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Turnip the Beet! Nutrition and Wellness

Timely news, information, and innovative ideas to promote health and influence change.
kids in the kitchen

Getting Kids in the Kitchen, Developing Healthy Lifestyles

When I was a child, I loved running errands with my mom. I especially loved going to the grocery store and picking out colorful produce and other staples we needed for the week. I would wander through the produce section eagerly anticipating a new fruit or vegetable sample. I'll never forget the day I tried star fruit for the first time; amazed that a plant could produce something so beautiful...

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Stay Hydrated with Water-Rich Foods

What on Earth would we do without a liquid supply of water? It would be impossible to exist since 60% of our bodies are made up of water (more or less depending on your age and body fat percentage). Water is essential for so many bodily functions including: Cell growth, reproduction and survival Saliva formation Digestion Oxygen and nutrient...

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Go Med this May

Dietary patterns can help predict health later in life. Instead of saying 'diet' I like to use the term 'eating pattern' which refers to the quantities, proportions, variety or combinations of different foods and beverages that are habitually consumed over a long period of time. The Mediterranean eating pattern is associated with a lower incidence of mortality from all...

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Have You Had Your Green Today?

Green is the color of spring, rebirth, renewal and represents balance and growth. If you're eating with the seasons it's time to focus on the green and restore your energy levels. Greens are in season! Spring is peak season so pick some up at your local market or grocer. You can even grow some yourself in a matter of weeks. Leafy greens are versatile an...

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Food Rescue at Home

As we head into the month of March, let's all pause and reflect on our eating habits because after all, March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to reevaluate what is on our plates. More importantly let's pay special attention to what we are scraping off our plates into the trash. It is estimated that 90 billion pounds of food is thrown away each year either at home or...

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3 Healthy Habits for the Best Version of YOU

1. Be Grateful Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. –Oprah Winfrey This quote reminds us that we need to live gratefully. How do we do this? Remember that this moment is not earned but given. The greatest gift of the present moment is the opportunity to (fi...

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Whole Grains for the Holidays

How many whole grain foods do you get during the holiday season? The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating 6 ounces of grain foods daily and getting at least half or 3 ounces of that grain intake from 100% whole grains. Examples of 1-ounce servings of whole grains would be: 1 slice whole-grain bread (such as 100% whole-wheat br...

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