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Recipes to Get You Ripped! Or, Just Eat Healthier

After the clock hits midnight, the New Year begins and everyone’s New Year’s resolutions will start (some the next day, some on Monday). For many, their goal is to drop the pounds and hit the gym more often. While you can work out until you turn blue in the face, cooking and eating healthier is one of the most essential parts to losing weight. Eating healthy doesn’t require salads and plain chicken all the time either! So many websites offer healthy versions of your favorites including pasta, casseroles, “fried” food and more! Here are some great healthy recipes to get you going – but be sure to do some of your own research to find what you really love.


Photo Credit: SkinnyTaste

Photo Credit: SkinnyTaste

Blueberry Banana Bread (SkinnyTaste)

Green Morning Smoothie (Food Network)

Spinach Artichoke Feta Breakfast Bake (SkinnyTaste)

Petite Crust-less Quiche (SkinnyTaste)

Vanilla Bean and Blueberry Chia Pudding (The Healthy Family & Home)


Lasagna Soup (SkinnyTaste)

Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Delish)

Photo Credit: Better Homes and Gardens

Photo Credit: Better Homes and Gardens

Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad (SkinnyTaste)

Mediterranean Chicken Wraps (Better Homes and Gardens)

Egg Roll in a Bowl (Frugal Healthy Life)


One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta (SkinnyTaste)

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey over Rice (Weary Chef)

Skinny Italian Stuffed Peppers (The Skinny Fork)

Cilantro Lime Chicken Sliders with Tomato Guacamole (Little Broken)

Lighter Honey-Sesame Chicken (Cooking Classy)

Photo Credit: SkinnyTaste

Photo Credit: SkinnyTaste


Greek 7 Layer Dip (SkinnyTaste)

Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing (Cooking Classy)

Zucchini Parmesan Chips (Damn Delicious)

100-Calorie Apple Oatmeal Muffins (Fit Bottomed Eats)

Mini Cauliflower Pizzas (Damn Delicious)


Nicer Krispie Squares (Plant Powered Kitchen)

5-Ingredient Almond Cake with Fresh Berries (SkinnyTaste)

Skinny Mocha Banana Crunch Ice Cream (Whole & Heavenly Oven)

Greek Yogurt Strawberry Popsicles (Simply Healthy Home)

Peanut Butter Banana Cups (Skinny Ms.)

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Healthy Thanksgiving School Menu Ideas and Swaps

Schools across the country are revving up for their annual Thanksgiving celebration lunches.  If you’re looking for ideas for your school that are different from the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, check these out.  Many also fit in with with the new school nutrition guidelines.

Not a school? Doesn’t matter! Try any of these out for your Turkey Day celebration. Enjoy!

Cheesy Baked Zucchini

Great way to mix up the menu

Confetti Quinoa

Can also substitute brown rice or whole wheat couscous

Corn and Green Bean Casserole

Healthy way to get the veggies in

Cranberry Pear Sauce

Also includes recipes for Cranberry Cheesecake, Cranberry Harvest Salad and Cranberry Mocktail

Fruit Cups

Great year round to meet fruit requirement

Harvest Delight

Large variety of vegetables such as sweet potatoes, butternut squash and carrots

Macaroni and Cheese

Kid favorite

Mashed Cauliflower and Parsnips with Roasted Garlic

Great swap for mashed potatoes!

Multi-Grain Sweet Potato Muffins

Great alternative to the typical roll

Pumpkin Cake

Great pumpkin pie swap–cuts fat in half compared to most commercial pumpkin pie recipes

Squash Casserole

Casserole can be healthy

Teeny Turkeys

Fun way to mix up appetizers

Turkey with a Twist

Unique take on a traditional dish

Wheat Dinner Rolls

Fits perfectly with whole grain requirement

Whole Grain Cornbread

Cuts calories and sodium in half from traditional cornbread


Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: August 24

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from August 20-24.

First Lady Hosts First Kid’s “State Dinner” at White House

From Let’s Move!, Read Full Story

Alaska Teriyaki Salmon Wrap, Stuffed Tomatoes, Johna’s Pesto Pizza, Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Chicken and  are four of the 54 winning recipe entries that went into Let’s Move!’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook.

Although winners weren’t award-winning chefs with decades of experience, but rather young chefs between the ages of eight through 12.  They submitted their recipes through Let’s Move!’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, and for winning, were able to attend the first Kid’s State Dinner at the White House, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.  (And crashed by President Barack Obama).  Winners came from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Northern Marina Islands.  Check out Let’s Move! to learn about winners, see select recipes and to download a copy of the cookbook.

Colorado Hospital Foodservice to Test Charging Less for Healthier Items

From Food Management, Read Full Story

The statement, “I would eat healthier if it wasn’t so expensive,” is a very popular one.  Well one hospital cafeteria is making that an unacceptable excuse. The Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo. has launched a pilot program that will run through the fall titled the “Healthy U” program.

A Food Management article said this program has changed pricing so healthier foods will cost less.  The cafeteria hopes the lower prices will help customers choose the healthier items.  As an example, Food Management said a vegetarian hamburger will be $2.25 a regular beef burger will now cost $3.

Nation’s Restaurant News’ Special Report on Health Care

From Nation’s Restaurant News, Read Full Story

When President Obama’s health care law was upheld in June, many members of the foodservice industry became concerned as to how it would affect their business.  Under the new law, NRN said employers with 50 or more full-time employees are required to offer health insurance to them and their dependents, otherwise they will have to pay a penalty.  They added this new law doesn’t go into affect until 2014 and many of the requirements are unknown.

In a NRN article released shortly after the law was upheld (in June), they quoted Vice President of Government and Shareholder Relations for White Castle, Jamie Richardson, who had concerns about the unknowns and said, “The biggest thing still is the uncertainty about how the rules are going to be written.  It needs to be made actionable in the real world in a way that doesn’t cripple business.”  Because of the many concerns similar to Richardson’s, NRN put together this article, “Health Care Compliance Advice for Restaurants” to help.

College Foodservice’s New Rival: The Food Truck

From The Wall Street Journal, Read Full Story

The day in the life of a college student includes rushing from one end of campus to another, many times leaving only 15 minutes to eat, study, or get to their next class.  Cafeteria lines get long, which is something food trucks are helping students with.  However, the rise in food trucks is not the greatest for campus foodservices.

Some foodservices have exclusive rights to serve food per their contract with a college or university while others don’t.  According to a Wall Street Journal article, food trucks have become many campus foodservices’ competition.  They spoke with several students who said they enjoy the variety food trucks bring.  So what’s a solution?  WSJ said there are currently about 100 university-ran food trucks across the county, and there are other campuses who work with local food trucks and grant them special access to park and serve.  The food truck industry has certainly given college campuses something new to think about and possibly new approaches to serving students.

Healthy Weekend Recipes

From Various Sources, See Below

Looking for some new menu ideas for the weekend?  You would be surprised how many great recipes are floating out there that are healthy.  Here are a few unique recipes we found to help you boost creativity.  Happy cooking!

Delish: Light Beef and Eggplant Lasagna

SkinnyTaste: Baked Corn and Crab Cakes

Hungry Girl: Taq’ a Breakfast

Food Network: Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf

Eating Well: White Pizza with Clams