Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

Many people in Wisconsin have low Vitamin D status due to insufficient dietary intake and lack of sun exposure. Vitamin D is found naturally in egg yolks, some fish, and fish liver oil and is often fortified in milk. Your body can also make vitamin D when your skin is exposed to UV sunlight, however, … Continue reading Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

Tips to Maintain a Healthy Weight in 2015

The New Year has arrived, and like many Americans, you may be trying to lose some extra weight gained over the holidays. While there are many different “crash diets” that people try to quickly shed pounds, maintaining your weight over the long-term is more challenging. The key to maintaining a healthy weight is to follow … Continue reading Tips to Maintain a Healthy Weight in 2015

Spinach Smoothie with Avocado and Apple

Ingredients: • 1 ½ cups apple juice • 2 cups chopped spinach • 1 apple, cored and chopped • ½ avocado, chopped Directions: Combine apple juice, spinach, apple and avocado in a blender and puree until smooth, about 1 minute. Add water to reach desired consistency. Yield: 2 servings Recipe Source: RealSimple.com

Cranberry-Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients: Crust: -1 cup all-purpose flour -1 cup quick-cooking oats -1/2 cup packed brown sugar -1/4 tsp salt -1/4 tsp baking soda -1/4 tsp ground cinnamon -6 Tbsp butter, melted -3 Tbsp orange juice -Cooking spray Filling: -1 1/3 cups dried cranberries (about 6 ounces) -3/4 cup sour cream -1/2 cup granulated sugar -2 Tbsp … Continue reading Cranberry-Oatmeal Bars

Cinnamon-Streusel Topped Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients: Filling: -3/4 tsp ground cinnamon -1/4 tsp ground allspice -1/4 tsp ground ginger -1/4 tsp ground nutmeg -1/8 tsp ground cloves -2 large eggs -1 (15 ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin -1 (14 ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk Crust: -1/2 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury) -Cooking Spray Streusel: -1/3 c … Continue reading Cinnamon-Streusel Topped Pumpkin Pie

Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients: Cookies: -2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour -1 tsp ground ginger -1 tsp ground cinnamon -1/2 tsp baking powder -1/4 tsp baking soda -1/4 tsp salt -1/4 tsp ground nutmeg -1/2 cup packed brown sugar -1/2 cup butter, softened -3 Tbsp molasses -1 large egg -Cooking Spray Icing: -1 cup sifted powdered sugar -1 Tbsp … Continue reading Gingerbread Cookies

Peppermint Stick Hot Chocolate

Ingredients: 8 c 2% reduced-fat milk ¾ c packed dark brown sugar 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg 3 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped 12 candy canes ¾ c miniature marshmallows Whole grated nutmeg (optional) Directions: Combine milk, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, nutmeg, and semisweet chocolate in a large … Continue reading Peppermint Stick Hot Chocolate

Maple Popcorn

Ingredients: -Cooking Spray -8cups popcorn -1/2 cup maple syrup -1 Tablespoon butter -1/2 tsp salt Preparation Preheat oven to 300°. Coat a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan or other large rimmed baking pan with cooking spray. Place popcorn in a large metal or glass bowl lightly coated with cooking spray. Combine syrup, butter and salt … Continue reading Maple Popcorn