Health Benefits of Alkaline Foods

By Amanda Izquierdo / June 20, 2018
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There has been a lot of recent focus on the suggested health benefits of alkaline foods, such as new products like alkaline water or certain fruits and vegetables, including spinach, tomatoes and lemon. These foods are claimed to provide a variety of health benefits include reducing inflammation, helping with weight management and reducing the risk…

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National Hummus Day

By Amanda Izquierdo / May 13, 2018

Mild and nutty tasting, hummus is a Middle Eastern condiment that can be garnished with spices and herbs for unique flavors that pairs well with vegetables of all kinds, breads, and can even be used as pasta sauce or topped on chicken before baking for a crust that keeps meat from drying out. Traditionally made…

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Meal Planning to Save Time

By Amanda Izquierdo / March 11, 2018

Today is Daylight Savings and that means spring is around the corner and longer days are ahead. But by “springing forward” today, we also lose an hour. While this may make your weekend feel busier than normal, before heading to the grocery store, take 15 minutes to meal plan for the week to save both…

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Almonds: Nut, fruit or…drupe?

By Amanda Izquierdo / February 16, 2018

It’s National Almond Day and time to celebrate its versatility and nutrition! Native to the Middle East, the top producer of almonds is now California, providing over 80% of the world’s almonds. Almonds trees bloom in the early spring and only after pollination by bees can the flowers grow an almond. After the almond kernel…

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So, What is the Ketogenic Diet?

By Amanda Izquierdo / January 24, 2018

Recently, the ketogenic (or keto) diet has gained popularity as the newest weight loss strategy by following a low carb, high fat eating pattern. But, the diet is actually nothing new. Since the 1920s, this diet has been used as a dietary intervention to help control seizures in those with epilepsy. But due to the…

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National Maple Syrup Day

By Amanda Izquierdo / December 17, 2017

It’s National Maple Syrup Day and we’re looking at some facts about this sweet addition to any recipe! Production The thick sap from maple trees is harvested in the spring, when warmer days and colder nights help stimulate the flow of sap. Once the trees start to bud, the sap becomes bitter, so harvest usually…

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World Diabetes Day

By Amanda Izquierdo / November 14, 2017

Tuesday, November 14 marks World Diabetes Day (WDD), helping to bring awareness to a condition that affects an astounding 415 million people. Unfortunately, more than 46% of adults with diabetes don’t even know they have it.With 1 in 10 women living with diabetes, this year the theme of WDD is Women and Diabetes. Both Type…

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FNCE First-Timer

By Amanda Izquierdo / October 26, 2017

This year marked the Academy’s 100th annual Food & Nutrition Expo & Conference (FNCE), hosted here in our city of Chicago. I feel lucky that I was able to experience FNCE for the first time at home and am thankful that I now have enough bars and snacks to last me until next year. Even…

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