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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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We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 2 comments

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Few things say summer more than a cool and delicious ice cream cone! With an endless array of flavors, textures, and ways to enjoy it, ice cream is the perfect summer treat. From children to adults, it can always bring a smile to your face! But for some, eating ice cream can be followed by feelings of guilt because it doesn’t fit perfectly into their healthy lifestyle.   Have you been avoiding ice cream because you have begun leading a healthier lifestyle and are worried about indulging?...

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6 Ways to Switch Up Your Burger!

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

6 Ways to Switch Up Your Burger!

Are you someone that loves a juicy burger, but are interested in swapping out the beef every now and then? What better way to focus on burger alternatives than in celebration of National Hamburger Day! While the origin of National Hamburger Day is unknown, there is one thing that we all can agree on – burgers, regardless of what type, are one of the most well-known and well-liked meal choices for any gathering.   Did you know that hamburgers date back to the 19th century? This handheld...

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Eat the Colors of a Rainbow – in a Salad!

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

Eat the Colors of a Rainbow – in a Salad!

It’s National Salad Week! To me there’s no better way to get in my veggies than in a salad. Salads need not be boring iceberg lettuce and a couple of cucumber slices anymore. There are many different ways you can prepare a salad. It makes a great side or main dish and is refreshing, light fare during the summer’s heat.   Have you heard the expression “eat the rainbow?” It’s referring to the range of colors fruits and vegetables come in. Plants contain...

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How to Avoid the Iced-Coffee Trap this Summer

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

How to Avoid the Iced-Coffee Trap this Summer

Energizing, delicious and refreshing…who doesn’t love an iced coffee on a hot summer day? Iced coffee is the perfect drink to jumpstart your morning or for an afternoon “pick me up” on those long, hot days. But you must be mindful that not all iced coffees are created equal!   Although coffee does not contain any calories, and has even been shown to help decrease your risk of developing diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, the way you prepare your iced coffee can greatly impact the...

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4 Reasons to Shop Seasonal to Shop Smart!

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

4 Reasons to Shop Seasonal to Shop Smart!

Did you know that buying seasonal produce not only saves you money, but also allows you to prepare the best and freshest meals? Even if you do not have access to a local farmer’s market, you can still get a more nutritious bang for your buck when purchasing fruits and vegetables that are in season.   4 Smart Reasons to Purchase Seasonal Produce   Lower Cost: Fruits and vegetables that are in season can be mass harvested, thus lowering the cost of the overall crop. In addition,...

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Make Your Trip to the Farmers Market a Success!

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

Make Your Trip to the Farmers Market a Success!

Who doesn’t love a delicious, perfectly ripe piece of fruit that gushes with juice the second you bite into it! The summer months are an ideal time to eat the freshest fruits and vegetables that are available all year, and a local farmers market is the perfect place to find what you are looking for.   If you are someone who has decided to start eating more whole foods grown and picked straight from the earth, checking out a local farmers market is a great place to start. The idea may be...

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Stay Energized with Pasta

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

Stay Energized with Pasta

Did you know that July 7th was National Macaroni Day? In recent years macaroni, as well as pasta in general, has gotten a bad rap. The “low carb” craze has many people cutting back on their intake of this tasty wheat product, but is this really necessary?   No, it’s not!   Why? Because pasta provides much needed carbohydrates, the main energy source for your body.   Why are carbs important?   Carbs certainly don’t deserve the negative press they’ve...

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Blueberries – A Small but Mighty Fruit

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

Blueberries – A Small but Mighty Fruit

Don’t let the tiny size fool you, blueberries are jam packed with health benefits. This powerful fruit is actually categorized as a super food. Therefore, there’s no better way to showcase all that blueberries have to offer than by celebrating National Blueberry Month this July!   For years the North American Blueberry Council (NABC) worked with the USDA to have the month of July proclaimed as National Blueberry Month. In July 2003, the NABC was successful in their...

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Healthy Bites to Bring to the Beach

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

Healthy Bites to Bring to the Beach

Believe it or not, summer is in full swing! The days are longer, the weather is warmer and the children are off to camp. Going to the beach is one of my absolute favorite summertime activities and is yet another opportunity to practice mindful eating strategies!   Do you pack a cooler full of goodies when heading to the beach, or do you tend to “wing it” and hope to find something at one of those food stands? Not only are the lines long and the foods grossly overpriced, but the food...

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5 Tips for an Enjoyable 4th of July!

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

5 Tips for an Enjoyable 4th of July!

Fourth of July weekend is the perfect time to celebrate with friends and family while catching some sun. With all of the pasta salads, burgers and desserts it’s easy to get a little carried away. Don’t stress, there are a few ways you can make this holiday healthier- and it’s easier than you think.   Here are 5 tips to have an enjoyable 4th of July weekend:   1) Offer healthier appetizers.  It’s common to have bowls of chips, bread and butter or dips out for your guests to...

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Cool Down, Its National Ceviche Day!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in The Nutrition Key with BRG | 0 comments

Cool Down, Its National Ceviche Day!

What better way to cool off this summer than with a cool and refreshing Ceviche! This Wednesday, June 28th is National Ceviche Day.   Ceviche is not only fun to say, but if you haven’t tried it yet, it might just become your “go to” food this summer!   Ceviche is a dish that is of growing popularity here in the states but has been a staple of coastal Southern American cuisine for thousands of years. Ceviche is said to have started in Peru and eventually found its way into Mexican...

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Gobble Up Some Turkey, it’s National Turkey Lover’s Month!

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

Gobble Up Some Turkey, it’s National Turkey Lover’s Month!

If you only think “Thanksgiving” when you hear “turkey”, think again! Did you know that June is National Turkey Lover’s Month?   National Turkey Lover’s Month was introduced by the National Turkey Federation. It takes place in June of each year, and is a way for consumers to learn the various ways in which turkey can be incorporated into mealtime. It also highlights the main health benefits of consuming turkey on a regular basis.     Turkey – A Perfect...

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