Tastefully Healthy: Don’t Quit Now…A Quick And Easy Super Bowl Recipe

Angus Avocado Sliders

Angus Avocado Sliders

The Super Bowl is rapidly approaching marking the time of the year when many remaining New-Year-Resolution-making health nuts drop off the map. You know the time, when your body is achy from working out,  you don’t want to get out of bed and well, one more cookie won’t hurt right? My friends, I encourage you to put the cookie down, get out of bed, and remind your sore body why you decided to change your life in the first place. In my first post, I spoke on the ability to still enjoy eating but just make healthier, smarter choices about what you put in your mouth. Here’s a good question to ask yourself, “Is what I want to eat going to get me closer to my goal or further from it?” So now we have the Super Bowl with all its temptations. It’s making a lot of you nervous about cheating on your fresh “new-tritional” goals. You’re going to be surrounded by treats from burgers to cake to beer. Yes, beer is a treat! Remember, no matter what you eat on one day, you need to get right back to your clean nutrition the next. It is important to note that portion control is key. Having ONE burger during a game day party isn’t horrible. Having three, with chips, soda, cake, and whatever else you get your hands on, could be a problem. If you’re the chef for the big game, you may wonder, “How can I make party food that people won’t hate, because I chose to eat better…” Clean eating doesn’t always mean going straight to ground turkey all of the time. It can mean increasing the quality of the foods you eat. Ladies and gentleman I present to you my Angus Avocado Sliders. These little knockouts are made featuring sourdough bread topped with an avocado and orange bell pepper mash, covered with a 5-year aged Wisconsin cheddar. I am going to show you the basic ingredients I use but you can customize this recipe. These are easy to make in a short amount of time.

Angus Avocado Sliders

1 lb. Angus Beef

3 bell peppers (any color variety)

3  Avocados

1/4 lb. 5-year Aged Wisconsin Cheddar

1 loaf of Sourdough

1 lemon

1 – Season your meat accordingly and  form little patties no bigger than the palm of your hand. Cook until the internal temperature is above 165 degrees.

2 – Chop your bell peppers into little chunks; do the same with the avocado. Combine into a bowl and squeeze some lemon into it and slowly stir. The lemon will keep the avocado from turning brown. If you put too much lemon in and the taste is too strong, add a pinch of table salt and garlic powder.

3 –  Preheat your oven to 225 degrees. For your bread you can either toast lightly first or leave it plain. I chose sourdough because it is hearty and I didn’t want to toast everything first. Put the your bell pepper avocado combo on the bread, then add your meat and top it all off with a slice of cheese.

4 –  Put on a cookie sheet and pop them into the oven until the cheese melts.

5 –  Pull them out, plate them up and eat.

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The views, opinions and recommendations expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of AnotherAnnArbor.org.   “Tastefully Healthy” shares tips and information meant to be used in consultation with a health care professional. This information does not represent, or replace, medical advice.  

NAAPID at Night



NAAPID AT NIGHT 2016 jpeg flyerJoin us for a Special 20th Anniversary Celebration of NAAPID: National African American Parent Involvement Day….at Night.

February 8, 2016 – 6 P.M.

Ypsilanti Community Middle School Auditorium

235 Spencer Lane, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Ayinde Jean Baptiste Gifted orator, writer, and strategist, Ayinde Jean Baptiste gained national attention as a 12-year old speaker at the 1995 Million Man March. His speech was the motivating factor for Joseph Dulin to launch National African American Parent Involvement Day. At 14-years old, Ayinde was invited to and spoke at Pioneer H.S. for the 1998 NAAPID kickoff event. Now, 18 years later he returns as the keynote speaker for “NAAPID at Night” to reflect, remind, and renew the call to action. You won’t want to miss this 20th anniversary of NAPPID and hear Mr. Baptiste’s spellbinding message of truth and hope.

There will be a student talent showcase and a reception following to meet Mr. Baptiste. Light refreshments will be served.

Fair Housing Breakfast with Theodore M. Shaw

Dr. Ted Shaw Former Director NAACP Legal & Education Foundation

Dr. Ted Shaw
Former Director
NAACP Legal & Education Fund, Inc.

Greetings. We are excited to announce that we are bringing in renowned civil rights champion Theodore M. Shaw as the guest speaker for our 2016 Fair Housing Breakfast on 3/16/16 in Ann Arbor. More information is available at www.fhcmichigan.org. Thanks to a generous sponsor, we also have a few scholarship tickets available. Kristen J. Cuhran

Tastefully Healthy: Tips For Your New Year New-trition

Food & Nutrition Enthusiast  Another Ann Arbor Contributor

Food & Nutrition Enthusiast
Another Ann Arbor Contributor

      The New Year creates in us a spark of hope that we will conquer our bad eating habits. For most of us, this spark flickers out on January 31st as we slyly slip into the drive-thru of our favorite fast food joint, hoping no one will remember our New Year’s Resolution posts on Facebook just 30 days prior.  No shaming here as I have done this countless times and after a while I had to consider why. One of the primary reasons was because fast food was cheap. Although hailing from California, the land of healthy alternatives, I found myself on more than one occasion succumbing to the temptation of the dollar cheeseburger. I reasoned that I had more money to put into my gas tank. Sometimes this was true, and sometimes it meant more cheeseburgers. Have no fear New Year hopefuls, as there are ways to keep money in your pocket and improve your nutrition.

