Verdant Community Wellness Center to hold grand reopening event May 13

After being closed to the public for more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Verdant Community Wellness Center in Lynnwood will hold a grand reopening from 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 13. Residents are invited to rediscover the classes, programs and resources available at the center. During the grand reopening, participants will enjoy…

Verdant Health Commission free community classes: March and April 2022

The Verdant Health Commission is hosting the following free virtual community classes throughout the months of March and April. Budget Friendly Food – Onions March 10, 6-7 p.m. Onions may make you cry when you cut them, but they won’t make you cry when you buy them. Join Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Taelin Flores in learning…

Verdant hosting online nutrition classes in January

Approximately one in three people have prediabetes, but most don’t even know they have it, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Diabetes prevention is just one of many free online nutrition classes offered by the Verdant Health Commission. Get a jump start on your 2022 health goals by registering for these free virtual classes…

Tips for keeping food safe during the holidays

Each year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million people get sick from foodborne illness and 128,000 are hospitalized. As families and friends gather for the holidays, a traditional meal is often a big part of the celebration. So, before the celebrations begin, the Washington State Department of Health would…

Ramp up to the holidays with classes from Verdant on food, mindful eating

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, the Verdant Health Commission is offering free classes to provide inspiration and motivation to take care of your health this holiday season. The classes listed below, and more, are open for registration and will be offered virtually on Zoom. Visit verdanthealth.org for more details or to sign up….

Verdant classes include virtual diabetes prevention, cooking demos in September

The Verdant Health Commission’s class offerings in September include virtual programs to support a healthy lifestyle, opportunities to explore cuisines from other parts of the world, and more. Learn more or pre-register for classes by visiting Verdant’s website at verdanthealth.org. Virtual – Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Take Control with a Lifestyle Reset If you have…

Verdant offering free teen and adult classes in August

Starting in August and September 2021, the Verdant Health Commission will offer health and wellness classes in new formats – virtual, in person, and hybrid. Classes will include cooking demos, nutrition education and more, and they will be offered in different formats to make sure attendees feel safe and have options to meet their comfort…

Free, healthy activities on the menu in July with Verdant

In addition to South County Walks and Meet Me at the Park activities this summer, the Verdant Health Commission is offering free virtual classes and cooking demonstrations in July. Expand your knowledge and learn some health tips and tricks. Whle free, class registration is required. A few examples include: Virtual – Recipes from the Blue Zones:…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Food prepping done right — quarantine edition

If quarantine has taught us anything, it’s that food prepping is far more important than previously given credit for. With the right methods, you can not only save time and money throughout the week, you can also undo the damage eating out was doing to your waistline. But what exactly are the food prepping secrets…

Healthy Eating: Enjoy the health benefits of walnuts in this versatile sauce

If you are like me and following our “new normal” directions for living…you have been staying home.  “Stay home, Stay healthy”–it’s an easy directive that is not always easy to follow.  Cooking is a great way to use the extra time as well as to keep yourself nourished and healthy.   It’s likely that you have…

Healthy Eating: This curry squash soup makes a nourishing winter meal

By now you probably know that one of my favorite things to make is soup. During the winter months I am completely satisfied by a bowl of soup and a slice of hearty bread for dinner. Sometimes I’ll add in a tossed salad. My chief taste tester (my dear husband) often feels that soup passes…

Healthy Eating: Tips for mindful eating as new decade dawns

As we start 2020, I have been reading many articles that reflect on the past year and the past decade. With regards to food and eating, there seems to be a trend right now that gives more permission for people to be themselves and eat the way that works for their bodies and their situations….

Healthy Eating: Delicious recipes for nutrient-rich pumpkin

Far too often relegated to Halloween doorstep décor and overused as a coffee drink marketing device (think Pumpkin Spice Latte), pumpkin and all its health benefits deserve so much more. Pumpkin calories clock in at just 49 per cup of purée, plus that serving sneaks in 3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein, and…

Healthy Eating: Granola bars, just in time for back to school

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already passed the Autumn equinox and the school year is well under way.  When children go back to school, our lives get easier in some ways and more complicated and busier in other ways. I am always looking for “healthyish” treats to make and to serve my family. I…

Healthy Eating: Celebrate bounty of garden with a hearty couscous salad

This has been a cool summer in my garden — especially temperature-wise. Usually we get enough heat that by mid-July my supply of greens and lettuces has started to bolt. But this year, due to the cool temperatures in Juneary, Julyary and Augustary (creative combination of January with June, July and August!), I have been…

Healthy Eating: Carrot top pesto packs a nutritional punch

It’s been “officially” summer for about one month. The summer market has been brimming with local produce for weeks, and my backyard garden has been producing strawberries, raspberries, green beans, herbs, lettuces and lots of delicious carrots. For years I have tried to figure out what to do with the parts of produce that normally…

Healthy eating: Foods that help your body heal

Food as medicine is a theme that is becoming more popular. It’s similar to the adage “you are what you eat.” If you eat hamburgers and french fries everyday your body will feel the effects in the long run…you won’t turn into a hamburger nor a french fry. Thinking about what we consume becomes more…

Healthy eating: Look to your garden for healthier meals

For me, healthy eating involves gardening. I am grateful that I have a yard where I can have a small vegetable garden. We are still eating berries, kale, squash, plums and a variety of basil/kale/spinach pesto. Many of these items are frozen and some of them are canned. This year I made plum chutney and…

How to Naturally Dye Your Eggs This Easter with Full Circle

(Sponsored by Full Circle Farms) Learn how to naturally dye your eggs with organic produce! Now is the time to switch out those toxic methods with eco-friendly dyes. We couldn’t believe how amazing these eggs turned out, using ingredients found in the Full Circle produce boxes! The kiddos will get a kick out of coloring…

Fitness Corner: Back to basics with the Whole30 diet

For those of us looking to meet our health and fitness goals, there are many eating plans from which to choose. Take your pick! Paleo, Vegan, Mediterranean, Whole30, DASH, Raw, Keto . . . to name just a few. Each plan comes with its own set of promises of what you will accomplish through it…

Healthy eating: Snow or not, delicious ways to use kale

“Snowmaggedon” or “Snowpocalypse” came into our area with a roar. If you were like me, you were housebound for several days due to the condition of our local roads. We moved here from Burlington, Vermont almost 20 years ago and during our last winter we had 120 inches of snow recorded for our neighborhood. So…

Sprouts Farmers Market to cut the ribbon Wednesday for new Lynnwood location

Sprouts Farmers Market will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new location at 19630 Highway 99 on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 a.m. This is the Phoenix-based company’s second store in Washington. The first one opened in Mill Creek in August 2018. The healthy grocer, famous for its farm-fresh produce, says it will offer…