Stevens Point Farmers Market

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The Market is open daily as produce is available. Set up begins at 6:30am & vendors sell until 5:00pm (or until they sell out). The earlier you shop the fresher the produce will be and greater the selection. The best time to shop is from 8:00am – noon. 

-Monday evenings from 3-7.  

-Saturday is the biggest market day of the week.  

The Stevens Point Farmers Market is located on the corner of Second and Main Street. It is located in downtown Stevens Point just East of the Wisconsin River off of Hwy 66.

Aug 16

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Healthy Snackin’

While you and I can easily tolerate the 5-6 hours between meals without snacking, your little ones can’t! Usually, you figure this out when you see their behavior change. Hungry little kids are naughtier! They have a difficult time listening and following instructions, and they just can’t keep it together emotionally. It’s very important to give your children that extra “fuel” between meals to keep their brains, bones, and muscles growing, healthy and strong.

rainbow snacksThe term “fuel” should be explained here. Chips and cookies (2 items we often associate with snacks) are bad fuel. They’ll give your little one a bout of energy – which technically is fuel, but without the nutrients to sustain that energy, it’s bad fuel. Cookies and chips are packed with preservatives and added sugar, and they just don’t have the nutrients that growing children need.

Here is what you can do to provide your little ones with good fuel!

 

  • Fiber, fiber, fiber! Pack fresh fruits and vegetables with a string cheese. Researchers have found that children who snacked on a mix of vegetables and cheese needed much fewer calories to feel full than those who snacked on plain old potato chips.
  • Make healthy food look fun! This way your child will be excited to eat it!
  • Smoothies made with fresh fruits and vegetables are a great snack for your little ones.
  • Make a milkshake with a frozen banana, milk, and peanut butter. (Use whole milk for kids ages 1 to 2 and low-fat milk for older kids.)
  • Serve guacamole with whole-grain chips. Make this snack even more fun when you slice the avocado and let your kids mash it.
  • Cut bananas into four pieces, dip them in plain yogurt, and roll in crushed whole-grain graham crackers. Serve it then or freeze it for later.

healthy hummusWater should be the main drink served to kids at snack times. This keeps them hydrated.

These are just some simple ways to make sure your little ones are getting the right amount of calories and nutrients in their diet! Keep bad fuel out of the house. This way your little one will be less tempted by it – you’ll prevent a lot of tantrums this way.

Written by: Renee Schessler

Source: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/healthy-snacks-for-kids

Lentil Tacos

20160201_151621 (3)This fun lentil dish is both healthy and delicious.   The little wonders are fiber rich and provide significant amounts of folate and magnesium. Lentils can be prepared the day of serving since they do not need to be pre-soaked. Before washing lentils you should spread them out on a light colored plate or cooking surface to check for, and remove, small stones or debris. After this process, place the lentils in a strainer, and rinse them thoroughly under cool running water.

My 1 pound bag of lentils still had life so I made the taco party dip for friends.  That too was a hit and is now on my top ten list of hors de oeuvres and side dishes for any occasion.

Lentil Tacos
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Servings
6 people 2 tacos
Servings
6 people 2 tacos
Lentil Tacos
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Servings
6 people 2 tacos
Servings
6 people 2 tacos
Ingredients
Servings: 2 tacos
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 4–6 minutes, or until they become soft and fragrant. Stir several times during cooking
  2. Add the lentils and seasonings. Stir so that the seasonings are mixed in.
  3. Slowly add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cover. Cook for about 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  4. Uncover and cook for 5 minutes more until the mixture has thickened and the liquid is absorbed. Mash slightly with a fork.
  5. Heat corn tortillas according to package directions
  6. Spread 1/4 cup lentil mixture onto each tortilla.
  7. Serve with salsa, cheese, and lettuce.
Recipe Notes

lentil tacos-webI really enjoyed making this May recipe.  It’s easy to follow, challenged my legume cooking skills, and exposed my meat loving family to a delicious meal alternative.  The ingredients are easy to access and are available year through at local farm markets or area grocery stores.  Adding your favorite topping makes it complete and personal.

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Feb 15

Stevens Point’s Transportation Alternative Program

How many of us made New Year’s resolutions to be more active or get more exercise? That’s great, because one of the best ways to improve health is through physical activity.  The key is to find ways to be active all year round and in forms that we enjoy, are meaningful to us, and fit into other important aspects of our lives, such as family.

