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Blue Cross Promotes National Sneak Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day (Today)

National Sneak Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, which occurs annually on August 8, was created by Pennsylvanian farmers, Tom and Ruth Roy, to help prevent food waste by sharing excess zucchini with friends and family. This food holiday promotes healthy eating, food waste prevention and community produce sharing, all of which align with Blue Cross’ overall mission to create a… 

Six Foods That Improve Mental Health

Nearly one in five Americans struggle with mental illness each year. While many people know a healthy diet is great for the body, not many are aware it’s also beneficial for the mind. Small dietary changes can boost cognitive function and reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders. Daily food choices change how the immune system works, the… 

Seven Ways to Encourage your Children to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

 Tired of trying to make your kids eat fruits and vegetables? You feel you have tried every single trick under the sun so that your kids eat their greens and fruits without throwing a tantrum and still nothing works?  Well, here are 7 smart ways which are sure to turn the tables in your favor! Take a look: 1. Make… 

A Parent’s Guide to Dietary Discussions

By: Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Knowing that one in three Michigan children are overweight or obese, it’s crucial that parents understand the best approach to discussions around health. The physical, mental and emotional consequences of ignoring a child’s health largely outweigh the discomfort one might feel… 

Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

This recipe is a twist on the typical “stuffed peppers”.  I created it by experimenting using some of my favorite ingredients, some unique like farro; but the goal was to create a healthier version than the “typical”.  Not just healthier, but this recipe provides complete nutrition with various veggies, proteins, carbs and it is very filling.  With that said, you… 

25 EASY peanut and tree nut free snack ideas for back to school

Summer is fading as fast as your tan and that means one thing: The kiddos are heading back to school!  With food allergies on the rise, many schools have peanut and tree nut-free classrooms and buildings. And as a food allergy parent, I know how hard it is to come up with tasty (and healthy!) snacks your kids actually WANT… 

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