In Praise of the Winter Salad

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A fresh, bright wintertime salad can be a welcome break from the usual cold weather fare of stews and soups and meat heavy meals. They also serve as a reminder that fresh produce is still available even in the shorter, colder, and darker days of winter. We can thank our region’s milder winters, the utilization of season extending high tunnels, and the hard work of our local farmers for the abundance of options still available at market.

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Learn with us

Monday, January 12, 2015

Each week we provide you with information about the value and importance of eating local food, the people who grow and raise that food, and where to find it. We offer recipes and share stories with you about the partners who make up the Grow Chattanooga program and who are listed in the TasteBuds local food guide. Now we are hoping to take a step further to help you connect with members of the local food community and learn about opportunities available to you by providing fun and informative workshops and networking events.  Check out what’s coming up in 2015, and learn how you can get involved!

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Make Ahead this Season

Monday, December 22, 2014

The holidays can be stressful, especially when it comes to coordinating the schedules of several family members or groups of friends. Make it easier on yourself this year by making ahead meals and treats that can be easily heated up or prepared when your guests arrive.


Sauerkraut and Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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Super Food Night: Inspiring Families to Get in the Kitchen

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

*photos provided by Coordinated School Health

It is 6:30 on a school night and the halls of East Lake Elementary are filled with students excitedly chattering away with siblings, parents, grandparents, and caretakers. In a few minutes the double doors leading to the school cafeteria will open, students and their families will pour in, and Super Food Night will be officially under way.

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Spotlight on Wildwood Farm

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


Two years ago, Daniel Tretheway tapped into his passion for farming while participating in a 6-month Health Evangelism program at the Wildwood Lifestyle Center. In return for lodging and meals, students spend about 15 hours a week doing various jobs around campus. They don’t get to choose where they are placed, so it was by happenstance that he was, as he puts it, “one of the lucky few who got to work on the farm.”

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New Traditions Create Healthy Holiday Habits

Monday, December 01, 2014


A guest post by Allison Knott, MS, RD

The holiday season seems to encourage us to indulge more often with hopes of “getting back on track” come January 1st. We are surrounded by food and family, celebrations are frequent, and traditional holiday beverages make their debut; however, the season doesn’t have to entail over-indulgence and accompanying weight gain. This year, I challenge you to break the mold and create healthy habits while still enjoying the most festive time of year.

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Wellness through the Changing Seasons

Monday, November 24, 2014

A guest post by Lauren Haynes

Winter is nigh, and with it, it seems, the cold and flu season. You might wonder, what is it that causes these icky spells in the first place? Surely there is not an upsurge of wintery bacteria and germs waiting to strike each year? No, let’s take a closer look at what is potentially compromising our immune systems and leaving us vulnerable to seasonal sicknesses.

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A delicious spin on an old favorite- Macaroni and Butternut Squash

Friday, November 14, 2014


Tis the season for comfort foods and so I’d like to offer a healthy, local twist on the classic macaroni and cheese dish that I’m sure many of us will be indulging in over the next few weeks. By using butternut squash as the base instead of cheese, you can create a lighter version of this old favorite that is delicious, hearty, and chock full of nutrients.

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Cool Weather Veggies: what's available and where to get 'em

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There are definite perks to living in the more-often-than-not warm climate of Southeast Tennessee; one of these being that we have a longer growing season than our neighbors up north. As a result, we get to enjoy the unparalleled pleasure of digging into freshly grown vegetables almost year round. 

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