Get Creative During National Salad Month

May is National Salad Month and while this may not excite you, I’m a big fan of salads!  I love that salads are not restricted to iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and heavy dressing.  You can make your salad whatever you want it to be!  You can add fruit, beans, nuts, or whatever else makes you…

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Celebrating Raisins

Did you know that raisins were discovered by accident?  As early as 2000 BC, grapes were found withered on their vine from the heat.  Since they didn’t want to waste food, they tried them and they quickly became a part of the diet of Mediterranean countries.  Raisin’s popularity then spread to the rest of Europe…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Why I LOVE Breakfast!

When you were a child, you were probably told, “Breakfast is the MOST important meal of the day”, right? Well, I agree! Breakfast literally means “break-fast”. You sleep for 8-12 hours and by morning; your energy levels are low. Breakfast provides your body with the energy it needs to start your day! Why Breakfast?  …

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Summertime Isn’t the Only Time for a Smoothie

When you think of a smoothie, do you associate it with summertime?  Is it because it’s a cold drink?  That doesn’t have to be the case!  Smoothies can be enjoyed year round and are a perfect way for you to incorporate more fruits and vegetables throughout the day!   Smoothie Steps   Making your own…

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National Cranberry Month

Did you know that October is National Cranberry Month? Cranberries add great color to your meals and offer a refreshing taste.  The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recognize cranberries as a nutrient-dense fruit!  They are a great source of antioxidants and have anti-cancer properties.   Cranberry Facts   According to a study conducted by the…

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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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September Monthly Morsels

Pom Power By Charna Sheinfeld,  Nutrition Intern   They are the small glistening, crimson, crunchy arils that make the pomegranate fruit so distinctive. This unique fruit is not only impressive in its looks, but in its nutritional profile as well.   One serving of pomegranate seeds provides considerable amounts of vitamin C, which is necessary…

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Eat a Peach Day

Today is National Eat a Peach Day and who doesn’t love a juicy, delicious peach?  I happen to love them!  They make the perfect on-the-go healthy snack that keeps you full in between meals.   Did you know that there are many varieties of peaches?  You may think of a peach with an orange interior…

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Oat-tastic Breakfast

Oatmeal is an old traditional breakfast food that’s popularity has grown once again over the last few years. This hot cereal is a great alternative to sugary breakfast cereals and makes for a power-infused, high-energy breakfast that is perfect for starting your day.   Oats are a whole-grain that provides you with many vitamins and…

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Get Berry Excited this July

July is National Berry Month, so what better way to celebrate than learn all about the benefits of berries and different ways to incorporate them into your daily eating pattern?   Berries, like blueberries, strawberries and raspberries contain a wide variety of antioxidants, which can help in preventing cancer. They are very nutrient dense without…

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Safe Grilling and Sizzling Fruit

With summer in full swing and July 4th upon us, it can only mean one thing – it’s time to grill!  July is National Grilling Month and the warm summer nights make for an enjoyable night perfect for grilling.   According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, outdoor cooking remains more popular and easier…

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Cool Down with Some Iced Tea

It’s National Iced Tea Month!  There is nothing like a refreshing glass of cold iced tea on a hot summer’s day, which is why June is a perfect time to celebrate.  Iced Tea is a summertime staple and does a great job quenching your thirst. Besides being refreshing, tea has many health benefits and can…

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Amazing Apricots

Summer is coming up fast! It feels like just yesterday spring began and now we’re already in the middle of June. So many of the delicious summer fruits have begun to make appearances once again. One of the returning stars of the summer- apricots- has finally reappeared in the supermarkets. These little orange fruits are…

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Papaya Peach Salsa

This salsa makes a great addition to any fish or poultry dish. It has a great balance of sweet, tangy and hot. It can stay in the fridge for a few days, so it can be made in the beginning of the week, and then used throughout the week for various dishes.

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Berry Chia Smoothie

This smoothie is super simple to prepare and is a great breakfast for on the go. This chia seeds add a punch of fiber and protein as well as adding to the thickness of the smoothie, because they gel up when added to fluid.

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I’m Going Bananas

I often hear people saying that they try to avoid bananas when they are trying to lose weight because they are higher in calories and sugar as compared to other fruits.   I have to say that that is just bananas!   These delicious yellow fruits have so many health benefits and, like most other…

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