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  • Eat right, live well: Lemony cupcakes bring a taste of sunshine Apr 3, 2013 11:13 AM
    Citrus fruits have many uses in the kitchen. The lemon, however, is arguably the most useful and versatile of citrus fruits. With a perfect blend of sweetness and tartness, lemons do wonders with a variety of foods, including almonds, chicken, chocolate, fish, honey and berries. Its flavor is so strong and fresh, it makes adding extra fats or salt to food unnecessary.

  • Eat right, live well: Arugula, apricots, almonds add excitment to spring salads Mar 6, 2013 6:29 AM
    March ushers in a new season and brings with it a new crop of fruits and vegetables. One way to bring those fresh ingredients to the table is in a lively salad. By selecting a variety of colors, flavors and textures you can give an otherwise ordinary salad the kick it needs to be satisfying while also being packed with antioxidants.

  • Red foods keep you, your sweetheart healthy Feb 4, 2013 11:22 AM
    Skip the heart-shaped box of chocolates this Valentine's Day and give your sweetheart something that says you want to keep them around for a good long time — like a nice bowl of red fruits and vegetables. Red fruits and vegetables pack a punch when it comes to nutrition; red berries, specifically are naturally sweet and bursting with vitamins, minerals and fiber.

  • Put vitamin C in your diet Jan 9, 2013 5:40 PM
    Got a sniffle? Grab for some vitamin C. But forget the supplements. Vitamin C is found in brightly hued plant products. Also an antioxidant, vitamin C helps our bodies ward off illness and infection. By getting vitamin C from whole foods as opposed to supplements we get the added health benefits from nutrients like fiber, folate and potassium.

  • Eat right, live well: Flour power Dec 11, 2012 1:46 PM
    The holiday season is upon us but before you roll up your sleeves and put on your oven mitts, consider the flour you use in your favorite baked treats. Flour can be made from a variety of grains or nuts but the most common types start with wheat.

  • Celebrate SPAM — that’s Sweet Potato Awareness Month — with spicy stew Nov 12, 2012 1:30 PM
    Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, says dietitian Toby Smithson. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, manganese and potassium. One medium sweet potato provides about 100 calories and is naturally low in sodium, fat and cholesterol.

  • Will an apple a day keep the doctor away? Oct 2, 2012 10:05 AM
    From a dietitian's point of view, apples are loaded with health benefits including antioxidants and fiber. Antioxidants occur naturally in most fruits and vegetables and help protect our bodies from inflammation thus reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and some types of cancers.

  • Eat right, live well: Good health in a nutshell Sep 7, 2012 11:18 AM
    Looking for a healthy, satisfying snack with the added benefit of decreasing your risk for heart disease? Look no further than pistachios. A growing body of evidence says a diet containing pistachios can assist in reducing the risk of heart disease that affects millions of adults in the United States and is a leading cause of death.

  • Teaching kids life lessons in the kitchen Aug 7, 2012 5:00 AM
    August always seems to be a very busy month, especially for parents getting children ready to return to school. I bet you have used the phrase "so much to do and so little time." This year my back to school message is all about enlisting your children to help you with meal or snack preparation in the kitchen.

  • Fueling up vs. filling up with homemade smoothies Jul 9, 2012 2:07 PM
    The big promises of energy drinks are hardly reliable. At most, many store-bought energy drinks supply a short-lived energy boost and can have undesirable effects. Try a homemade smoothie instead to put pep in your step.

  • Jazz up summer meats with fresh rosemary Jun 12, 2012 2:00 PM
    Summer is a perfect time to start experimenting with fresh herbs in your recipes, and rosemary is a great herb to launch that experimentation. Rosemary is a hearty herb that originated in the Mediterranean, and it's easy to grow at home. It loves sunshine and can thrive in your backyard or on a sunny window sill.

  • Eating healthy even in the dark May 2, 2012 10:55 AM
    Preparation is key for eating healthy during a power outage and my first must-have items is a manual can opener. You dont want to find yourself in the position of trying to open a can of tuna or black beans with a hammer and screwdriver. So go find your can opener now and put it where you can find it by candlelight.

  • Plant-based meals get your plate, and you, in shape Mar 7, 2012 6:00 AM
    For dietitians March means National Nutrition Month. During nutrition month we focus on getting healthy messages out to the public, and this year our theme is Get Your Plate in Shape. The plate refers to the MyPlate icon unveiled last year along with new dietary guidelines that demonstrate how to eat a healthy diet

  • Simple tweaks make soul food more heart healthy Feb 7, 2012 1:15 PM
    Traditional soul food dishes popular in African-American culture often are prepared with a lot of artery clogging saturated fat and blood pressure raising sodium. But it doesn't have to be that way. This month, as we mark both Black History Month and American Heart Month, presents us with an ideal opportunity to explore ways to make soul food more heart healthy without drastically changing the taste.

  • Make simple substitutions for healthier recipes Jan 10, 2012 12:12 PM
    If your New Year's resolution included a pact to eat healthier yet can't stomach the thought of erasing favorite meals from your menu, you've come to the right place. Most of your favorite recipes can be changed for the better without affecting the taste or fond memories; with slight modifications you can decrease the fat, saturated fat, calories, or sodium.

  • Giving the gift of a good breakfast Dec 12, 2011 4:00 PM
    Breakfast really can be the most important meal of the day. Your mother wasn't making that up! Breakfast provides the energy you need to start your day and many nutrients that you may miss later in the day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, on average, breakfast contributes 20 percent

  • Diabetes dilemma for the holidays Nov 15, 2011 11:50 AM
    Either irony or design places Diabetes Awareness month in November, just as many still full of Halloween candy are preparing for the season of eating that includes Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's. Diabetes and food choices are intimately connected with overweight/obesity and a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes.

  • Make room for roasted root vegetables Oct 5, 2011 11:51 AM
    When asked what your favorite vegetable is, do you answer “french fries”? If you do, you're not alone. In the U.S., one of the most commonly consumed vegetables is the potato, primarily in french fry form. While french fries are made from a vegetable, they can contain a lot of added fat.

  • Healthy school lunches Sep 6, 2011 1:20 PM
    With kids returning to school, it is time to think about how important school lunch is for fueling your child’s body and brain. Children will decide what they actually eat at the lunch table, but parents stack the deck in favor of healthy eating by packing a variety of tasty and nutritious foods.

  • Herbs, spices boost flavor sans the sodium Aug 10, 2011 11:17 AM
    How much sodium do you consume each day? Most likely, too much. Summer is a great time to get into the habit of putting down the salt shaker. It's easy now because so many fresh, garden-grown herbs are available. At first you might miss the salt, but over a few weeks you'll grow to enjoy the lively flavors of herbs and spices.

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