3 Easy Recipes for Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Month

June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month—a great time to add some summer produce to your diet! Berry Spinach Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup of orange juice 1 cup of raspberries 1 1/2 cup of loosely packed spinach 2 tablespoons of agave syrup Directions Pour 1 cup of orange juice into blender Add the raspberries Add…

Recipe: Bananutty Quinoa Bowl

By Nicolas Gomes, Assistant Actuary at EmblemHealth This quinoa bowl is healthy, easy and great for breakfast! Meet quinoa. Pronounced “keen-wah,” it cooks and tastes like a grain, but is gluten-free. It’s a member of the same food family as spinach, Swiss chard and beets. It’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, easy to prepare and versatile. Ingredients…

Recipe: Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo

By Myriam Bostwick, Communications Specialist at EmblemHealth Fettuccine Alfredo is the ultimate comfort food. With its noodles soaked in butter, cream and parmesan, it’s delicious but not the epitome of healthy. This is recipe stays low fat, but keeps the flavor and is customizable. If you’re not a fan of whole wheat pasta, check out…

Five Quick Breakfast Recipes for Kids

We’re celebrating National Nutrition Month with healthy, easy-to-make breakfasts. Check out these quick recipes for kids and kids-at-heart! Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Ingredients 1 large banana Dash of ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons peanut butter 2 slices whole wheat bread 1 teaspoon coconut or olive oil Directions Spread peanut butter on both slices of…

Recipe: Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Parfait

Whether you’re having friends over for brunch or looking for a grab-and-go breakfast, this strawberry parfait is easy to make and high in calcium, protein and vitamin C. The recipe makes two pints of roasted strawberries that can also be used in salads and as dessert toppings. Tools you’ll need: One large baking dish A…

Recipe: Gluten-Free Flax and Chia Seed Muffins

National Muffin Day is a great time to celebrate the wonders of flax and chia seeds. Here’s a gluten-free recipe that can help you prevent heart disease and diabetes. Tools you’ll need: 12-cup large muffin pan Two bowls Stand or hand mixer One grater Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour 3/4 cup ground flax…

Healthy Holiday Recipe: Italian Rainbow Cookies

“These cookies are family tradition! I’ve adapted them to be healthier, but wanted to still keep the dolcini tre colori classic flavor.” -Olivia Fischetti, Digital Strategy Manager at EmblemHealth Tools you’ll need: Three 13x9x2 metal baking pans Foil Vegetable shortening for prep Three bowls Stand or hand mixer Pastry brush Ingredients: 2 cups vegan or…

Healthy Holiday Recipe: Apple and Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake

“I feel like breakfast always gets the short end of the stick during the holidays- everyone’s always getting ready to eat a dinner feast of savory sides and entrée. But let’s not forget that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”

-Recipe by Jinni Baek, Enterprise Marketing Specialist at EmblemHealth

Grilled Salmon Linguine

November is American Diabetes Month. Whole wheat pasta mixed with the polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, vegetable oils and fish can help prevent type 2 diabetes. Here’s a recipe that will help you incorporate all those ingredients into one delicious meal…

Three Spooky Halloween Snacks

Candy doesn’t have to be the only option for celebrating Halloween with your kids and their friends. Here are some ways to make healthy foods just as fun! Boo-nanas: Dip bananas in plain or vanilla yogurt and use blueberries for the mouth and eyes. For an on-the-go snack, freeze them on popsicle sticks. Fruit Mummies:…

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Freshen Up for Fall!

By Maritza Owens, Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets

Right now Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets are brimming with fresh, locally grown, affordable fruit and veggies. At Harvest Home we think eating healthy has to be delicious. Join us and freshen up your meals with a bit of health and a lot of taste. Our in-market cooking demonstrations provide…

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

No grill? No problem! These pulled chicken lettuce wraps are Labor Day barbecue-ready and can be made in a slow cooker. Total Time: 5-8 hours depending on slow cooker temperature | Yield: 8 servings Materials: Slow cooker Cutting board Forks (2) Ingredients: 3 pounds skinless chicken breasts 2 cups fat-free chicken broth ½ teaspoon black…

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Peach Popsicles Recipe

Pick up some peaches at your local farmers market to stay cool during the hot summer heat with these homemade popsicles! Peaches contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline, which all help support a healthy heart. An increased intake of potassium along with a decreased intake of sodium can greatly reduce ones risk of cardiovascular…

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Healthy Fruit Pie Recipe

Packed with protein, this healthy fruit pie recipe is a perfect warm weather treat that doesn’t compromise your healthy habits. The crust of the pie is made with Medjool dates and cashews, which contain magnesium, selenium, copper and manganese — all essential minerals for healthy bone development. The Greek yogurt topping contains 34 grams of…

Healthy Taco Recipe

Healthy Taco Recipe

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a healthy taco recipe that uses tofu as a protein! If you’re unable to eat soy, feel free to swap out the tofu for a lean protein like boneless skinless chicken breasts or turkey cutlets. Tofu is a healthy substitute for meat, containing 8 grams of protein for every 3.5 ounces — it is low-calorie and fills you up. Studies show that 25 grams of soy protein…

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Healthy Vanilla Latte Recipe

Rev up for the week with a homemade vanilla latte that swaps out processed sugar and artificial sweeteners. Recent studies show that moderate coffee consumption can protect against type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and lower rates of depression among women…

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Broccoli and Parsnip Stir-Fry

Healthy Broccoli Recipe Ingredients: 1 leek, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 bunch broccoli, chopped 2 parsnips, thinly sliced and boiled until tender 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/3 cup water 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce Preparation: Heat oil. Add garlic and leek. Cook for about 5 minutes until leek is softened. Add reduced…

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Kale With Garlic and Peppers

This recipe is a nutritional powerhouse and is high in calcium, fiber and vitamins A, C and K. These vitamins and minerals can help reduce the risk for cancer and heart disease. They can also improve bone health and reduce cholesterol.