Mediterranean Chicken and Rice

This Mediterranean style dish is both nutritious and packed with robust and vibrant flavors. The Mediterranean style of eating is mainly followed by countries along the Mediterranean Sea, and is thought to be one of the healthiest in the world.

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Time to Celebrate Memorial Day!

Summer is finally here! How do I know? Because it’s finally the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day weekend!   This weekend brings the start of warmer weather, long summer nights and BBQ. But, along with being the official summer kick-off weekend, it’s also a time to honor all of the soldiers.   Memorial Day weekend…

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Mediterranean Diet Month

The Mediterranean style of eating is thought to be one of the healthiest diets in the world. It is the diet mainly followed by countries along the Mediterranean Sea, and it consists of nutritious foods with robust and vibrant flavors.   Did you know that an entire month is dedicated to celebrating this style of…

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Today is National Raisin Day!

Monday April 30th is National Raisin Day.  When you think of raisins, I’m sure it brings you back to your childhood when you would have them as a snack at school. However, raisins aren’t just a snack for kids – people of all ages can enjoy them in either sweet or savory recipes.   The raisin…

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7 Easy Ways to Eat more Fruits and Veggies!

Spring has officially sprung, which means the weather is warmer, the days are getting longer, and the produce tastes fresher! With spring comes many new varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables that may not have been available in the colder months. Buying produce that is in season is not only a great way to purchase…

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It’s Time to Break Out Your Picnic Basket!

Is there any better way to take advantage of a beautiful day than to have a picnic? Picnics are such a refreshing and fun way to spend time with loved ones and can be a great opportunity to get some fresh air. Today, April 23rdis National Picnic Day, and is the perfect time to get…

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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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Time to Swoon for Mushrooms!

Did you know that mushrooms are neither a fruit nor a vegetable? This nutritious food is actually part of the fungi family! Mushrooms are extremely versatile in recipes and also have several health benefits. Each year on April 16th National Day of the Mushroom is celebrated to put this food in its well-deserved spotlight.   Mushrooms gained…

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‘Tis the Season for Fresh Produce!

Although it may still feel like winter outside, spring is finally here! With the change of season, comes the promise of warmer weather and the start of flowers sprouting outside. This is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. Not only is new life sprouting every which way you turn, but spring is…

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National Spinach Day

St. Patrick’s Day may be over, but we can still enjoy some festive green for National Spinach Day on March 26th! This day is a great time to focus on all of the health benefits spinach has to offer, as well as its versatility for recipes.   National Spinach Day is a great time to…

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Are You “Nuts” for Pecans?

This Sunday, March 25th is National Pecan Day! If you love pecans, then you’re not alone! Lots of people go nuts for pecans.   Did you know that pecans are technically drupes and are in the same family as plums, peaches, cherries and olives? The difference is with these drupes, the pit in the center…

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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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Blueberry Pancakes, Oh My!

What comes to your mind when you think of pancakes? Does your mouth start to water at the thought? Does your stomach start to growl in anticipation? Or, do you just not like pancakes?   Now, how about blueberry pancakes… What comes to mind? Maybe a dash of sweetness that turns an already delicious breakfast…

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What Do You Know About Folic Acid?

Ah, folic acid. I’m sure you’ve seen it mentioned on your cereal or pasta boxes, bread, and other grains, but do you really know what it is?   Last week was National Folic Acid Awareness Week and I meant to post this blog then, but, as I’m sure you all know the feeling, sometimes the…

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Winter Fruits and Vegetables

The cold weather doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Did you know that there is actually some produce that is in season during these chilly months? Buying in season produce not only ensures that you are eating foods at their ripest, but it saves money as well.   Here are 6…

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Take a Hike This November

Did you know that today, November 13th, is National Take a Hike Day? This celebration of hiking is an opportunity to get people up and get outside. There are hundreds of hiking trails open that are free of charge just waiting to be explored.   Hiking Benefits   Hiking is a fun way to get…

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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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Keep The Doctor Away During National Apple Month

Is there anything better than a fresh, juicy apple? The kind that has a crisp crunch and leaves juice running down your arm. YUM.   Fall brings us cooler air, shorter days and the changing colors of the leaves, but it always gives us some of the freshest and most delicious apples you can find…

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National School Lunch Week

Did you know that last week, October 9th-13th, was National School Lunch Week? President John F. Kennedy created this week in 1962 in order to celebrate the school lunch program in America.   This year’s theme was “School Lunch: Recipes for Success”. The theme was centered around sharing tips on what makes your child’s school…

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Be In the Know for World Heart Day

Today marks a very important day for the Global Health Initiative; it’s World Heart Day! World Heart Day was started in 2012 by the World Heart Federation to bring awareness to one of the most prevalent and concerning diseases in the world, cardiovascular disease (CVD).   CVD has become more prevalent in the United States…

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