Stuff We Like

Curated lists of reads, recipes, travel spots, trivia and more from those bringing you “A Healthier Upstate”.

Hidden Gems: Sonnenberg Gardens

(Photos courtesy of Sonnenberg Gardens) My aunt and uncle recently visited from out of state, and I was deputized family ...
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How I Came to Love These Zucchini Bread Recipes

I didn’t care much for my first-ever attempt at making zucchini bread. I didn’t want to make it, but my ...
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15 Ways to Stop Stress Now

You’re stressed. But you don’t have to cruise to a tropical island to relieve your stress or anxiety. Here are ...
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New To Medicare? This Cheat Sheet Should Help

You may not have given much thought to choosing a health insurance plan if you always obtained a plan from ...
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Hidden Gems: Salem Art Works

If you are in the Albany-Lake George area and have a taste for outdoor sculpture, then Salem Art Works in ...
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A Peach of A Summer Salad!

Last summer, I was looking for something new to add to the traditional cookout menu. The fresh peaches sitting in ...
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Hidden Gems: Sterling Renaissance Festival

No summer is complete for my family without a trip to 16th century Warwick, England; or the closest we can ...
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6 Fresh Ways to Get Fresh Air

Fresh air. We all know what it is, yet we don’t get nearly enough of it. Nowadays, it seems like ...
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15 Foods You’re Not Eating (But Should!)

My approach to healthy eating focuses on eating more, not less. Feast more on certain “nutritional rock stars” that are ...
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A surprisingly delicious summer salad

I didn’t expect this “farro” salad to be tasty. Farro is a kind of super-healthy whole grain that at first ...
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Could Whole30 Help My Migraines?

I get migraines. Lie in bed all day, can’t think, light-and-sound-sensitive, pounding migraines. Since elementary school, I’d get such bad ...
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11 Inspiring Stories about Women’s Health

For many bloggers at AHealthierUpstate.org, it’s been an honor to have chronicled the lives of so many women who’ve overcome ...
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Snack Your Way to Your Summer Weight

Healthy snacking might sound like an oxymoron. But there are a lot of benefits to snacking – especially if you ...
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Sage Advice: 7 Tips for Your Herb Garden (Recipes Included!)

I’d rather be cooking than gardening, but there’s something about growing and using my own herbs that’s satisfying to the ...
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Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Bake

Buffalo chicken. Is there anything better? I'd submit to you that there is not. However, it is generally not a ...
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18 Fabulous Fiction Books for 2018

“Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” This quote from Albert Camus is why I love fiction ...
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Homemade Sauerkraut is Easier Than You Think

I’m mostly Irish and German and my wife is mostly Polish and Irish. Thus, explaining why we make our own ...
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A Sweet Family Activity: NY Maple Weekends are Here!

It's just about time for my favorite family activity. As we anticipate our annual tradition of visiting a local maple farm, ...
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Tasty Winter Squash Bake with Feta

There are a few dishes in my cooking rotation that I can make in my sleep. This winter squash bake ...
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What You Might Not Know about the Festival of Holi

It's almost spring! For me, that means it's almost time to celebrate Holi, the Hindu celebration marked by a festival ...
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I Stand – A Lot. But why does it make others uneasy?

I have an odd habit that’s good for my health, but seems to make others uneasy. I have a tendency ...
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Flavorful Escarole and Pastina Soup

This delicious Escarole and Pastina soup includes many Italian flavors that remind me of my childhood. What little Ragazzo or Ragazzi didn't ...
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5 New Ways to Enjoy Chocolate This Valentine’s Day

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together like socks and shoes or peanut butter and jelly. Wooing your sweetheart with a ...
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18 Great Non-Fiction Books for 2018

If you’re looking for an inspirational, uplifting or funny book for the New Year, here are a few of my ...
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Healthy Snacking Tips from a Football Party Veteran

Watching the big game can be grueling when you’re at a house party with a super-sized buffet. But you can ...
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The excuse you might need to finally take days off

“Take two vacation days…and call me in the morning.” Sounds kind of strange, but a “vacation” might be a real ...
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Meal Delivery Services: Our Review of Home Chef & Kitchen Verde

Is meal delivery in a box for you? Maybe. These semi-prepared meals definitely get you out of a “cooking rut” ...
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How to Build a Backyard Ice Rink