Research shows that people who live in “active communities” are more physically active because these communities make it easy and safe for anyone to exercise. Active communities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/community-strategies/index.htm, make bicycling and walking convenient by having safer sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, and protected bicycle lanes.

We are lucky to live in a community that provides us with some of these street amenities. We also have the Green Circle Trail for active recreation and transportation. These resources are slated for more improvements so that even more people in Stevens Point have opportunities for safe, convenient physical activity.

The Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant, submitted in January by the City of Stevens Point with help from the recently formed Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, will expand the number of bicycle lanes in the community.

Since most car trips are less than five miles and the terrain in town is flat, Stevens Point is ideal for bicycling. Building on this foundation, the improvements (detailed in the map below) purposefully make connections between places of work, shopping, schools, and recreation. In addition, the plan helps cyclists avoid busy street crossings and make fewer stops, consequently improving safety and visibility. Residents and visitors will have more transportation options, making it easier to fit physical activity into daily routines.

But is biking to work or the grocery store the kind of exercise that improves health? Yes. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week for the average person, which equates to about 20-25 minutes a day. The same recommendations follow for able adults 65 and older.

According to the CDC, moderate intensity physical activity includes bicycling at a casual pace for most people. This means that simply bicycling to and from work, school, or leisure activities five days a week is enough to experience a myriad of health benefits, including reducing risks of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, improving mental health and mood, weight control, and the ability to do daily activities.

If the TAP grant is funded, will only bicyclists benefit from the infrastructure improvements? Actually, everyone’s quality of life improves whether they directly use the bicycle lanes or not.  Research shows that active communities have less pollution, fewer traffic accidents, and more social interaction and cohesion. These communities are also more attractive for businesses to locate in, creating economic benefits. Car owners who choose to bicycle spend less on gas, and active communities better support those without cars to travel safely and easily. In the end, everyone has more options and opportunities.

 

Madelin Petz is completing her master’s degree in Community & Organizational Leadership in the School of Health Promotion & Human Development at UWSP. UWSP is a partner of Portage County Can, a coalition of community businesses, organizations and individuals committed to promoting healthy eating and active living in Portage County.

 

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Stuffed Peppers

20160201_151621 (3)The Health & Homemade Nutrition and Fitness Calendar is full of healthy, easy, family friendly recipes for each month of the year! We will be showcasing each month’s recipe on our website along with a review from one of our partners who prepared the recipe for their family.

Want to follow along with your own Health & Homemade calendar? – You’re in luck! We will be giving away these calendars at our exhibitor’s table at the 2016 Local Food Fair. Stop by and take our short survey to receive yours!

 

Stuffed Peppers
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PC CAN's own Suzanne Oehlke gives this stuffed peppers recipe 5 stars! She says that the preparation was fun and quick, giving it a thumbs up. And, she will keep this recipe for family meals, gatherings, and entertaining. Enjoy!
Servings
8 .5 pepper each
Cook Time
40 mins
Servings
8 .5 pepper each
Cook Time
40 mins
Stuffed Peppers
Print Recipe
PC CAN's own Suzanne Oehlke gives this stuffed peppers recipe 5 stars! She says that the preparation was fun and quick, giving it a thumbs up. And, she will keep this recipe for family meals, gatherings, and entertaining. Enjoy!
Servings
8 .5 pepper each
Cook Time
40 mins
Servings
8 .5 pepper each
Cook Time
40 mins
Ingredients
Servings: .5 pepper each
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Sauté sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium heat until browned and cooked to 155 degrees. Pour off any fat.
  3. Stir in oregano, spaghetti sauce, rice, and 1/2 cup cheese.
  4. Wash peppers, cut in half lengthwise, and remove seeds. Arrange in a 9X13inch baking dish.
  5. Spoon sausage mixture into the peppers, mounding on the top.
  6. Cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on tops. Continue cooking another 10 minutes.
Recipe Notes

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The recipe was easy to follow and read. The ingredients were readily available in my kitchen, except for the bell peppers. Shopping for the peppers was easy as they are available year around.  I chose a rainbow of green, yellow and red peppers adding a variety of flavor to the stuffing.  I used a jar of home processed spaghetti sauce, however commercial sauce is most commonly on my shelf.

Preparation was fun and quick. I may blanch the peppers next time depending of the density of the vegetable or just bake a bit longer to assure a tender rather than crunchy shell.

Either way I will keep this recipe gets a thumbs up for family meals, gatherings, and entertaining.

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