Slow Cooker Simplified

What’s for dinner? If that question stresses you out, reach for the tools that can simplify evening meals. On hectic weeknights your crockpot or slow cooker can be your best friend! Preparing dinner with a slow cooker is an easy way to get all the nutrients of a home-cooked meal without slaving over a hot stove for hours.

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Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu

Sniff, hack, wheeze and cough; we’re riding out the cold and flu season with allergy season just around corner! Boost your immune system and ease that stuffy nose and cough naturally with healing foods and herbs.

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3 Resolutions for a Healthy You in 2015

Do these three things this year and you’ll be on the path to better health.

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‘Tis the Season for Seasonal Foods

December isn’t necessarily the time when we think about eating “in season”, except for holiday treats. But there are many fruits and vegetables that are in peak season in the winter months that provide us a healthier way to balance out the holiday indulgences.

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Simply Cook Book

Representatives with Meijer, including its team of Healthy Living Advisors and registered dietitians, worked with its food bank and pantry partners to help fill a void. The result is Simply Cook, a 48-page resource that shares:In response to a need expressed by our food pantry partners for nutrition education resources, Meijer developed a cook book that features food safety and meal planning tips, as well as basic recipes using ingredients frequently found in food pantries.

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Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen

Personalize your holidays by giving homemade gifts from the kitchen! Gift making doesn’t need to be time consuming or costly, just made with love and thoughtfulness. Mason jars are trendy and make the perfect container for your holiday treat, some of us enjoy more traditional treats with a healthier twist, or for those who are pressed for time take advantage of no-bake treats that everyone can enjoy!

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Food Labeling: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments

To implement the nutrition labeling provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act or ACA), the Food and Drug Administration is requiring disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain restaurants and retail food establishments. Here’s what this means for consumers and restaurant owners…

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How to Promote Healthy Skin

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has designated November as Healthy Skin Month, providing recommendations to keep that “healthy glow” at any age.

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Celebrating National Apple Month

Gov. Snyder has declared October as Pure Michigan Apple Month. This year, the Michigan apple crop will be one of the largest apple crops Michigan has seen. Last year, Michigan broke records with a 30 million bushel crop. (about 1.26 billion pounds) Michigan is the third largest producer of apples in the United States, behind Washington. (Michigan’s average harvest is about 19.7 million bushels, or 828 million pounds per year!)

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Harvest Season: Potatoes

Whichever way you eat them—baked, mashed, roasted or fried—the potato is an American favorite! Potatoes are harvested in early fall, typically late September to early October. Idaho leads the nation producing about 13 billion pounds of potatoes every year from over 300,000 acres. Michigan is 8th on the list of leading potato growers, producing about 1.6 billion pounds each year.

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