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Getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables

By Dinah Torres Castro Parents often ask how they can get their kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. Here are some tips to get you started: First of all, have fruits and vegetables available for “anytime” snacks. Make snacks an activity your child will enjoy, such as dipping. Children love to dip because it […]

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, […]

Are you a dietitian or nutritionist

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN I am often asked this question. The main differences between a dietitian and a nutritionist involve schooling, certification, and registration requirements. Dietitians can be called nutritionists, but nutritionists can only be called dietitians if they have the proper education and training. Dietitians are required to graduate from college with a […]

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 […]

Good Carbohydrates vs. Bad Ones

By Greg Zacarese Which Carbohydrates are good? Carbohydrates have a bad reputation. We’ve all heard people say “I’m eliminating carbs” or “Carbs are bad for you.” People might try the ketogenic diet which eliminates most carbs in order to lose weight. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our bodies, and no other nutrient […]

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