The Nutrition Key with BRG

Falling For Pumpkins

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Falling For Pumpkins

It’s that time of the year again! October means fall is officially here and it’s time for pumpkin flavored everything! It’s also time for jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating, but pumpkins can be so much more than simply decoration.   Pumpkins are a cultivar of squash and are planted in the summer to be available in the fall and winter months. Like most squash, pumpkins have male and female flowers, which rely on bees for pollination in order for the plants to produce fruit. Most...

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National School Lunch Week

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

National School Lunch Week

Did you know that last week, October 9th-13th, was National School Lunch Week? President John F. Kennedy created this week in 1962 in order to celebrate the school lunch program in America.   This year’s theme was “School Lunch: Recipes for Success”. The theme was centered around sharing tips on what makes your child’s school lunch special, and how it prepares them for success. School lunch programs have made great strides in the past few years. Schools are starting to recognize...

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Don’t be Tarty for National Cranberry Month!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Don’t be Tarty for National Cranberry Month!

Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to North America. However, you may only think of cranberries around Thanksgiving.   If that’s the case, you are missing out! Cranberries are a nutrient-dense fruit that should be incorporated into your diet all year round. They can add color and texture to an already great meal, add a refreshing, tart and light taste to a drink or be eaten straight out of the container.  This versatility is what makes them so popular.   October is National...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women? Statistics show 1 in 8 women (and 1 in 1,000 men) will get breast cancer at some point in their life. The good news is that survival rates for this disease are very good if it’s detected and treated early.   Its critical women take the time to learn how to prevent and detect this disease in its early stages to increase survival rates. It can occur in women (and men!) even if there’s no family history of breast...

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Be In the Know for World Heart Day

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Be In the Know for World Heart Day

Today marks a very important day for the Global Health Initiative; it’s World Heart Day! World Heart Day was started in 2012 by the World Heart Federation to bring awareness to one of the most prevalent and concerning diseases in the world, cardiovascular disease (CVD).   CVD has become more prevalent in the United States and the world as our health as a whole has continued to deteriorate. CVD is the world’s leading cause of death, and the totals have been estimated at 17.5 million...

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All About Autumn

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

All About Autumn

You feel it with the crispness in the air, hear it with the rustle of dried leaves, and smell it with nutmeg and cinnamon – fall has arrived! The fall season signals the close of the heat of summer and allows the Earth to ready itself for winter. Fall is also a great time to get out and enjoy the cooler weather. Everyone has their own way of celebrating the fall and in this week’s blog, the team at BRG shares how they get out and enjoy!   Bonnie: What I love most about fall is the...

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4 Tips to Keep Your Cholesterol in Check

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

4 Tips to Keep Your Cholesterol in Check

Did you know that September is National Cholesterol Education Month? It’s the perfect time to schedule that physical and to make sure you get your cholesterol levels checked.   National Cholesterol Education Month is a great time to learn what cholesterol is and to understand the difference between “good” and “bad” cholesterol. While your body does need cholesterol to work properly, having more than what is necessary can lead to serious health issues such as cardiovascular...

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Fall for Vegetarian Options

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Fall for Vegetarian Options

Many people have decided to forgo meat and live a vegetarian lifestyle. The reasons people choose to make this change vary from person to person but there are plenty of plant-based food options available for anyone considering vegetarianism.   October is National Vegetarian Awareness Month and the fall is the perfect time to try out some meals without meat.   Types of Vegetarianism   Being vegetarian doesn’t simply mean not eating meat or animal products. There are other types...

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Know the Facts About Celiac Disease!

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Know the Facts About Celiac Disease!

This Wednesday, September 13th, is National Celiac Awareness Day and it is a very important day because of the prevalence of this disease in this country and around the world. You may be aware of the “gluten-free” diet, which has become popular in recent years for the belief it aids in weight loss and healthy living. But, this diet was actually designed and intended for individuals with Celiac disease to offer them alternative options to gluten-based foods to avoid aggravating their...

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Wake Up to a Better Breakfast!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Wake Up to a Better Breakfast!

Now that September is here and school is back in full swing, a good healthy breakfast is more important than ever. In fact, perhaps that’s why September is Better Breakfast Month! We’ve always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is because the word breakfast actually means “break-fast”. After a long rest of 7-10 hours, your body needs food upon waking to replenish your energy levels and nutrients.   3 Benefits of a Good Breakfast:   1.) Eating...