Given that current weather forecasts for our part of the Northeast are including numbers below the magical 32 degrees Fahrenheit, ...
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8 Last-Minute Healthy Gifts For The Holidays

If you’re scrambling to find the perfect gift for that special someone, it’s not too late to give the gift ...
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Meal Delivery Services: Our Review of Martha & Marley Spoon™

Is meal delivery in a box for you? Maybe. These semi-prepared meals definitely get you out of a “cooking rut” ...
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Meal Delivery Services: Our Review of Sun Basket

Is meal delivery in a box for you? Maybe. These semi-prepared meals definitely get you out of a “cooking rut” ...
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Meal Delivery Services: Our Review of Blue Apron

Is meal delivery in a box for you? Maybe. These semi-prepared meals definitely get you out of a “cooking rut” ...
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Yogurt… Is it Really Healthy?

Back in college, I didn’t have a lot of healthy habits. But I thought I was doing one thing right ...
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Binghamton High Poverty Area Gets Healthier

The north side of Binghamton, New York, was in desperate need. Not only does it have a high rate of ...
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12 Tips for Using a Bike Share

Bike shares are popping up in cities like mine (Rochester, NY). They’re great for quick trips to the neighborhood store, ...
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Hidden Gems: Wall Therapy in Rochester

I recently went on a slow bicycle ride through the streets of Rochester, stopping at notable city spots, such as ...
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Build Your Own Trail Mix

Trail mix is my go-to afternoon snack. It’s the perfect blend of salty and sweet that keeps me going from ...
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Overwhelmed with Life? Try Making Your Bed

My parents passed on many a piece of advice to my brother and me over the years. Like most children, ...
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Five Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes for Fall

(Just about) everybody loves fall. But do you ever get tired of the leaves, the brisk morning air or the ...
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Your Back-To-College Health Checklist

I’ve never been as sick as I was my first year at college. I was barely sleeping and living off ...
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Ready to Run? Learn to Love Hills

Hills kinda have a bad rep among runners. Something about gravity and sweatiness and REALLY HARD WORK! It’s true. Hills ...
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O Canada! International Travel Right Next Door

For a fun family vacation or couple’s getaway, think Canada. You can say you’ve been abroad without traveling far. Four ...
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Indoor Fun: Beat the Heat (Or Those Rainy Summer Days)

I can’t stand the heat. I’ll take brushing snow off my car over 90+ degree weather any day. I disliked ...
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Ready to Run? The Hardest Part is Starting

The hardest part about running is starting. The best part is when it’s over. If you’d asked me about a ...
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Hidden Gem: Corning Museum of Glass

THE WORLD OF GLASS When I mentioned to others I was headed to The Corning Museum of Glass, I heard ...
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22 Ice Cream Shops to Check Out This Summer

When I was a kid, my favorite ice cream shop was always the one closest to my house. It was ...
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Hidden Gems: Cornell Botanic Gardens

The rhododendrons and azaleas were in full bloom, from magenta to pale pinks and creamy whites, when my work colleague, ...
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Hidden Gems: Washington Grove

What’s the secret? A “forest in the city,” Washington Grove is a unique, oak-hickory forest. It's located on the eastern ...
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Personal Spotlight on Tim Reed, the Man Behind the Boilermaker

Tim Reed is the president of the world renowned Utica Boilermaker Road Race, which will be celebrating its 40th running ...
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7 Tips for Choosing the Best Sunglasses

Certain slices of Americana are just ingrained into our culture. You know, things like mom, apple pie, pizza, and yes, ...
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Hidden Gems: Letchworth’s 1,000 Steps

Letchworth State Park lends its beauty to the Rochester area, and if you’ve ever been there you know just how ...
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A Big Brother Aims to Make the Rochester Tour de Cure the #1 Ride in the U.S.

Chris Gorecki is about to tackle his seventh straight Tour de Cure. He doesn’t participate in the diabetes fundraiser because ...
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How I Learned to Ballroom Dance (Etiquette Tips Included!)

