Food and Nutrition

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SuperBowl Snacks and other Kid Friendly Favorites

This is a special guest article from the women at MySuperFoods where their purpose is to feed minds and bodies for greater wellness.  Find out more at mysuperfoodscompany.com With the Super Bowl right around the corner, we at MySuperFoods like to…

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Healthy Gut, Healthy You

This article is guest written by a woman of whom I think a whole lot, a missionary for your gut, an advocate for your health.  Her name is Tina Anderson, she's founder of Just Thrive® Probiotic & Antioxidant, and you can find her here.…

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A Healthy Eating, Allergy-Free Holiday Cookbook

My friend, Amie Valpone just released a new ebook called "The Healthy Apple's Holiday Cookbook: 80 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Peanut-Free Recipes Including Grain-Free/Paleo Desserts" Wow! That's a mouthful....and a tasty one! Click…

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Lunchbox Power Players

No matter what you put in your child's lunch, whether you're packing them gourmet meals or simple snacks, it's important to fill their bellies with whole grains, lean proteins and lots of fruits and vegetables. LUNCHBOX POWER PLAYERS  No…

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In Season Pick: Fresh Cherries

An incredible source of antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals, cherries are the perfect pick for summer snacks. Pitted and chopped cherries are a great addition to your yogurt, cereal, or dessert. Freeze and store them for a mid-winter fix or make…

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In Season Pick: Beets

The best thing about in season fruits and vegetables is that they taste better now than any other time of the year. Do the planet and your taste buds a favor by preparing fresh, local produce that's growing now in your area. Eating in season means…

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An Essential Macronutrient for your Toddler: Protein

Protein is one macronutrient we must adequately offer to nourish little bodies that are growing quickly. Here's a few ways Silvia gets plenty of protein throughout the day. Visitor Question: How do I incorporate high protein foods into my…

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Avoid Allergies the Sweet Way!

If all you know about honey is that Winnie the Pooh loves it, bees make it, and it tastes good, you're in for a sweet surprise! Honey has many benefits nutritionally and even has antibacterial properties that can help heal wounds. In comparison to…

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Bee Pollen

Bee pollen, royal jelly, and propolis have been used for millennia as powerful healing agents. Even ancient rock engravings and inscriptions on Egyption sacropgahi depict honeybees as sacred insects! Spring is one of the best seasons to try adding…

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Getting Your Calcium

We all know that calcium is needed to develop strong bones. But, did you know that it is also a key player in nerve and muscle function as well as blood clotting? And, how often do we really get the recommended amount? With more people opting for…

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Getting Your Veggies

Getting everyone in your family to eat a plate full of veggies may seem like a daunting task if it hasn't been your lifestyle. Eating vegetables as a family while your kids are still young is the best way to encourage good lifelong habits. But if…

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A New Vegetable a Week

Getting your toddler to eat his or her vegetables can really can be fun when you make it a priority. While we all know it is best to lead by example and help them learn to love food, sometimes a different preparation is all it takes to make a…

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In Season: Asparagus

The best thing about in season fruits and vegetables is that they taste better now than any other time of the year. Do the planet and your taste buds a favor by preparing fresh, local produce that's growing now in your area. Eating in season means…

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Going Meatless

Whether you're a dedicated vegetarian or a hardcore carnivore, going meatless has health benefits for everyone. To satisfy everyone in your family try these meat substitutions without feeling unfulfilled! Whether you’re a dedicated vegetarian…

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Avoiding Processed Additives

When reading the ingredient label it's important to know which additives are best to avoid. Use this list as a resource to get the most out of your food! Food additives have been around since ancient times, though not without controversy. The…

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Easy Ways to Freshen up Your Fridge!

