Healthy Living Recipes

Healthy Recipes for Meals and Snacks

The path to healthy eating can be easy and fun with delicious recipes from the YMCA of Central Florida! Browse our collection for nutritious tips and menu ideas that the whole family will enjoy.

Virtual Chef

Because the Y is here for you in spirit, mind, and body, we want to help you reach your wellness goals in the kitchen, too! If you need help with topics like dining out with confidence, how to read a nutrition label, or simply want to submit a recipe, contact Chef Gary.

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Healthy Recipes

About Chef Gary

Chef Gary Appelsies has been the Director of Healthy Eating at the YMCA of Central Florida since November of 2014. His passion for healthier eating has led him on a lifelong journey of helping people feel better through food.

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Check out our latest blog articles by Chef Gary!

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  • Food to Boost Your Mood
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  • Promises of Spring
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  • Spring into the Season
    April is one of my favorite months of the year. The days are longer, the air seems fresher, and the weather tends to be perfect for me. April marks a change in season and a time for renewal. Beautiful flowers […]
  • Lent
    As we begin the month of March, many Christians worldwide will enter into a time of remembrance of the events leading up to Resurrection Sunday called Lent. This 40 day period is a time of reflection, seeking forgiveness, and preparing […]
  • Two Year Anniversary for the Y: Surfing the COVID-19 Wave
    On March 17, 2020, the YMCA of Central Florida shut down due to COVID-19, anticipating operations to resume by the end of the month. Instead, we experienced a 64-day closure from regular operations, followed by the slow and methodical re-opening […]
  • Good Nutrition at Any Age
    Can you be healthy at any age? When does good health start? As we grow and age, our bodies change and we need to eat differently. It all comes down to good quality, real food. If we start our children […]