Tips & Resources

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Mexican Vegetable Rice

The warmer weather means zucchini and bell peppers are in season. This version of Mexican rice is easy to make and incorporates these seasonal vegetables. Click the link below for this delicious recipe.

Stay Hydrated

Use Water

Choosing water instead of sugary beverages or soda is a great first step to overall healthy diet. Everyone should try to drink 8-12 cups (8 ounces equals 1 cup) of water every day. Just take it one day, one drink at a time. For tips on some ways you can make the switch.

Play it safe

Find tips for keeping kids safe during all activities.

Help your neighborhood support more physical activity. If it is hard to be physically active where you live, the first thing you can do is look around your neighborhood and find out what is keeping you from being more physically active. Click this link to take a short quiz to find out if your neighborhood is ready for some good changes.

Aguachile Scallops

A healthy, seafood recipe with easy-to-follow directions! Serve with cilantro, avocado and Northgate's tostadas Casera.

Cactus Salad

Nopales (cactus) are considered a healthy vegetable. It has a sticky texture inside, due to their rich content of soluble fiber. Fiber helps with digestion and helps control cholesterol and blood sugar. You can find nopales year-round in Northgate Gonzalez Markets to make this healthy dish.

Activate Your Family.

Physical activity is important for children and adults of all ages. Being active as a family can benefit everyone. Adults need 150 minutes a week of physical activity, and children need 60 minutes a day. Click the link for tips to add more activity to your family's busy schedule.

20 Minute Meat Loaf

Chef tip: you can use any kind of ground meat in this recipe. If possible however, choose lean meat such as ground turkey breast, ground chicken, or extra-lean ground beef. Click on the link for this budget-friendly recipe.

Heart Check Certified

Grocery shopping for you or a loved one that is on a Heart Healthy diet can be difficult... but it just got easier with Heart Check Certified foods! Take a look at the hundreds of foods that are Heart Check Certified below.

Sleep Better with Tech Tweaks

Bad sleep habits can increase your calorie intake and may impact your risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. You can tweak your tech habits to get better sleep. Pick a tweak and do it now so you can get your 7-9 hours of sleep tonight!

Apple Crisp

Apples are crunchy, juicy fruits that grow on trees. At one time there were more than 16,000 types of apples grown in the United States, with flavors ranging from tart to sweet. Make this dessert with the apple of your choice and it will warm you up and make your house smell delicious!

Healthier Food Choices

What's an easy way to make healthier food choices? Start by serving fruits and veggies at every meal and snack! Don't know where to start? Check out the link below for healthy recipe ideas!

Getting started.

Tips for long-term exercise success.

Here are some tips for exercise success: - Dress for success! Wear comfortable, property fitted sneakers or flat shoes with laces. -Make the time! Start slowly. Gradually build up to at least 30 minutes of activity on most or all days of the week (or whatever your doctor recommends). Exercise at the same time of day so it becomase a regular part of your lifestyle. For more tips for exercise success, click on the link.

2 in 5 Americans develop type 2 diabetes.

The good news is you can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. If you’re at risk, making small changes to the way you eat, increasing your physical activity levels or getting early treatment can, for some, actually return blood sugar levels to a normal range. To find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or for ideas on how to get started preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes, click on this link.

Healthy Trail Mix Snack Idea

Kids love to snack! The trick is finding healthy snacks to help them get the nutrition they need with a taste they'll love! In order to maintain a healthy weight, single-serving snacks are great and can teach children how to make good choices by making their own snacks with healthy food from the kitchen. Click the link for a few ideas!


California grown grapefruit are in season all year. California grown varieties may be fresher and cost less than varieties shipped from other states or countries. For more information, visit the link.

A Guacamole Fiesta

(Peas are invited)

The addition of green peas lightens up guacamole and adds protein and fiber making for a delicious and nutritious snack or topping for your favorite Mexican dish.

Roasted and Spiced Chickpeas

This high-fiber snack is a much healthier choice than chips and is a great alternative for those with nut allergies. Place in small bowls at your next party, eat them as a snack, or use them as a crunchy topping on soups or salads.

Know the Salty 6

On average, Americans consume more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day. More than double the recommended limit of the American Heart Association. Learn to read and understand food labels to help you make healthier choices. Know the SALTY 6 and in three weeks you can change your sodium palate, start enjoying foods with less sodium, and reduce inflammation. Let's get started!

Lentil & Quinoa Tacos

Full of protein and fiber, lentils and quinoa come together to make a hearty and filling taco filling. Serve with shredded cabbage, green onions, cilantro, avocado, and any of your favorite taco toppings – enjoy!

Do you know all the nutritional benefits of nuts?

Do you know all the nutritional benefits of nuts? Nuts are much more than snacks. In addition to their superior snackability, nuts taste fabulous in salads, stir-fries, breads, and stirred into yogurt. Or try some nut butter in a smoothie!

Inexpensive Ways to Exercise

Overcome barriers and get moving. A barrier is something that keeps you from doing something else. If you're not active, it's likely that you have at least one barrier or reason why. Perhaps you've never been very active. Think about what is keeping you from being active and then check out some of our solutions to the most common barriers to physical activity. Is there a solution for you?

Citrus-Tarragon Chicken Kabobs

Meat is typically the first thing that comes to mind when we think about grilling, but grilled vegetables can taste just as good! We simply added more of the colorful veggies to each kabob to give a wide variety of nutrients.

Find Fun Outdoor Activities

California Department of Parks and Recreation manages 280 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California.

Pumpkin Walnut Muffins

These healthy pumpkin muffins are soft, moist, and have a perfectly crunchy muffin top. Make a batch of these pumpkin muffins for an easy breakfast or snack throughout the week!

Lead by Example

Stay active yourself and be active with your kids. Go for family walks, ride bikes together, or play at a local park. For more tips on how to Power Up Your Kids' Play click on the link:


(Garbanzo beans)

A 1⁄2 cup of chickpeas is an excellent source* of fiber and folate. A 1⁄2 cup of cooked beans is also a good source of potassium, magnesium, and plant protein. Visit the following link for more tips and recipes


Nutrition.Gov is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-sponsored website that offers credible information to help you make healthful eating choices. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers.

Everyday Healthy Meals Cookbook

Start using these low-cost, easy-to-make recipes today to keep your family healthy and happy!

Flavors of My Kitchen

This cookbook honors the culture, texture, and the rich flavors of Latino foods. Flavors of My Kitchen is filled with traditional Latino recipes that have been passed down from family to family. They are authentic, regional recipes with a healthy twist. The recipes taste great, are easy to make, and are actually good for you!

CalFresh Healthy Living

CalFresh Healthy Living supports healthy, active and nourished lifestyles by teaching Californians about good nutrition and how to stretch their food dollars, while also building partnerships in communities to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.