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Watermelon: New Ways to Enjoy Summer’s Juiciest Fruit

Summer may be beginning to wind down, but it’s not over yet! Exhibit A: Watermelon is still in season. Not only is it filling and the perfect solution for a sweet tooth, it’s also very healthy to snack on, thanks…

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Perk Up Your Greens With These Simple Dressing Recipes

Take a look at the ingredient list on your store-bought salad dressing. More likely than not, you probably see things you don’t recognize, which are additives, thickeners and other artificial ingredients that you can really do without. Luckily, making your…

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Get your kids in the kitchen with these two healthy dips

On a recent afternoon at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market’s Simmer Camp, young foodies-in-training were learning just how delicious and easy, homemade dips can be. “It just tasted different and better,” said Naomi Hamilton, 9, about the hummus and ranch dip…

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Canning lets you preserve summer flavors all year long

At the convergence of the local food movement, do-it-yourself, and environmentalism, is a practice that many might find a little old-school: canning. “With the accessibility of fresh fruits and vegetables, I think it’s definitely making a comeback,” said Jolon Hull,…

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A chicken salad recipe with a surprising ingredient

Chicken salad is a satisfying meal no matter the season or occasion. From a baby shower brunch to a picnic in the park, it really fits in anywhere. And the recipes for chicken salad vary greatly, giving it many different…

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Healthy desserts that let summer fruit steal the show

With Michigan farmers markets full of fresh berries and other fruit, why not use dessert as a way to let those flavors shine. You could go the simple route and serve a bowl of fruit with a dollop of whipped…

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Cooking with Cherries: Get flavor and health benefits with fresh summer recipes

Michelle White eats tart cherries in one form or another 365 days a year. White is the founder of Michelle’s Miracle, a Leland-based company that makes tart cherry supplements and concentrates, distributed under the Cherry Works™ brand. She said incorporating…

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A healthy twist on your favorite BBQ condiments

If you’ve been looking for healthier, homemade versions of your favorite condiments then you’ve come to the right place. Grilling can be a very healthy way to cook the foods you love, but often times the condiments are loaded with…

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These aren’t your Dad’s burgers

Summer is the perfect time for grilling up delicious beef burgers, but doing so every weekend may not be the healthiest choice. Consider that a 3½ ounce patty made with 80% lean ground beef contains 271 calories, 7 grams of saturated fat …

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