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National School Breakfast Week- Take the Challenge

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

National School Breakfast Week- Take the Challenge

This week is National School Breakfast Week!  This is a weeklong celebration of the school breakfast program that is always celebrated during the first full week in March.  It highlights how eating a nutritious breakfast helps children fuel up for success in the classroom and beyond.  The theme for this year’s celebrations is “Take the School Breakfast Challenge.”   The School Breakfast Program makes it possible for all school children in the United States to receive a...

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6 Tips to Put Your Best Fork Forward

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

6 Tips to Put Your Best Fork Forward

March is National Nutrition Month® (NMM) and every year there is a new theme to engage you, the public. NNM was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is intended to promote nutrition education, highlighting the importance of making informed food choices, and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to a growing interest in nutrition.   The theme for this year is “Put Your Best Fork Forward” when dining...

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National Strawberry Day

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

National Strawberry Day

Today is National Strawberry Day and I am very excited about it! Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits.  Truth be told, they are actually considered a “false fruit” because they are made up of dozens of tiny individual fruits coming together as one. These individual fruits are called achenes and are all surrounding the tiny seeds you see.   Berry Nutritious   One cup serving of whole strawberries contains around 45 calories, 220 milligrams of potassium, 3 grams of dietary fiber,...

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It’s Time to Talk About It #NEDAwareness

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

It’s Time to Talk About It #NEDAwareness

National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDAwareness) Week starts this Sunday, February 26th and runs through March 4th.  The theme of this year’s NEDAawareness Week is It’s Time to Talk About It. The National Eating Disorder Association wants to encourage you and everyone else to talk about eating disorders.   Eating disorders affect everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, sexuality, or background.  In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men...

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All About Leeks

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

All About Leeks

Did you know that leeks are Wale’s national emblem?  The Welsh’s regard for leeks dates back to the 1600s when Welsh soldiers placed leeks in their caps to differentiate themselves from their opponents.  To this day, leeks are still an important vegetable in many northern European cultures.   Leeks are versatile, tasty, and easy to prepare! They are a member of the allium family with onions and garlic, but have their own distinct flavor.   Health Benefits of Leeks   The health...

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8 Snack Ideas for National Snack Food Month

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

8 Snack Ideas for National Snack Food Month

What comes to mind when you hear the word “snack”?  Do you think of unhealthy, salty or sugary foods?  Most people associate the word snack with an unhealthy food choice because foods marketed as “snack foods” are typically processed foods laden with excess calories, fat, and sodium.   According to Dictonary.com, the definition of snack is “a small amount of food eaten between meals”.  Nowhere does it say a snack has to be unhealthy.  A snack can be homemade food, healthy...

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Will You Be My Valentine?

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

Will You Be My Valentine?

It’s time to say I LOVE YOU the healthy way this Valentine’s Day! Around Valentine’s Day, you may feel a lot of pressure to spoil the significant people in your life with gifts, chocolates and an elaborate meal. Why not treat you and your sweetheart to a gift that’s not focused on food?   Here are 6 ideas for a non-food gift for Valentine’s Day:   Handmade Cards: Get scissors, paper and markers and create your own Valentine’s Day card. Fill the card with a special...

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National Grapefruit Month

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

National Grapefruit Month

When you think of citrus fruits, you probably first think of oranges, not grapefruit, right?  Hence why grapefruit is often considered the forgotten citrus. But, there is nothing that should be forgotten about it!  February is National Grapefruit Month and is the perfect time to learn more about this delectable fruit.   Grapefruit got its name because of the way it grows in clusters on trees, similar to grapes.  They date back to Barbados in the 1700s and were introduced to Florida in...

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Don’t Go Breaking My Heart- Celebrate American Heart Month

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart- Celebrate American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and a healthy heart makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day gift!  This month is dedicated to help reduce the number of lives taken each year due to heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, accounting for roughly 1 in every third death.   National Wear Red Day is also celebrated in February and is used to bring awareness about how heart disease is the number one killer of women.    Fill your...

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Super Bowl Approved Foods

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

Super Bowl Approved Foods

This Sunday, February 5th is Super Bowl Sunday!  This is the biggest televised event of the year, with millions of Americans tuning in and hosting parties for the game.   Although the game is the main event of the party, I’m sure many of you are focused on what food is going to be there.  Chips and dip, Buffalo wings, greasy burgers and pizza are among the unhealthy foods that are “must-haves” at all Super Bowl parties.  It may seem impossible to attend, or host, one of these...

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Why I LOVE Breakfast!

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Why I LOVE Breakfast!

