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Using Alternative Seasonings and Herbs to Lower Your Sodium Intake

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE The American Heart Association (on its website) has extensive research on the importance of lowering sodium intake. The American Heart Association, along with the World Health Organization, and thirty well respected nutritional scientists all signed the following consensus statement: “Population-wide reduction of sodium intake is an integral approach to […]

10 Tips to Get Healthy!

By Amy O’Shea With chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity on the rise, here are ten tips to stay healthy today and maintain that good health in the years to come: Fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruits. Use them as the main focus and build the rest of your meal […]

Is Organic Really Better?

By Rachel Lippmann-Turner, MS, RD Spring has sprung, and soon the farmers markets will be chock full of seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products. The colors are vibrant, and they might suggest the possibility of greater health benefits due to their organic designation. With your favorite items in hand, you head home hearing […]

Your Child’s Protein Needs: How much is enough?

Rachel Lippmann-Turner, MS, RD It is meal-time and you do your best to provide your child with healthy foods from all food groups.  Your little one signals that he is done eating, and is ready to move on to the next activity.  You notice that all the food is gobbled up except the chicken.  Your […]

Serving Size versus Portion Size…..Is There a Difference?

By Kim Mendel, RD CDN These two terms are often used interchangeably, but they are different and should be treated as such. Learning the difference between these terms can help us to eat more healthfully, as many of us struggle with weight management and diabetes. Portion size is the amount of food we decide to […]

Heart Health

By Amy O’Shea February is National Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is still the leading cause of death in America, accounting for one in four deaths each year. The CDC also reports the shocking news that about half of the American population has at least one of three […]

Healthy Lunch Box Lunches

By Dinah Torres Castro At the start of the school year, most parents have great ideas for their child’s lunch box, thinking that this will be the year they will finally get it right! They have a mental list of everyday favorites (bagels and cream cheese), ones that are good old standbys (PB & J), […]

Incorporating Some Plant-Based Meals into Your Meal Plan

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE We are bombarded with conflicting and confusing media messages about the dangers of eating certain foods, and how particular foods have miraculous properties that can make us super men and women. Some diets are promoted as being “the answer” to all of our health issues. Even scientists and nutrition […]

Enjoy Eggplant Now

By Betty L. Chesnut As the summer season comes to a close, the last of summertime produce is available at local farmers’ markets. Eggplant comes into season around the middle of summer when the weather is at its warmest. Once the cold autumn months begin to roll in, however, the local supply of eggplant begins […]

Meatless Meals: How Eating More Vegetable Proteins Leads to a Healthier Diet

By Dinah Torres Castro  Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. You can get protein from different sources of food, like animal products or vegetables. Animal sources of protein such as beef and pork are commonly found in the American diet. Studies have shown that these sources contain large amounts of saturated fat […]

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