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Moderation Maven

Dishing up the best ingredients for a healthy lifestyle

Making the most of your farmers' market visit

Farmers market season is almost upon us, a sure sign that spring is finally here. After a seemingly endless winter, many are ready to get outside and browse the stalls filled with colorful, fresh produce. And if you don't already frequent farmers markets, you might want to consider a trip. But why?...

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Posted by Leia Kedem at 10:56AM on 4/22/2014
Categories: Food Safety Seasonal

Nutrition Facts label to change, but will it change our eating habits?

As you may have heard, the Nutrition Facts panel is about to undergo renovations. Seems like the same old story. Just when you've gotten used to something, it up and changes. But change isn't always bad, and we need it in order to move forward. To get a better idea of whether this one is good or bad, let's first recount the history of the Nutrition Facts label. Nutrition labe...

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Posted by Leia Kedem at 10:00AM on 4/8/2014
Categories: Hot Topics


Spice it Up to Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

March is National Nutrition Month and this year's theme is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Given that taste is the biggest indicator of whether we will eat a food, the theme is certainly appropriate! With warmer weather on the way, I'm asking you, too, to bring the heat and try my favorite way to make healthy foods more exciting – by spicing it up....

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Posted by Leia Kedem at 8:00AM on 3/11/2014
Categories: Healthy Eating


Time to Rethink the Obesity Blame Game

As Americans, we pride ourselves on having freedom of choice. We can choose whom we vote for, what to wear, where to travel and so on. Importantly, we can also choose what to eat. Or can we? According to a new study from University of Illinois researcher Brenna Ellison, most of us do think the choice is ultimately ours. In a survey of nearly 800 Americans, a whopping 94 perc...

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Posted by Leia Kedem at 8:00AM on 2/25/2014
Categories: Hot Topics Social


Top Ways to Protect Your Heart in Frigid Temps

We're nearly midway through February, but there's still plenty of winter left for central Illinois. They say that cold hands mean you have a warm heart, but how does cold weather affect your ticker? In honor of American Heart Month, I wanted to bring your attention to how you can protect your heart until we start to thaw from winter's chill. If you've ever shoveled snow, you know it's a...

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Posted by Leia Kedem at 8:00AM on 2/11/2014
Categories: Seasonal

Get Cozy and Healthy with a Warm Bowl of Oatmeal

For the past 7 years or so, I would say that 95% of the time I have had oatmeal for breakfast. Why? What's so great about oatmeal? Well, there are lots of reasons to love the stick-to-your-ribs hot cereal. To start, it's a whole grain, which means it contains the whole grain seed and its nutritional value is left intact. A half-cup serving of plain raw oats (which makes about 1 cup cook...

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Posted by Leia Kedem at 9:00AM on 1/28/2014
Categories: Featured Food Healthy Eating


Table for One (or Two): Eating Well on a Smaller Scale

I opened one of my cookbooks a few nights ago and realized that my recipes are mocking me. Okay, maybe that's a bit harsh, but think about it. Most are written to make four servings or more, suggesting that we should be eating that meal with family or at least a gaggle of friends. But what about the singletons out there? Whether you live away from family, are an empty nester, or have a househol...

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Posted by Leia Kedem at 9:00AM on 1/14/2014
Categories: Healthy Eating Social