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10 Ways to Make Fruit Fun for You and Your Toddler

By Christina F. Toscano It is recommended that at each meal, ¼ of your plate should be fruit. In fact, toddlers age 2-3 need 1 cup a day and children age 4-8 need 1 and 1/2 cups. Most adults need 2 cups. It is important to meet this recommendation because fruit provides important vitamins, minerals, […]

Get your vitamin D checked!

By Greg Zacarese Having low levels of vitamin D is very common, especially during the winter months. Vitamin D in the body comes from food consumed, and is made in the skin through synthesis. We need Vitamin D to maintain bone health and for calcium homeostasis. New areas of research suggest that Vitamin D can […]

Fiber Consumption and its Benefits

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN “Dietary fiber is a material from plant cells that cannot be broken down by enzymes in the human digestive tract.1“There are two types of fiber, soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers absorb water during digestion, while insoluble fibers remain unchanged during digestion. Soluble fibers include “fruits, vegetables, legumes, […]

Greek Yogurt

By Rachel MacKinnon Greek yogurt is one of those foods that bring joy to the gut and our health. Nutritionally, it contains more protein and less sodium and carbohydrates than regular yogurt. Aside from the nutritional benefits, it also is a great probiotic for gut health, boosting the immune system. Selecting Greek yogurts can be […]

Iron Deficiency Anemia

By Greg Zacarese Iron deficiency anemia is the most prevalent micronutrient deficiency worldwide. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, which is a substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen. There are two forms of dietary iron, heme (from hemoglobin and myoglobin) and non-heme. Heme iron comes from animal-based food sources such […]

Five Tips for Getting Started with Diabetes Meal Planning

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes and feel lost in your efforts to put together a meal that is satisfying, healthy, and does not send your blood sugar soaring, here are some tips to get you started: Follow a heart healthy diet as heart disease is the number […]

Try adding other herbs/spices to food besides salt

By Greg Zacarese The American Heart Association recommends that a person consume 2300mg or less of sodium per day, and 1500mg per day or less for adults with high blood pressure. Many people add salt to their food for more flavor. However, there are ways to add flavor without adding sodium: Add lemon juice, lime […]

Tips for Families with Children to Foster Healthier Eating and Activity Habits

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN Plan a family walking day(s) each week at a local mall, park, or around the neighborhood. Wear a low cost fitness tracker or free app on phone for older children to track steps. Look for ways around the house to safely increase activity, such as walking or running in place, […]

Keeping Up with Food Safety Alerts

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE On any given week, we are bombarded with media stories about the latest food safety alerts and food-borne illnesses. We then have to locate the brand, lot numbers, etc., and search our pantries, freezers and refrigerators for these food items so that we do not get sick. Food-borne illness […]

Diabetes: Keeping Blood Sugar Logs

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE People often ask, “If my glucose meter has a memory that records all my blood sugar values, why should I keep a blood sugar log?” Blood sugar testing and tracking your numbers provide useful information for managing your diabetes. This helps you see changes in your blood sugar levels to […]

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