Happy National Nutrition Month! Vitamin D

Series on Fat Soluble Vitamins – Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which is in some foods, through sun exposure, and available as a dietary supplement.  This vitamin works with calcium and phosphorus which promotes absorption in the body.  Along with helping to reduce inflammation and work with cell growth, neuromuscular, immune function, and glucose metabolism.  Vitamin D helps bring calcium and phosphorus to our bones and teeth, regulates how much calcium stays in our blood, and protects against bone mass loss. 

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Portion seasoned meats into individual bags

This falls into the category of make-ahead meals, which has many options!  Prep and marinate fresh meats like chicken or beef, then place into ziploc sandwich bags, gallon bags, or storage containers.  

For example, I like to add my marinade to chicken, place into sandwich bags, let marinate all day or overnight in the refrigerator, then if I’m not going to use it all, I’ll place the extra bags in the freezer.  Flatten the meat and stack them (as much as possible) so you can utilize the best freezer space.

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Freeze cooking stock and broth

Do you ever have leftover stock or broth in the back of your fridge?  Don’t know what to do with it?  Now you can freeze it!  Place into ice cube trays, muffin tins (preferably silicone), or even small zip lock bags.  The silicone makes ingredients come out much easier.  Label the bags or trays so you know which kind of broth(s) there is.  Once the broth or stock is frozen, pop them out of the trays or tins and keep in a gallon bag.   

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Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Breakfast can be a scramble to make, especially if you are very busy in the mornings!  I like to make breakfast ahead of time in the form of a casserole, quiche, or bowls….when I can.  Enjoy this whole grain make-ahead dish full of plant protein and fiber for a hearty breakfast and satiety.  This simple and tasty dish contains quinoa, pesto, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, and avocado.  Option to serve under a small bed of mixed greens.  I enjoy this breakfast as a cold or hot dish!  

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Valentine’s Day Goodies

Let’s celebrate being with loved ones which doesn’t just include your significant other – friends and family too!  If your friends (or couple friends) are willing, host a fun dinner evening with food, games, or a movie.  I’m honestly not that into Valentine’s Day except for a yummy menu and special goodies!  

Get your loved ones a twist on the traditional chocolates and flowers.  Arrange a variety of different chocolate treats to mix it up.  Add in healthy fruits like strawberries and raspberries.  Then instead of real flowers, get a beautiful bouquet of fake flowers…yes fake (my favorite)!  They last longer, never dies, you can display them whenever you want, and can create a great centerpiece.  Or a bouquet of beautiful greenery + flowers! 

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Is Super Bowl about football or food?

Well DUH….it’s probably football, which I love watching.  I also love creating a great menu with healthy options!

Super Bowl is today!  Lots of sitting on the couch, so get out for a walk, play with your animals, or dance around hooping and hollering during the football game.

Besides football and all things, my mind floats to what food to make, always potluck style.  When I think of traditional foods, naturally I think how can I add a healthy element or sneak in ingredients.  Such as using lean meats like in my homemade meatballs – use ground chicken, turkey, or beef.  Add lots of flavor using garlic, herbs, parsley, and seasonings to pack in flavor while reducing salt.  

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National Grapefruit Month

Happy Grapefruits!  Loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber which makes for a great breakfast.  Comes in a variety of colors – red, white, and pink.  This fruit grows mainly in Florida.  Plus they smell amazing!  Cut in half and smell the fruity aroma.  Then sprinkle with a little bit of sugar and broil in the oven for a couple minutes.  Watch as the fruit gets bubbly and golden brown.  A great healthy treat and dessert!  

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