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Eating Seasonal, Fresh and Budget-Friendly!

This month, we're bringing you seasonal recipes, meal ideas and other tips to help you eat healthy for less. It takes some planning, but it is possible to follow a healthy meal plan even if you are on a tight budget.

VIDEO: Using Frozen Vegetables in Your Meals

Michael Marks talks about how frozen vegetables are a good alternative to fresh. They are quick to cook and you can buy them already cut, so little prep is involved.

VIDEO: Dried Beans - A Budget-Friendly Option

Dried beans are a low-cost, nutritious option with less sodium than canned beans. See how to prepare dried beans in your own kitchen. It may be easier than you think!

Rethink Your Drink

It's summer, and as the heat turns up, it's important to drink enough fluids during the day. So, what are the best drinks for you if you have diabetes?

VIDEO: Melons - A Sweet Summer Choice!

Summer is the season for melons. Here are a few tips for preparing and using fresh melons in the kitchen.

VIDEO: Summer Berries

Michael Marks shares tips to help you pick out the freshest berries at the grocery store.

Stay Healthy This Summer

Whether you are going to a party or just firing up the grill, these tips will help you stay on track and still enjoy yourself!

VIDEO: Non-Starchy Vegetables on the Grill

Think beyond burgers when you fire up the grill this summer. Summer vegetables that have been grilled to perfection are juicy and tasty. Not to mention – they are low in calories and carbohydrate too!

VIDEO: All About Zucchini and Summer Squash

Michael Marks shows us the many ways you can prepare zucchini and yellow summer squash.

Build a Better Burger

Simple swaps to your summer dinner plate can make for a healthier summer!

Lighten Up Your Recipes: Ingredient Swaps

Simple substitutions can make your family favorites a bit more nutritious. If you can’t imagine messing with your family favorites, you can also serve up smaller portions and add some healthy side dishes.

Family Meals - Eat Healthy Together!

Do you run into resistance when you try to serve up healthier foods at mealtime? If you’re the cook in your family, here are some tips and family-friendly meal ideas!

VIDEO: Healthy Breakfast

Start your day out right with a healthy breakfast! Here are some healthy breakfast ideas that you and your family can enjoy.

VIDEO: Grab-and-Go Snacks for Kids and Adults

We all have a need for healthy grab-and-go snacks. Here are some fun, easy ideas that won’t sabotage your healthy eating efforts.

VIDEO: Crudites

Having vegetables and a light dip or hummus on hand is a healthy snack that can be ready to eat in less than a minute. Your Produce Man tells us all about crudités – which means vegetables for a snack!

Cooking for Two: Tips & Tricks of the Trade

Your eating habits don’t have to suffer just because you are only cooking for two. This month, we’re bringing you dozens of tips and recipes to make healthy cooking for two easier and fun!

VIDEO: How to Pick, Store, and Prepare Asparagus

Find out the secret to buying the best asparagus at the grocery store. Also, find tips on how to store it and learn the many ways it can be cooked.

VIDEO: Signs of Spring – What’s in Season Now

Find out which fruits and vegetables are in season during the spring. It’s the time of year that they taste best and they may be cheaper too! Plus some more meal ideas to include them in your meal plan.

Healthy Recipes for Two

If you usually cook for two, here are some helpful tips for finding healthy recipes and reducing the number of servings in large recipes.

Whole Grain Salads: A Quick & Easy Meal Idea

Looking for a quick meal that’s also balanced and healthy? A simple grain salad can serve as a quick, one-pot meal.

VIDEO: Legumes – More Than Just Beans

Michael Marks gives us a “leg-up” with knowledge about legumes. They‘re nutritious and they are available all year round. He’ll also share a delicious meal idea with us.

VIDEO: Back to Your Roots

Root vegetables are packed with nutrients! Find out which vegetables are considered root vegetables and how you can use them in your own kitchen!

VIDEO: Fruit – A Guide to Portion Size

Michael Marks shares some tips for controlling fruit portions and shows us how a portion of fruit should look on your plate.

Make Your Carbs Count!

Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to follow a low-carb diet or avoid carbohydrate foods.

VIDEO: Beans – Lean Vegetarian Protein

Beans are a great choice – they are full of fiber and are an important source of protein for people who follow a vegetarian diet.

Vegetarian Meal Plans and Diabetes

Is a vegetarian meal plan an option for someone with diabetes? Find out what the American Diabetes Association recommends.

