Charlottesville Alert

12/19 – 12/23: Repairs to our hot water system will take place December 19-23. acac Albemarle Square will be without hot water during this time.

We will be running on a modified schedule for the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

 

News

acac Gives Back

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester
acac Fitness & Wellness Centers sold 25 day memberships for $25 all for charity. Watch the impact of this simple idea spread through communities.
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Falafel with Avocado Spread

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
This Middle Eastern style sandwich has a Latin spin on it. Garnish with leafy greens and sliced red onion. Makes: 4 stuffed pita halves Ingredients: Patties: 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained ½ cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese (reduced-fat, optional) ¼ cup finely crushed baked tortilla chips (about ¾ ounce) 2…
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Greek Turkey Sliders

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester
Summer may be winding down, but don’t pack that grill up just yet. By mixing feta, spinach and an egg white into the patties, the meat stays tender. Adding the Greek marinade also helps them stay moist and reduces the formation of carcinogens associated with grilling and smoke. Makes: 7 servings (1 slider per serving,…
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Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester
Great for parties and tailgates, served with raw vegetables such as sliced red peppers, carrot sticks, celery, or whole grain crackers. This is also great when spread on small slices of whole-grain bread and broiled. Makes: 12 servings (serving size ¼ cup) Ingredients: ½ cup light mayonnaise ½ cup fat-free plain yogurt (regular or Greek…
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Fruit Salad with Cranberry Poppy Seed Dressing

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester
The dressing on this salad, including fresh ginger and citrus, elevates the flavor of each fruit without hiding it. Makes: 6 servings Ingredients: ¾ cup 100% cranberry juice 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon grated, peeled gingerroot ½ teaspoon grated orange zest (optional) ½ teaspoon poppy seeds 2 cups cubed watermelon 1 cup…
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Papaya Pecan Salad with Chicken

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • West Chester
Papaya is mildly sweet and makes an excellent addition to savory chicken dishes like this one. Plus, this filling entrée salad is also full of protein, dietary fiber, and vitamin C, making it a delicious way to reap the rewards of tropical produce. Makes 4 servings. 8 cups torn romaine lettuce leaves 2 medium, ripe…
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Sweet and Salty Crunchy Mix

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • West Chester
This fun mix of fruits, whole grains, and nuts will satisfy midday hunger and help keep you healthy. Measure out portions ahead of time to make sure you won’t overindulge on this delicious treat. Makes 15 (½-cup) servings Ingredients: Canola oil spray 2 cups cereal, preferably whole grain, e.g. old fashion rolled oats, oat squares,…
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No Chop Chili

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • West Chester
As we get ready to say goodbye to cooler temperatures, here’s one last cold-weather dish. Just like it sounds, this recipe has no ingredients to chop; perfect for a weekday dinner. Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1 pound 92% lean ground beef or 96% lean ground round 1 (15.25- ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained 1 (15.5-…
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Guacamole Eggs

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • Short Pump
  • West Chester
Need to use up some of those hard-boiled eggs? The fresh, bright taste of guacamole is a perfect fit with the egg-white halves. In the version below, the guacamole is flavored with a healthy dose of lime juice and topped off with a sprinkling of sliced scallions. This is a healthier alternative to the mayonnaise…
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Butternut Squash Soup

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • West Chester
With more than 10,000 mcg of beta-carotene and two thirds of a day’s worth of vitamin C, this soup is certain to get you glowing. Many supermarkets carry the butternut squash already peeled and cubed for added convenience. Servings: 4 Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 large leeks, trimmed, green and white parts chopped ⅛…
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BEEFY HOPPIN’ JOHN

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • West Chester
Rice and beans are staples in so many cultures. Here’s a variation on a classic from America’s South. It’s a one skillet meal that’s easy to make. Makes 4-6 servings Ingredients: ½ pound 92% lean ground beef ½ small onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 cup chopped celery 1 (14-ounce) cans low-salt broth ¼…
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Pumpkin Bundt Cake

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • West Chester
Serves: 12 Ingredients: Canola oil cooking spray ¼ tsp. salt 1 cup whole-wheat flour 1 large egg 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1 large egg white 1 ½ tsp. baking powder ¾ cup brown sugar, firmly packed ½ tsp. baking soda 1 cup low-fat buttermilk 2 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream ½…
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Herbed Salmon Burgers

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • West Chester
Canned salmon is almost always wild salmon. When salmon is processed for canning, its bones become softened and edible, and a source of dietary calcium. Here salmon is blended with oats (to bind the ingredients and add soluble fiber) and grated fresh apple (for moistness, soluble fiber, and a pleasing contrast to the rich salmon)…
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Zippy Beet Salad

  • Charlottesville
  • Midlothian
  • West Chester
Servings: 5 Ingredients: • 1 pound fresh beets, peeled* • ¾ cup orange juice • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger • ⅛ teaspoon salt • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon • Generous dash of black pepper • Generous dash of ground cloves • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar • 1 medium sweet Vidalia onion, thinly sliced Preparation: Slice…
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