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Live Like You’re In The Mediterranean!

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Live Like You’re In The Mediterranean!

The month of May is National Mediterranean Diet Month! The Mediterranean Diet, made famous by Ancel Keys, is thought of as being one of the healthiest diets in the world. This diet follows the diet of many of the countries along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and has a host of delicious and vibrant flavors. But don’t worry, you can get everything you need right at your local supermarket!   The Mediterranean Diet is known for its light and flavorful dishes. Instead of heavy sauces,...

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Are You At Risk for Bone Loss?

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Are You At Risk for Bone Loss?

May is National Osteoporosis Prevention Month! Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that makes your bones weak and more likely to break.  According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, ~10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density, putting them at increased risk for osteoporosis.   Even though the numbers may seem discouraging, osteoporosis is preventable.  You cannot feel your bones getting weaker, so it is important to take preventative...

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AsparaGuess What Month It Is?

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

AsparaGuess What Month It Is?

The month of May is National Asparagus Month! Although this may not be your favorite vegetable because of its slightly bitter and unique flavor, asparagus had been a cornerstone of many diets for thousands of years.   Asparagus is a member of the lily family. There are approximately 300 species of asparagus, but only 20 are edible. The most common type of asparagus is green, but there are white and purple versions as well.   This long stalked, green vegetable is loaded with fiber and...

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Get Creative During National Salad Month

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Get Creative During National Salad Month

May is National Salad Month and while this may not excite you, I’m a big fan of salads!  I love that salads are not restricted to iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and heavy dressing.  You can make your salad whatever you want it to be!  You can add fruit, beans, nuts, or whatever else makes you happy. I also find it to be the perfect meal on a warm sunny day, which makes May the perfect time to celebrate salads.   I truly believe that you may not like salads because you have not...

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Take Back Your Health During Women’s Health Week!

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

Take Back Your Health During Women’s Health Week!

One of the most exciting parts of May is National Women’s Health Week! National Women’s Health Week starts on Mother’s Day, May 14th and is run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Women’s Health. This week strives to encourage women to take care of themselves, especially when it comes to their health!   Your health has to be your priority, but it can often be overlooked when juggling work, family and social obligations. Although these are reasonable excuses to...

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Proud to Celebrate NO Diet Day

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Proud to Celebrate NO Diet Day

Have you skipped a meal because a “diet” told you to?  Have you replaced meals with shakes or avoided entire food groups?  Do you restrict your favorite foods or force yourself to eat foods you don’t like because your “diet” says you should?   You may have fallen prey to the many fad diets out there, but you don’t have to anymore   Let’s celebrate International NO Diet Day tomorrow, May 6th by stopping the diets.  Use this day to celebrate body acceptance, body...

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Kick Up the Taste with Herbs!

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

Kick Up the Taste with Herbs!

Today is the start of National Herb Week!  This week was created in 1991 by the International Herb Association, with the purpose of drawing special attention to herbs.  It is the perfect time to celebrate all the wonderful herbs that can be used to turn your meals into flavorful and delicious creations.   Herbs can be used as a salt replacement to help you decrease your sodium intake without losing all the flavor.  You can also experiment with tons of different herbs to see what you...

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Celebrating Raisins

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

Celebrating Raisins

Did you know that raisins were discovered by accident?  As early as 2000 BC, grapes were found withered on their vine from the heat.  Since they didn’t want to waste food, they tried them and they quickly became a part of the diet of Mediterranean countries.  Raisin’s popularity then spread to the rest of Europe and eventually made its way across the Atlantic Ocean.   Today, Fresno, California is the raisin capital of the world.  It became the raisin country similarly to how...

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Sweet, Sweet Zucchini Bread

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Sweet, Sweet Zucchini Bread

Did you know that the zucchini variety of summer squash is native to Italy?  The word zucchini comes from the Italian zucchino, meaning a small squash.  It was brought over to America in the 1920s, where it was often referred to as the “green Italian squash” and was not recognizable.   Boy have things changed!  Today, zucchini is a very popular vegetable due to its versatility.  It can be eaten as a vegetable, turned into spaghetti, and used in breads and desserts.   Zucchini...

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The Power of Flour

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

The Power of Flour

We’ve all been there. Struggling between the love of baking and the attempt to lead a healthier lifestyle. You’ve likely heard of the negative health effects that white flour can have on your health including a rise in blood sugar. But fear not! There are many incredible white flour alternatives that you may have never heard of that not only lead to delicious dishes, but are nutritious as well!   Try using these flours instead of traditional white flour next time you are making your...