A “Learn to Dance Ballroom, No Partner Required” headline caught my eye in a catalog I was flipping through 18 ...
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Hidden Gems: Grimes Glen

My husband and I recently ditched the kids with a sitter, fled south down Canandaigua Lake and landed in picturesque ...
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Healthy Quinoa Summer Salad

There are a lot of great things about the return of warm weather: more sunshine, more time outside, and of ...
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Bunny Tales: The Squirrels Ate my Eggs and Other Easter Stories

As with most holidays, there are favorite (and unusual) stories – and plenty of bloopers. Here are some of our ...
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Hidden Gems: Lamberton Conservatory

As a born and raised Western New Yorker, I fully understand that snow and wintry weather can live anywhere from ...
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Personal Spotlight on Nicole Kazimer of Hikyoga

Nicole Kazimer is the founder of Hikyoga, a hiking-infused yoga class in Rochester. Born and raised in Webster, NY, Nicole ...
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MyFitnessPal, My New Best Friend

MyFitnessPal is a food diary, calorie and nutrient tracker and exercise journal rolled into one easy-to-use app. I use the ...
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Freezer Meal: Prepare-ahead Chicken Parmesan

Prepare this Crock-Pot meal ahead of time. Freeze the food in gallon Ziploc bags for future chow-downs. -Ted Byrnes ...
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Super Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe

Consider pairing these soft tacos with a side of steamed broccoli or another delicious vegetable. –Ted Byrnes ...
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F is for Fridays, Food, and Family

After a long week at work, there’s nothing more comforting than coming home on a Friday night and having some ...
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Energizing PB Date Bites

These energy bites make the perfect snack or healthier dessert. Packed with protein, fiber and flavor, these will satisfy your ...
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Tasty Crock-Pot Beef Stroganoff

I love this recipe because I can prepare most of it the night before and still provide my family with ...
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Southwestern Two-Bean Chicken Soup

I love this recipe because it's packed with flavor without being packed with hidden fats. I typically toss some avocado ...
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Sleep Cycle App Will Kick You Out of Bed, But Gently

The Sleep Cycle app is listed as “essential” in the app store, and for good reason! Sleep Cycle is an ...
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Stealthy Zucchini Meatballs

Place the meatballs in a crock-pot and have them cook all day while you're at work. I’ve never been the ...
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Twinkle, Twinkle Little UGH. Solutions for Parents who Hate Kids’ Music.

Becoming a parent stirs up a lot of fears. Will I be a good caretaker? Who will take care of ...
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Hidden Gems: Corbett’s Glen Nature Park

What’s the Secret? You can find me at Cobb’s Hill Park in Rochester, N.Y., on the regular, so it was ...
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Must-see Sculptures - Stone Quarry Hill Art Park

Hidden Gems: Stone Quarry Hill Art Park

What’s The Secret? We “discovered” the park during one of our impulsive drives along Route 20, just south of Syracuse, ...
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It’s Not Too Late! 5 Tips for Starting a Blessings Jar

A pale, purple-colored vase that sits year-round on Kesha Carter’s kitchen counter is the centerpiece of her family’s annual New ...
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When in Snow Country, Snowshoe

Some of my friends think I’m odd because I’m one of those people who genuinely look forward to winter. I ...
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A Crock-Pot Saved My Sanity and My Marriage

God bless the Crock-Pot. Yes, it’s that cauldron-type electronic countertop cooking device made of inch-thick ceramics and a heavy glass ...
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18 Places to Ski & Snowboard in Upstate New York

Living in upstate New York, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll end up trying to learn to ski or snowboard at ...
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CoreLife Eater Review

Hidden Gems: CoreLife Eatery Review

What’s the secret? I was intrigued by the idea of a fast food place that served healthier food. That’s why ...
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11 Easy Snacks to Help You Sleep Better

Almost everyone loves to grab a snack before they go to sleep. But what you choose to eat could determine ...
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12 Family-Friendly Apple Farms in Upstate New York

My toddler began his first apple picking trip by collecting the rotten fruit off the grass, offering them to me ...
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Good Libations: Beer, Cider or Wine?

“Too much work, and no vacation, Deserves at least a small libation. So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses; Work's ...
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Angling for a Great Spot: 12 Fantastic Places to Fish in New York

My 5-year-old, armed with his brand-new Spider-Man fishing rod, peppered me with questions about his first-ever fishing trip. Could he ...
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