Make it a Macaroni Day

Did you know that today is National Macaroni Day?If you’re like me, you know that any day of the year is a great day to celebrate this versatile food. Pasta has gotten some bad press over the last few years, and it’s time to set the record straight. You can have your macaroni and eat…

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Millet, The Forgotten Grain

Are you tired of your go-to grains and are in the mood to try something new? Look no further than millet, an ancient grain that has been long forgotten! Millet is similar to quinoa in that it is a smaller, seed-like grain, and was once a staple in diets across the world. It has even…

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It’s Going to Be A Strawberry Extravaganza!

Did you know that strawberries are one of the most popular fruits eaten in the United States? They are extremely popular because they are so versatile, nutritious, and delicious! It’s no wonder then that this well-liked fruit has its own day. On February 27th, we get to celebrate National Strawberry Day!   You may be…

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Time to Focus on Fiber!

What better way to start off 2018 than with National Fiber Focus Month! Fiber is an essential part of any diet and provides a seemingly endless array of health benefits. But, are you getting enough?   The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommend that men get ~38 grams per day and women consume ~25 grams…

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Find Your Best Pear this December!

The winter months are coming and, unfortunately, so many of our fruit and vegetable staples are out of season. But, fear not! The humble and delicious Pear is in season basically all year round. December is National Pear Month, and is the perfect time to learn all about this delectable fruit!   Pear Facts  …

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National Fig Week

Ficus carica, also known as the common fig, may not be so common to everyone. Figs are delectable little fruits that are not only delicious, but also offer a number of health benefits. National Fig Week is November 1st through 7th and is the perfect time to learn more about figs.   Shopping for Figs…

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Have an Oat-tastic Day!

Did you know yesterday was National Oatmeal Day? Did you eat any oatmeal to celebrate? Don’t worry if you didn’t, there’s still time!   Not only is oatmeal delicious, it’s full of health benefits. Since only the outer hull is removed, the germ and bran remain intact, making it a whole grain product. It’s high…

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Don’t be Tarty for National Cranberry Month!

Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to North America. However, you may only think of cranberries around Thanksgiving.   If that’s the case, you are missing out! Cranberries are a nutrient-dense fruit that should be incorporated into your diet all year round. They can add color and texture to an already great meal, add…

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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,…

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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….

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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…

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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….

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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…

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Stay Warm with a Bowl of Soup

Soup makes the perfect meal during the cold, winter months because of the warm and comforting feeling it provides.  One of the greatest things about soup is it’s a quick and easy meal that is full of healthy ingredients such as vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lean proteins.   Nowadays, it is easy to pick…

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Oat-tastic Muffins for Breakfast

Today, muffins come in many different varieties. There are blueberry, chocolate chip, bran, corn and of course, oatmeal muffins. Over the years, muffins have received a bad rap for their high sugar content and low nutritional value. But they’re not all that way!   Fresh baked oatmeal muffins are actually a great way to start…

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December Monthly Morsels

Buckwheat By Charna Sheinfeld,  Nutrition Intern   Contrary to popular belief, buckwheat is not only unrelated to wheat, it is not even part of the grain family. Buckwheat is considered a fruit seed, making it an ideal substitute grain for those with wheat or gluten sensitivities. Buckwheat is produced widely in Russia and Poland, and…

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Buckwheat with Warm Spices, Steamed Broccoli, and Tomatoes

This is a simple dish that’s a great alternative to rice. The powerful anti-inflammatory turmeric spice is great especially in the winter to help you fight against the ailments that come your way.

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Are You the Cookie Monster?

No matter how old you are, everyone loves a good cookie.  Cookies are warm and soft and always sweet.  Well, luckily Sunday is National Cookie Day!  Celebrate the holidays and National Cookie Day by sharing a cookie with friends, coworkers and your loved ones.   Kooky History   Cookies were created by accident.  To test…

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Warm Split Pea Soup

Each year, the second week of November is designated as National Split Pea Soup Week – and for good reason!  Split pea soup is a savory and wholesome dish that is perfect for the changing of seasons.   There are many varieties of split pea soup but the most common ingredients are split peas, broth, onions…

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October Monthly Morsels

An Apple a Day May Really Keep the Doctor Away! By Charna Sheinfeld,  Nutrition Intern   Most of us take them for granted, but there is really nothing more satisfying than biting into the crispy sweetness of an apple. With the month of October upon us, what better way to celebrate the month of apples,…

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