Education

Nutrition Notes: 10 Fruits and Vegetables to Eat This Fall

As we make our way into the middle of October, we notice the weather shifting and our cooking ingredients changing. Some of the fruits and vegetables we were so used to having in the summer may no longer be here, but with a new season comes a variety of produce packed with differing nutrients and…

Read More

Nutrition Notes: On the Go? Make Loaded Toast!

If you’re usually on the run and skipping breakfast, worry no more because here are a few simple recipes that will leave you feeling full in no time. Loaded toast is quick and easy, and topped with heart healthy fats and fiber. You can eat it for breakfast or lunch. The beautiful thing about it…

Read More

Nutrition Notes:
Chilled Summer Soup – Gazpacho

With summer in full swing, it is not always fun to cook (or even eat) a hot meal. What sounds better than eating a chilled soup on a hot summer day? Gazpacho is a cold-blended vegetable soup that originated in Andalusia – the southern part of Spain. No cooking is required to make Gazpacho, and…

Read More

National Nutrition Month:
Creating an Eating Style that Includes a Variety of Your Favorite, Healthful Foods

Eating healthy is not just easy, but delightful when it includes all your favorite foods with a healthful twist. Making small changes, one forkful at a time, to our eating habits goes a long way to keeping our families healthy and hearty. Cooking and eating healthy at home includes: Using whole grains including brown rice,…

Read More

Nutrition Notes: National Nutrition Month

March marks the annual celebration of National Nutrition Month. Through the support of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month grew from National Nutrition Week back in the 1970s to, now, a month-long focus on healthy eating partnered with physical activity. “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is the theme for National Nutrition Month…

Read More

Nutrition Notes: Cheery Cherries

With some of the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants, cherries make for a yummy, nutritious snack! They are also packed with vitamin C, potassium, and melatonin which aid the body’s sleep pattern. There are several varieties of cherries that range in color from pale yellow to deep red and some taste tart or sweet. They…

Read More

Nutrition Notes: Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins A and C, manganese and fiber. In fact, 1 medium sweet potato gives you over 300% of the vitamin A you need per day which is very good for our eyesight. They are also a good source of complex carbohydrates, while being low in sodium and calories. All this…

Read More

Nutrition Notes: Healthy Habits for Happy Hearts

Heart Disease Fast Facts (Sourced from heartfoundation.org) 1. Heart disease (which includes Heart Disease, Stroke and other Cardiovascular Diseases) is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 787,000 people alone in 2011. 2. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. 3. Coronary heart disease is the most…

Read More

Nutrition Notes: National Diabetes Awareness

Food, when broken down in our bodies, provides fuel in the form of glucose in our bloodstream. For this glucose to be utilized by our bodies, insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas) is essential. It helps carry the glucose from the bloodstream to various parts of the body. Diabetes affects how the body uses…

Read More

Nutrition Notes: F is for Fall… and Figs!

We are celebrating National Fig Week on the first week of November. Fresh figs are usually in season from late summer through early fall, although dried figs are available all year round. Figs are sweet, succulent, and packed with fiber, calcium, potassium, iron and disease-fighting antioxidants. Four popular varieties of figs are grown here, in…

Read More