Mental Health First Aid for Farmers

The National Farmers Union’s 118th Anniversary Convention gathered family farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Georgia, earlier this March. This is an annual opportunity for family farmers from across the country to come together to learn, collaborate, and grow through discussions, brainstorming, and breakout sessions. While I didn’t have the […]

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Building Healthy Places with Local Food

More than 60% of Michiganders live with one, or more, chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, etc.) and 95% of us engage in behaviors that contribute to chronic disease development. While these numbers are daunting, there is a lot we can do individually, and as communities, to change these numbers. One the most impactful […]

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Eat your Greens! Potassium & Health

Potassium is an essential micronutrient, mineral, and an electrolyte. You can find this essential nutrient in unprocessed foods, such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds. Fortunately, this time of year is a great time to get your potassium from locally grown foods! Green veggies like broccoli, spinach, and swiss chard are all good sources, […]

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Roasted Pumpkin Mole

FYT Health Foods is a meal prep service based out of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City. They performed a cooking demonstration sponsored by TLD at the Groundwork Center’s recent Farms, Food & Health Conference in late September. Here’s their recipe!

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Food @ MSU: What to eat, what not to eat

Food can be confusing for anyone, but as a mom, it’s even more complicated. I’m constantly attempting to achieve balance between what’s healthiest for my family and what my boys are willing to eat, which changes often. And I don’t always succeed, despite good intentions. My oldest regularly requests mac and cheese, while the toddler […]

Eggs: Unscrambling the Science

If it seems like every few years the recommendations for eating eggs changes, that’s because it does. The issue is that egg yolks are a rich source of dietary cholesterol, but do not contain saturated fats which co-exist in most other sources of cholesterol like red meats. Cholesterol is an important structural component in all […]

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Quick Pickles: Meal Prep Hero

Pickling is one of my favorite ways to celebrate seasonal produce. The process is simple, quick, and almost mess-free. Pickled vegetables are great to have on hand in the fridge for an easy flavor boost on salads, sandwiches, tacos, or rice dishes. It’s fun to experiment with different combinations of vegetables, herbs, and spices and […]

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