Event: Healthy Smoothie Contest Information Session

Our New Concept Cooking Club is proud to announce the 1st and 2nd place winners of our Healthy Soup Recipe Contest.

1st Place Winner:
Vegan Keto Coconut Curry Soup submitted by Deb Hitchcock

2nd Place Winner:
Minestrone Soup submitted by Linda Hipp

Thank you to all who participated. You will find these recipes along with all that were submitted in the Forward Focus Cookbook that will be available at the end of the year.

Ready for some Smoothies??!!  Our New Concept Cooking Club 2nd quarter contest starts now……….

Healthy Smoothie Contest

The beauty of a Smoothie lies in the endless possibilities.  For some, a Smoothie is a beloved part of their daily routine, and it makes sense when you consider their convenience.  Looking for a portable meal or an afternoon pick-me-up or perhaps you need a re-fueling right after a grueling workout.  In fact, Smoothies can help you steer clear of the drive-through’s unhealthy fast foods.  Not only do Smoothie’s satisfy your sweet tooth but you can customize the blend to fit your nutritional needs and incorporate a variety of Fruits, Veggies, Protein, Calcium, Healthy Fats and Fiber.  How healthy your Smoothie becomes will depend largely on the ingredients you include. 

Recipes must meet the following Nutrition Criteria before entering the Contest:

            Nutritional Balance

                TIP: Just as a healthy snack or meal contains a mix of carbs, protein, and fat, a healthy smoothie should contain the same mix.

          TEN Minute Prep-Time

               TIP: Save time by using frozen fruits, pre cleaned and cut vegetables.

          No Added Sugars Allowed

              TIP:  Sweetness should come naturally from fruits, vegetables, spices, extract, cocoa powder or nibs, coffee.

         Fruits 1-2 Servings

               TIP: Think beyond bananas. Be mindful of the amount of fruit added as they can result in a high calorie smoothie. Consider mixing a few different fruits as it adds to flavor and a colorful appearance.  Fruits add texture.

        Vegetables 1-2 servings

             TIP: A nutrient/ fiber-rich smoothie contains vegetables and adds very little calories

            TIP: Protein is key to helping you feel full and satiated. Powders, Low Fat Milk, or Yogurt (low sugar) Tofu, Hemp, Nut butters and Seeds.

       Healthy Fats 1-2 Tablespoons

              TIP: Avocado, Nut Butters, Flaxseeds, Chia seeds, Hemp seeds

Smoothies can be an entire meal or snack providing, Protein, Fiber, Healthy Fats and Disease Fighting Antioxidants.
April 28: “Everything You Wanted to Know About Smoothies” Information Session at 5:30pm in the Forward Focus Medical Suite – contact Marti at ffwellnesscenter@outlook.com to register.
May 2: Smoothie recipes submittal deadline – send to Sheryl Gray at sheryllgray@gmail.com
May 9: Sheryl confirms recipe eligibility
May 10 - May 27: Recipes are prepared, tasted, and judged
Week of May 30: 1st & 2nd place winners are chosen and announced