Wednesday, February 4, 2015

VALENTINES DAY MEAL IDEAS + FEBRUARY CLASS CALENDAR

I heard the whirl of the very noisy blender again and again. Every single morning, without fail, my mom made green smoothies. She poured herself the tallest glass, and the rest of us managed to choke down smaller portions of the kale-spinach-banana-strawberry-flax seed concoction.




I didn't think it then, but I realize it now. By drinking those green smoothies and choosing other healthy habits, my mom was showing us she loves us. She loves us enough to keep herself healthy.


It’s ironic, but true. One of the best ways to show your family you love them is to keep yourself healthy. Ghandi said, “Health is the greatest gift.” Keeping yourself fit and healthy is one of the greatest gifts you can give to those you love.


That’s why a very loving thing to do around Valentines Day (and always) is to prepare healthy foods for your family. Your family may not think you love them when you prepare vegetable-laden meals and cut back on their meaty-cheesy favorites, but you’ll know that THAT is true love.


Here are some healthy, affordable meal ideas I’ve put together to help us love our families even better. Click on the title to see the whole recipe. See our Pinterest board for many more Valentines Day ideas.


Breakfast
OR
Heart Eggs in a Nest with your favorite smoothie
OR
Whole Wheat Waffles with a Jam-Filled Heart

Photos used with permission from SuperHealthyKids.com


Lunch or Dinner
Spinach Heart Calzones with Christmas Tree Salad
Grilled Pizza (make it in a heart shape!)




Dessert

Scrumptious Strawberry Sherbert or Healthy Chocolate Truffles or a Heart-Shaped Fruit Pizza


Come to one of our upcoming classes to see and taste more delicious, nutritious recipes like these!


Upcoming Food $ense Classes

Family Meals Series
In February, make a smoothie, amazing veggies, and a pizza!
When: Every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
Where: South Franklin Community Center (770 South 700 West, Provo)
Instructors: Faith and Raven
*Taught in English and Spanish

Healthy Eating on a Budget 
Heart-healthy dishes: How to reduce sugar, salt, and fat, and use plant-based protein
When: Thursday, February 5 @ 7 p.m.
Where: Lehi Public Library (120 N Center Street, Lehi)
Instructor: Kristi

Create A Skillet Meal/Stock Your Pantry
When: Wednesday, February 11 @ 7 p.m.
Where: Springville Public Library (45 S Main, Springville) 
Instructor: Raven


Creating Healthy Meals on a Budget
When: Tuesday, February 17 @ 4 p.m.
Where: Department of Workforce Services (1185 N  Cappel Dr., Spanish Fork)
Instructor: Melissa



Healthy Eating on a Budget 
Heart-healthy dishes: How to reduce sugar, salt, and fat, and use plant-based protein
When: Friday, February 20 @ 11 a.m.
Where: Macey's Little Theater in Pleasant Grove (931 W State Road, Pleasant Grove)

Instructor: Kristi

Create A Skillet Meal/Stock Your Pantry
When: Wednesday, February 25 @ 11 a.m.
Where: Utah County Health Department (151 S. University Ave, Provo)
Instructor: Raven



Healthy Eating on a Budget
Heart-healthy dishes: How to reduce sugar, salt, and fat, and use plant-based protein
When: Thursday, February 19th @ 7 p.m.
Where: American Fork Library (54 E Main Street, American Fork)
Instructor: Kristi



All classes are FREE

All ages invited.

No registration required, just show up!
For questions, contact us at  utahcountyfoodsense@usu.edu or call 801-851-8460


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