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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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Kaitlyn Pauly, MS, RD, LMNT

Back to the Basics of Eating Right


Nutrition, Wellness

As a dietitian I hear all kinds of misinformation regarding nutrition, most of which stems from a diet-obsessed society that is all too focused on physical appearance and all but backed with evidence-based research. It’s easy to get caught up in that world just as it’s  easy to find oneself using food as entertainment, comfort or a pass-time. Not to mention that America has many “foods” available to us that are very low cost, are not very filling, taste extremely good and that have very little nutritional value; think chips, white bread, candy, soda etc. Unfortunately our misuse of food over the years has derailed our ability to see the true purpose of food, which is to provide nutrients needed to fuel or bodily … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNT

3 Recipes to Try the Latest Nutrition Trend – Food Bowls


Nutrition, Wellness

Food bowls were introduced by many restaurants in the past few years, but really gained popularity in 2015 and are expected to be a hot trend in 2016. This popular way of eating an entire meal in one convenient bowl is also known as bowl food, power bowls, broth bowls or smoothie bowls. These nutrient packed dishes usually have an emphasis on lean protein, whole grains and dense vegetables while adding out of the ordinary topping such as seeds, nuts and avocado. A food bowl is great way to try something that you may not usually eat, such as tofu or ancient grains, because the other components in the dish help add flavor to tie it all together. Quinoa, kamut … 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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