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Healthy Seafood Recipes

Healthy Seafood Recipes

Seafood is a wonderful light protein to break up your nights of chicken. These healthy seafood recipes are perfect for light summer meals.

First up is a lightened take on a restaurant favorite, Parmesan Baked Popcorn Shrimp.

Parmesan Baked Popcorn Shrimp
Image and Recipe via Rasamalaysia

 

This Blackened Fish Burger with spicy mayo is the right way to take a break from fast food.

blackened fish burger + sriracha mayo

 

Meal prep is easy and delicious with Caribbean Jerk Shrimp with Cauliflower Rice.

Caribbean Jerk Shrimp with Cauliflower Rice

 

Teriyaki Salmon is the perfect way to introduce someone to the healthy seafood.

Teriyaki Salmon
Image and Recipe via North South Blonde

 

Whip up for a light and tasty 20-Minute Lemon, Garlic, and Herb Baked Cod.

20-Minute Lemon, Garlic, and Herb Baked Cod
Image and Recipe via Baker By Nature

 

15-Minute Garlic Shrimp Zoodles are much healthier for you than the typical shrimp scampi out.

15-Minute Garlic Shrimp Zoodles
Image and Recipe via Salt and Lavender

 

Break out the grill this spring with Easy Grilled Mahi with Avocado and Corn Salsa.

Easy Grilled Mahi with Avocado and Corn Salsa
Image and Recipe via Laughing Spatula

Beat Holiday Stress

Beat Holiday Stress

Holiday stress takes a toll on everyone, even the most prepared among us. Our tips can help you reduce it.

Are you traveling this week? We can help prepare your family.

The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Travel with Kids

 

Make the most of nice days and get some sunshine. It can help you produce serotonin and also helps relieve seasonal affective disorder, which affects millions of Americans.

Soaking Up Sunshine

 

Walk away. Taking a walk can have a tranquilizing effect on your brain, lower anxiety, and improve sleep.

Go for Holiday Walks

 

Don’t lose your daily routine in the holiday rush. Go to the gym, plan your meals, and schedule “me time.” Don’t squeeze in more than you can handle.

Maintain Your Routine

 

If your family always fights during holidays, think about getting together for your holiday meal at a nice restaurant. Being in public can discourage the fighting.

Family Meals Made Public

 

Abandon customs you don’t love. If the kids are all grown, stop bringing presents for everyone to family gatherings. Hate putting up the tree? Get a little one instead. Find ways to make the holidays work for you.

Adjust Holiday Traditions for What Your Love

 

Know when to say no. Don’t feel bad for missing the holiday office party or not bringing a dish. Your priority should be enjoying the holidays, not perfection!

Healthy Finger Food for All

Healthy Finger Food Recipes

This week, we featured healthy finger food recipes, perfect for parties or tasty appetizers with family or friends.

First up are Sweet Potato Skins that could rival your favorite restaurant’s.

Sweet Potato Skins

 

These Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos are better for you than the frozen version.

Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos

Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos

 

Make Avocado Edamame Potstickers to try your hand at takeout at home.

Avocado Edamame Potstickers

Avocado Edamame Potstickers

 

These Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls are easy and family-friendly.

Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls

 

Rainbow Spring Rolls are a beautiful party app, and no one will know how easy they were.

Rainbow Spring Rolls

 

These Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites are the perfect all-in-one bite of flavor.

Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites
Image and Recipe via Joyful Healthy Eats

 

Make these adorable Chinese Chicken Salad Mini Tacos as tapas, snacks, apps, or lunch.

Chinese Chicken Salad Mini Tacos

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Making the Most of Vegan Meals

Healthy Vegan Meals

This week, we offered healthy vegan meals that are tasty enough for any meat-eater, too.

First up, try these Cozy Vegan Enchiladas with Lime Cream for a beautiful weeknight meal.

Vegan Enchiladas with Lime Cream

everyday eats: cozy vegan enchiladas w/ lime cream

 

Make Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes for a healthy and light dinner that’s actually vegan.

Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes

 

This Vegan Pad Thai with Tofu is a delicious homemade version of the takeout favorite.

Pad Thai Jay with Yellow Tofu

 

With this tasty Vegan Pizza, even people with milk allergies can enjoy a slice.

My Favorite Vegan Pizza

 

Skip the steak but not the comfort with this Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff.

Mushroom Stroganoff
Image and Recipe via One Green Planet

 

Vegan Poblano and Portobello Fajitas bring your restaurant favorite home.

Poblano and Portobello Fajitas

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Versatile Healthy Pepper Recipes

Healthy Pepper Recipes

Bell peppers are in-season, and they’re so versatile that you can use them for any meal with these healthy pepper recipes.

First up was a tasty twist on a classic, Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers.

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
Image and Recipe via She’s the Bross

 

These Easy Oven Fajitas are an easy and affordable take on your restaurant favorite.

Easy Oven Fajitas

 

This Cauliflower Roasted Red Pepper Soup is a healthy and delicious lunch or dinner option.

Cauliflower Roasted Red Pepper Soup

 

Try making this Easy Pepper Steak at home instead of picking up your usual Chinese takeout.

Easy Pepper Steak

 

Make homemade Mini Pepper Nachos for a healthy take on the bar-menu classic.

Mini Pepper Nachos
Image and Recipe via Closet Cooking

 

Steak Fajita Stuffed Baked Potatoes with Avocado Chipotle Crema are a delicious all-in-one meal.

Steak Fajita Stuffed Baked Potatoes with Avocado Chipotle Crema

 

These Homemade Focaccia and Roasted Red Pepper and Arugula Sandwiches are perfect for this week’s lunches.

Homemade Focaccia + Roasted Red Pepper & Arugula Sandwiches

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Spring at the Park

Long View: Savor Spring at a Public Park

Well, we survived another winter, and the weather is giving us a break now that spring is upon us. I don’t know if you felt cooped up, but I certainly did. I need to plan some outdoor recreation, but the question is what and where?

Last year, I was on the road and visited Marshall, IL. Jennifer Bishop is the director of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, and I asked her if she had a recommendation for someplace peaceful to have a quick lunch. She said I should consider the dining room at Lincoln Trail State Park. It was nearby, so I checked it out.

The restaurant looked out over a 146-acre lake and a boat dock. There were hummingbird feeders hanging just outside the windows, and they were very active with birds. The food was simple and well prepared, and the staff could not have been nicer. They even deliver dinners to the campground for free, believe it or not.

Lincoln Trail State Park offers a number of activities, including camping, fishing, picnicking, and boating. After a very affordable lunch, I enjoyed a short hike along the side of the lake. It was beautiful.

The experience got me thinking about what a great asset we have in our state parks. They offer a wide range of outdoor activities; they are well maintained and always affordable. I did a search and found our state parks to be accessible and conveniently located, perfect for someone like me who could use some exercise and fresh air.

I told Jennifer at the Chamber how much I enjoyed my experience at the park and she told me, “It’s a hidden gem. I love telling visitors about hidden gems in our community. The locals forget about its simplistic beauty and number of activities. We are so lucky to have it in our backyard. My family loves to take advantage of it any chance we get.”

There you have it. We are all supporting our state parks with our tax dollars, and I for one will take better advantage of them this year. Some fresh air and a brisk walk are only a few of the possibilities. Lincoln Trail also offers winter sporting opportunities, like ice fishing and skating (weather permitting). But after last winter, I think I’ll pass on the cold activities.

You can check out other tips for getting healthy and moving more on the Health & Wellness section of our site.