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HIP community health link August 2014 (3)

St. Louis Park Community Link Event

Chef Marshall and Chef Ryan, who’s also our director of communications, volunteered for St Louis Park’s recent Community Link Event.  The event was a fun night of free opportunities and activities for our city’s residents who needed access to local resources for adults and families in need of short or long-term help. A huge variety of [...]


Corn Off the Cob

Have you ever struggled to cut the corn off the cob for use in a salad or soup, or for freezing? It can be difficult with the kernels flying and rolling in all directions, only to end up on the floor or in your pet’s mouth. Use two bowls, one small and one large, to [...]

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Code Words for Sugar

Here is a list of some of the possible code words for "sugar" which may appear on a label. Hint: the words "syrup", "sweetener", and anything ending in "-ose" can usually be assumed to be "sugar". If the label says "no added sugars", it should not contain any of the following, although the food could contain naturally-occurring [...]

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Homemade Tzatziki

Opa! Add some smart and delicious Greek flair to your menu with this simple cucumber yogurt spread. Works great on a sandwich, as a salad dressing, or as a dip with fresh-cut veggies. Quick, easy, and delicious. Tzatziki – Greek Cucumber Yogurt Dip Portion size: 2 tablespoons 16 servings Ingredients 3 tbsp. oil, blend or olive 1 tbsp. garlic, minced, jarred [...]


Kitchen Tip-Basil

I received fresh basil leaves in a plastic bag and was told to set them on my counter rather than place in my fridge. Since it's summer and I have a LOT of basil in my garden I thought "why not try it". Well, I was surprised to learn that fresh cut basil can sit [...]


Strawberry Banana Smoothie

If there is anything more refreshing than a cool smoothie on a hot summer day, I don't want to know what it is. A great way to add some yogurt, fruit, and vegetables to your diet, and stay hydrated all at the same time. We know that this recipe will make your kids big smoothie [...]


Sun Sailor Guest Columnist Chef Marshall O’Brien

  Health in the Park, or HIP, is a grass-roots initiative dedicated to making active, healthy living more accessible to everyone in St. Louis Park.  Health in the Park’s Healthy Eating Team is one of six citizen action groups working to create a healthier St. Louis Park. Chef Marshall and his team were asked to [...]


Thoughts from MNSA 2014

  The Minnesota School Nutrition Association held its annual conference this past week in St Cloud. As usual it was a lot of fun–where else can you get all of Minnesota's Lunch Ladies and Meal Men together for a great time? The opening key note speaker, Renee Rongen, was fabulous, as she got us all excited and inspired [...]

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Walk with S’wag

As a stake holder for the A Healthier Hasting for All initiative, we support the various community programs they offer, including a recent event for dog owners and lovers called Walk with S' wag. It was a community dog walk to encourage physical activity and smart eating.   We provided some tasty treats that were [...]

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Summer Gazpacho

Delicious and refreshing during summer months because of its cold serving temperature and bursting flavors. Summer Gazpacho Serves 6 Ingredients: 2 cups cucumber 2 cups red bell peppers, cored and seeded 3 cups tomatoes 1 cup red onion 2 tbsp. fresh garlic, or to taste 3 cups tomato juice 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar 1/4 [...]

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