Teen Health

Heart Healthy Month: Whole Wheat Quesadillas

February is #AmericanHeartMonth and in honor of a heart-healthy lifestyle we are sharing this Whole Wheat Quesadilla recipe. Try it as a snack or for dinner!


Ingredients

  • mushrooms* 1 cup, sliced
  • green bell pepper * 1, diced
  • spinach* 1 cup, stems removed
  • garlic 1 clove, finely diced
  • black beans 1 15-ounce can,rinsed and drained
  • whole wheat tortillas 1 package
  • low-fat mozzarella ½ cup, cheese shredded
  • olive oil 1 Tablespoon

Directions:

Prepare the mushrooms, green bell pepper, spinach and garlic. 2) Set aside mushrooms, half green bell pepper and spinach. 2) Drain the beans and heat in a medium saucepan. 3) Add garlic and half of the green pepper to the beans, stirring occasionally until vegetables soften. 4) Remove from heat. 5) Let bean mixture cool slightly and mash into a paste. 6) Spread ¼ cup of the bean mixture on a tortilla, top with ¼ cup of the raw veggies, 2 tablespoons shredded cheese, and top it with another tortilla. 7) Heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan to prevent
sticking, heat the quesadilla to melt the cheese, turning once. Serve immediately with a glass of water and enjoy!

*Simple Substitutions: Have everyone in your family choose their favorite vegetable to add to the quesadilla!

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#ChangeOneThing Popcorn Trail Mix

 

By Cat and Abby

The #ChangeOneThing popcorn trail mix is a flavorful treat that combines healthy ingredients to form a delicious snack. Because of its protein packed nuts and organic dried fruits, this trail mix is a great source of nutrients that your body needs. Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it’s family friendly and you can make it in minutes. With the popcorn in the mix, this healthy recipe is also appealing to kids, helping them to eat healthy whole grains without realizing it. If you have allergies or don’t like something in this mix, you can easily substitute all ingredients.  This recipe is a delicious and nutritious easy snack for any time of day.

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Ingredients (serves 4-6):

  • 1 large bag pre-popped popcorn (4.4oz)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2/3 cup raw, unsalted almonds
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup diced dried apricots

Instructions:

  1. Sprinkle popcorn with cinnamon, tossing to coat evenly.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cranberries and apricots. Mix well.
  3. Toss the nut, seed and fruit mixture with the popcorn.
  4. Divide evenly among 4-6 snack sized bowls.
  5. Enjoy!
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Eating healthy? Not easy, but worth it.

Beyonce eatting an apple

How often do you see celebrities promoting whole fruits and vegetables?
Screen grab from Let’s Move

by Emilio De Los Angles

There are lots of things that can impact the way you determine and view what you eat and your activities. Today the media is used to introduce us to the latest fad diets and weight loss pills. We are being influenced to consume cheap food with low nutrition content. This also includes the stereotypical personas shown to us on those ads or commercials. These portrayals only make us narrow our notions of what we can eat and do.

 

But let’s go back one step, let’s talk about you and your goal of becoming more healthy and stronger. The easiest way to start is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole wheat, lean proteins, and reading the nutrition labels of the products you are going to consume! Obesity is increasing in America, this means that people are beginning to experience the side effects of an unbalanced diet. These include heart problems, cholesterol, and diabetes. Ask yourself, “Am I ready to give more effort and time to be more cautious for the sake of my health?”. You will often find yourself blocked by the lack of support, and the confusing nutrition labels, but you can do it if you want it. Make sure your circle of friends and family knows about your decision and if they value you they will give their support. “Am I ready to begin eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and reading nutrition labels carefully?” If your answer to both of these questions were yes, I congratulate you; you are taking a step that will take you far in life.

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Herbs for the Common Cold

The herbalist founders of a new organic skincare line offer remedies for what ails you.

 

Earth Tu Face lotions, serums and scrubs are good enough to eat — literally. Created by two Bay area herbalists, Sarah Buscho and Marina Storm, the philosophy behind the all-natural beauty line is ‘never put on your skin what you wouldn’t put in your mouth.’ Buscho and Storm stand firmly behind that statement, developing the products with plants they grew in their garden in San Rafael, California. All of the ingredients are FDA-approved ‘food grade organic,’ so they are completely safe to slather all over your skin (and technically safe to consume, too.) Even the chic packaging is 100% compostable.

After studying holistic health and whipping up their own salves for years, the botanical-obsessed pair knows what really works. “We use herbs to heal in every aspect of our lives, whether it’s skincare, cooking, aromatherapy or straight medicine,” says Busco. And now that they’ve launched Earth Tu Face, we can all benefit as well. At least from the outside in. Should you need to be healed from the inside out, we tapped into Buscho and Storm’s expertise to get their herbal prescriptions for common maladies.

 

ginger, earth tu face

1) To fend off colds and flus:

“Grate a few spoonfuls of fresh ginger and chop up a whole lemon to make a hot tea. Ginger is super high in antioxidants and helps your body sweat out a fever, increasing your circulation to help your body fight off illness. Lemon is alkalizing and high in vitamin C.”
– Sarah

mint, earth tu face

2) To calm an upset stomach:

“Peppermint works its way through your whole digestive system, soothing your intestines and colon. It’s one of the best herbs for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, too. Use two to three teaspoons of dried peppermint or a handful of fresh to make tea.” –Sarah

cayenne pepper, earth tu face

3) To alleviate sore muscles:

“Cayenne pepper is a warming circulatory stimulant and potent anti-inflammatory. Its main active constituent, capsaicin, has been shown to inhibit pain transmitters. Combine a few dashes with fresh grated ginger, which lubricates your muscle tissues and relaxes cramping. To make tea, bring to a low boil, let everything simmer for 10-15 minutes, then strain.” –Marina

california poppy, earth tu face

4) To minimize stress:

“California poppy is a premiere local remedy — use it as a tincture. It’s very calming to the body’s nerves and will help you de-stress. If you have trouble finding it, make a tea with lavender, chamomile and wild oats. It will nourish and relax you all day long.” –Marina

nettles, earth tu face

5) To rev your energy:

“Nettles are abundant plants that are super nourishing. When you take them on a daily basis, you’re adding a lot of minerals that will make your body stronger. Drinking them in a tea with wild oats will circulate more blood to the brain so it really wakes you up.” – Marina

tumeric, earth tu face

6) To decrease inflammation:

“Turmeric is the best anti-inflammation plant that I have found. It’s gentle on the stomach and the liver and [has] anti-cancer [properties]. Cook with the powder by adding it into your soups and stews, or take the capsules.”
–Sarah

 

 

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