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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Time to Focus on Fiber!

What better way to start off 2018 than with National Fiber Focus Month! Fiber is an essential part of any diet and provides a seemingly endless array of health benefits. But, are you getting enough?   The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommend that men get ~38 grams per day and women consume ~25 grams…

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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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8 Tips for Better Heart Health

World Heart Day is celebrated all around the nation on September 29th! World Heart Day, created by the World Heart Federation, is one of the biggest platforms to raise awareness 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…

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Have an Oat-tastic Day

Even though oatmeal has been around forever, it seems like people are finally sparking interest over this old breakfast. Overnight oats, steel cut oats, oatmeal granola bars, and oatmeal energy bites- the options are boundless! So why this sudden revival in one of America’s oldest breakfasts? People are rediscovering all of the wonderful benefits of…

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Popcorn Poppin’ Month

October is more than just a month to celebrate spooks and sweets. It’s also a month to celebrate treats that are good for you like popcorn! It’s National Popcorn Popping Month which means it’s time to give a little patronage to this healthy snack. Did you know that fresh popcorn, lightly seasoned can be a…

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Healthy and Hearty Mushroom Barley Soup

As the fall slowly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about preparing soups for the cooler nights. This soup freezes really well, so feel free to double the recipe and freeze in smaller batches.

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Grilling to Perfection this 4th of July

The pinnacle of the summer has arrived. Fourth of July weekend is the perfect time to celebrate with friends and family while catching some sun. With all of the pasta salads, burgers and desserts it’s easy to get a little carried away. Don’t stress, there are a few ways you can make this holiday healthier-…

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Flip Out for Blueberry Pancakes

As the month is coming to a close and the weather is getting even colder, take some time on January 28th to celebrate National Blueberry Pancake Day! I have searched for any reason that this special day is dedicated to a certain type of pancake to no avail, so I’ve put together my own list…

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Aim to Improve Your Morning Breakfast!

September marks the beginning of a new school year and a change in weather as everyone seems to be gradually getting back into their busy routines of life. What better time to add a healthy breakfast to your schedule? This past Friday was Better Breakfast Day! I’m sure when you were younger your mother told…

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National Nutrition Month®: Enjoying the Taste of Eating Right

March is National Nutrition Month® (NNM). NNM was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a campaign to promote nutrition education with the focus of the campaign to highlight the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM was initiated in 1973 as a week-long…

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New School Year + New School Menu = Healthier Kids

Do you remember the school lunches when you were a kid?  How about at your children’s school?  Do chicken nuggets, greasy pizza and hot dogs sound familiar?  That will not be the case this school year!  The USDA has given school cafeterias a makeover with their Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act…

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Brown Baggin’ it for a Healthy Back to School Lunch

It’s back to school time!  While many parents are focused on buying new clothes and school supplies for their kids, they may forget about the importance of buying food to pack a nutritious lunch every day! Eating a well-balanced meal in the middle of the day can help stimulate brain activity, give your child the…

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Easy Ways to Get Your Family Aboard the Whole Grain Train!

Choo! Choo! There’s a new train in town, and it’s express to healthy-town! This train is the whole grain train, and it is ready for you and your family to step aboard! To understand what a whole grain is, you must first understand the anatomy of a grain itself. A whole grain consists of 3…

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Ancient Grains for Your Health

Grains have been a huge part of people’s diets for centuries and have provided excellent health benefits throughout the years.  By now you probably know that it is better to eat whole grains such as whole wheat pastas, cereals, brown rice, and oatmeal, than refined grains.  But have you ventured into trying some of the…

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National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast Week was celebrated this week.  If your kids are normally on the go in the morning and don’t have time to eat breakfast, help them to kick this habit to the curb in honor of National School Breakfast Week.   National School Breakfast Week was originally launched in 1989 to bring awareness to…

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Mama Mia! It’s Spaghetti Day!

Today is National Spaghetti Day.  You must think I make these things up, but I promise I don’t.  Spaghetti is the most common round type of pasta and in Italian, “spaghetti” means “little lines”.  Kids and adults alike love this fun food.  But wait!  Before digging in there are some things you need to know. …

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Thinking Outside of Your Lunchbox: The Reinvention of Brown Bagged Lunch

Thinking Outside of Your Lunchbox: The Reinvention of Brown Bagged Lunch Swap out your white bread for whole wheat. PB & fruit: Instead of the old peanut butter and jelly sandwich; swap out the jelly   for sliced fruit. Snack packs: pack veggies like carrots or celery in a zip lock. Dip your veggies in dips…

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Fall 2010: To Your Health

In this Issue: Can Certain Foods Help You Age Gracefully? • A New Option to Ease the Transition to Whole Grains • Four Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer • Managing the Halloween Candy…and Your Diabetes! • Diet and Other Lifestyle Factors Linked to the Prevention of Dementia • Food of the Month: Pomegranate • Recipe of the Month: Pomegranate-Orange Glazed Turkey

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Heart Healthy Nutrition Guidelines

To help you get started on your new healthy outlook, follow these simple suggestions for eating healthy: Limit saturated fats. Aim for less than 7% of your total daily calories from saturated fat, and choose foods that will help keep your daily cholesterol intake under 300 milligrams. Get involved in some sort of physical activity…

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