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By: Melissa Scoggin, Community Health Leader   Florida might be known for oranges and citrus, but did you know that 34% of tomatoes in the U.S. also come from the sunshine state? Unless you grow your own fruit and vegetables, it might be hard to tell what’s in season. This short guide will help you know your seasonal Florida produce better, and in turn, save you money when you buy at the right time. Spring Spring is the perfect time to grow Florida avocados.

  Enjoy six weeks of live, virtual classes held every Wednesday evening • Cook along with Chef Anita from Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, or simply watch and learn • Encourage kids to try new foods as they help prepare recipes • Learn about healthy eating habits • Receive FREE produce prior to class   Register and learn more about the other Health 360 classes here >>> http://bit.ly/HSPSignUp  

Mayor Rick Kriseman issued a proclamation urging residents to make the decision to increase the consumption of healthy plant-based foods and take steps improve their environment by proclaiming April 19, Meatless Monday.  The Meatless Monday movement was created in partnership with the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and encourages people to decrease the amount of meat in their diet to support personal and environmental health one-day per week. Healthy St. Pete supports efforts to increase healthy foods into

By: Melissa Scoggin, Community Health Leader   Americans spent over $1 trillion on eating out in 2019. It is much cheaper, and often healthier, to prepare and eat food at home. However, if buying healthy food seems too expensive, look at this easy guide on how to shop for healthy groceries on a budget. Plan Ahead Making healthy home cooked meals is easy if you plan ahead. Decide what meals you want to make and keep a grocery list before shopping. You can even

  Add some healthy greens to your dinner menu this St. Patrick's Day with this yummy Brussels Sprouts recipe.  Use your favorite seasoning blend to make this dish your own.  Try adding some other colorful veggies to create a healthy rainbow on your plate! Try it at home and click here to join our Healthy St. Pete Facebook group for more healthy news and tips.  Use #HealthyStPete on Instagram and follow @StPeteParksRec. Want to learn more about the Fresh Rec Stop program and

Time to celebrate the New Year with a festive and healthy Confetti Grain Salad.  This recipe can be made with meat or veggies only - make it your own! Try it at home and click here to join our Healthy St. Pete Facebook group for more healthy news and tips. Use #HealthyStPete on Instagram and follow @StPeteParksRec. Want to learn more about Fresh Rec Stop and our recipes?  Call (727) 892-5994 or email Melissa at melissa.scoggin@stpete.org for more information.    

Have you tried making a curry before? This curried butternut squash stew might be your new fall favorite! Lots of aromatic flavors make this take on Eastern cuisine a rich, hearty addition to your culinary repertoire. Click here to download the recipe. Try it at home and click here to join our Healthy St. Pete Facebook group for more healthy news and tips. Use #HealthyStPete on Instagram and follow @StPeteParksRec. Want to learn more about Fresh Rec Stop and our recipes? Click

Bay Leaves. These subtle-tasting leaves give any dish you put them in an aromatic quality not unlike tea. Your food certainly won’t suffer without a few dried bay leaves thrown in, but you will definitely notice a more complex smell and flavor with them. I put them in everything from pasta sauce, soups and stews, and, my absolute favorite, plain rice. Throw a couple of dried bay leaves in your rice cooker next time and you will see what I’m

This Italian comfort food pasta dish is big enough for the whole family. Easy and affordable to make, this recipe makes use of shelf-stable ingredients like dry pasta, canned chickpeas, and canned tomatoes. Did you know canned tomatoes contain just as many vitamins and nutrients as fresh tomatoes, but with the additional benefit of lycopene – a powerful antioxidant that protects the body against cell damage? Click here to download the recipe. Try it at home and click here to join

  Looking to add more veggies to your diet? Try this spring vegetable sauté as a side or a main dish. This is a super quick and easy recipe to get you familiar with seasonal vegetables. Click here to download the recipe. Try it at home and click here to join our Healthy St. Pete Facebook group for more healthy news and tips. Use #HealthyStPete on Instagram and follow @StPeteParksRec. Want to learn more about the Fresh Rec Stop program and our recipes?