February is National Heart Month

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What can you do to lower your risk of developing heart disease? Read food labels to determine how much salt is in one serving size of a product. A diet that contains more than one teaspoon of salt a day (2400 mg.) is associated with high blood pressure. This affects one in four American adults, […]

Sugary Drink Calories

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How many calories is one sugary drink? There are approximately 150 calories in one sugary drink; this is the same amount of calories found in two slices of bread. You can cut your calories easily by switching to water or unsweetened drinks. So, the next time you reach for a soda, energy drink, or sports […]

Healthier Super Bowl Snacks

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Just because Super Bowl parties are festive and fun, doesn’t mean you have to blow your calories and overeat. Include snacks like guacamole, hummus, and dips made with yogurt. BUT, skip the chips and use veggies for dipping. Enjoy grilled meats such as hamburger or chicken, but again, skip the higher carbohydrate foods, such as […]

Cold Weather “Old Wives’ Tale”

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Is the cold weather, colds, or flu season slowing you down? It may not be just an “old wives’ tale” that a warm bowl of vegetable soup, chili, or homemade chicken noodle soup may help you feel better. All of these hot food items contain plenty of ingredients packed with good nutrition. Green beans, corn, […]

Quality Protein Bars

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Choose a quality protein bar to replace a snack or meal. For snacks, choose under 200 calories and for meal replacement, choose protein bars with greater than 200 calories. Read labels to determine the protein, sugar, and fat calories. Next, read the ingredients to see just where these calories are coming from. For a really […]

New Year’s Meal Traditions

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Happy New Year! The New Year’s tradition of black-eyed peas and cabbage is very healthy, because both of these foods are packed with good nutrition. An one-cup serving of black-eyed peas contains only 130 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of protein, and over 5 grams of fiber per serving. Cabbage has 17 calories […]

Weight Loss Success

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Weight loss success begins at the grocery store. First, determine how many calories you plan to eat each day. Then, create a one-week menu plan and grocery list to go along with the plan. If you are too busy to cook and are already throwing your hands up in the air, consider frozen, healthy, lower […]

New Year’s Resolution: A Healthier Grocery Shopping List

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The holidays are just about over, which means it is time to begin thinking about those New Year’s resolutions. If eating better is something you plan to do, then it is time to start making a grocery store shopping list. Grocery store shopping is where it all begins! Wait…first, you will want to plan a […]

Holiday Food Safety Tips

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The holidays are a wonderful time to spend time with family and friends. There is plenty of food to share at these events, but don’t let the uninvited guests of food-borne illness dampen holiday parties. Use these tips to avoid getting sick from unwanted bacteria and germs. Always wash your hands with warm water and […]

Holiday Rush Meal Ideas

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By cooking healthy meals at home, feel full when attending holiday events and reduce the desire to overeat high calorie snacks and treats. Holiday social get-togethers, school events, family gatherings, shopping, and other holiday events leave little time for meal planning. This may lead to overeating treats and snacks unless steps are taken to reduce […]