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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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Start Your Spring Cleaning with A Healthy Pantry Makeover!

Start Your Spring Cleaning with A Healthy Pantry 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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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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How to: Host a CHEF-Approved Super Bowl Party

How to: Host a CHEF-Approved Super Bowl Party

by Katy Bowen, MS, RDN, LD Get your game face on! It’s almost time for the Super Bowl! Traditional Super Bowl foods tend to be loaded with calories, fat, and sodium. Instead, try these delicious and nutritious Game Day recipes that are sure to please: Deconstructed... read more
Healthy Pantry Swaps

Healthy Pantry Swaps

Cooking healthy meals at home starts with a pantry stocked with healthy ingredients. Finding easy substitutions for foods you already know and love can help you stick to your New Year’s Resolution all year long. Check out these Healthy Swaps from our CHEF Dietitians.

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Picky Eaters: How Taste Impacts Healthy Eating

Picky Eaters: How Taste Impacts Healthy Eating

excerpt from an article by Julie La Barba, MD, FAAP read full article at Rivard Report   We all have our favorite foods and other foods that we dislike, but why? How does the taste of foods impact our eating habits and, in turn, our health? Dr. Julie La Barba, a... read more
On the Issue of Breastfeeding and Obesity

On the Issue of Breastfeeding and Obesity

In the matter of choosing how to feed her baby, research is beginning to find that a mother’s choice to breast- or bottle-feed may influence her child’s risk of obesity later in life. Health care providers need talking points at the ready to educate moms about how their choice of feeding may have an impact on their child in the future.

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Family Playbook

Family Playbook

In pursuit of the title of Fit Family, parents are coaches and kids are quarterbacks. The coaches prepare the team over time, then guide from the sidelines on game day. But it’s the quarterback who has to execute plays and make decisions on the fly. Hopefully, after running plays day-in and day-out, the playbook is etched in a players mind and makes those snap decisions even easier.

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