Are you ready to shake up your diet? Do you want to savor simple, flavorful meals, meet some neighbors, and learn a whole lot about healthy eating along the way? You can start at YRMC HealthConnect (, where we’ve been stocking the library at YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen with dozens of stories packed with easy, delicious recipes, cooking tutorials, reliable nutrition information, interviews with local chefs, farmers, kids, teachers, doctors, gardeners and more.

As the host of YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen, I rely on my experience as a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Personal Chef, as well as my lifelong love of good food to create flavorful meals, snacks, beverages and even desserts that nourish and satisfy. With a focus on incorporating fresh, affordable ingredients, I take you step-by-step through each recipe, sharing helpful cooking and nutrition tips along the way.

In YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen catalog, you’ll find recipes suitable for anyone looking for healthy meal ideas, plus extra tips for eating well with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Want to learn how to prepare and enjoy more vegetables, whole grains, fresh herbs and greens? We’ve got you covered with videos featuring vibrant flavors, fresh, colorful produce, and nourishing grains, including barley, oats, quinoa and more. Printable recipes with nutrition information and an estimated cost per serving are posted at with every video.

Guests from YRMC and the community join us frequently on the set and in the field, bringing delicious local flavors and bright, talented people into the kitchen. Want to learn more about the BreastCare Center at YRMC, Preventive Medicine and Wellness at the Pendleton Centers or the James Family Heart Center? Check out our videos featuring the fabulous folks who work with and lead these programs. We also have great footage featuring local farmers, gardeners and chefs.

To view our videos and interviews as well as to read our articles and recipes, visit and go to the Your Healthy Kitchen blog. You can also access additional videos, including:

  • Short interviews with farmer friends
  • All of our episodes on AZTV’s local morning variety show
  • Footage of the amazing human-powered smoothie machine on the Yavapai Regional Medical Center YouTube Channel

Follow me on Facebook ( where I share what I am making in my kitchen at home, plus links to other helpful recipe sites and videos, gardening tips, food and nutrition related events in the community and more. Whether you are just learning to cook and changing your diet or are already comfortable in the kitchen, there’s something here for everyone.

Cooking is fun and healthy with Rita Carey Rubin, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, who hosts YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen.

By Rita Carey Rubin, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC)