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Mary Cate Eklund, RD, LDN, LMNT

What can color do for you?

Weight Management

Spring has sprung! We can start to move on from gloomy winter weather and look forward to more color. Spring is the perfect time to take a look at the color on your plate as well. Adding more pigment to your plate increases the variety of foods you eat and the nutrients your body receives, including phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are a group of naturally occurring compounds found in plant based foods that can provide positive health benefits. One of the most common names for phytonutrients are antioxidants. These compounds can provide protection against cancer and support many of our body’s functions. Here are some of the common phytonutrients we find in colorful fruits and vegetables: LYCOPENE- You will find lycopene in … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNT

Getting the Most from Your Farmers’ Market Trip

Nutrition, Wellness

Now that it’s May, the farmers’ markets are open and ready for business! This is a great way to find fresh, locally grown produce and other goods for all of your favorite recipes. A farmers’ market is a designated place, usually several blocks long, where local vendors sell food directly from their farms to consumers at a lower price than grocery stores. You can find a fruit, vegetables, plants, bread, cheese, jam, honey and many other products. It’s also a great way to know how and where your food is grown, since you are able to speak directly to the farmer. Are you still unsure if you should visit your local farmers’ market? It’s the perfect opportunity for you to … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNT

How to Sneak Veggies into your Spring Smoothie

Nutrition, Wellness

Spring is here and fresh fruits and vegetables will soon be in full harvest. If you enjoy smoothies, now is the perfect time to gather your favorite fresh ingredients.  If you are interested in boosting the nutritional value of your smoothie by adding some vegetables but you are scared of how it will taste, try the following tips: Add the vegetables in very small amounts and only one at a time. Remember, your taste buds are constantly changing so you can develop a taste for something that you may have once thought was too bitter or strong. Use sweeter fruits, such as apples, pears, cherries or bananas to balance the strong flavor of green vegetables. Carrots, celery, and avocado have … Continue reading

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Beth Hersh, RD, LMNT

Growing the Solution to Eating Healthier

Weight Management

Spring has finally arrived! The temperatures outside are finally warm enough to start planting. What better way to know where your food is coming from than to grow it yourself? With a little bit of work you can grow your own organic vegetables and fruits, and can savor the fruits of your labor by providing food for you and your family. Growing your own food doesn’t mean you have to plant an acre of land. Gardens come in all shapes and sizes. Start by doing container gardening: you can put tomatoes, peppers, herbs and other vegetables in individual planters or five gallon buckets. Or if you have a yard, you can grow vegetables in flower beds. And if you are … Continue reading

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Shana Skillstad

Back 2 the Basics

Weight Management

“Eat your fruits and vegetables!” – You’ve likely heard this since childhood! When I was growing up, I would pick strawberries, watermelon, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and cucumbers from grandfather’s garden.  We would sit on the back deck eating an entire watermelon for breakfast.  Once in awhile when he went to have coffee with the guys, I was allowed to have powdered donuts. I am thankful those healthy habits were instilled in me from a young age! Currently, starting from a young age, fruits & vegetables are being replaced with high calorie processed foods, fast food, and sugary drinks. Individuals who eat fast food one or more times per week are at increased risk for weight gain, overweight, and obesity. … Continue reading

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