    Before I begin, I need to correct a mindset. The first thing we think when hear the word “diet” is “what can I not eat?” Banish that mentality. I found that the key is to focus on what you can eat, and how to keep it interesting. This keeps your mind wanting to explore possibilities rather than focus on limitations.

   Today we start with snacks. I constantly snack. Before I started taking my nutrition seriously, I consumed copious amounts of doughnuts, candy, chips, soda, etc. I really didn’t consider it a problem until I started training and working out. What I was consuming was not giving me what I needed to perform and that frustrated me to no end.  If you keep the idea in your mind that what you eat will either get you closer to or farther from your goal, it will become much easier to watch what you put in your mouth.

Our snack of choice today is apple chips. Simple, yet versatile depending on how you want to flavor them or what you want to pair them with. Cinnamon and apples are a timeless choice so we will start there, but don’t hold back on experimenting with other seasonings like lemon peel, sage, and sea salt. Also keep in mind that these instructions are for an oven, since I do not own a food dehydrator yet.

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cooking time: 1 ½- 2 hours

Apple on plate with kniveZach's Sliced ApplsZach's Apple Crisps

1)      Pre-heat oven to 225 degrees.

2)      Slice apple into thin slivers. Thin slices yield crunchier chips. Thicker slices give you apple chews. 

3)      Place apples on baking sheet

4)      Sprinkle with cinnamon.

5)      Place in oven and “bake” for 1 ½ – 2 hours.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cooling allows for the chips to get crunchy. Enjoy on their own or with some almond butter. Store leftovers in a plastic bag.

If you like what you’ve read, leave me a comment, suggest a food or nutrition topic, or share a nutritious recipe.  If you’re on Instagram, follow me at @zach_sws.


Another Ann Arbor introduces new Food & Nutrition Column

Tastefully Healthy


The statistics are clear: 57.6% of African American women are obese, 39.9-44.5% of African American adults have high blood pressure; and 14.6% of us are in poor health. While we can’t cure all the factors contributing to statistics like these, we can improve our personal health habits. In the spirit of that effort, we’re introducing “Tastefully Healthy”, our new food and nutrition column. Its written from the perspective of a foodie who likes to cook and eat good food, as well as research and study the history of healthy ingredients and spices.  

Meet Zach Van Buren, Food & Nutrition Enthusiast, Artist, and now… Another Ann Arbor Contributing Columnist!

Here’s Zach’s background, in his own words….

“I’m a student of life who, while researching ways to reach my own health and fitness goals, began helping others do the same. This California-hailing fitness enthusiast and foodie is constantly finding ways to make having a sound, nutritional life, as productive and enjoyable as possible.” -ZVB-

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Zach is on a path to improve his health this year. We welcome you on this journey.


John E. Lawrence presents the “Magic of Christmas” Holiday Concert

image.jpg“Magic of Christmas” is a holiday concert presented by master guitarist, John E Lawrence, and featuring the Power Band, with special guests. Tickets are $25.00. The show runs from 7-9pm in the Towsley Auditorium, at the Morris Lawrence Building, of Washtenaw Community College. All proceeds benefit the children’s programming of *All Things Artistic Ministries, Inc.     
This Saturday’s concert will be a homecoming of sorts for Lawrence, who retired last year as the former Director of Music Performance, at Washtenaw Community College. Come out and catch up with John E. Lawrence and his Power Band!

*ATAMI produces “Standing On The Shoulders of Giants,” a yearly, children’s theatrical production, based on the lives of different, local, African American leaders. 

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Veterans Of Color Symposium and Reception

Veterans of color reception at UM

Ann Arbor NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner


Ann Arbor Branch NAACP

Freedom Fund Dinner 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

4:00 p.m.  

Ann Arbor Sheraton Hotel

Theme: “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice”


  Speaker: Rodd L. Monts, Field Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan

            Tickets - $50.00

Tickets may be reserved by calling the NAACP answering service:

(734) 761-9084

          Please support a Freedom Fund Scholar for $35.00

*All contributions received by October 27, 2015,

will be noted in the program.

Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Psi Omega Chapter’s, 13th Annual Celebration of Black Men

AKA Annual Celebration of Black MenDelta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. presents the 13th Annual Celebration of Black Men

Honorees: William Henderson
John E. Lawrence
Dr. Silas P. Norman
Tyrone Weeks
Dr. Harry Williams

Saturday, October 24th, 10:00am $40

Weber’s Inn, Ann Arbor

For More Info Contact: berry1992@comcast.net
or 734-665-8175

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Ypsilanti Area Unity Picnic & Rally presented by Fathers of Hope

Fathers of Hope Annual Picnic

Entertainment featuring John E. Lawrence and the John E. Lawrence Band

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