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Heart Smart Cooking

Heart Smart Cooking

February is Heart Health Month and what a better way to celebrate than to get in the kitchen and cook something healthy and fun! The key to heart healthy cooking is to use plenty of fruits and vegetables, while limiting ingredients that are high in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

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Rethink Your Drink!

Rethink Your Drink!

by Katy Bowen, MS, RDN, LD Director Community Outreach, CHEF Did you know the average 12 ounce can of soda contains 140 calories? These are considered “empty calories” meaning that they do not provide any nutritional value. Consuming too many empty calories can lead... read more
How to Achieve Your Health Goals in 2018

How to Achieve Your Health Goals in 2018

by Celina Paras, MSc, RDN, LD Nutrition Education Specialist, CHEF, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and Andi Champion Program Coordinator, CHEF Love them or hate them, New Year’s Resolutions always tend to make us reflect on the year we’ve had and the... read more
Holiday Food Safety 101

Holiday Food Safety 101

Enjoying food with family and friends is one of the highlights of the holiday season. Everyone wants to help, but too many cooks in the kitchen can result in an increased risk of foodborne illness. This is especially true when people who rarely prepare food at other times of the year are suddenly in front of the stove.

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Holiday Eating Tips

Holiday Eating Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and for most of us, the busiest! Between office parties, family events, and social gatherings, there are plenty of opportunities to put our healthy eating habits to the test. If you’re wondering how to navigate your way through the holiday season, while still prioritizing your health goals, we’re here to help

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Give Your Pantry a CHEF Approved Makeover!

Give Your Pantry a CHEF Approved Makeover!

I don’t know about you, but the spring weather makes me want to throw open the windows and clear away the cobwebs! This includes taking some time to organize my pantry. After a long day, opening the door to a pantry that looks like cluttered doesn’t provide any encouragement to cook a healthy meal. Here are 7 easy steps to organize your pantry.

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Enjoy a Colorful Variety of Fruits & Veggies

Enjoy a Colorful Variety of Fruits & Veggies

Fruits and veggies are an important component of everyday meals. They are low in fat and calories, and packed with essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber. To ensure you get all of the essential nutrients, try choosing from a variety of fruits & vegetables from different colors, aim for at least 5-colors a day from the many types available including:

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3 Ways to Boost Flavor with Less Sodium

3 Ways to Boost Flavor with Less Sodium

Looking for ways to reduce your sodium intake? Try these simple ways to boost your food’s flavor without adding salt: experiment with herbs & spices, explore using aromatics, and cook more at home.

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Grow your own herbs!

Grow your own herbs!

Looking for a way to add flavor to your food without adding salt? Try starting an herb garden this spring! You can grow your herbs in containers or plant them in the ground.

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Healthy Treats for Children & Families

Healthy Treats for Children & Families

Tips for Families Celebrating American Heart Health Month – Choose Fruits, Nature’s Sweet Treat; Snack on Nuts and Seeds; Swap Milk Chocolate for Dark Chocolate; As with all Foods, Moderation is Key

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