VIDEO: In Season: Winter Squash

Michael Marks shares an easy way to peel and cut butternut squash, a tasty fall/winter food that can be roasted and enjoyed as a side dish. You can also use it in soups or add it to casseroles.

VIDEO: Heart-Healthy Avocados in Your Meals

Michael Marks shows us an easy way to ripen, pit, and peel an avocado. He’ll also show you how they can be added to all sorts of meals.

Makeover Your Meal – Go Meatless

Eating more plant-based foods (vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts) has been linked with better health and lower risk for chronic diseases.

VIDEO: Using Frozen Vegetables

Frozen vegetables are a good alternative to fresh - they can also be cheaper sometimes, especially when certain vegetables are out of season. This plus more meal ideas from Michael Marks!

VIDEO: Putting Together a Gluten-Free Meal

Get creative with produce! See how you can turn dishes that are usually bread and pasta-heavy into delicious gluten-free options.

VIDEO: Fresh Produce – A Gluten-Free Option

Here are some tricks for planning a gluten-free meal. Let our Create Your Plate method be your guide! Your Produce Man will share a tasty meal idea to get you started!

Make Your Meal Gluten-Free & Keep it Healthy

Check out some popular diabetes-friendly meals and find simple substitutions for the foods that contain gluten.

Gluten-Free Diets – The Basics

Gluten is a protein that is found in the grains wheat, barley, and rye. It is also found in any foods that contain these grains. When someone follows a gluten-free diet, they eliminate all sources of gluten from their meal plan.

Tricks and Tips for Holiday Cooking and Eating

It can be extra hard to eat healthy around the holidays since heavy foods are often the focus of many celebrations. This year, try changing your mindset a bit.

Fitting in Holiday Desserts

Whether it’s apple crisp, cookies, or another treat, most holiday celebrations include dessert. We’ll show you some ways you can fit a portion of tasty dessert into your meal plan without disrupting blood glucose control.

Favorite Fall Foods List

Fall is a great time for produce! Choose from the many flavor-packed, versatile fruits and vegetables in season.

Comfort Foods - Make Them Lighter!

Comfort foods don't have to be packed with calories. Here are some ingredients to watch when preparing comfort food.

VIDEO: Let’s Talk Canned Vegetables

Michael Marks explains how canned vegetables can fit into your diet and still provide the nutrients you need. He’ll even give you a few meal ideas!

VIDEO: Dried Beans – A Good Way to Go

Dried beans are a low-cost, nutritious option without the sodium to worry about. See how to prepare dried beans in your own kitchen – it may be easier than you think!

VIDEO: Canned Beans Are Budget-Friendly

The theme this month is low-budget. Michael Marks shows us how canned beans fit into a low-cost meal plan.

On-the-Go and On a Budget

See how you can stay healthy and spend less when you eat out. Also, check out additional budget-savvy tips for when you're on the go!

Eating Healthy On a Budget – It Can Be Done!

The holidays have finally passed, and many of us are looking to save rather than spend. This month, we’re bringing you a whole bunch of tips to help you do just that.

VIDEO: Supersize Your Salads

Salad greens are one of the lowest-carb foods out there. It’s easy to create colorful, fresh salads to enjoy as entrees or side dishes this winter!

VIDEO: Healthy Holiday Side Dishes

Michael Marks shares some healthy side dish ideas that are perfect for holiday gatherings. Check them out and try them yourself!

VIDEO: Classic Mac ‘n Cheese

Chef Robyn Webb explains how she makes her healthy version of mac ‘n cheese. She’ll also taste-test her recipe against its store-bought competitors!

On-The-Go Tips: Holiday Drink Makeover

There is nothing more comforting than a holiday-themed coffee drink this time of year. Check out our holiday drink makeover to see how you can fit them in this year!

Fitting In Comfort Food This Holiday Season

After all of the running around during the holiday season, nothing tastes better at the end of the day than our favorite comfort foods. But how do these rich dishes fit into a diabetes meal plan?

VIDEO: Smart Appetizer Ideas

Michael Marks, Your Produce Man brings healthy appetizer ideas to life. Try one of these delicious ideas instead of bringing high-calorie spinach artichoke dip or fried finger foods to the party this year.

VIDEO: Sweet Potatoes – A Seasonal Favorite

Did you know that sweet potatoes are on the American Diabetes Associations superfoods list? Michael Marks gets us thinking about how this seasonal favorite fits into a diabetes meal plan.
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