The Nutrition Key with BRG

Grapefruit – The Forgotten Citrus

Yum, I love grapefruit!  I find that many people forget about grapefruits…when they think citrus, they think oranges!  Grapefruits date back to the early 1700s and were first introduced to Florida in 1820.  Did you ever wonder how grapefruit got its name (or how any food gets its name)?  Grapefruits grow on trees in clusters, very…

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Hamentaschen…A Sweet Treat for Purim

Purim is almost here!  The kids are getting excited to dress up in costume…King Ahasuerus, Esther, Mordecai, Haman, Barbie, a doctor, a cheerleader or baseball player.  We read the story of Purim in Megillat Esther and celebrate with good food and wine.  We send out gifts of food and/or drink (shalach manos) and we give…

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Halt! Put Down that Salt!

Do you find it difficult to put the salt shaker down?  Well, you’re not alone.  Americans are consuming way too much salt and it is contributing to many health consequences.  Statistics show that the average adult in the United States consumes about 1 ½ teaspoons of salt every day.  This amounts to 3,450 milligrams (mg)…

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The Many Benefits of Cabbage!

Today is World Cabbage Day, so make sure you add cabbage to your menu tonight!  It is a vegetable that has great nutritional benefits and has been around since 600 B.C.  It was used as a food and medicine during that time and today Russia, Poland, China, and Japan are some of the leading countries…

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Treat Your Sweetheart to a Healthy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is often a day filled with indulgences.  Popular gifts include sugary sweets and chocolate.  But why not treat your sweetheart to a gift that’s not just thoughtful but healthy too! Check out some of the ideas below for some healthier ideas for this Valentine’s Day. Handmade Cards: Get scissors, paper and markers and…

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Good Nutrition is Something to Smile About

Let’s be honest with each other.  Sometimes it’s hard to get our kids to brush their teeth twice a day.  Have you ever gone into the bathroom and checked their toothbrush to make sure it was wet and smelled of toothpaste at bedtime?  February is a great month to emphasize to your kids the importance…

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A Healthy Facelift for the School Lunch Program

It’s been estimated that nearly 32 million children eat lunch and 11 million eat breakfast each day in school.  Overall, about 30%-50% of kid’s daily calories are consumed in school.  It is crucial that they receive nutritious options to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors, as well as proper nutrition for optimal learning in the classroom.  For…

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Winning Snacks for Superbowl Sunday!

This Sunday February 5th is Superbowl Sunday!  Whether you are rooting for the New York Giants or the New England Patriots it’s sure to be one of the most talked about re-matches in sports history.  Aside from football, Superbowl Sunday is filled with family, friends and of course lots of food!  So in between cheering…

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Staying Motivated After New Years!

It’s already a full month into the New Year!  Around this time a lot of people begin to forget about their resolutions, which is why I tell my clients to think in terms of small changes instead of making resolutions.  It may be hard to follow through, day in and day out, so here are…

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Foods that Can Fool You

Often times, foods you THINK are healthy choices can fool you!  Unfortunately, some foods can surprisingly be deceiving.  Now you might be asking yourself, “Have I been fooled?” and “How am I supposed to know which foods to look out for?”  Not to worry, I have compiled a list of foods that might have snuck…

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Fat Be Gone… The Healthy Way…Goodbye Fad Diets and Gimmicks

Are you tired of hearing about diets that claim you can “eat whatever you want and still lose weight” or tell you “you can lose 30 pounds in 30 days”.  Or how about the diet that includes only eating cabbage or grapefruit for weeks in order to achieve your weight loss goals.  If you are,…

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Consider the Nutritional Benefits of Apricots!

My clients often tell me that it’s hard to eat enough fruits during the winter because there aren’t many to choose from.  If you’ve been slacking on eating enough fruits each day, I have some news for you!  Today is National Apricot Day so be sure to eat at least one apricot at some point…

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Beans Beans…Lima, Pinto and Red!

National Bean day is today!  This day can be celebrated by serving up your favorite bean dishes at “bean parties”, by sending gifts to your friends      such as beans in a jar with your favorite bean recipe, or by creating bean projects with your children.  Before you choose which way you will celebrate National Bean…

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Mama Mia! It’s Spaghetti Day!

Today is National Spaghetti Day.  You must think I make these things up, but I promise I don’t.  Spaghetti is the most common round type of pasta and in Italian, “spaghetti” means “little lines”.  Kids and adults alike love this fun food.  But wait!  Before digging in there are some things you need to know. …

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Looking Ahead to Food and Nutrition Trends for 2012

WOW!  This year flew by!  As 2011 comes to an end, I want to wrap up some of the food and nutrition trends that really took off this year.  Looking back, it seems as though food simplicity was in style, where the consumer cared more about the quality of their food and where it was…

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Highlights of 2011-What Changes Have You Made?

With the end of the year fast approaching, what better time to reflect on the many changes, events and trends that have come about in 2011.  This year has been quite a busy year in the nutrition world.   I have highlighted below what I believe to be some of the major standouts.  Take a look…

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Top 10 ways to Survive Holiday Parties

The holidays are a special time of year, filled with family traditions, presents, gatherings and.….temptation!  You’ve worked hard all year to maintain a healthy weight and improve your lifestyle, so don’t let the holidays be your excuse to fall back into old habits.  Here are some tips that can become new habits to help you…

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Foods that Will Boost Your Immune System into Full Gear this Winter

The cold crisp chill of winter is finally here and one way to ward off the flu and other colds can be found right in the isle of your supermarket.  The majority of colds come during the fall and winter season because most people stay indoors and bacteria and germs are easily transmitted from one…

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Chanukah…The Festival of Lights

Happy Chanukah! Chanukah means DEDICATION in Hebrew — the holiday pays tribute to the dedication of a group of Jews who believed fervently in their right to religious freedom.  Also known as the “Festival of Lights,” Chanukah celebrates the miracle that occurred when the Maccabees reclaimed the Temple.  The sanctuary was torn apart by the…

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Have You Had Your Oatmeal Muffin Today?

Today is National Oatmeal Muffin Day and what a better way to start your day than with a fresh oatmeal muffin for breakfast or midmorning snack!  Not only are they tasty but it’s a great way to enjoy the health benefits of oatmeal that’s different from the everyday bowl of oatmeal in the morning.  It’s…

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