May Monthly Morsels

Bend Over Backwards for Milk!   One of the health highlights of May is that it is National Osteoporosis Prevention Month. It is estimated that 10 to 54 million Americans have osteoporosis, with 80% of cases being women.   Bones are living, growing tissue and osteoporosis occurs when there is bone loss or too little…

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Sweet, Sweet Peas

Ah, sweet, sweet peas!  Green peas are my personal favorite and they are now in season so we can enjoy them when they have the best flavor (and are least expensive, which is always a plus).   Did you know that green peas are part of the legume family?  Green peas happen to be overlooked…

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Let’s Get Planting in Honor of Earth Day

Earth Day 2016 is here! Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day and this year’s theme is “Trees for the Earth.”   So what does that mean? The Earth Day Network has set a goal of planting 7.8 billion trees over the next five years! I know that sounds like an unimaginable amount but we have…

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Roasted Garlic Edamame

These edamame pods are great as an appetizer, snack or side dish. They are crunchy, flavorful and fun to eat. Substitute a serving of these when you need a snack and you’ll never crave potato chips again!

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Edamame Chickpea Salad

This is a quick salad to assemble that makes a refreshing side dish to any meal.

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Celebrating 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 a great time to start making healthy food…

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I’m Nuts for Peanuts

Peanuts are one of America’s favorite snacks. You probably can picture yourself at a baseball game, digging your hand into a bag of nuts, cracking the shell and enjoying the sweet, salty taste of peanuts.   March is National Peanut Month That’s right a whole month dedicated to the perfect little peanut! National Peanut Week…

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March Monthly Morsels

The Superfood, Spinach It seems that your mother may have been on to something when she told you to “eat your spinach” for dinner! Spinach is bursting with healthful properties including being an excellent source of a slew of vitamins and minerals. This delicate green is high in antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamin K, vitamin A, iron,…

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Spinach Stuffed Twice Baked Sweet Potato

This dish is an explosion of antioxidants and nutrients from both the orange carotenoids in the sweet potato and the green chlorophyll in the spinach. The spinach and sweet potato complement each other beautifully in this dish that makes a wonderfully cozy side dish or appetizer.

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What to Do with Your Leap Day

Hi everyone! My name is Jackie LiPera and I’m a dietetic graduate student on Long Island. I work alongside Bonnie to develop wonderful nutrition-driven ideas and resources for you guys. I wrote this blog to give you some ideas on what you can do with your extra day this leap year.   We all have…

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Have an Oat-tastic Day

Even though oatmeal has been around forever, it seems like people are finally sparking interest over this old breakfast. Overnight oats, steel cut oats, oatmeal granola bars, and oatmeal energy bites- the options are boundless! So why this sudden revival in one of America’s oldest breakfasts? People are rediscovering all of the wonderful benefits of…

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How to Stay Healthy During Super Bowl Weekend

  It’s only February and already another food frenzied “holiday” is just around the corner. This weekend is Super Bowl Sunday and whether you’re rooting for the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers, you know that there will be a slew of not-so-healthy foods and snacks galore. Super Bowl Sunday is synonymous with plenty of…

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Let’s Get Cracking

  A favorite mid-afternoon snack for many is a handful of pistachios. And with National Pistachio Day is coming up on the 26th, I figured I’d give you all the facts about this little green nut or should I say kernel. That’s right, the pistachio isn’t a nut, it’s actually a seed. The pistachio is…

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More Tea Please

With snow just around the corner, there is no better feeling than curling up by the fire with a warm cup of tea. That’s probably the reason why January is National Hot Tea Month. It’s only appropriate to celebrate the most popular beverage in the world. Nearly 3 billion cups of tea are consumed daily…

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An Egg-stravaganza

The weather has finally changed and it’ definitely feeling like winter outside. I don’t know about you but my favorite way to start a cold, winter day is with a nice warm breakfast. There are plenty of options for a hot meal on a winter morning but there is no better way to start the…

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Lifting the Ban On Fats

Every year health professionals are bombarded with new information from studies published all over the world. Just when we think that there’s substantial evidence to support one health claim, new studies come along to disprove it. Certainty in the health world is elusive; especially when it comes to food. This year the Dietary Guidelines Advisory…

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Spaghetti the Healthy Way

I hope you all have been having a wonderful New Year so far! To start your New Year on the right foot, start by celebrating National Spaghetti Day the healthier way. Most people make the same resolution every year- to change their diet and to exercise more. The thing is that most do not end…

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That’s a Wrap

As our beloved 2015 comes to an end, we have time to reflect on the many changes and nuances that have developed over the last twelve months. One thing that has notably taken off is food terminology. Trendy food terms have become so ubiquitous in our society that some words have even been granted their…

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How to Achieve Your Health Goals In 2016

Health and fitness seem to be on everybody’s mind this season. With New Year’s just around the corner, you’re probably busy worrying about your own New Year’s resolution list. I want to challenge you to ditch your list of New Year’s resolutions and instead set goals for yourself. There are many ways to make changes…

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A Healthy Hamburger

In the midst of this warm winter, I have been having a real hankering for a hamburger. Hamburgers are just about as American as it gets and always remind me of those warm and sunny summer days by the grill. Seeing as the weather lately has been quite reminiscent of those summer days, I thought…

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