Making your fridge work for you is the best way to making healthy eating habits last for life. Here's a great article on how to freshen up for the New Year. It’s so easy to go to the store week after week and pick the same foods without much…

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Greener Cookware

Finding cookware that is eco-friendly sometimes feels like an uphill battle. Click the picture to see what materials you are safe to use. Teflon ring a bell? It’s probably not for the best reason. This extremely slippery synthetic substance may…

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Milk Alternatives

Whether you are lactose intolerant, or choosing a vegan lifestyle, finding a dairy free substitute is serious business. Once you've taste tested your way through this list of delicious dairy-alternative, you won't want to look back! Whether…

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Best Nutrition Apps for your Smart Phone

Keeping your healthy living diet on track can take some smart management from time to time, even more so when school is back in session and your days are filled with endless responsibilities. Here's a list of our top 5 nutrition apps for your smart…

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Mom

We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it is often hard to prepare when you are pressed for time. Here are a few easy options that will provide you with energy to start your day. We know breakfast is the most important meal…

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Sweeter Sweeteners

Sweeteners get a bad rap... for good reason. We are all on a sugar high that is raising insulin levels, expanding waistlines, and increasing our risk for disease. To still enjoy the sweetness of life choose a smarter sweetener! Sweeter…

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How to Stock Your Gluten-Free Pantry

Part 3 of a series by Manhattan-based culinary nutritionist, Amie Valpone, on stocking a gluten-free pantry. As we discussed in the last two segments, gluten can be hidden in so many different forms that it can be a real headache trying to read…

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What to Toss from Your Gluten-Filled Pantry

Part 2 of a series by Manhattan-based culinary nutritionist, Amie Valpone, on creating a gluten-free kitchen, looking specifically at the pantry. Now that we’ve had time to discuss where gluten may be lurking in your kitchen, it’s time to…

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How to Create a Safe Gluten-Free Kitchen

Part 1 of a series by Manhattan-based culinary nutritionist, Amie Valpone, on creating a healthy, tasty and safe gluten-free kitchen. It’s not easy being newly diagnosed as celiac or learning you have gluten intolerance or sensitivity. One step…

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Sprouted Brown Rice

It's not hard to find news articles about whole grains. It seems that everyone is talking about them and we're seeing whole grains pasted across headlines almost every day. However, something that I find very interesting from the standpoint of a…

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Packing a Healthy Lunch

Packing a lunchbox can be an extremely daunting task. You want it to taste good, be healthy, and most importantly be enjoyed! Providing a healthy lunch will keep children focused and full so they can pay attention to school and not the grumbling in…

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Learn Your Labels!

When standing in the grocery store deciding what foods to buy it can feel like a battle of the labels. Should you buy the Organic, Free-Range, or Grass-Fed? Or is Natural the key? And what do all these labels actually mean? To better prepare…

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Farmed v.s. Wild Fish

To support your heart and brain, doctors are encouraging us to consume good dosages of Omega-3 fatty acids. The best source for this powerful nutrient is found in the fish we eat. As the summer months get hotter and the days longer, the taste of a…

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Vegetables 3 Ways

The sharp flavor of asparagus or spinach can be hard for your little one to stomach. At the same time, you know of all the great phytochemicals and nutrients vegetables provide. To bridge the gap between good nutrition and flavor, experiment with…

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Chia Seeds

We all hear of those new trendy foods promising to keep our waistlines lean and our brains at peak performance, but are they really worth the hype? We all hear of those new trendy foods promising to keep our waistlines lean and our brains at peak…

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Sweeten Up Naturally: Yac

This root-based sweetener is low cal, low glycemic, and contains prebiotic fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) to help support intestinal health. It is also a great minimally processed sweetener that can be used equally well in baking and blended…

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Sweeten Up Naturally: Agave Syrup

Agave nectar is a great alternative to traditional sugar and sweeteners due to its low glycemic index making it diabetic friendly. This syrupy plant-based sweetener is pure, sweet, mixes easily into liquids, suitable for baking, and does not…

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Buying Healthy Meat on a Budget

Are you getting the most bang for your buck on healthy products at the grocery store? How about all those different labels promising free range, grass fed, or organic; do you really know what they mean? When it comes to buying healthy, organic…

