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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.

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: 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.

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: 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!

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.

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.

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: 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!

Make Your Carbs Count!

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

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

On-The-Go Tips

Here are some quick tips to help you stay on the healthy track when you are on-the-go this holiday season.

Easy Steps to a Happy and Healthy Holiday

Solutions to the typical holiday dilemmas. Don't let stress take over the holidays this year. Diabetes or not - you can still enjoy family, fun, and food!

Our Favorite Fall Foods for You and your Family

The leaves are turning and the weather is getting cooler, but there are still plenty of tasty and nutritious foods to eat! Treat yourself and your family to some of our favorite fall foods this October!

VIDEO: Making Tomato Basil Soup with Chicken

Chef Nancy Hughes shows you how to make one of this month’s featured recipes from her cookbook 15-Minute Diabetic Meals. It’s delicious, healthy, and only takes 15 minutes to make!

VIDEO: Basil – From the Store to Your Plate

Michael Marks shares a trick for storing this fresh herb. He’ll also show you how to use basil to add flavor your food for less calories and salt.

VIDEO: All About Sweet Potatoes

Michael Marks, Your Produce Man, explains the difference between sweet potatoes and yams. He’ll also touch on how sweet potatoes can fit into your diabetes meal plan

On-the-Go Tips

Here are some tips for when you're short on time.We'll share a trick that will make it easier to put a homecooked meal on the table - even on the busiest of days. Also, check out healthy convenient snacks to opt for in place of less nutritious Halloween candy.

VIDEO: The Many Types of Tomatoes

Michael Marks shows you the different varieties of tomatoes and how to incorporate tomatoes into your meal plan.

VIDEO: Let's Talk Cukes

Michael Marks presents the different varieties of cucumbers you can use to make your meals and snacks. He also shares some preparation tricks and meal ideas.

VIDEO: It's Tomato Season!

Michael Marks introduces the Create Your Plate approach to meal planning. He'll also tell you how to store tomatoes and give an example of how you can include this non-starchy vegetable in your meals.

The Mediterranean Diet - What's the Story?

Have you heard the buzz about the Mediterranean diet? Read this month's feature article to find out the basics and benefits of the traditional Mediterranean lifestyle.

New and Healthy Brown Bag Lunches

Take 100% control of your lunches as an easy step toward a healthier lifestyle!

VIDEO: No-Cook Meal Ideas

Believe it or not, it’s easy to prepare a healthy meal without turning on the stove. Michael Marks gives us some great no-cook meal ideas that can make your life easier on a hectic day.

8 Quick Snack Ideas – Lean Protein Included!

Are you constantly on-the-go? Here are some quick and easy snack ideas, all of which include a source of lean protein.
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