Make Healthy Ranch at Home in Minutes!

Is ranch dressing your guilty pleasure? If so, I have good news for you: it doesn’t have to make you feel guilty anymore. If you’re that person at the dining table who bathes your salads, wings or almost anything you…



Festive and Healthy: Holiday Cookies Go From Naughty to Nice

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without traditional Christmas treats, and cookies always seem to be at the top of people’s lists. Unfortunately, going overboard on sweets can lead to a few extra pounds by the time the new year…


Healthy Takes on Classic Holiday Dishes

The holidays bring families together to enjoy each other’s company over big, hearty meals. But all of those high-calorie platefuls of food can take a toll on your health. The good news is that the holidays don’t have to be…


Recipes to Help You Elevate Your Cranberry Game This Thanksgiving

Turkey without cranberries? Unthinkable! If your holiday celebration side dish comes out of a can, however, we’d like you to consider going fresh this year. While the rings from the can are certainly decorative, this delicious cranberry fruit relish and…


Soul Food Dinner: Blackened Catfish with Collard Greens

At the LINC Up Soul Food Café on Grand Rapids’ southeast side, traditional dishes are made with love and a desire to make them as healthy as possible for restaurant patrons. Restaurant Manager Lewis Williams said many of the patrons…



The Secrets to Cooking With Coconut Oil

Cooking with coconut oil is a kitchen trend that’s showing no signs of losing popularity. That’s because while coconut oil is high in saturated fat, like butter, it has been found to boost your good HDL cholesterol. While any saturated…


Traverse City: Empty Bowls Chicken Vegetable Orzo Soup Recipe

Eat soup and help end hunger. That’s the premise of this year’s Empty Bowls event, taking place on Sunday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan…



Producing Whole Grain Flour at Holland’s De Zwaan Windmill

The De Zwaan Windmill in Holland, Mich. is not only a historic attraction, it’s also a functioning machine that produces healthy whole wheat flour for the local community and beyond. Miller Alisa Crawford oversees the production of stone-ground flour at the mill,…


Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

When watching calories, sometimes it can feel like dessert is out of the question. By adapting your favorite sweets with healthier ingredients, you can indulge a little without the added guilt. This recipe for zucchini brownies hits all the marks for…

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Office Lunch Makeover: Delicious & Portable Fall Dishes

Cooking healthy meals to bring to work for lunch is usually the last thing you feel like doing after working a long day. So instead of trying to squeeze in your cooking on a weeknight, make a big batch of…