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Save Green, Buy Organic

Organic produce and packaged can be more expensive than their conventional counterparts but the benefits of eating organic foods are plentiful. To make the gap between benefits and cost even smaller follow these tips from The Organic Center for…

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Eat Right: Protect Your Heart

Are you tired of hearing what you can't eat for a healthy heart?? Get the scoop from Registered Dietitian Kim Hardin on what you can eat to boost your heart health and feel great this February! There are plenty of foods you can be eating more of…

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Five Reasons to Choose Organic

It's 2012 and time for a change. With the Just Label It Campaign making headway and a community of support encouraging progress we are starting to see the abundance that green living can offer. It's always important to remind ourselves of why we buy…

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Eggs: White or Brown?

There is absolutely nothing better than a fresh egg in the morning. Whether scrambled, poached, or boiled, eggs provide an excellent source of protein that supports the functions of every cell in your body. But whether to go brown or white is the…

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Foods To Refuel and Recover

Balancing work, play, and healthy eating can be tricky while simultaneously caring for your family. Boost your energy, refuel, and recover with a few simple snack and meal ideas that will treat your body right. Balancing work, play, and healthy…

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Whole Grain vs. Whole Wheat

Making your way through the grocery store can be like heading out on a scavenger hunt. You head in for your typical pantry staples like bread and butter, but even these simple items can leave you with questions. Which prompts us to ask, Do you know…

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The Superfood You Should Try!

A wheatberry refers to the entire wheat kernel except for the hull, which comprises the bran, germ, and endosperm. They are known for being high in fiber, low in calories, and chock full of essential vitamins How to Prepare:  Wheat berries…

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Buying Healthy Eggs on a Budget

Labels can be confusing, especially when it comes to all of the varieties of eggs, so how do you know you're getting the most bang for your buck at the grocery store? When it comes to buying healthy, organic food, knowing a little more about your…

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Buying Healthy Fish on a Budget

Between canned, frozen, farmed, and wild-caught there are endless options when it comes to fish. And it's a good thing because as a nation we are consuming more than our fair share of fish these days. Part 3 of a 4-part series called Buying…

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Buying Healthy Milk on a Budget

If you are incorporating organic and low-fat varieties of your favorite diary products into your daily diet, the benefits are immense. At the same time, added hormones and the abundant use of antibiotics in the dairy industry could be wreaking havoc…

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Got the Facts on Milk?

Last week saw the release of a brand new documentary called "Got the Facts on Milk?" which asks Americans to question the deep-rooted beliefs in the health benefits of milk. So we asked the filmmaker, Shira Lane, whose own diary allergy prompted her…

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The Stoplight Method

With so much interest and information on family mealtime it is important to make sure you are getting your advice from credible sources. It is just as important to find a method of healthy eating that works best for your family. An easy approach…

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Eating by the Rainbow – Green, Blue and White Foods

As part of the Eating by the Rainbow series, we are breaking down which colorful foods will maximize your health, and how! Green Foods The natural green pigment is called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll can be powerful in helping to prevent…

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Eating by the Rainbow – Red and Yellow Foods

As part of the Eating by the Rainbow series, we are breaking down which colorful foods will maximize your health, and how! Red foods Take the naturally occurring red foods colored by the pigment lycopene. Lycopene may help reduce the risk of…

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Eating by the Rainbow

It is so easy to stick to what you know and choose convenience foods or the same foods every time you go to the store. Get out of that rut by accepting a new challenge; eating by the rainbow. It is so easy to stick to what you know and choose…

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Getting Your Veggies

Getting everyone in your family to eat a plate full of veggies may seem like a daunting task if it hasn't been your lifestyle. Eating vegetables as a family while your kids are still young is the best way to encourage good lifelong habits. But if…

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Picking the Perfect Apple

Fall means back to school, changing leaves, and apple picking. Trips to your local orchard will not only be educational for your little ones, it can be welcome family bonding activity. When searching for those perfect apples for a pie or just a…

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