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Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Dinners

Happy New Year!

Something that seems to be a constant in regards to resolutions and self-improvement is better health through improving our food choices. Often, we are confronted by the same barrier: boredom of repeating the tried-and-true recipes that we rely on day to day. Did you know that there is a multitude of appropriate menus and recipes available on the internet for FREE and waiting for you to discover them?!

I found a downloadable resource that might inspire you and curtail some of the creativity block that you may be experiencing when planning and creating that weekly menu for your family child care family, yourself, and your own family. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers up a variety of cookbooks that can be downloaded and printed…FREE. One in particular is Keep the Beat Recipes Deliciously Healthy Dinners. To quote from the website “Here is proof that what is good for your heart can be great for your taste buds!”

This cookbook contains more that 100 pages of taste-tested recipes that should keep your family excited and looking forward to the

corn and black bean burritos

Corn and black bean burritos from the vegetarian section of Keep the Beat Recipes, Deliciously Healthy Dinners

next meal. “Turn your meals from “ho-hum” to “yum-yum” experiences.”

In addition to the fantastic recipes that you will discover, there is a section for novice cooks that includes food preparation tips, serving suggestions, and a glossary that defines cooking techniques.

(a side note—there is a local tie to this publication—recipe testing was conducted by Northern Illinois University and Dietetics Program students and faculty and managed by Beverly Henry, Ph.D., R.D., Assistant Professor.)

Make 2016 the year that you become inspired to be adventuresome, intentional, and healthy in your meal planning and preparation.