Category Archives: Vegetarian

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The Snack Bin — Healthy and Organized Snacking for Kids!

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A Snack Bin

Here's one idea of a snack bin shared on pinterest. (

We’ve been seeing ideas for “Healthy Snack Bins” going around Pinterest lately, which, for those that don’t know, is basically an online bulletin board where people can share healthy recipes, fashion advice, pictures, and just about anything else.

We loved the idea for a “Healthy Snack Bin” because it saves time for parents and helps kids learn portion control and make it easy for kids to choose healthy snacks.  If you prep you bin at the beginning of the week, you can use the snacks for lunches and just point to it every time your kid says “I’m hungry” between meals. We’ve seen many people recommend keeping a bin in your fridge and one in your pantry for dry goods.

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Steer Clear of the Cold: Foods That Boost Your Immune System

Article by Heather Bauer via U.S. News HealthSneezing

Simple ways to keep yourself from getting sick this flu season! Good luck!



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The Truth About Organics — Goodwin’s Food Tasting Event

Article by Matthew Carter via

Attention all food lovers! On Wednesday, November 28th at 6:30pm, Goodwin’s Orgainic Food and Drinks will be offering a class, a tour of their store AND an awesome food tasting. I don’t know about everyone else, but they had me at food.

Goodwin’s Orgainic Food and Drinks is the first of its kind in California to be completely and thoroughly organic. So come on down, on November 28th to 191 West Springs Rd, Riverside, CA 92507. Entry is $15 for members and first time visitors, this will cover both the tasting and a meal. So go ahead and sign up at or call 951-259-5198, you won’t want to miss out on something this spectacular!

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Fresh and Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Article by Natalie via

Marinara SauceSpaghetti is one of Americas favorite foods. Here’s a good recipe for a traditional home-made meal. No preservatives or fluff. Just a few fresh veggies, some spices, and lots of love. Enjoy!

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Heart Smart Shopping

Tips for Healthy Grocery ShoppingGrocery Store Aisle

Via the American Heart Association

Do you ever get overwhelmed with all the options and labels at the grocery store? We know we do, which is why we were excited to find this heart-smart grocery shopping guide from the American Heart Association. It’s got great tips for shopping in any department!

You can read the entire thing here. Happy Shopping!

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Recipe of the Week: Maple-Cinnamon Applesauce

Article by American Heart Association via

Apple season is here! Plan a fun apple-picking adventure with your family or friends and then come home and make this healthy recipe from the American Heart Association. Enjoy!

Maple-Cinnamon Apple Sauce


Serves: 7 servings, 1/2 cup each

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes


Turn fresh fall apples into delicious maple-and-cinnamon-spiked homemade applesauce with this easy recipe.


6 McIntosh or other tart apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Golden Delicious or other sweet apple, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cooking Instructions

Combine apple pieces and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the apples are very soft and falling apart, about 30 minutes. Mash the apples to the desired consistency and stir in maple syrup and cinnamon.

Cook’s Tip: To Make Ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutritional Analysis (Per serving)
Calories Per Serving 77
Sodium 1 mg
Carbohydrates 29 g
Fiber 2 g
Potassium 127 mg

Dietary Exchanges
1 fruit

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Inspiration: A dad’s journey to be one of the fittest men in the world

Video by CNN

We were inspired by this man’s journey to become one of the fittest men in the world. His story is proof that all of us , no matter our age or starting fitness level, can change our health and our lives.

Have an inspiring story that keeps you motivated? Share with us on Facebook!

Rich Roll and “Finding Ultra”


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Calorie IQ Test: Test Your Knowledge

Article adapted from Savor by Sodexo, Fall/Winter 2012 Editionpizza

Counting calories can be incredibly helpful in your effort to lose weight. You should always consult your doctor about the amount of calories you should be consuming daily, which can vary depending on your weight, activity level, and age. However, in general,  women should consume around 2,000 calories per day and men should consume around 2,500. So, how knowledgeable are you when it comes to the calorie count of the foods you are eating? Take the test below to find out!

Which do you think is higher in calories?

1) a- McDonald’s Medium French fires

b- Mcdonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese

2) a- Two-egg cheese omelet

b- Two slices of plain French toast

3)a-One medium brownie

b-One Hershey milk chocolate bar

4)a-Peanut butter sandwich

b-Tuna salad sandwich

5)a-One cup Cobb Salad

b-One cup Caesar salad

6)a-Slice of cheese pizza

b-Two mozzarella sticks

How Did You Score?

1) B, Quarter Pounder has 520 Calories and French fries have 380

2) B, French Toast has 312 Calories and Omelet has 271

3) B, Chocolate bar has 210 Calories and Brownie has 129

4) A, Peanut butter has 342 Calories and Tuna Salad has 287

5) B, Caesar salad has 184 Calories and Cobb has 161

6) B, Two mozzarella sticks have 302 Calories and a slice of Pizza has 231

Where you surprised by any of these? Keep in mind that these are just estimates based on general food items and correct portion sizes — portion size is key! The “portions” we are served today, especially at restaurants, are much larger than the recommended amount, making it easy to consume an ENTIRE DAY’s WORTH of calories in just one sitting.

The following sites can be useful in helping you to track your calories:

CalorieKing — Has calorie counts from home-cooked, fast-food, and sit down restaurants.

LiveStrong — Calculates the number of calories you should eat per day after you enter Ayour height and weight and set a weight loss goal

Recipe Calculator — Find out how many calories your home cooked meals have in them!



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Start R.I.G.H.T. Kickoff Event Details, Directions, and Parking

Hello Everyone!

We sincerly hope you’ll be able to make the Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge Kickoff this Saturday, September 15 at White Park in Downtown Riverside (see map here).  The event will talk place from 9am to 12pm — Mayor Loveridge will speak just after 9am to award the title of “Riverside’s Fitness Neighborhood” to the winning neighborhood of the Walk Riverside Competition. You’ll be able to register for the Challenge — we’ll have all the screenings you need to get started! We’ll also have some fitness demos, including Zumba and Yoga, throughout the day, as well as nutrition, wellness, and fitness booths for you to check out. Please enter White Park through the Market Street enterence (the other gates will be closed.)

Parking Information

There is no parking lot for White Park. However, parking is free downtown on the weekends! There are free lots across Market Street in front of City Hall and also a free praking garage on the corner of Market and 9th. Plus, there is a bunch of street parking all around White Park.

What if you can’t make the event?  

Can’t make this weekend’s event, but still want to be a part of the Challenge? You don’t have to be at this weekend’s event to be a part of the Challenge — you can register for the Challenge here under the “My Passport” tab. Just enter your most recent numbers and print off your Start R.I.G.H.T. Access Pass to gain administion to Challenge events and take advantage of special offers only available to Start R.I.G.H.T. participants. You can get a listing of the events on this website’s calendar and there is a downloadable version abvailable when you are logged into the “My Passport” Application.

If you have any further questions, send them to

Thanks and see you Saturday,

The Team at Start R.I.G.H.T. Campaign and Challenge and