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How to beat the February blues? Warm the body and soul with food!

By Rebecca Perkins / February 25, 2018
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Winter always seems to linger longer than summer. For some, this is a good thing. However, for others, we tend to complain of the constant cold winds and grey skies. Instead of wallowing in despair, we can revamp our winter blues. Food can paint over the grey canvas and make our days more vibrant, warm,…

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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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Almonds: Nut, fruit or…drupe?

By Amanda Izquierdo / February 16, 2018
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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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Tips for a Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day

By Kate Egan / February 14, 2018
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Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re in a relationship, single, or celebrating your friends and family today, this holiday is typically associated with sugar, sugar, and more sugar. (Those discounts on candy the day after, am I right?) Unfortunately, research over the last few years indicates that added sugars can play a huge role in the…

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National Homemade Soup Day

By Jacqueline Winkler / February 4, 2018
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Pour yourself a bowl and get ready to celebrate National Homemade Soup Day! With the colder winter months ever present, what better way to relax than with a warm bowl of soup? Soup is as old as the history of cooking itself and the ways to get creative when combining all kinds of different nutritious…

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Inspire Your Heart With Art

By Melissa Smith / January 31, 2018

Creativity is genius. “Creativity is intelligence having fun,” as the great Albert Einstein is believed to have been quoted. January 31st is dedicated to inspiring your heart with art or if you have been feeling tired and uninspired lately, perk up with these inspirational ideas. Movie lovers out there! Get inspired today by curling up…

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Is this the year of ghee?

By Rebecca Perkins / January 29, 2018
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It’s a new year, which means new ingredients to be experimented with! Although ghee is a very old cooking ingredient, traditionally seen in Indian and Asian cuisines, it is creating quite some noise with 2018 nutritional fads. I first became familiar with ghee through one of my favorite Instagram foodie accounts. This account not only…

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Let Them Eat (Chocolate) Cake!

By Teresa Frankel / January 27, 2018
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Working in the nutrition field, I’m sure many of my fellow dietitians would agree that it is not uncommon for people to assume that we always eat healthy. While I do believe that a well-rounded, wholesome and individualized diet is the key to a balanced life, I will gladly say that chocolate is one of…

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Tips for Making Your Grocery Trip Last

By Kate Egan / January 26, 2018
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As a graduate student and dietetic intern who also balances a part time job, I might be lucky to make it to the grocery store once a week (and the laundromat once every three weeks), which means that I have had to learn very carefully how to best use my groceries and shop smart. Additionally,…

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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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Three Cheers for Cheese!

By Kate Egan / January 20, 2018
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Happy National Cheese Lovers Day! As a Wisconsin girl who grew up on a steady cheese diet, this holiday is right up my alley. Most of us don’t have to be convinced that cheese tastes good, but is it also good for you? You might be surprised! So, what does cheese contain that not only…

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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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Make Your Dreams Come True

By Jacqueline Winkler / January 13, 2018

What better time to kick off the new year than with noticing Make Your Dreams Come True Day. Today celebrates achieving what you want in life while encouraging all of us to take some time and remember what’s really inspiring each one of us to get up every morning. I urge anyone reading this to…

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National Take the Stairs Day

By Amanda Hookom / January 10, 2018
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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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