Diet & Health

Blog entry | Jul 08 2016
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...
Blog entry | Jul 06 2016
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...
Blog entry | Jul 05 2016
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...
Blog entry | Jul 01 2016
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...
Blog entry | Jun 30 2016
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...
Blog entry | Jun 28 2016
"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...
Blog entry | Jun 23 2016
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...
Blog entry | Jun 23 2016
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...
Blog entry | Jun 23 2016
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...
Blog entry | Jun 21 2016
I have a riddle: What’s only 1 mm in length, created a cult indoor garden classic, and can be added to a variety of foods and drinks for a nutritional lift? If you guessed chi-chi-chi-chia seeds, then you guessed right! Originating in Central...
Blog entry | Jun 20 2016
Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  As we celebrate the summer solstice and the year's longest day of sunshine, many people also are coming together to participate in the Alzheimer's Association's "The Longest Day"...
Blog entry | Jun 16 2016
Every weekend morning for a span of my childhood, my grandma and grandpa, living on the street behind me, would open their house and brew coffee. I remember rolling out of bed way too early, used to my Monday through Friday routine, and being...
Blog entry | Jun 16 2016
It’s officially National Splurge Day, or as Parks and Recreation fans may know it: “Treat Yo Self 2016”. Splurge Day reminds me of an article I saw recently. The author, Gretchen Rubin, proposed that there are two kinds of people: “abstainers” and “...
Blog entry | Jun 15 2016
Our favorite morning beverage and afternoon pick-me-up was evaluated for how it impacts the risk of cancer in people. Well, good news! Coffee is no longer deemed as a possible carcinogen and recent research even shows drinking coffee might help...
Blog entry | Jun 10 2016
Granola is to food as a bow is to a beautifully wrapped gift. Granola makes food just a little more special with added flavors, nutrients and a satisfying crunch! What’s not to love? Sure, you can buy granola from the store when you are crunched (ha...

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