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Maximize your workouts with proper nutrition

By Laura Schmidt RD, LDThere are more sports nutrition products available today than ever, but what is the best way to maximize the effects of your workout? Workout nutrition can be broken down into three segments: pre, during, and post-workout. Nutritional recommendations also vary if you are ...

Avocado Tuna Salad

This week my baby girl turned 18. I cannot even believe it. She's a grown up now. Well, kind of. She's still our little baby. She's starting her own business and has been attending college. We are very proud parents. Her business is a summer camp where she will teach art to children.Yesterday, ...

Are you Staying Hydrated this Summer?

The warmer months are upon us, so staying hydrated is extra important! And with all the different varieties of sports drinks on the market and new ones coming all the time, how do you decide which one (if any) are right for you? While you don't want to dehydrate your body during physical ...

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

By Wendy MonroA few months ago, we agreed to travel to California to celebrate my cousin's children's high school graduation. My cousins who are graduating are twins and their mother, my cousin, Julie, is one of my best friends. Her twins have autism. However, they have managed to graduate with ...

Kids Sports Nutrition

By Laura SchmidtBaseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, fun-runs, and more are keeping your family busy and moving this summer. Proper nutrition for your child is important to keep him or her active! As a parent and/or coach it is your job to help keep these youngsters hydrated, ...

Mediterranean Pasta with Scallops

We pulled off the surprise party of the year. A really good friend of mine has had an awful year. Well, she and her husband have had a terrible year. I won't go into details but you should believe me when I say this was the worst year of their lives. So, some friends and I wanted to throw her a ...

Fuel your activity right with carbohydrates!

As the weather gets warmer, many of us head out to take part in local running or biking races, or just enjoy some active time outdoors on our own or with our families. To fuel up for these activities, it is important to eat foods that will help us do our best, whether it is for competition or ...

Pineapple Cucumber Salad

\We have been so busy this week. My mom, stepdad, and sister came here from California to visit Ella before she leaves. The first night, they all arrived at different times, so I decided to make a big smorgasbord of snacks for dinner. I put out cheeses, sliced meats, diced fruit, French bread, ...

The Power of Protein

When it comes to sports nutrition, there are several nutrients you need in your diet and one of those important nutrients is protein. An important function of protein is to build and repair all the tissues in our body, which our muscles need when it comes to sports and exercise. Protein is ...

Leeks Vinaigrette

By Wendy MonroWe had another party at our house this weekend. This time it was a welcoming of Ella and my friend Amy's birthday party. Yes, another combination party. Claud and I discussed what we would cook. He was certain that he would grill some ribeye steaks and make dauphinoise potatoes. I ...

5 Simple Steps to Power up Your Summer Salads

By Laura Schmidt RD, LDMay is National Salad Month, making it a great time to give your salads a powerful boost by choosing nutrient-rich ingredients. Salads don't have to be boring, tasteless, diet foods. With the right base, toppings, and dressing they can be main-dish stars or sides your ...

Fresh from the Grill!

Fire up that grill! May is National Barbecue Month and what better way to kick off the warmer weather than getting outside and grilling up your favorite foods?Think outside the burger and hotdog box. According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association, the most common grilled foods are ...

Sweet and Sour Chicken

My daughter Ella is here visiting us from England. We almost didn't pick her up at the airport. I was looking at an itinerary from last year, which read that she was arriving on the fifteenth. This year, she arrived on the fourteenth. Ella and I do this thing back and forth each time she is ...

Fruit Tarts

We had another successful Mother's Day brunch at the Monro household. Every year, Claud makes me eggs Benedict for Mother's Day and we eat these while sipping mimosas. We do the same thing for my birthday because this is my favorite meal. This time, it seemed like it was just going to be our ...

Step into Spring… the Fresh & Healthy Way!

Did you know that May is Mediterranean Diet Month? The Mediterranean diet is characterized by fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dried beans, fresh seafood, herbs and spices, low-fat dairy products, and heart-healthy fats such as olive and canola oil. Spring is a great time to focus on ...

Pear Upside Down Cake

I did it! I finally baked something that tastes amazing. I can't believe how easy it was too.Allow me back up a little. I am getting ahead of myself. A few days ago, we went to California to visit my mom and stepdad. On our way home, we decided to drive through Piru. We used to live in Piru ...

Ready, Set, Mango

Not only are mangos one of the world's most popular fruits, they're also an ideal addition to any Cinco de Mayo menu. Lush, flavorful, and versatile mangos work their tropical magic from beverages to desserts and everything in between. In many Latin American countries, mango on a stick with the ...

Responsible Choice: Serious About Meeting Goals

If you have problems baiting your line this spring and summer, fear not - Hy-Vee has your back! Hy-Vee has recently achieved its sustainable seafood goal: 100 percent of Hy-Vee's fresh and private-label frozen seafood now comes from responsible sources! Communications Vice President Tara ...

Spring Salad With Honey Roasted Almonds

I binge watched The Great British Baking Show for the past few days on Netflix. This is a PBS show but the first season now is on Netflix. I walked around everywhere with my Ipad because I couldn't stop watching it. I folded clothes, washed dishes, bathed, and cooked while watching the ...

Thai Red Curry

My daughter, Daphne, has a stalker. Yes, a stalker. A young man has decided it would be a good idea to call her about three hundred times a day, text about a thousand times, instant message on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all day long, and even send three or four letters per day in the mail. ...

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