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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It’s Time to BBQ!

May is National Barbecue Month, and with the warmer weather finally here, there’s no better time to get outside and fire up the grill! Whether you like to flash-fire your foods or cook them low and slow, there’s nothing that says summer more than that smoky barbecue smell.   BBQ History   Barbecue has been…

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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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Celery Celebration

As far back as the ancient Greeks, celery has been used as an ingredient in many dishes.  It is an incredibly versatile ingredient that can serve as the base of the dish or as an addition for more of a crunch. Since it’s available year-round at a reasonable cost, it’s an ingredient that won’t hurt…

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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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Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day started in the early 17th century as Christianity’s homage to the patron saint of Ireland? The United States started having parades to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the 18th century. It has since exploded and is the most celebrated holiday in the world! It is believed that on…

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Go Nuts for National Peanut Month!

March is one of my absolute favorite months. It brings the promise of warmer weather and flowers begin to bud. All throughout the month, the season slowly transitions into spring.   Want another reason to love March? It’s also National Peanut Month, which makes this truly a time for celebration!   Up until 1974, the…

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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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Go Nuts for Pistachios!

Who doesn’t love a delicious Pistachio? Not only are they packed with nutrients, but they are one of the most fun foods too eat!  They may take some effort to eat, but they are absolutely worth it in the end. Luckily, next Monday, February 26th, is National Pistachio Day so I have you covered with…

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5 Hot Drinks to Keep You Warm this Winter

Is there anything better than warming up with a hot drink on a cold winter day? From hot chocolate to coffee to tea, there is an endless supply of warm drinks to cozy up with during these cold winter months. You can add twists to old favorites or keep it simple and stick with the…

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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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Dive into Soup for National Soup Month

Did you know January is National Soup Month? With the winter weather in full blast, it’s certainly good news if you’re looking for a way to warm up. Soup is an incredibly versatile food and can be part of a meal as either an appetizer or entree.   Soup Basics   In traditional French cuisine,…

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Go Nuts for Granola Bars!

Are you someone that is always on the go, but still wants to make healthful food choices for yourself and your family? If so, granola bars may be just the snack you are looking for! They are an excellent grab-and-go option for a busy schedule, and their possibilities are endless!   Luckily, January 21st is…

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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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