Frozen Yogurt Day

By Amanda Hookom / June 4, 2018

Summer is upon us and that means it’s time for frozen treats!  One of my favorite cold desserts by far is frozen yogurt. It’s the perfect treat for a warm summer night! A few reasons to choose frozen yogurt for your dessert:   Probiotics: Some frozen yogurts, like regular yogurt, contain beneficial bacteria called “probiotics”.…

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Eat What You Want Day

By Amanda Hookom / May 11, 2018

We all know that healthy eating is important, but what does that really mean?  Do you need to forever forfeit cookies and ice cream in the name of good health?     Ask a dietitian and the answer you’ll probably get is that healthy eating is all about balance and variety.  It means adding lots of…

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Lima Bean Respect Day

By Amanda Hookom / April 20, 2018

Do you respect your lima beans?  If you’re like me, you probably don’t give lima beans much thought.  They’re a legume, they exist, they’re your least favorite part of frozen mixed vegetables and probably one of your least favorite beans too.  Is there more to lima beans than meets the eye though? You may be…

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National Water Day

By Amanda Hookom / March 22, 2018

We all know we need to drink water to survive, but how much water do we actually need?  It’s the age old question that people have answered in a variety of ways. From 8 cups, to half your body weight in ounces, we’re going to dive in to what it takes to stay hydrated. How…

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How Much Juice Do Kids Need?

By Amanda Hookom / February 22, 2018

Less than a year ago the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new policy statement changing their recommendations for fruit juice for the first time since 2001.  So, what changed in the dozen or so years since the last policy change?  Now, the AAP recommends that children are even older before drinking fruit juice.…

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Popcorn Day!

By Amanda Hookom / January 19, 2018

Popcorn is a popular snack food around the world that is enjoyed in a multitude of different ways.  It’s naturally high in fiber and antioxidants and low in calories, sugar, fat, and sodium.  How much do you really know about this snack food though, beyond its nutritional value?  The history of popcorn is actually much…

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National Take the Stairs Day

By Amanda Hookom / January 10, 2018

Happy New Year and National Take the Stairs Day!  Still need ideas for a New Year’s Resolution?  How about taking the stairs more often? Using stairs has a myriad of benefits, including (but certainly not limited to): Burning more calories than using the elevator, escalator, or walking on a flat surface.  If one of your…

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National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

By Amanda Hookom / December 16, 2017

If you’re anything like me, chocolate is, arguably, one of your best friends.  It’s the ultimate comfort food.  When the holiday season rolls around, we’re all looking for something decadent, and this healthier twist on chocolate fondue fits the bill. READY IN: 25 min SERVES: 4 (3 tablespoons fondue per serving) INGREDIENTS ½ cup unsweetened…

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How to Make a Healthy Parfait

By Amanda Hookom / November 25, 2017

It’s National Parfait Day!  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE fruit and yogurt parfaits.  They’re quick and easy, versatile, and, most importantly, delicious!  But are they healthy?  Here are a few things to keep in mind when building your perfect parfait: Type of Yogurt With dozens of different yogurts to choose from –…

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