When you were a child, you were probably told, “Breakfast is the MOST important meal of the day”, right? Well, I agree! Breakfast literally means “break-fast”. You sleep for 8-12 hours and by morning; your energy levels are low. Breakfast provides your body with the energy it needs to start your day! Why Breakfast?   Eating breakfast provides your body with a number of health benefits. It can:   Help you stay alert and improve your mood and ability to pay attention Improve your...

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Summertime Isn’t the Only Time for a Smoothie

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

Summertime Isn’t the Only Time for a Smoothie

When you think of a smoothie, do you associate it with summertime?  Is it because it’s a cold drink?  That doesn’t have to be the case!  Smoothies can be enjoyed year round and are a perfect way for you to incorporate more fruits and vegetables throughout the day!   Smoothie Steps   Making your own smoothie is a very simple process.  Here are the 4 “ingredients” to keep in mind when you are making your smoothie:   Liquid. Liquid ingredients can be water, milk,...

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January is All It’s CROCKED Up to Be!

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

January is All It’s CROCKED Up to Be!

More and more these days you hear people saying that they are too busy to cook a healthy meal or that cooking takes up too much time. Typically, when we are in a rush, our food choices aren’t always the best. Planning meals ahead can help improve health while saving time and money.   Doesn’t that sound amazing?   Well, January is more than new beginnings and cold winter nights – it’s National Slow Cooking Month!   January is all about eating warm foods. Unfortunately, we...

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Stay Warm with a Cup of Hot Tea

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 2 comments

Stay Warm with a Cup of Hot Tea

  January is the perfect cold, winter month to celebrate National Hot Tea Month.  Tea is the most popular beverage in the world.  It is has mild, comforting flavors and a number of health benefits.   Do you drink tea?   If you don’t, I’m sure you’ll change your mind after you learn about the numerous health benefits and learn how easy it is to brew!   Tea Types   There are thousands of varieties of tea across the globe.  Here are five popular...

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Lose the Scale and Celebrate Healthy Weight Week the Right Way!

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

Lose the Scale and Celebrate Healthy Weight Week the Right Way!

Today is the start of National Healthy Weight Week!   Celebrate National Healthy Weight Week by dropping the diet and picking up a few healthy habits instead! Healthy Weight Week is designed to change the conversation about health and weight. The purpose is to help people understand that health isn’t about the number on the scale! It is about how you feel both inside and out. This week encourages you to end your gruesome diet and begin living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle through...

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Have You Tried These 5 Seasonal Fruits and Veggies Lately?

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

Have You Tried These 5 Seasonal Fruits and Veggies Lately?

As you know, having fruits and vegetables as a part of your daily meal pattern can contribute to your health and overall well-being.  There are numerous fruits and vegetables you can eat and many different ways to cook them, so you should be able to switch it up on a regular basis.   But, do you?   Try and switch up your fruits and vegetables based on what is in season; they’ll taste fresher and are (usually) cheaper!!   Here are 5 fruits and vegetables that are in season now,...

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Get Cheesy During National Pizza Week

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

Get Cheesy During National Pizza Week

What better way to bring in January than by celebrating National Pizza Week! Pizza is definitely a popular food and this is one food holiday we can get behind.   Did you know that if pizza is made right, it can contain all of the food groups? Yup, you read that right! Some may label pizza as a poor food choice because of all the cheese and calories it contains, but there are many ways to make a healthy pizza to celebrate National Pizza Week!   Make Your Own Pizza   Does making...

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Stay Focused on Fiber This Month

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Stay Focused on Fiber This Month

January is National Fiber Focus Month.  What better way to start the New Year than to learn about the benefits of fiber and how you can eat more fiber!   Fiber is a form of carbohydrate, also known as roughage or bulk.  It comes from starch from plant and your body cannot break it down into usable energy for your body.  Instead, fiber helps regulate bowel movements, decrease blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and increase satiety, thus regulating weight.   Types of...

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Start 2017 off with National Family Fit Lifestyle Month!

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

Start 2017 off with National Family Fit Lifestyle Month!

It is time to get you and your family excited because January is National Family Fit Lifestyle Month! Family Fit Lifestyle Month is the best time for the whole family to create healthy lifestyle habits together.   Life can get busy but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop being healthy. It is recommended that children should be moderately physically active for 60 minutes a day. To kids, that may seem like a long time, so as adults, parents and caregivers we need to lead by example and...

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5 Steps to Achieve Your Goals in 2017

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

5 Steps to Achieve Your Goals in 2017

Here we are again, embarking on a New Year.  While many people focus on resolutions, they tend to be short-lived and you end up with disappointing results.  A New Year means new beginnings and it can be the perfect time to start setting short-term goals that will be attainable.  Goal-setting will only be successful if you have a positive attitude and you are ready for the change.   Here are 5 steps that will help you reach your goals for the New Year:   Set your intentions. Be...

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