Entries by Bonnie R. Giller

5 Ways to Boost Your Fiber Intake

January is National Fiber Focus Month, which makes it the perfect time to learn more about the benefits of fiber and how to increase your intake. First, let’s briefly discuss what fiber is. It’s a form of carbohydrate that your body can’t break down into usable energy. It’s broken down into insoluble and soluble fiber,…

6 Ways to Spruce Up Your Pumpkin Pie

I don’t know about you, butwhen I think about pumpkin pie, I usually associate it with Thanksgiving. However, pumpkin pie is still in season! In fact, National Pumpkin Pie Day is tomorrow, December 25th, and what a great holiday it is.   Did you know thatthe first pumpkin pie recipes were found in British cookbooks in the…

Spice Up Your Burger!

It’s no surprise that hamburgers are an American staple as it is seen on almost any menu and restaurant.  In fact, did you know that in the U.S., the national total for hamburger consumption is about 50 billion burgers per year? That’s a whole lot of burgers!   Burgers are a traditional “summer” food (think…

2 Steps to Survive the Holidays

Are the holidays a stressful time for you? Maybe being around all your relatives and the crowds feels overwhelming.  You may feel even tenser knowing that this time of year is supposed to be joyous, yet all you feel is anxious. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to overcome your feelings of anxiety…

7 Delicious Ways to Eat a Pear

Happy National Pear Month! Did you know that there are over 3,000 varieties of pears grown around the world? Pear trees were first brought to the United States in the 1800s by colonists. It was found that the trees brought to Oregon and Washington were the ones that thrived and, therefore, those two states are…

Crazy for Cookies

Did you know that tomorrow, December 4th, is National Cookie Day? That’s right, there is an entire day designated to celebrate this delicious dessert!   Let’s start with how cookies were created – It’s quite an interesting story as they were actually created by accident. Back in the day, when chefs were baking cakes, they…

Obsessing Over Omega-3’s

You may have heard about omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on the news, but don’t know exactly what they are or what they do. Omega-3 PUFAs is a nutrient that is found in plant sources and fish. Your body needs omega-3 fatty acids for normal metabolic function, however you are not able to create it. That is…

It’s Time to Take a Hike!

This Saturday, November 17th, lace up your boots and get out your compass for National Take a Hike DayOn this day, you and everyone else across the United States are encouraged to get outside and walk a trail.  There are over 60,000 trails in the National Trail System, providing you with ample new places to…

6 “Sweet”, Sweet Potato Recipes

Did you know that the sweet potato is not in the same family as the white potato or even yams, which they are commonly mistaken for? Sweet potatoes actually belong to the convolvulaceae family or “morning glory family” which also contains a plethora of flowers as well!  No matter what “family” the sweet potato belongs…

Go Nuts In Celebration of National Peanut Butter Month

Did you know that the average American eats three pounds of peanut butter per year? How about that one 12-ounce jar of peanut butter contains about 540 peanuts? Peanut butter consumption is so high and widespread there is an entire month dedicated to celebrating it!   November is National Peanut Butter Month, which makes now…



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