Thanksgiving has long been known for its savory, calorie-dense foods and, of course, turkey. This year, let’s break free from tradition and celebrate our health rather than food.
The vegetarian recipes found at the link below are decadent, colorful and packed full of fruits and vegetables.
Don’t worry, if you want to keep the turkey tradition, that’s OK. By switching out some of your Thanksgiving side dishes with these mouthwatering foods, you can indulge on this special day and feel good doing it.
Make sure you comment on this page if you tried any of the recipes from the New York Times Well Blog below. Have your own tasty vegetarian recipe? Comment and let us know.
Click here to view all the delicious recipes
Green smoothies are trending. If you Google “green smoothie” you’ll get over 30 million hits. What’s all the hype? They look gross.
Green smoothies are a great, tasty way to fit in your daily dose of vegetables. Simply grab a handful of a leafy green vegetable, like kale or spinach, some fruit and a liquid. Then, blend the ingredients together and drink up. Green smoothies are great because they are portable. Drink it on the go or throw it in the refrigerator for lunch.
Green smoothies also work well as conversation starters. You could make someone else healthier by sharing your green smoothie story.
Here is a sample mix for a green smoothie:
2 cups spinach, fresh
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
Looking for other ways to add green leafy vegetables into your diet? Try this awesome kale, bacon and onion recipe. Eating kale will boost you with vitamin K and C. It’s definitely a Superfood that will make you feel great. Watch this HealthyU short on why it’s good to eat kale.
UCHealth North Weigh Ins:
Nov 11th- 2pm-6pm – Greeley Medical Clinic (Lower Level Conference Room)
Nov 12th – 11am-5pm – Harmony Campus (Redstone Accounting Conference Room)
Nov 13th – 7am-5pm – PVH (Cafe)
Nov 14th – 7am-5pm – MCR (Cafe)
UCHealth Central Weigh Ins:
Nov 18th – 2pm-7pm – Garden View Cafe
Nov 19th – 7am-1pm – Garden View Cafe
UCHealth South Weigh Ins:
Nov 20th – 11am-3pm – Memorial Central Hospital (Dining Room)
Nov 20th – 4pm-7pm – MAC Building (Aspen Room)
Nov 21st – 7am-1pm – Memorial North Hospital (Cafe Area)
The Healthy Kids Club Halloween Hustle at Centerra will be spooktacular.
The Halloween Hustle will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at the beautiful Centerra office campus at 2725 Rocky Mountain Ave. (the 2-mile fun run goes around Houts Reservoir and the 1-mile Run Series run will be an out and back on the trail).
The Hustle is the ninth, and final, run for kids participating in the Healthy Kids Run Series. Costumes, both human and pet, are encouraged.
Fun run information
- 2-mile, non-competitive family fun run/walk.
- Free 1-mile kid’s run.
- Strollers and friendly (not spooky) dogs on leashes are welcome (please bring waste bags).
- Please bring water bottles.
Schedule of events
- 8-8:45 a.m – Race day registration and t-shirt pick up.
- 9 a.m – Welcome and family fun run/walk begins.
- 9:15 a.m. – Kid’s 1-mile run.
- Post-race activities.
Post-race fun will feature free games, inflatables, Tumble Bubbles, Dole Whip, a petting zoo, a scavenger hunt and much more.
Come and celebrate Healthy Kids Club’s 15th Anniversary and enjoy good fun, friends and being healthy!
UCHealth employees receive $5 off the family rate. Sign up today.
Note: The Halloween Hustle at Centerra is a zero waste event. Please bring your own water bottles.
Can a salad make you happy?
Have you made it out to one of the recent Garden Fresh demonstrations? If you have, you know the answer to the question. Of course it can!
The Garden Fresh Series features very tasty, healthy recipes that are guaranteed to make you smile. However, this week, the happiness level was taken up a notch.
The featured items, Autumn pear salad with pecans and feta and morning glory muffins, did not disappoint. Did you try them? If not, click on the link, download the recipe and make it as soon as possible.
The pear salad is light, refreshing, a little sweet and satisfying. The muffins are the perfect start to your day.
Garden Fresh attendees at Harmony Cafe couldn’t stop talking about the salad and muffins. There was an overwhelming level of joy and fulfillment filling the air. And, it was just a sample cup of salad and a slice of muffin. Think of the happiness level had they been serving lunch portions…
Check out next week’s Garden Fresh at PVH and MCR and see what our wellness team has to make you smile.
Sept. 24 – PVH Cafeteria Patio, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sept. 26 – MCR Cafeteria Patio, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
All of the recipes used in the Garden Fresh Series can be found on the Garden Fresh tab of this blog.
The Employee Wellness Calendar.
Look for this image in the right-hand bar of this blog.
Each month, the UCHealth wellness team will create a calendar to keep you informed of health and wellness opportunities. The calendar, located on the right hand side of this blog, will include all wellness-related activities for UCHealth North employees.
As always, comment below with questions or ideas. We’d love to hear from you.
“Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still.” ~ Chinese Proverb
Whether you love running, have a love/hate relationship with running or want to start a healthy new habit, join co-workers for the UCHealth Team in Training. Team in Training offers weekly runs, training tips, motivation and the opportunity to build new friendships with active coworkers.
We started this week, but you can join any time. All levels are welcome.
Training in Fort Collins:The UCHealth team is training to participate in this year’s Heart Half (5K, 10K or half marathon distances) on Nov. 2 and we may participate in other local races as well.
- Tuesdays, 7 a.m. (started Aug. 20).
- Meet outside of the Fort Collins Club, front entrance, 1307 E. Prospect Road.
- Led by Leticia Dunn and Denise Kintzley.
- Email questions: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training in Loveland:
- Thursdays, 6 a.m. (started Aug. 22).
- Meet at MCR Cardiac Rehab Gym, south MOB Suite 170.
- Led by Lauren Bowman and Erin Apsey.
- Questions: email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.