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Let's Hear it for Potatoes!

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March is National Nutrition Month and what better way to celebrate than by debunking the great potato myth! In honor of all the Irish, or those who wish they were, we will talk about the lowly, much maligned potato. Myth #1: potatoes are fattening. In fact, potatoes are delicious and nutritious! Potatoes are fat-free, cholesterol-free and a good source of Vitamin B6 and dietary fiber. T...

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Good Nutrition: Make the Better Choice

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Give up gluten, go sugar free, watch those carbs, put butter in your coffee and drink apple cider vinegar. Sound confusing? Yes, it is. There is so much "diet advice' "out there" that it makes your head spin. How can we make sense of all this? Our society is quick to jump on trends and myths looking for a cure all. There is no quick fix. The short answer to the nutrition question is to eat a va...

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Spring Cleaning your Pantry

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February—the month where we learn if Spring is around the corner. Whether you believe in the prophetic wisdom of a hibernating rodent (aka, Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog) or in the reality that the earth is beginning to tip more towards the sun, Spring is coming! It is a great time to look ahead. Everyone gets a little restless in the Spring---the sap begins to flow, new babies are in the bar...

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Fresh, Frozen or Canned?

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

Eat more veggies! Eat more fruits! Isn't that what we've been told? We usually hear the adjective "fresh" in front of those words, as in "fresh fruits and vegetables". But it's winter in central Illinois and fresh is a relative term. Just how fresh is that bunch of broccoli from California or the grapes from Chile? Is "fresh" always best? Not necessarily, according to the Journal of the Sci...

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Sugarless

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

Last night while I was surfing FaceBook, a story on the evening news caught my attention: "Sugarless Wednesdays." What was that? Sugar free? No sugar? No sugar added? Since I only caught half of the story I looked it up. The American Heart Association is encouraging people to give up sugar one day per week. Some sources indicate that churches are asking their congregations to make Sunday a suga...

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Holiday Leftovers

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

The wrapping paper has been sent to the recycling, the tree is enjoying a second career as a bird feeder, the guests have all gone home…do you pick up a book and spend the day in front of the fireplace? Or go for a walk? Or catch the post-Christmas sales. Whatever you do, you will be haunted with the question---what am going to do with all those leftovers? You can only eat so many turkey sandwi...

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Holiday Weight Gain: Myth or Fact?

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

A 5 pound weight gain is inevitable during the holiday season…MYTH! Actually, according to the National Institute of Health, http://www.nichd.nih.gov, the average American gains just under 1 pound during the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That's the good news. The bad news is that most of us never lose that 1 pound and if we are in the overweigh...

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