Meatloaf is Comfort Food I have been eating meatloaf all my life and I bet you have, too. Lately I've gotten creative and have tried some new ingredients in my meatloaf as a way to lighten up this classic comfort food. Fresh and dried herbs and spices are normally fun to add to meatloaf, and using oatmeal instead of bread crumbs is a neat way to add a whole grain to the recipe. The meatloaf in this picture at the left has an entire 10 oz package of thawed and drained, frozen spinach in it, too. Tasty? You bet it is! Easy Spinach & Herb Meatloaf Recipe 1 pound lean ground beef 1 … [Read more...] about Meatloaf for Dinner!
This guest blog is by Danielle Cushing. To celebrate National Whole Grain Month, let’s figure out whole grains, where to find them, and how to use them. What is a whole grain? In short, whole grains are more nutrient-rich than refined grains. Refined grains lose some of their minerals, B vitamins, and antioxidants during processing. Whole grains retain all of these and are also higher in fiber and high-quality protein. For more information about whole grains, check out the Whole Grains Council. Where in the grocery store will I find whole grains? 1. Many of your whole … [Read more...] about Celebrate National Whole Grains Month!
Why Whole Grains? Good nutrition is all about enjoyment and variety. Whole grains are a notch healthier as they provide more fiber, B-vitamins, folic acid and iron than their refined counterparts. Whole grains typically are lower in calories than other starchy foods and they can help fill you up, too. By powering up nutrients and powering down calories, you can lower blood pressure, reduce joint pain and be less susceptible to type 2 diabetes. Grocery Store Tips 1. Come to the store with a list of whole grains to try. For starters, you might try whole wheat pasta, quick-cooking … [Read more...] about Grocery Shopping 101: Whole Grains
Nutritious Eating Advice for Americans is New! Just last week, America was introduced to a new concept of nutritious eating. The Choose My Plate concept replaces My Pyramid and the Food Guide Pyramid. The picture is new, yes, though the importance of putting together a simple plate for good health is not. Three Simple Tips to Eat Well with Choose My Plate 1. Strive for balance in your meal. This means to include a variety of protein, whole grain carbohydrates and healthful fats. 2. Cover half your meal plate with fruits and vegetables with a goal of staying out of a rut. Be … [Read more...] about Looking for Simple Eating Advice – Try This!