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Tips for Whole Grain Summer Nutrition

Summer has officially started.  Backyard barbecues, pool parties, July 4th celebrations and more bring plenty of fun and opportunities for good food shared with family and friends.  Make the most of your summer fun with food that doesn’t just taste good but also treats you well.  Fresh fruits and vegetables can boost salads, burgers and beach-side snacks.  Lean proteins can take the usual barbecue fare to nutritious new levels while also helping curb hunger more...

Legumes: A Little Food with Big Benefits

Legumes are a little food with a big effect!  They’ve been in our kitchens and on our plates for thousands of years and are only becoming trendier, thanks to the growing popularity of veggie-rich diets and plenty of related health benefits.  From the red lentils in your curry and the more...

Jackfruit: What It Is and Why You Should Care

By Sara Lucero

Similar to tofu, this jack-of-all-trades piece of produce is also known for taking on just about any flavor with which it’s prepared.    For restaurants adding more vegetarian and vegan options to menus, this new option is adding variety and interest to the menu.  For individuals, jackfruit is making meatless an easy choice for vegetarians and carnivores alike more...

Healthy On the Road: Ways to Stay on Track on Vacation

By: Kristen Castillo
 
Whether you’re traveling close to home or far away, make sure you’re prepared to make the healthiest choices.
 
Avoid Snack Attacks. Anticipate your hunger by packing nutritious meals and snacks to nibble on when you’re away from home.  That way you’ll eat sensibly when you’re hungry instead of rushing to the snack bar where you’ll often find foods high in more...

Vegging Out at the Ballpark: Healthy Game Day Choices

The good news is that even in the land of hot dogs and pretzels, you can find a variety of healthy options—and it seems like venues are expanding their choices every year. Here are some of the best offerings I’ve found at Major League Baseball stadiums.
  1. Dodger Stadium
This is one of the best places in the country to see a game, and the food selection also lives up to the discerning tastes of the health-conscious Los Angeles crowd more...

Lower Grilling Carcinogens by 99 Percent

The topic of grilling carcinogens is probably the last thing you want to focus on while heading up for a summer cookout, especially with Memorial Day weekend coming up. The truth is when we’re playing softball, enjoying a family picnic or watching fireworks, there’s a good chance you’re in front of a grill firing up some hot dogs, burgers, shrimp, ribs more...

How to Grocery Shop While on Vacation

By Stephanie Burt

Many savvy travelers are now opting for lodging that has an efficiency kitchen, a full kitchen or even an outdoor grill so they can cook for themselves on vacation when they’re not eating out at restaurants.
 
Choosing the right lodging is the first step, of course, but now you have to grocery shop in an unfamiliar store, which can more...

6 Tips for Dining Out While Paleo

Dining out while Paleo can take a little more thought, but is possible!  If you’ve chosen to follow the Paleo Diet, use these tips from Andi Petty of The Paleo Secret to stay on track without sacrificing dining out.
 
The Paleo Diet has become quite popular in recent years. For those of you unfamiliar – eating Paleo focuses on mimicking the eating patterns of our ancestors to the best of more...

Kombucha: Ancient Elixir and Fad Beverage

By Rebecca Brundidge
 
History of Kombucha
Kombucha’s health more...

5 Veggies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

By: Kristen Castillo

Adding a new vegetable into the mix, whether sweet or savory, can inspire your taste buds. Soon you may find yourself lingering a little longer in the produce section to find something new.
 
Still, some veggies are lesser-known or unknown altogether! Check out these picks for five veggies you’ve probably never heard of and then challenge yourself to find, prepare and enjoy some exotic selections.
 
Nopales more...

A Guide to Healthy Portion Control from Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

A well balanced meal consists of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy and lean proteins. When eating out, it can be a guessing game as to how big or small of a portion you’re eating of these food groups. But at restaurants like Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes where you can craft your own meal from self-serve salad bars of fresh produce and buffets of scratch-made soups, pastas, focaccia, and desserts, you can be in control of the portion sizes of the foods that make up a healthy meal more...

You Don't Have to Go No-Carb: Instead, Think Slow Carb

Courtesy of The Salt

It's trendy to go low-carb these days, even no carb. And, yes, this can lead to quick weight loss.

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Veggie Burger Benefits (With Recipes!)

One tasty way to get more plants into your diet is with veggie burgers. Made with beans, soy, nuts vegetables, whole grains and similar ingredients, veggie burgers can be a smart way to add more fiber and nutrients to your day.  At restaurants, follow these tips to order the best veggie burger, and search for dietitian-recommended menu choices like those below.

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Omega-3s for the Non-Fish-Lover: Why You Need Them and How to Get Them

By Amy Magill

Omega-3s and your health
There seems to be a link between omega-3s, particularly those found in seafood, and better heart health. Foods rich in omega-3s may reduce triglyceride levels (a type of fat in the blood) and blood pressure (slightly). They may also lower the risk of heart disease, heart failure, and arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). Plus, if you already have heart disease, omega-3s may reduce your chance of fatal heart events.
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Dinner and a Show: Pairing Food with Your Theater Experience

Date Night
What you’re seeing: You scored tickets to see Hamilton and can’t wait to surprise your girlfriend with them over dinner. The smash hit musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, through hip-hop, blues and so much more. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical depiction of Hamilton’s life is famous all over the world—it’s no wonder the show has won 11 Tony Awards.

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