older. And with that, healthier eating gets easier, especially if we make the choice. I find myself making that choice by looking for places to eat where the food is served fresh, well-balanced, and healthy.

And every once in a while, I still find myself wanting a Twinkie or a Hostess cupcake, well…just because I can.

Joy Stanford is a community liaison with Health Alliance, serving Thurston County. She’s been involved with Medicare for 20+ years and truly enjoys it. She enjoys gospel, R&B, and country music, and she owns over 100 pairs of shoes.

Old School Lunching

Long View: What Food Group Includes Olive Loaf?

My childhood lunch menu:

Appetizer

  • Banana
  • In-season apple

Entrée

  • Olive loaf sandwich on soft white bread, with lavishly applied mayonnaise (The sandwich had to be cut on the diagonal, or I wouldn’t eat it.)
  • Fresh Fritos in an individual bag serving

Dessert

  • Hostess Ding Dong or Sno Balls

Beverages

  • Sweet tea, chocolate milk, or Kool-Aid

There was little variation in this menu when my brother and I were little kids, and our mom saw little reason to change it. She, and countless other mothers at that time, felt this was a nutritious, filling lunch for 2 growing boys. On the positive side, the Fritos were made from corn, so it counted as a vegetable.

After lunch, Mom expected us to lie down and take a nap. We never went to sleep for some reason, but at least she got a few moments of peace and quiet.

OK, so this was probably not the most nutritious meal we could have eaten, but our supper was usually a well-balanced meal. However, dessert was a nightly occurrence, and a spectacular Jell-O salad often graced the table. Neither my brother nor I seem to have suffered any ill effects. At least not yet.

Remember, this was a time when candy cigarettes and bubble gum cigars were common treats for kids. Flavored sugar water in tiny wax bottles was a Halloween staple, for reasons that are still unclear to me now. SweeTARTS were an odd and unexplainable pleasure, and we ate them by the fistful.

In retrospect, my food preferences have certainly changed over the years. I refused anything with cheese in it, except for a grilled cheese sandwich. I guess in my head, the grilling made it acceptable. I wouldn’t eat a vegetable unless it was cooked to death. That is definitely not the case now. I needed all my seafood encased in a crispy, fried batter, and I remember hating beets. Wait, I still hate beets.

I think we all develop our palates over time and grow to have more complex taste preferences. Healthier eating seems a lot more attainable these days, at least if we make the choice.

But occasionally, I still grow nostalgic for the treats I enjoyed as a child. I recently bought some olive loaf and white bread so that I could recreate my childhood favorite.

It was disgusting.

Patrick Harness is a community liaison with a long history of experience in health insurance. If you ask him to pick a color, he always chooses orange, and he is known for his inability to parallel park.

Kiwi Recipes Anytime

Healthy Kiwi Recipes

This week, we featured the in-season fruit in sweet and savory kiwi recipes that your whole family will love.

First up is a refreshing Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing.

Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing

Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing

 

Whip up this hearty Prosciutto, Goat Cheese & Kiwi Toast for breakfast.

Prosciutto Goat Cheese & Kiwi Toast

 

This beautiful Raw Blueberry and Kiwi Tart will be a hit at holiday parties.

Raw Blueberry and Kiwi Tart

 

Make this easy and healthy Kiwi Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk for dessert.

Cleansing Kiwi Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk

 

Kiwi and Avocado Chicken Salad makes the perfect light lunch.

Kiwi and Avocado Chicken Salad

 

Make Coconut Kiwi Banana Bread for a tropical snack or breakfast.

Coconut Kiwi Banana Bread
Image and Recipe via The Baking Robot

 

Vegan Kiwi Mango Cheesecake will be a holiday showstopper.

Vegan Kiwi Mango Cheesecake

Vegan Kiwi Mango Cheesecake

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Making Quince Recipes Accessible

Healthy Quince Recipes

This week, we featured healthy quince recipes for the in-season fruit, which is great in both sweet and savory fall dishes.

This Maple Roasted Brussels Sprout and Quince Salad is perfect for holiday potlucks.

maple roasted brussels sprout and quince salad

 

Make comforting Beef and Quince Stew for the next chilly fall night.

Beef and Quince Stew
Image and Recipe via Not Quite Nigella

 

This Quince, Pumpkin, Eggplant, and Quinoa Salad is a great side or lunch.

Quince, pumpkin, eggplant and quinoa salad

 

Explore new flavors with this Saffron Chicken with Quince.

Saffron Chicken With Quince

 

This Roast Moroccan Lamb and Quince is perfect for a weekend meal.

Roast Moroccan Lamb and Quince
Image and Recipe via SBS

 

Taste the world with this savory Persian Quince Stew.

Persian Quince Stew

Persian Quince Stew (Khoresht-e Beh) – Mom’s Treat

 

Whip up an easy dessert with this Honey & Pistachio Stuffed Quince.

Honey & Pistachio Stuffed Quince
Image and Recipe via Global Table Adventure

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Secretly Healthy Lunches Done Right

Secretly Healthy Lunches

We snuck more fruits and veggies into your diet this week with secretly healthy lunches for Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month.

First up is Cauliflower Crusted Grilled Cheese that skips the bread for veggies.

Cauliflower Crusted Grilled Cheese
Image and Recipe via Kirbie’s Cravings

 

Sneak in even more veggies on today’s salad with Vegetable Based Dressings.

Vegetable Based Dressings

 

Whip up these Hidden Veggie Crockpot Sloppy Joes for a family favorite.

Hidden Veggie Crockpot Sloppy Joes
Image and Recipe via Yummy Healthy Easy

 

Looking for the perfect lunchtime side? Satisfy your chip craving the right way.

Apple Chips
Image and Recipe via Greatist

 

These Mushroom Beef Burgers mix the veggies in for a hearty lunch.

Mushroom Beef Burgers {Gluten Free}

 

California Turkey and Bacon Lettuce Wraps with Basil-Mayo pack in the veggies.

California Turkey and Bacon Lettuce Wraps with Basil-Mayo

 

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