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Macadamia Nut-tritious

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Macadamia Nut-tritious

Did you know that it takes 7 years after a macadamia tree is planted for it to produce fruit (the nut)? But, once they begin producing fruit, they remain productive for 100 years!!   You may know little about macadamia nuts, but they are actually one of the most sought-after nuts in the world. Along with being a food source, the husk can also be used as fertilizer, the oil can be used in soaps, shampoos and conditions, and the rest can be used as animal feed. This make this nut very...

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Let’s Fight Childhood Obesity

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Let’s Fight Childhood Obesity

Did you know that 1 in 3 children are currently overweight or obese? That number continues to grow at an alarming rate! This is why today is a very important day. It marks the start of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.   Childhood obesity increases a child’s risk of developing preventable diseases as an adult, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. It also tends to lead to sedentary lifestyles in adulthood, which further increases their risk of...

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Mix It Up on National Trail Mix

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Mix It Up on National Trail Mix

Lightweight, nutritious, energy boosting… trail mix is the ideal snack! This Thursday, August 31st is National Trail Mix Day, and it is one of my favorites!   Trail mix comes in a variety of ways, but the most common combination is a mixture of nuts, dried fruits, and sometimes chocolate. Traditionally, as the name implies, trail mix was meant for trails. It was seen as the ideal snack to take on a long hike because it is lightweight, and can offer a much-needed energy boost after...

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Back to School Snacks

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Back to School Snacks

As summer winds down and the season begins to change, it’s a great time to look ahead and prepare for the upcoming school year. A large part of feeling great and sticking to foods your body loves is being prepared when hunger hits. Whether you are sending your children off to school, or attending classes yourself, having snacks on hand is a great way to stay focused on your learning instead of your hunger.   The Benefits of Snacking   Maintain energy levels – I’m sure you’ve...

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Hydrate the Refreshing Way

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Hydrate the Refreshing Way

Picture this: You are at the beach, it is a beautiful day, and the only thing that is wrong is the salty air making you dehydrated. You try to avoid reaching for soda, but the water just doesn’t cut it. So what do you do?   This is where you can use your imagination to freshen up your beverages this summer. One of my favorite ways to add pizzazz to my water is to simply add fruit!   4 Ways to Revamp Your Water   1.) Fruit Infused Water: You can start by adding lemon wedges to...

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Go Nuts Over Nuts!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Go Nuts Over Nuts!

If you’re looking for a healthy snack that’s packed with nutrients, fiber, and healthy fat, there’s no better food than nuts. There are so many varieties to choose from as well as many ways to prepare meals and snacks using them as ingredients.   Nuts are actually a seed surrounded by a hard, inedible shell. Nuts are very important to plants – they ensure the plant will be able to reproduce – so they contain lots of nutrients and healthy fats that nurture it so it’ll sprout...

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4 Fun and Delicious Sandwiches

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

4 Fun and Delicious Sandwiches

Whether it’s heading to the beach, out for a picnic, or at school/work, lunchtime is all about quick, easy, and delicious meals. What better food item to fit this description than a fun sandwich? The possibilities here are endless, but if you’re having some difficulty thinking of creative ideas, check out some of the recipes below!   4 Fun and Very Different Sandwich Options   1.) Lettuce wraps with tuna salad If you think a sandwich has to be between two slices of bread, think...

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August is Just Peachy

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

August is Just Peachy

Is there anything better then biting into a delicious and juicy peach? Peaches are in their peak season right now, which makes August the perfect month for National Peach Month! Peaches are enjoyed all over the world and with a seemingly infinite amount of ways to enjoy them. They have a unique taste that is mild and sweet, and nearly impossible not to enjoy.   Did you know that there are many varieties of peaches? You may think of a peach with an orange interior and a peachy color...

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4 Fun Frozen Fruit Bars

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

4 Fun Frozen Fruit Bars

Do you find it difficult to pick out frozen treats in the grocery store because most have ingredients that you can’t even pronounce? Or maybe you have a food sensitivity or allergy, and can’t seem to find products that will be easy to digest? If you fall into either of these categories, or somewhere in between, there is an easy fix – make your own frozen treats at home!   The idea of creating desserts from scratch can be intimidating, even if you’re not a beginner. However, there...

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Watermelon – The Nutritious and Refreshing Fruit

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Watermelon – The Nutritious and Refreshing Fruit

There isn’t a fruit that reminds me more of summer than watermelon. I love enjoying a juicy, cool, fresh slice of watermelon on a hot summer’s day. Did you know that watermelon was first cultivated in southern Africa? This was due to its high water content. Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it feels so refreshing on a hot summer’s day.   According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPD), watermelon is the most consumed melon by weight in the United States, followed by...

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