Download the Neon to Nature app!

Need help finding a place to go outside this weekend? Check out our free new trails app called Neon to Nature. You can download it on apple or android phones. This app will help you find trails in your neighborhood or discover places you have never gone. Download the app and select the “near me” feature and find all the possible trails within a short radius of where you are located. Also use this app to search specifically for types of trails or activities you want to do on the trails like walking, hiking or biking. When it comes to trails we have such a variety and a large amount of trails here in Southern Nevada. Our trail system is made up of various types of trails from hiking in rural areas to taking a stroll through one of the many urban trails that meander through the city. Check out the Neon to Nature app and find a trail to explore today!

How Do We Know If We Are Eating Healthy?

Most of us remember the food guide pyramid as the graphic icon for a healthy diet, but that confusing pyramid has been replaced by a new and improved version called MyPlate.  MyPlate is an update icon which shows you what your plate should look like at every meal.  The colorful divided plate includes sections for vegetables, fruits, grains, and foods high in protein. With MyPlate, forget about measuring out serving sizes and trying to remember whether a piece a chicken should be the size of a fist or a golf ball. The icon visual shows you what you need:

•fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits

•fill ¼ of the plate with grains and make at least half the grains you serve are whole grains, like oatmeal and brown rice

•The other ¼ of your plate should be a protein, like chicken or eggs

•Serve fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk and water rather than sugary drinks

Once you get the concept of MyPlate down, you might be wondering: Do I have to serve all the food groups at each meal? And what about breakfast? Do I really have to veggies for breakfast? No, you don’t, but do aim to serve a variety of food groups at each meal. Use the plate as a guide when planning and serving meals. The goal is to think of the plate as an entire day’s worth of eating: so, throughout the day, try to make half of what you eat vegetables and fruits, and the other half grains and protein foods. It is that simple to create a healthy meal! Exercise is no longer included in the icon, but it’s still an important component of a healthy lifestyle as well. So visit http://www.myplate.org/ and reimage your plate today!

Get out of your recipe rut with these new recipes!

Thinking about eating healthier but don’t know where to start? Or are you stuck in a recipe rut? Eating healthy doesn’t mean what you eat tastes like cardboard or is difficult to make. Our Get Healthy team has put together some EASY recipes that are not only simple but delicious as well! Most of these recipes only have three steps to prepare so is no excuse why you can’t whip them up!  Here is a little taste…

Strawberry Mango Salsa… This salsa is tangy yet sweet and adds a burst of color to any plate and can be eaten as a side or with tortilla chips

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
⅔ cup orange juice (2-3 oranges)
¼ cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
2 fresh mango, diced
2 pints (16 oz each) strawberries, diced

Preparation:
1. In a large serving bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar orange juice, lemon juice, and lime juice. Add sweetener if desired.
2. Add mango and strawberries and lightly combine.
3. Wait about half hour before serving to let flavors mingle together
To check out our Get Healthy Recipes today.

Let us know your favorite healthy recipes too!