Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

This black bean and sweet potato chili is super simple and rich with health benefits. It can be made with canned beans for convenience.

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable broth or water
1 cup onion
3 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 cups cooked or canned black beans
1 1/2 cups diced sweet potatoes
2 cups canned diced tomatoes
2 cups water

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5 Tips for Storing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

By  & Center for Nutrition Studies

Fresh produce is part of a healthy eating plan and lifestyle. Storing produce properly is important. We go to the store and buy delicious-looking food, but then we get home and end up storing it improperly, or we get busy and forget about it. Then we find our refrigerator having the aroma of overripe or rotting fruits and veggies. One way we can spend less and eat healthier is by storing our fresh food properly. [Read more…]

Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Bread Cups

Thinking about firing up the grill any time soon? Try this simple, snackable recipe featuring some of summer’s most sensational (and grill-able!) produce. It’s perfect for feeding a crowd and easily doubles or triples. This recipe comes to Meatless Monday from Dixya of Food, Pleasure and Health. [Read more…]

Organic versus Conventional: Which has More Nutrients?

Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM 

Are organic foods safer and healthier than conventional alternatives? Those are two separate questions. Some consumers are interested in getting more nutrients; others are more concerned about getting fewer pesticides. Let’s do nutrition first.

As seen in my video, Are Organic Foods More Nutritious?, hundreds of studies have been reviewed and researchers didn’t find significant differences for most of the traditional nutrients like vitamins and minerals. They concluded that despite the widespread perception that organically produced foods are more nutritious, they didn’t find robust evidence to support that perception. They did, however, find higher levels of phenolic phytonutrients in organic. [Read more…]

Chickpea Tacos

Please enjoy these delicious Chickpea Tacos from www.TheCheeseTrap.org. Serve with leafy greens, in a bowl, or stuffed in taco shells. Serve this mildly spicy (or not!) taco filling in taco shells with Avocado Cream, lettuce, and other fresh veggies like chopped tomatoes, jicama, or cucumber. Or serve the filling simply over rice with the toppings, or tuck all into a whole-grain tortilla. [Read more…]

Meatless Monday Movement Celebrates Earth Day

This Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day, an annual event to honor our planet we call home. For those who want to make a positive difference on the environment this week, and every week of the year, there’s an easy delicious way: join the Meatless Monday movement. Meatless Monday is a grassroots movement organized and promoted by advocates around the world who inspire individuals, schools, restaurants and even entire governments to get involved. Currently, there are home-grown initiatives in more than 40 countries, pledging to “one day a week, cut out meat” for their health and the health of the planet.

Earth Day turns 47 years old this year and now more than ever we need to join our efforts to achieve the United Nations’ 2015 Climate Change Conference (COP21) goal: to limit the increase in emissions by 2050 to less than two percent. But even with successful changes from energy and transportation sectors, this goal cannot be met—unless everyone also decreases meat consumption. Nearly 15% of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions are due to production of meat, dairy, and eggs. In many countries, meat consumption is an indicator of wealth; consequently, as incomes rise, the intake of meat and dairy is also rising across the globe.

That’s why there’s no better time to join the Meatless Monday movement. These global climate changes – from Greenland’s melting ice sheet to rising sea levels threatening the islands of Kiribati, India – continue to be in the headlines. And a major contributor to many of these ecological harms is meat consumption, which is projected to double by 2050, as more developing countries adopt a Western meat-centric diet and the overall world population rises.

This Earth Day, countless schools, restaurants and civic communities around the world are doing their part to turn back the clock on global warming and its innumerable ills. By joining the Meatless Monday movement, you’re signaling your willingness to fight for health: the health of both you and the planet.

Mango and Salsa Bean Salad

Fit Fathers and family, please try this Mango and Salsa Bean Salad from www.TheCheeseTrap.org.

Makes 6 cups (5 servings)

 1 to 1 1/2 cups cubed fresh mango (1 medium mango), see Note

1 cup diced red bell pepper

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

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Sesame Quinoa Salad

Fit Fathers and family please try this Sesame Quinoa Salad from www.TheCheeseTrap.org. #CheeseTrap #DairyFree

Makes scant 3 cups (2 main-dish servings)

2 cups cooled cooked quinoa

1/2 cup thawed frozen green peas or steamed sliced snow peas

1/2 cup grated carrot (standard grate, not fine) or store-bought shredded carrot

1/4 cup diced red bell pepper

1 tablespoon chopped green onion (green portion)

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Pineapple-Citrus Green Smoothie

Hello Fit Fathers and family. Please try this nutrient-packed Pineapple-Citrus Green Smoothie from www.TheCheeseTrap.org.

Makes 2 large smoothies

 2 cups (loosely packed) baby spinach (see Note)

1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple cubes or chunks

1/2 cup thickly sliced cucumber

1 large lemon or small orange, peeled

1 to 1 1/2 cups sliced overripe banana (frozen or fresh)

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups water (or more to thin as desired) [Read more…]

Fit Father Tip of the Day: Natural Baby Foods

Fit Father Chris Anderson has two simple but very important health tips for your baby. The first is to use frozen fruit chunks in place of ice cubes in your water bottle to hydrate them with minerals and vitamins all day. Secondly, please skip the processed Gerber. Simply puree real fruit in your Vitamix for your kids from day one and they will love eating them for life. Truth!