Creamy or Chunky, Just “Spread” the Love!

November is more than just Turkey Month, it’s also Peanut Butter Lover’s Month. All you peanut butter lover’s out there raise your hand. Peanut butter is a natural spread and the perfect topping on anything. It’s really amazing how versatile the peanut is and I think we all can agree that peanut butter is its…

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Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

  Every night is the same dilemma: what do I make for dinner? My family gets sick of the same meals over and over again but figuring out what to make is a time consuming process. I’m sure you can relate. Are you tired of recycling the same four or five meals time and time…

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Split Peas If You Please

Split pea soup is a savory and wholesome dish that’s just perfect for the cool weather. This week is National Split Pea Soup Week and also a wonderful time to introduce this healthy, hearty dish into your life.   There are many variations of this soup but it traditionally consists of split peas, chicken or…

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November Monthly Morsels

Scrumptious Sweet Potatoes November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month but I’m pretty sure we are all pretty aware of sweet potatoes’ existence. These root vegetables are a staple at the Thanksgiving table! But Thanksgiving isn’t the only time you should be including this veggie in your life. Sweet potatoes are a great addition to a…

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Have your Sandwich and Eat it too

Now that Halloween’s over, we can celebrate the real holiday here, National Sandwich Day! It’s only fitting that America’s favorite lunch item has its own special day. Personally, I love sandwiches; you can put anything you want on them – they’re great on the go, and they’re very versatile. They’re the perfect lunch for a…

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A Feel for Oatmeal

It’s no question that large companies have made cold-cereals a staple part of morning breakfast. Many products on the market today are loaded with simple carbohydrates and tons of sugar that spike your blood sugar. It’s not very long before you start to feel hungry again. Fortunately, hot cereals like oatmeal are a great alternative…

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Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this October I encourage you to do your part to spread awareness as well as to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to reduce your risk.   Did you know that approximately 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in their…

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Nutrient Labeling for Alcohol: Do We Even Want to know?

Word has been stirring of nutrition labels being added to alcoholic beverages. It’s about time the FDA has shed some light on the caloric content of alcoholic beverages that to some are consumed on a regular basis. Though moderate consumption of wine has some benefits, alcohol in general contributes very little to your healthy lifestyle….

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Changing Leaves, Warm Boots, and Apples Galore

Happy October everyone! October is one my favorite months- cooler weather, changing leaves, autumn clothing, and apple picking! As I was speaking with my interns about how I love this time of year, Kimberly shared how her favorite family tradition is their annual trip out east to go apple picking. Her family always make it…

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How to make YOUR Heart Happy

Did you know September 29th is World Heart Day? Every year this day is celebrated to bring awareness to the severity of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death. Every year about 17.3 million people die from heart disease and stroke. So in 2000 the World Heart Federation founded…

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The Top Fall Season Fruits and Veggies

There is nothing I love more than the beginning of fall. The nights become cooler, the leaves begin to fall and the neighbors are decorating their porches with pumpkins and gourds. Fall harvest is particularly my favorite. All of the new fruits and vegetables fill up grocery store as well as my kitchen. There are…

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Holy Guacamole!

This Wednesday is National Guacamole Day! What could be better than a day celebrating a creamy avocado mashed up with fresh cilantro, lime, and other great produce? If you couldn’t tell already, I have a bit of a passion for all things avocado and for guacamole in general. So let’s dive into the avocado and…

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How Illness Affects Your Hunger Signals

I’m writing this blog today with a cup of tea to my left, a box of tissues to my right and a throat lozenge in my mouth.   Yes, I am sick. My throat hurts, I am coughing and overall I just don’t feel well.   I don’t usually get sick so this is really…

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Poppin’ Papayas

What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with National Papaya Month!   Papayas are easily the most underrated food; it’s not every day you add this tropical plant to your fruit bowl. Unbeknownst to most, papayas are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that combat a countless number of diseases. Not to mention,…

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June Monthly Morsels

“Pass the Peas, Please!” By Charna Sheinfeld,  Nutrition Intern When you think of green peas, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Does it stir up those childhood memories of being “force fed” these small green spheres along with their little orange carrot counterparts?   When cooked well and paired with the right foods,…

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Warm Brown Rice Salad with Peas, Sundried Tomatoes, and Mint

Pairing peas with brown rice is a great way to create a complete protein. This is because brown rice is high in the amino acids cysteine and methionine but low in lysine. Peas, on the other hand, contain a high lysine content but are low in cysteine and methionine. This makes peas and rice complementary proteins and when paired together they offer an excellent amino acid profile that is equivalent to eggs or dairy.
Mint is often added to dishes containing peas because it boosts the natural sweet flavors that the peas offer to the dish. The sundried tomatoes add a satisfying tartness to balance the salad. Enjoy!

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Choosing Your Iced Beverage: What to Consider

Are you a coffee drinker? Hot, iced, latte, cappuccino? Or do you go for those dessert-type beverages like the Frappuccino?   If you like the more decadent specialty drinks, you probably are aware that they come with some “extras”, such as a hefty amount of calories and fat grams.   If this is you, you’ll…

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Celiac Disease: A Trend or a Disorder?

“Gluten-free” foods may just seem like a whole new fad and the coolest new food trend to follow, but for some people gluten-free is a non-negotiable lifestyle.   This month we celebrate Celiac Awareness Month. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to…

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Celebrate Women’s Health Week by Taking Care of YOU

This week, May 10 – May 16, is the 16th annual National Women’s Health Week. This week-long observance was initiated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. It encourages and empowers women to put their health as their top priority.   The Office on Women’s Health provides women of…

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Omelet with Sautéed Beet Greens and Shallots

Often the beets that we purchase come with beautiful green stalks attached to them which we promptly throw out when using the actual beet root. However, the beet greens are nutrient-rich with very high levels of vitamins A, K, and C. Similar in taste and appearance to Swiss chard, beet greens can be prepared in a similar manner. They can be eaten as a side dish sauteed with garlic and lemon or added to various recipes such as eggs and pastas. I decided to add them to my morning breakfast omelet and I found it to be delicious and satisfying

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