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Healthy Food & Nutrition

By Garrett Simpson, NASM-CNC, Community Health Leader April marks the beginning of melon season, and various melons converge to create a flavorful mix in this refreshing fruit salad. Cantaloupe steals the spotlight, delivering a hefty dose of vitamins A and C, essential for vision and immunity. Honeydew melon joins in, enriching bone health with folate, vitamin K, and magnesium. A splash of lime juice adds zing and extra vitamin C, while honey's antimicrobial properties enhance immunity. Together, these ingredients compose a potent

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader   This Kale Pesto is a great way to kick off the month. As part of a heart-healthy diet, kale can reduce the risk of heart disease by helping lower LDL cholesterol or “bad cholesterol.” Kale offers an abundance of nutrients that support heart health, including potassium, fiber, folate, and calcium. Basil provides additional heart-protective benefits, containing compounds like flavonoids and polyphenols that may contribute to cardiovascular health. Garlic is known for its potential to lower

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader This Pineapple Refresher is great on a hot day or if you need sweet pick me up! Pineapple is rich in vitamin C. One cup of pineapple contains 78.9 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C. It is said that pineapple can improve bone health because it contains Manganese. Manganese helps stave off osteoporosis and improve overall bone and mineral density.     Did you know that you can find fresh, affordable produce near you? Healthy St. Pete‘s Fresh Rec Stop

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader For many that don’t know, December is in the middle of pomegranate season. Even though they stain my hands and clothes, I can’t get enough of that sweet and sour fruit. Pomegranates can help prevent or treat various disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, oxidative stress, hyperglycemia, and inflammatory activities. It is demonstrated that certain components of the pomegranate, such as polyphenols, have potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic effects. Greek yogurt contains

By Sarah Wiemert, Food Systems Planner   Healthy St. Pete is excited to be facilitating, through community participation and organizational partnership, a Healthy Food Action Plan. Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Healthy Food Action Plan will guide short- and long-term projects, partnerships, and policies that address food access issues in Healthy Food Priority Areas to promote health equity in St. Petersburg. It will improve access to and education about healthy, affordable food sources and agencies, increase the

By Chef Garrett, Community Health Leader As we head further into fall, it's time to excited for the family gatherings and the food that comes with the season. Cranberries always taste like the holidays. Many people consider cranberries to be a superfood due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content. In fact, research has linked the nutrients in cranberries to a lower risk of urinary tract infection (UTI) the prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood

By Garrett Simpson, Community Health Leader   Now that Fall is upon us it is time to dive into all the flavors the season has for us. This recipe has some very nutritious elements that you and your family should try for dessert or snack. Pumpkin is a rich source of heart-healthy nutrients like fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. Several studies have connected eating dried dates with improved brain function. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber. Fiber takes longer to digest