Nutrition

  • Raw-Food Smoothies

    Are you looking for a great way to start the day with energy, something light and easy to digest? Do you need more healthful options? Are you lactose intolerant or allergic to gluten? Are you too busy to make breakfast, or need a portable breakfast to take with you?

    A wholesome way to start your day
    By Jennifer Cornbleet
  • Americans are Hungry for Healthy Food

    Healthy eating has come to the forefront of many minds over the past several years. Indeed, this increased interest in healthy eating is highlighted by new research from Mintel, which reveals that just over two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans choose healthier foods to stay well.

  • School Lunches That Pack a Nutritional Punch

    With the back-to-school season upon us, it’s time to start thinking about what to put in our children’s lunch boxes. We know that the food our kids eat will fuel their growth, development, and health, but are the meals they’re eating away from home as nutritious as they can be?

    These tips take stress out of midday meals.
    By Amanda Skrip
  • Fresh Food at Affordable Prices

    In today’s society, it’s more common to wait in line for 15 minutes at a fast-food drive-thru than it is to take a walk to a nearby farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables. American culture is obsessed with cheap and convenient foods instead of nutritious staples the body needs to run efficiently.

    How programs like Wholesome Wave are getting fresh food to all.
    By Amy Vergin
  • Grilled Vegetable Escalivada

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
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    Makes 4-6 servings

    Vinaigrette

    1/3 cup sherry wine vinegar

    1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

    1/3 cup olive oil

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

    Vegetables

    2 medium onions, cut into thick wedges

    6 asparagus spears, thin

    6 yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise

    1 eggplant cut into thick slices

    1 red bell pepper cut into 6 wedges

    1 green bell pepper cut into 6 wedges

    1 yellow bell pepper cut into 6 wedges

    Whisk together the vinegars, oil, salt, and pepper. Will make about one cup.

    If desired, cover grill grate with aluminum foil prior to heating. Brush cut vegetables with olive oil and place onto grill four to six inches over medium ash-covered coals. Grill for 10 to 20 minutes, turning once halfway through the cooking time. Vegetables are done when tender and slightly charred. To serve, place vegetables on serving platter and drizzle with vinaigrette dressing.

    Recipe and image provided by the National Onion Association

  • Focus On: Selenium

    What it is: The mineral selenium is a micronutrient that must be ingested via food or drink. Selenium helps regulate the thyroid and combines with proteins to make selenoproteins, a type of antioxidant that protects against cellular damage.

    Benefits

    What it is, why you need it, and where to get it.
    By Brooke Holmgren
  • The Mother Grain

    For over 5,000 years, people near the Andes mountains have farmed Chenopodium quinoa, or as the Incas referred to it, “chisaya mama” (mother grain). Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, was the main source of food for the Incas up until the 1500s, when a Spaniard named Francisco Pizarro destroyed all quinoa fields.

    Give your body the benefits of quinoa.
    By Amy Vergin
  • Food Label Blues

    The most typical move a consumer will make at the grocery store is to pick a product off the shelf, flip it over, and scan the nutritional information. Unfortunately, this is where the inquiry ends. Buyers simply don’t know what they are looking for. Between the ingredients, label claims, and percent daily values, it’s hard to know if you should consume the product at hand.

    Learn to decode confusing labels.
    by Amy Vergin
  • Simple Side Dishes

    Like many people you try to make healthy meals; but between busy workdays, carting kids around to activities, and doing regular household tasks, a healthy dinner seems impossible to tackle. To prepare an all-around nutritious meal, you need to include healthy side dishes. Off-the-shelf sides like Rice-ARoni, for example, contain nearly half the daily recommended amount of sodium.

    Healthy side dishes round out a nutritious meal.
    by Dick Benson
  • Why It's So Hard Not to Be Fat and Sick in America

    I cannot figure out how we can go on believing the nonsense being fed to us (pun intended) about food. Why are we not protesting in the streets at the injustices being put on us in the name of profit? It’s obvious to me that the bottom line of food companies and corporations has become far more important than the collective health of the people buying food.

    Why are we not protesting in the streets at the injustices being put on us in the name of profit?
    by Christina Pirello