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Summer is officially here, and for most of us that means fun in the sun. Extended daylight hours and warmer weather make it easier to stay active, but vacations, barbeques, birthday parties and the seemingly endless gatherings of family and friends can make this season a challenging one to maintain...
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My take on Try It Tuesday involved cutting all dairy from my diet for the week. Initially, I thought this diet would be a piece of (dairy-free) cake, especially compared to what some of my fellow Food Insighters tried out (ugh, hi, juice cleanse). Turned out that this dairy-free week just wasn’t...
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Summer is here, and it's time to hit the beach! But before you slather on the sunscreen, what are some easy, healthy snacks that complement this perfect beach weather?  Here are some simple, portable snacks to help keep you cool and energized for a day of fun in the sun. Trail mix with whole-grain...
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This year is the Year of the Pulse, and what better way to celebrate than with some roasted lentils! Lentils are a legume, and even further categorized as a pulse, or a legume that only includes the dry seed. Besides lentils, other types of pulses include beans, chickpeas, and dried peas. Lentils...
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Summertime is here, and that means wedding season is in full swing! If you’re a bride or groom in the midst of the planning process, you are probably anticipating all of the things you’ll do together as a married couple. But have you thought about how you will plan on living a healthy lifestyle...
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I got mixed reactions from friends when I told them I was going vegan. Some were supportive: “Oh, you can make so many great vegan meals!” Some were aghast at the idea: “Why would you do that?!?!” But no matter what, I was determined to stick to my diet for a goal of five days (Monday-Friday). A...
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This weekend we celebrate America. It’s the Fourth of July. You will most likely don an ensemble of red, white and blue. It’s only fitting. What is the perfect accessory? Some Fourth of July ice pops. Ice pops are a refreshing, tasty treat that make summer even sweeter.   Luckily, they are easy to...
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Managing our social media accounts, I engage with many of our followers in discussions about nutrition and agriculture. While most of the time we are in agreement, sometimes we aren’t. That’s perfectly OK, and oftentimes I am able to engage with them and have a very productive conversation. But ...
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A group of California farmers did the unexpected this year: They beat their water conservation goals. In spite of an ongoing drought and scorching temperatures, Western farmers continue to produce food, while also cutting their water use. How is this possible? Today’s farmers make use of a variety...
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"Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it." This phrase would rattle around in my head every time I had a negative thought about juice cleanses, or cautioned a friend against them. Sure, I could point to a bevy of scientific reasons why cleanses were pointless at best, but I'd never had the personal...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the eve of a first-of-its-kind law on GMO labeling scheduled to go into effect on July 1 in Vermont, Americans remain divided on their perceptions of GMO labeling and their use in the food supply, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2016...
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What’s not to love about jerky? It is a portable snack that is full of protein and goes great with some veggies or nuts. I used to think getting some jerky required a trip to the store, but to my surprise, it’s actually really easy to make. You just need an oven and a broiler pan. The best thing...
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If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s the constant source of fresh fruits and vegetables. Growing up, my mother would take my brother and me to a local farm, where we would pick as many fruits as we could. I would stand in the fields picking and eating sweet strawberries, tart raspberries...
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Want to know how to pique someone’s interest if you are talking about food or nutrition? Mention the word “antioxidant.” Seriously, it has some special power or something. Family and friends, ranging from my teenage sister to my best friend from college to my 80-year-old grandpa—each person has...

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