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Yummy, Nutritious Eggs

Easter is just around the corner; egg décor is everywhere! Are you planning any fun celebrations this weekend? Why not include some eggs for your family and friends. Eggs are an egg-celent source of nutrition! On top of that, they are inexpensive, versatile, and easy to cook. Many people associate eggs with having high cholesterol …

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Breakfast Ideas

Most people I talk with don’t eat breakfast. The majority of them tell me they are not hungry in the morning or just don’t have enough time to make anything. With four kids, and me getting ready for work, I understand the morning struggle is real. I also know that having a healthy breakfast can …

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Kale Chips

A tasty “chip” with lots of health benefits! Yes, it’s true. And before you turn your nose up because the title contains the word kale…know that these chips are loved by almost everyone who tastes them, kids included! I first started making kale chips when I was working at a kid’s cooking camp. I was …

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Micronutrients and food sources: Part 6 of 7-Minerals

This is post 6 in a seven-part series about the nutrients that our body needs to function optimally.            Minerals are a micronutrient. A mineral is an inorganic substance that is naturally occurring from the ground and usually has a crystalline structure. Many minerals are required for human life and human health. Minerals have a wide …

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Micronutrients and food sources: Part 5 of 7-Vitamins

This is post 5 in a seven-part series about the nutrients that our body needs to function optimally. We covered the macronutrients and are now into the micronutrients. As a reminder, macronutrients are the nutrients we need in large quantities, whereas, micronutrients are the nutrients we need in smaller quantities. Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients. …

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Easy Lentil Soup

This week’s macronutrient blog focused on protein. Many Americans get most of their protein from animal products, but it’s important to include other types of proteins in your diet. Beans and legumes are great plant-based proteins that also provide fiber and nutrients. Lentils provide 18g of protein per cup, the highest in the bean and …

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Pan-Seared Salmon

This week’s macronutrient blog was a spotlight on fat. This week’s recipe gives you a healthy dose of the essential omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fats provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. Omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, …

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Harvest Muffins

Happy Halloween! I hope you are having fun preparing for all the trick-or-treaters that are going to flood the streets tonight! My kids are excited to trick-or-treat in our new neighborhood filled with lots of kids. We have been teaching my two-year-old how to trick-or-treat. We practiced yesterday, and he is just excited to get …

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Fresh summer recipes for Labor Day weekend

This weekend many people get an extra day off, thanks to Labor Day on Monday. Labor Day was celebrated in 1892 in New York when 10,000 workers took unpaid leave to march from City Hall to Union Square for the first Labor Day Parade. Over the next 12 years, several sates passed bills to support Labor Day. I wasn’t declared a federal holiday until 1894, after …

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Sugar is BAD….Or is It?

Cereal, bagels, jelly, yogurt, and spaghetti sauce. What do they have in common? They are all sources of hidden SUGAR. The debate of sugar seems settled across the board; Sugar. Is. Bad. Or is it? You’ve likely heard the following phrase “everything in moderation”, so let me encourage you that sugar is something you CAN …

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