LiveWell JOCO Blog

Stay informed with regular updates from the LiveWell Johnson County Blog, including tips for chronic disease prevention, healthy food inspiration, and news from the neighborhood.

Spotlight on Cauliflower

Cauliflower has been enjoying its time in the spotlight and rightly so. It is very versatile, low in calories and brings nutritional benefits to the table, literally. Steam it, roast it, rice it, dip it or blend it in a…... read more

Pantry Skill – Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted tomatoes are an easy pantry skill to master. Roasting fresh tomatoes concentrates their delicious flavor making salads, hummus, pasta & sandwiches pop! Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins like vitamin C and antioxidants including lycopene. Including them in…...

Spotlight on Spinach

“I’m strong to the finish ‘cause I eats me spinach!” Turns out Popeye the Sailor Man was right. With many essential vitamins & minerals and great health benefits, this fabulous functional food packs a powerful punch. 2 cups of fresh…...

Pantry Skill – Pesto

Is your garden full of basil or have you seen the fresh basil at the grocery store and wondered what you could do with it? We’ve got a tasty idea, homemade pesto. Enjoy this yourself, preserve some in the freezer…...

Spotlight On Carrots

Carrots are high in water content, low in calories, and have a low glycemic index, meaning that they will not cause your blood sugar to rise as quickly compared to higher-carbohydrate foods. With many superb nutritional benefits, carrots make the…...

Slow Cooker Peanut Sauce Pork with Zucchini Noodles

Slow Cooker Peanut Sauce Pork with Zucchini Noodles is easy to prepare in the slow cooker and uses premade zucchini noodles which can be found in the freezer section or produce section of the grocery store. Zucchini noodles are low…... read more

Pantry Skill – Toasted Almonds

Toasted almonds are more flavorful than raw and can really make a dish pop! Try them on salads, green beans, rice, stir fry, oatmeal, yogurt and even ice cream. They are an excellent food to choose often due to their…...

Spotlight on Cherries

Cherries are a delicious summer treat that contain several essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need to keep us healthy. With 97 calories per cup, cherries make the perfect midday snack. Nutritional Benefits Vitamin C helps our bodies to build…...

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

Honey Lime Fruit Salad is a flexible and easy fruit salad to serve family style. It adds a refreshing serving of fruit to round out the typical hamburger & hot dog grilled meals on these warm summer days. Honey Lime…...

Hummus – Pantry Skill

Hummus is a healthy snack and is affordable to make at home. Whether you call the main ingredient chickpeas or garbanzo beans, they’re a winner. They are rich in protein, folate, fiber and iron. Keep it simple and enjoy as…...

Spotlight on Blueberries

Blueberries are a delicious fun fruit that are also great for you! They contain 80 calories per cup and are rich in many beneficial vitamins and nutrients. Nutritional Benefits: Vitamin C: One cup of blueberries contains 16% of the recommended…... read more

Caprese Shrimp Pasta

Enjoy this recipe for Caprese Shrimp Pasta. Bright and tangy flavors are balanced with creamy mozzarella in this refreshing dish! Frozen shrimp is convenient to have on hand. Serving it as an item in a dish instead of as the…...

Breakfast Yogurt Splits

Breakfast yogurt splits is a fun & fast breakfast recipe adapted from jocoeats.com that’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. What’s even better, is it is a good source of potassium which is a mineral that most Americans…...

2 Cooking Tips to Help You Be a Better Cook Tonight!

Have you ever found a recipe that looks delicious and you start making it and realize all the prepping you have to do to even begin making the meal? Chopping, dicing, etc.? Below are 2 simple cooking tips to help…...

Renting? Importance of Smoke-Free Policies

Perhaps you are considering changing your living situation. Your roommate has moved out, your family is growing, or your location isn’t working for you anymore. You will be faced with lots of choices. One concept frequently overlooked is the type…...