Mushy for Mushrooms

Did you know mushrooms are a part of the fungi family?  This may lead you to find mushrooms unappetizing, but it shouldn’t!  They are perfectly edible and are very nutritious.  Mushrooms are neither a fruit nor vegetable and offers benefits to your health outside the realm that produce does.   This Sunday, April 16th is…

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The Goodness of Crunchy 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 is a great time to learn more about…

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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 Sauce Month

March is National Sauce Month which makes this the perfect time to explore new sauces and flavors. I personally love trying new sauces all the time. Sauce can be used to add new flavors and textures to dishes you are already enjoy. However, it is important to be very mindful when choosing sauces.   The…

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Turns Out Popeye Was Onto Something

Do you remember watching reruns of Popeye the Sailorman at a young age?  Did you ever wish your muscles would grow like his after you ate a can of spinach?  Unfortunately, spinach does not cause your muscles to grow like that.  But, spinach does keep you healthy and provide your body with many essential nutrients,…

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National School Breakfast Week- Take the Challenge

This week is National School Breakfast Week!  This is a weeklong celebration of the school breakfast program that is always celebrated during the first full week in March.  It highlights how eating a nutritious breakfast helps children fuel up for success in the classroom and beyond.  The theme for this year’s celebrations is “Take the…

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All About Leeks

Did you know that leeks are Wale’s national emblem?  The Welsh’s regard for leeks dates back to the 1600s when Welsh soldiers placed leeks in their caps to differentiate themselves from their opponents.  To this day, leeks are still an important vegetable in many northern European cultures.   Leeks are versatile, tasty, and easy to…

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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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Don’t Go Breaking My Heart- Celebrate American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and a healthy heart makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day gift!  This month is dedicated to help reduce the number of lives taken each year due to heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, accounting for roughly 1 in every third…

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Super Bowl Approved Foods

This Sunday, February 5th is Super Bowl Sunday!  This is the biggest televised event of the year, with millions of Americans tuning in and hosting parties for the game.   Although the game is the main event of the party, I’m sure many of you are focused on what food is going to be there. …

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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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Stay Warm with a Cup of Hot Tea

  January is the perfect cold, winter month to celebrate National Hot Tea Month.  Tea is the most popular beverage in the world.  It is has mild, comforting flavors and a number of health benefits.   Do you drink tea?   If you don’t, I’m sure you’ll change your mind after you learn about the…

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Have You Tried These 5 Seasonal Fruits and Veggies Lately?

As you know, having fruits and vegetables as a part of your daily meal pattern can contribute to your health and overall well-being.  There are numerous fruits and vegetables you can eat and many different ways to cook them, so you should be able to switch it up on a regular basis.   But, do…

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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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PrePEAR for National Pear Month

Did you know that Pears rank second to the apple as the most popular fruit eaten in the United States? They are also one of the world’s oldest fruits; pears were known to both the Greeks and the Romans!   We celebrate National Pear Month every December, to honor this amazing fruit.   Some Pear…

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Mushroom Buckwheat Burgers

These burgers are meat-free but definitely not lacking in flavor. The savory flavors from both the cooked mushrooms and soy sauce blend together with the smokiness of the buckwheat to create a delicious umami flavored dish. Feel free to eat as a side dish or as a main dish on a whole wheat bun with vegetables of your choice.

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Winter is coming! 7 Ways to Boost your Immune System Now!

Winter is coming and I am are here to let you know all the ways you can BOOST your immune system just by walking down the aisles of your supermarket. The flu and common colds are among us all winter long, but did you know that there are many things you can do at home…

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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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Raise Your Spoon for National Cooking Day!

The idea of cooking a healthy dinner may intimidate you, but you shouldn’t let it!  Cooking should be a fun and enjoyable experience so allow your creativity to shine.  Luckily, Sunday is National Cooking Day and is a perfect day to celebrate home cooking and to experiment with new dishes.   National Cooking Day’s purpose…

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