CAND BLOG

By Jean Ziegenhorn / March 11, 2019

In addition to being National Nutrition Month, March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the CDC, of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, with more than 50,000 people succumbing to the disease each year. Similar to mammograms for breast…

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Vitamin D Deficiency

By Jean Ziegenhorn / February 11, 2019

If you live 37 (or more) degrees north of the Equator, you experience such little sunlight that your body can’t synthesize adequate vitamin D from sun exposure alone. That includes anyone north of Atlanta! This isn’t necessarily a bad thing- the American Academy of Dermatology recommends against getting vitamin D from sun exposure given the…

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American Heart Month

By Brenna Wallace, MS, RDN / February 4, 2019

February is the month of LOVE! American Heart Month is all about raising awareness of heart disease and how to prevent it. It’s important to not only educate adults how to prevent heart disease, but also to promote healthy eating patterns in children that will turn into lifelong habits. Let’s get heart healthy!   Incorporate…

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Health Benefits of Alkaline Foods

By Amanda Izquierdo / June 20, 2018

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 Dairy Month: Dairy Myths and Facts

By Kate Egan / June 12, 2018
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Happy National Dairy Month! In June, dairy farmers and producers are honored for their important work in agriculture and the food industry. While dairy has been a part of our food system for hundreds of years, it has recently received negative attention alongside the rise of plant-based “milk” beverages. (For those who choose to consume…

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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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National Brown-Bag It Day: Tips for Lunch Packing!

By Kate Egan / May 25, 2018

Happy National Brown-Bag It Day, where we celebrate the healthy, wallet-friendly and sustainable practice of bringing your own lunch to work! While some of you might be brown-bag pros already, here are some tips for those just getting started in a new habit of packing lunches. 1. Plan ahead Packing a lunch at the last…

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Seven Ways to Walk More for National Walking Day

By Melissa Smith / April 3, 2018

Volunteer April is National Volunteer Month, so what a great way to get more walking in! Volunteer to walk and play with shelter dogs, walk and pick up the liter for your city, or walk and exercise with elderly, youth, or other groups. Not only are you increasing your step count, but you are also…

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Oatmeal Muffin Day

By Teresa Frankel / December 19, 2017

While some may consider muffins a part of the cupcake family, these tasty treats are an easy way to pack in flavor and nutrients! Today is Oatmeal Muffin Day and it’s time we give these warm treats their much deserved recognition. Oats are a nutrient dense whole-grain option.  This versatile food is a great source…

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Bake Cookies Day

By Melissa Smith / December 18, 2017

Can you smell what the dietitian is cooking? It’s National Bake Cookies Day! What could be a better stress reliever than baking? Okay, I hear you, exercise and bath bombs are pretty great as well, but sweater season and cookie season go hand in hand. With Christmas around the corner, it’s a great time to…

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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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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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National Pastry Day

By Jacqueline Winkler / December 9, 2017

Are we ready for the holidays? With celebrations right around the corner, what better timing than now to celebrate national pastry day! As our calendar fills up this month with holiday parties, it’s time to get prepared for all the sweets coming your way. To help celebrate this day, I’m bringing you pecan tarts, golden…

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Ginger, Not Just for Gingerbread

By Katrina Christianson / December 7, 2017

Tis the season for merriment, holiday lights, time with family, and ginger! The holiday season is one of my favorites and one of the things I get most excited about is ginger cookies. Ginger has many uses beyond making scrumptious cookies and other baked goods. Below are ways to add this delicious anti-inflammatory root to…

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