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Are Baked Beans as Healthy as You Think?

Baked beans go with almost every summer dish: hot dogs, burgers, fried chicken, pulled pork, Polish sausages—you name it! But as a side dish, how healthy are they? Baked beans can lower cholesterol and are packed with fiber, protein and…


Spice Up Your Michigan Carrots with Two Recipes You’ll Love

They’re orange, crunchy and kind of sweet … I’m talking about Michigan carrots of course. Carrots have a bad reputation as a boring vegetable and aren’t often seen as a very versatile ingredient. We would argue that carrots are actually quite complex, filled…



#MIKidsCan Play like a Lion Week 4

As summer comes to a close and fans get ready for football, more than 500 kids across Michigan are nearing the end of the #MIKidsCan Play like a Lion Challenge. During the final week, kids and parents will learn about the…

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National Picnic Month: 8 Healthy Foods to Pack

Picnics and warm weather go hand in hand, which is probably why July is National Picnic Month. If you haven’t packed a basket yet this summer, use this as a good excuse. While it’s easy to revert to packing picnic…


Michigan Cherry Recipe Round-Up

Did you know, Traverse City, Mich. holds the nickname of Cherry Capital of the World? According to the Michigan Agriculture Council, the mitten state ranks No. 1 for production of tart cherries in the nation. Cherries are delicious and also very…


Delicious, DIY Lip Balms Anyone Can Make

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never even considered making your own lip balm. But it’s actually super easy to do and can save you money. Plus, if you make it yourself, you can customize the balm to smell…

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Take it Outside: 5 Tips to Step Up Your Outdoor Workout

Hiding out in a gym to get your sweat session in? Break free from treadmill drudgery and gather inspiration from your natural surroundings! Cari Draft owns EcoTrek Fitness, which offers outdoor fitness classes throughout West Michigan. “Anything you can do…


VIDEO: Metro Detroit Youth Day

What started as a way to bring the community together during a time of turmoil has grown into one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Now in it’s 33rd year, Metro Detroit Youth Day’s mission is to inspire children to…

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Tour de TART: Grab a Bike and Join in the Fun Tomorrow

The Tour de France may get all the bike-racing glory, but Michigan is home to a number of fun cycling events of its own. And one is coming up soon — as in tomorrow! TART (Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation)…