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Pomegranates: In Season Now!

In Today’s world of quick and convenient food, pomegranates are often skipped over.  These delicious and vibrantly colored fruits, known as “winter’s jewels”; however, should not be forgotten.  Here are 8 reasons why you should incorporate pomegranate into your menu this winter.

 

Cracking the Shell on Peanuts: Fun Facts on What’s Behind the Shell of the Beloved Peanut

The peanut had been America's most popular nut for decades before just recently being surpassed by almonds. Not a bad reign for an impostor don't you think? The peanut was never truly a nut in the first place as peanuts are technically legumes. But instead of dwelling on what the peanut isn't, we are going to celebrate this legume for all that it is.

 

1. Peanuts are a richer source of folate, niacin, and phytonutrients than any tree nut.

 

2. The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches prior to graduating high school.

 

30-Minutes a Week to a Healthier You

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” You may have heard this quote before, but have you ever thought about how it applies to living a healthy lifestyle. In my new book, Schedule Me Skinny: Plan to Lose Weight and Keep it Off in Just 30 Minutes a Week http://schedulemeskinny.com/, I show how spending just 30 minutes a week planning and prepping healthy meals can help you live the healthier lifestyle you’ve always wanted despite your busy schedule. Here are some tips from the book for preparing for success!

 

5-Minute Healthy Meal: Mexican-Style Chicken and Rice

Eating healthy can be challenging especially when you are super busy, like right now, as we begin holiday season. That’s why it is so important to have an arsenal of meals you can literally make in minutes that are both nutritious and flavorful, so that you will actually want to eat them. The key is using whole foods that are easy to prepare (think microwavable whole grains and pre-chopped salad), filling half your plate with colorful, fresh and simple fruits and veggies and using spices and herbs (like the ones in the salsa in this recipe) to add flavor.

RD-Approved Food Swaps

Want to cut calories to lose weight without missing out on your favorite food flavors and textures? Check out these dietitian-approved food swaps! They'll help you slim down while you fuel up!

1.     Swap sour cream for nonfat plain Greek yogurt. Rather than load your potato with butter and sour cream, try mashing in a scoop of nonfat plain Greek yogurt. It will still provide a delicious creamy texture and flavor, but will save you around 100 calories per serving and provide more protein.

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

No matter how old you are, what your ethnicity is, or where you live, chances are high that you could be deficient in vitamin D. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that an estimated 1 billion people worldwide have inadequate amounts of vitamin D in their blood. So it’s no wonder that searches about vitamin D were trending on Yahoo this week.

Food Safety

Food Safety:
 

                School’s back in session and September is National Food Safety Month. Packing lunches is always the better option than buying out. However, packed lunches can be a breeding area for germs and bacteria if not properly stored. Remember these tips when packing for your kids and yourself this fall:

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