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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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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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