All of Our Healthy Tips

VIDEO: Watermelon – A Summer Treat

No need to make a mess when you cut up fresh watermelon this season. Learn to easily slice and dice this refreshing summer fruit.

Plan a Healthy Picnic

Planning a picnic with the fam? Everyone likes summer picnic staples like cheeseburgers, potato salad and frozen treats. You can still enjoy your favorites, but it is important to balance your plate. What’s more – it's easy to incorporate some healthy options that are also tasty and crave-worthy! Here are 10 healthy picnic foods to consider for your menu this summer!

VIDEO: Summer Specialty - Eggplant!

Not sure what to do with this seasonal veggie? Here are some meal ideas that showcase nonstarchy eggplant.

VIDEO: All About Summer Squash

Michael Marks shows us the many ways you can prepare and use nonstarchy zucchini or yellow squash.

Fitting in Summer Treats

There is a place for sweets and desserts in your meal plan. You can still enjoy these treats on special occasions without feeling guilty. You’ll just need to make some adjustments to the other foods you eat.

VIDEO: What’s in Season Now

Find out which fruits and vegetables are in season now that spring is here. Plus you’ll find some meal ideas to include seasonal produce in your meal plan.

10 Tips to Simplify Healthy Cooking

Americans are busier than ever, and lack of time is one of the most common barriers to healthy cooking and eating.

VIDEO: Snow Peas & Sugar Snap Peas

How can these nutrient-packed veggies be used in cooking? Michael Marks will give you some creative, new meal ideas!

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.

Freezable Meals

Ever consider making your own frozen meals at home? Push a few buttons on the microwave, and have dinner ready in minutes.

How to Fill Half Your Plate with Nonstarchy Veggies

Struggling to fill half your plate with nonstarchy vegetables? We've got plenty of tasty ideas for you.

VIDEO: Nonstarchy Vegetables

Nonstarchy vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals—and with so few calories and carbohydrate, everyone can enjoy more! =

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.

When Meal Planning Gets Complicated… A Simple Solution

Looking for a simple solution to diabetes meal planning? The Diabetes Plate Method can be a good place to start for many people with diabetes.

VIDEO: Cabbage for St. Paddy’s Day

Michael Marks introduces us to a few different cabbage varieties and healthy ways to enjoy it this St. Patrick’s Day.

Makeover Your Meals with Heart-Healthy Swaps

Eating more heart healthy is as simple as swapping out some of the less healthy foods you are currently eating. Below, we’ve listed 20 heart-healthy swaps you can try to start celebrating heart health month all year round!

VIDEO: Heart-Healthy Avocados

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.

VIDEO: Nuts – A Heart-Healthy Snack

Nuts are a great source of healthy unsaturated fats and make a quick and easy snack. Just be sure to watch your portions. Check out how you can add nuts to simple dishes and make roasted nuts.

10 Tips for Heart-Healthy Eating

February is American Heart Month, and a great time to start including more heart-healthy foods in your meal plan.

VIDEO: Cooking with Herbs

An introduction to different types of herbs and examples of how you can use them in your own cooking.

VIDEO: Back to Your Roots

Root vegetables are packed with nutrients and many varieties are available during the winter months. Find out which vegetables are considered root vegetables and how you can use them in your own kitchen!

VIDEO: Make Your Own Tea

Learn how to make your own unsweetened tea at home using herbs and spices. With few calories and carbohydrates, unsweetened tea one of the beverages we highly recommend.

Resolution to Reality: Back on Track in 2015

If your New Year’s resolution has something to do with eating better, exercising more, or losing weight, you are certainly not alone. The beginning of a new year is a great time to start working toward a healthier you!

Pack Your Lunch: A Simple Step to Better Health

One easy way to improve your diet is to start bringing a healthy lunch from home.

VIDEO: Citrus

There are so many types of citrus fruit. Even with diabetes, citrus like oranges and tangerines can be a tasty, refreshing snack or side. What’s more – many citrus fruits are in season during the winter months!

VIDEO: Holiday Desserts – Lightened Up

The best dessert choices will provide an extra serving of fruit or will include other nutritious ingredients. Michael Marks shows us how to make a delicious holiday apple tart.

VIDEO: Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Holiday appetizers tend to be carb-heavy. Your Produce Man will share some light appetizer ideas that you can enjoy before your meal without sabotaging blood glucose control.

Tips to Lighten Up Your Holiday Menu

It can be extremely difficult to eat healthy when it comes to traditional holiday grub. But there are a few small steps you can take to keep a healthy balance in your life while still fully enjoying the celebration.

Include a Holiday Treat

For this month’s Meal Makeover, we’ll show you some ways you can rearrange your plate to fit in a portion of your favorite holiday dessert.

VIDEO: Healthy Holiday Side Dishes

Your Produce Man, Michael Marks, shares ideas for festive side dishes you can bring to any holiday gathering this year.

VIDEO: Make a Lower-Carb Pasta Meal

Instead of regular pasta, try substituting with lower-carb spaghetti squash. Michael Marks will make a pasta mélange and inspire you to put together your own veggie-packed pasta dish.

Revamp Your Snacks

It’s important to make sure you are choosing nutritious, healthy foods when you decide to snack.

VIDEO: Healthy Halloween Treats!

Trick or Treat! Here are some fun, festive treat ideas with a healthy twist.

Eat More Mindfully

Do you eat so quickly that you usually end up stuffing yourself? Or do you eat in front of the TV, and before you know it, your meal is gone? Let's fix it!

VIDEO: Sweet Potatoes – A Seasonal Favorite

Fall veggies are about to come into season. Learn how budget-friendly, nutrient-packed sweet potatoes – a fall veggie – can be incorporated into your meal plan.

VIDEO: New Ideas for Your Tailgate

It’s finally football season and most of us will be attending a tailgating party or two. Here are some tailgating party foods you can bring this year that are on the healthier side, but are still perfect for the occasion.

VIDEO: Quick Meals – Veggies Included!

Your Produce Man shares a few quick and tasty meal ideas that are packed with non-starchy vegetables and nutrition.

15 Ways to Eat Healthy In a Hurry

Don’t skip eating healthy due to a hectic schedule. It is important to make nutritious food choices. Below are 15 great tips that you can use this fall to keep healthy eating on the menu.

Short on Time? Slow Cook It!

Ever feel like you are running on empty at dinner time? Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a hot meal without actually having to do any cooking? Enter: the slow cooker!

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.

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.

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: 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!

Build a Better Burger

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

VIDEO: Summer Berries

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

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.

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!

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!
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