Let’s go Camping!- Blog on ALL.com 8/19/13

We can hardly believe September is almost here- but that means it’s time for fun Fall activities!

If you’re looking for a healthy family bonding experience in the great outdoors, why not plan a camping trip?

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Here in Virginia, you can camp at many state parks including spots in Virginia Beach, up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, down in the valley by Harrisonburg, by the Shenandoah River or along the Appalachian Trail. If you want to find state parks or campgrounds in your area you can search GoCampingAmerica.com.

To make the most out of your camping adventure, here are some tips:

1) Don’t forget to pack the basics: a tent, plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray, sleeping bag, lantern, lighter, warm clothes, trash bags, first aid kit, toothbrush, toilet paper, chairs for around the fire, hiking shoes/socks, bathing suit/towel if you’re planning other excursions

2) We always encourage physical activity, so we suggest you incorporate hiking, biking, tubing or fishing into your plans! Many state parks have trails and paths mapped out or tubes you can rent to explore the waterways. You could even catch a fish for dinner!

3) Pack healthy snacks like trail mix and make a healthy dinner, like these recipes we found on Pinterest: Kebabs, Pasta Foil Packets, Baked Potatoes

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And then, of course, the best part of camping: S’mores for everyone! Try one of these variations of the campfire classic.

Campfire Banana Splits

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Peanutbutter S’mOreos

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Candy bars, strawberries, cookies, ect!

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If you have any other favorite camping recipes please share them in the comments below!

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Cheering for healthy Super Bowl recipes– Blog post on ALL.com 1/29

Super Bowl Sunday can bring more food temptations in front of your face than Thanksgiving with so many get-togethers in front of the TV. But going to work the next morning feeling full from over-eating can be the pits, even if your team wins.

With these healthy (or at least healthiER) Super Bowl recipes, you can feel good about keeping your belt buckle tight as you cheer on the Ravens and 49ers!

Mini turkey burgers with gorgonzola-Health

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Cowboy caviar-Morning Glories

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Cheesy buffalo chicken dip-Dashing Dish

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Zucchini Pizza-Kalyn’s Kitchen

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Turkey and bean chili-My Recipes

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Jalapeno poppers-Eating Well

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What’s your favorite game time dish to share? Leave us a recipe below!

Give thanks for a healthy Thanksgiving- blog post on ALL.com 11/21

We’re sure there are tons of articles and blog posts out there telling you “don’t eat too much” on Thanksgiving. It can be the most stressful day of the year for dieters or health fanatics, but this year, we have found some recipes to put those anxieties at ease. With these healthy side dishes, you can indulge and enjoy all the flavors of Turkey Day with less guilt.

And don’t forget, you can always start the day off with a Turkey Trot in your area to get that metabolism going strong!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Creamed Spinach Casserole- Eating Well

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Sweet Potato Fries- Better Homes and Gardens

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Rice-stuffed Squash- Reader’s Digest

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Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Onions- Eating Well

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Pumpkin Recipe Time!–Blog post for ALL.com 10/10/12

October is here and that means it’s time for yummy fall recipes. With its savory taste, pumpkin is not only festive; it’s one of the healthiest ingredients you can include in your diet this season.

Pumpkin is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamin A, B-6, calcium and potassium. Whether you buy it canned or fresh, there are so many ways to add it into your favorite meals.

As you get together with friends and family, keep that Ask, Listen, Learn message of living a healthy lifestyle in mind with these recipes!

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Pumpkin Mac N Cheese

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Pumpkin monkey bread with maple cream cheese frosting

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Pumpkin Twinkies

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Pumpkin turkey chili

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Pumpkin ice cream sandwiches

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Pumpkin lentil soup

What’s YOUR favorite recipe? Let us know in the comments below!!

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Happy national peanut day!- Blog post on asklistenlearn.com 9/13/12

Did you know today is national peanut day?

Peanuts are actually not a nut, they’re in the legumes family! They’re high in fiber, naturally trans-fat and sodium free, and they contain more protein than any other ‘nut’.

You can find more facts here, but why not celebrate national peanut day with some of these fun snacks?

Retired peanut farmer Henry Doggett of Surry County (one of the eight peanut producing localities in the Commonwealth of Virginia) says “Hope you enjoy some roasted peanuts, peanut butter or peanuts prepared however you like ’em! Spread the word! Make every day a peanutty day!”

Double Chocolate Caramel Corn & Cocoa Rice Krispies Candy Bars

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Apple, peanut butter, and granola sandwich

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Dark chocolate oat clusters

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What’s your favorite peanut recipe? The possibilities are endless. Let us know by commenting below!

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