Nutrition

Why Eat Yellow and Orange Fruits and Vegetables?

Yellow and Orange Fruits and Vegetables: Flavor Boosters Lemons are tart, bright, and add pizzaz to just about any dish. They can be used in both savory and sweet foods, and they’re one of the most versatile flavoring agents around. Carrots are crisp, crunchy, and subtly sweet. They’re wonderful when served raw as crudités or…

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Heart These Foods

Simple food substitutions for a healthy heart. Old habits die hard. It’s not easy changing the eating habits you’ve lived with for years. But when your doctor tells you your heart and possibly your life is in danger if you don’t make changes, it’s a sure wake-up call. Along with exercise, your diet plays a…

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Frozen Dinner Rules

Is there such a thing as a healthy TV dinner? Nothing beats the convenience of frozen dinners. Whether you’re pressed for time, don’t know how to cook, or just need a night off, frozen dinners can be ready in a matter of minutes with the touch of a button. But can they be part of…

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Strategies for Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

All right, let’s dive right in. The post Fill Half Your Plate with Fruits and Vegetables at Each Meal highlighted the importance of filling your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal, so now we’re going to discuss how to do it. Strategy #1: Follow Those Instructions Precisely The easiest way to fill half your…

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Fill Half Your Plate with Fruits and Vegetables at Each Meal

Fruits and vegetables are nutrition powerhouses, yet most people don’t eat nearly enough of them each day! Let’s take a look at the science behind MyPlate’s recommendation to “fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal.” After all, maybe knowing a little bit more about why it’s so important to eat enough…

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Banish the Belly Bulge

Belly fat is dangerous fat to carry because it makes it harder for your body to regulate blood sugar, blood fats, and blood pressure.  Plus, the deeper the fat, the more danger it poses to your organs and your health over time. Research has shown that belly fat does not just hang around your belly…

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Pear Fact Sheet

December is Pear Month, so today I want to celebrate with a fact sheet about pears! Pears are members of the family rosaceae. There are many varieties of these tasty fruits, which are known for their sweet and honeyed flavor. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common types of pears… Bartlett…

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Don’t let condiments, dressings, and sauces ruin your diet

A salad full of colorful vegetables, a low-fat baked potato, and a lean chicken breast for dinner. Sounds like a healthy meal, doesn’t it? Well, it was—until you added the creamy salad dressing, sour cream on the baked potato, and barbecue sauce on the chicken. While condiments, dressings, and sauces add flavor to food, they’re…

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Fat 101

Whether you follow a low-fat diet or prefer a higher-fat Mediterranean eating style, the reality is that fat is an essential component of our food choices, necessary for good health. We’ve see-sawed between fat-free eating plans to high-fat plans that involve adding butter to coffee. Just like in so many things, the middle ground may…

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Eating like a Caveman

Did our ancestors have it right? Here’s what you should know about the Paleo diet. Thousands of years ago there were no farms; no machines to process food; and no added sugars, chemicals, or empty carbs. Without restaurants, grocery stores, or refrigerators, people relied on the land around them to survive. As hunters and gatherers,…

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