Healthy Diets

What are Triglycerides?

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By Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN Triglycerides are the type of fat carried in our blood. They not only come from the fat in the foods we eat, but also the overconsumption of calories, sugar and alcohol. These excess calories are automatically converted to triglycerides and stored in the body as fat. Some triglycerides are necessary… Read more »

The Power of Probiotics

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Probiotics are microorganisms that reside in your digestive tract. Although harmful bacteria can make you sick, probiotics are often referred to as good bacteria as they help your gut function properly. Although researchers aren’t positive how probiotics work, it is thought they work by controlling nerves in your GI tract that affect movement and helping… Read more »

Go Further with Food!

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By Dawna Bennett, MS, RD, CDN March is National Nutrition Month®, an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and embraced by community organizations throughout the nation. The theme this year is “Go Further with Food” and encourages people to develop sound eating and physical activity habits, learn… Read more »

Heart Smart Substitutions

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By Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN February is National Heart Health Month. Take care of your heart by making some simple substitutions on your plate! Butter is high in saturated fats. These fats are unhealthy, and should be limited. Instead, try swapping butter for vegetable oils such as canola or olive oil, which are higher in… Read more »

Cooking Healthy with 5-Ingredient Recipes

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By Nicole Goben, MS, RD, CDN We all know that cooking meals from scratch is nutritionally the best choice for our families, but in this day and age time tends to get in the way and convenient meal options are often chosen. Convenient foods such as frozen meals or fast food tend to be higher… Read more »

Stack a Healthy Sandwich

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By Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN November 3rd was National Sandwich Day. What better way to celebrate than by brown-bagging your lunch this week and bringing a sandwich to work? It’s important to be mindful of how you build your sandwich to ensure you are balancing the right nutrients. Here are some tips: Bread: The foundation… Read more »

National Family Meals Month

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By Dawna Bennett, MS, RD, CDN September is National Family Meals Month, a nationwide event designed to start a conversation that encourages and inspires people to return to the kitchen to enjoy wholesome meals together. Families who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories, and members of the family have increased… Read more »

Eating With the Seasons

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By Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN As seasons change, your grocery bag should too. Different fruits and vegetables are grown and ripened throughout the year, offering an array of selections from season to season. There are several benefits to consuming produce that has recently been harvested. Just ripened fruits and vegetables are at their peak nutritional… Read more »

Plant-Based Proteins

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By Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN Protein is an important component of our diets as it provides the building blocks for muscle, cartilage, and tissue. It is important to eat enough protein as we age because it helps prevent the loss of lean muscle mass. It is especially vital when recovering from surgery or illness at… Read more »

Understanding Food Labels and Ingredient Lists

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By Nicole Goben, MS, RD, CDN Trying to choose healthy products in the grocery store has turned into tricky business. Food companies may try to market their product to seem healthier than it is, and many consumers are tricked by their tactics. It is important to take a look at the nutrition fact label as… Read more »

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