CAND BLOG

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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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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Power Up with Breakfast

By Anna Veselovsky / March 27, 2018
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It breaks my heart when people tell me they skip breakfast because for me, I couldn’t go without it! Having a hearty breakfast can give you a great start to the day with a mindful moment. Research on breakfast shows that it kickstarts the metabolism after fasting overnight and helps with concentration throughout the day.…

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Peanut Butter Lovers Day

By Jacqueline Winkler / March 1, 2018
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Ah, peanut butter! So many wonderful ways to include this nutty goodness in our diet. Allow me to introduce Peanut Butter Lovers Day, which in my opinion, should not be recognized with just one day. If you are one of the many that consider nut butters to be a diet staple, you’re not alone. There…

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National Strawberry Day

By Melissa Smith / February 27, 2018

Today is a berry delicious day. Today is National Strawberry Day, so let’s celebrate this day so sweet with the juicy red fruit that is perfect for heart month. Strawberries are my number one go-to fruit and top my list of favorite fruits year after year.  Strawberries are a low cost, low carbohydrate, highly nutritious…

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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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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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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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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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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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National Pumpkin Pie Day

By Teresa Frankel / December 25, 2017
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Pumpkin, the fall icon, has taken our stomachs by storm these past few years. From cereals to breakfast bars, ice cream to cookies, and of course, the infamous PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte), this plump, orange fruit offers many nutritional benefits. Now I know you might be thinking, “What is pumpkin pie doing in the December…

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