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Mushy for Mushrooms

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

Mushy for Mushrooms

Did you know mushrooms are a part of the fungi family?  This may lead you to find mushrooms unappetizing, but it shouldn’t!  They are perfectly edible and are very nutritious.  Mushrooms are neither a fruit nor vegetable and offers benefits to your health outside the realm that produce does.   This Sunday, April 16th is Day of the Mushroom and it’s the perfect day to really take in this food for all its glory.   Mushroom Family   Mushrooms come in almost 10 different...

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5 Tips From a First Time Gardener

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

5 Tips From a First Time Gardener

It’s time to get your soil prepped and your seeds planted– it’s National Garden Week! During the second week of April we celebrate National Garden Week. That’s right, a whole entire week for planting your own garden. Gardening is a great outdoor activity that can be done with your friends and family.   Growing your own produce means you will have the freshest carrots, cucumbers or whatever else you decide to grow. Think of the cost you will save by picking your own vegetables...

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The Goodness of Crunchy Celery

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

The Goodness of Crunchy Celery

I used to think that celery was the dullest of all of the vegetables. I used to resent its mild, watery flavor. Who knows, perhaps it was an immature palate that steered me away from celery. But boy things have changed. April is National Celery Month and is a great time to learn more about celery and why it should no longer be considered the forgotten vegetable.   Did you know that today over 1 billion pounds of celery are produced each year in the United States?  California, Michigan and...

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Your Guide to a Healthy Passover

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Your Guide to a Healthy Passover

Can you believe Passover is only 1 week away! I’ve been busy cleaning the house and have just started putting my menu together. It all seems so overwhelming but staying organized is my secret to enjoying Passover without the stress and overwhelm.   One of the biggest concerns for my clients over Passover is that they will gain weight from “all the eating”. It is true that there are a lot of holiday meals, and you will be in the kitchen more often than you are during a non-holiday...

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Produce That Has Sprung

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Produce That Has Sprung

Do you find yourself eating the same fruits and vegetables each week? Every time you go to the grocery store, you want to try that new produce you spot, but shy away from it because you just don’t know what it is. So instead, you pick up spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries once again.   Let’s change that!   With the start of a new season comes fruits and vegetables that are at their peak. You can usually find these yearlong, thanks to warmer states and importing from...

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National Sauce Month

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

National Sauce Month

March is National Sauce Month which makes this the perfect time to explore new sauces and flavors. I personally love trying new sauces all the time. Sauce can be used to add new flavors and textures to dishes you are already enjoy. However, it is important to be very mindful when choosing sauces.   The best part about sauces are the many different types.  Sauces can be thin, thick or semi-solid.  They can also be savory, sweet, sour, or sweet-and-sour.  You get to choose how you want...

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Turns Out Popeye Was Onto Something

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Turns Out Popeye Was Onto Something

Do you remember watching reruns of Popeye the Sailorman at a young age?  Did you ever wish your muscles would grow like his after you ate a can of spinach?  Unfortunately, spinach does not cause your muscles to grow like that.  But, spinach does keep you healthy and provide your body with many essential nutrients, which can lead to you feeling as strong and healthy as Popeye did!   Luckily this Sunday, March 26th is National Spinach Day.  You can use this day as a way to feel like...

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Salt and Your Health

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

Salt and Your Health

Today is the start of World Salt Awareness Week.  This week was started by the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) in 2008.  Their mission is to improve the health of populations throughout the world by achieving a gradual reduction in salt intake.  WASH encourages multi-national food companies to reduce salt in their products.   The theme for this year’s World Salt Awareness Week is “Salt: The Forgotten Killer”.  According to WASH, 75% of the salt you eat is hidden in the...

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Make Your St. Patty’s Day GREEN

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Make Your St. Patty’s Day GREEN

Today is St. Patrick’s Day!  What comes to your mind when you think of St. Patrick’s Day?  Probably corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, and food dyed the color green such as green bagels, green muffins and green cupcakes.   Holidays have a tendency to put your commitment to a healthy lifestyle to the test.  Luckily I am here to show you how easy it is to put a healthy green twist on your traditional St. Patrick’s Day.   4 Green Fruits and Vegetables to Eat...

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Jump Start into Spring!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Jump Start into Spring!

The first day of spring is March 20th, which is quickly approaching and I could not be more excited. Spring always puts me in a great mood.   I live in the Northeast and luckily this winter hasn’t been too bad, but I’m ready for warmer weather, sunshine, and fresh produce from my neighbor’s garden. I don’t have my own vegetable garden, but it’s something I’m thinking about starting.   Spring is a great time to step up your strategies to help you reach your health and...

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