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14 common food package claims

You want to eat healthy, but what does “healthy” on a package really mean? How many calories does an item labeled “calorie-free” have? Learn the meanings of common food package claims.

April 18, 2019

1-2-3 approach to eating fruits and vegetables

Is it a challenge for you to eat all five servings of fruits and vegetables every day? Learn how easy it is with this 1-2-3 plan.

Pamela Franz, R.N. By Pamela Franz April 4, 2019

Rethink your drink: Beware of hidden sugar

Sugary drinks are everywhere and, even worse, can be quite tempting. They taste good, and our taste buds have been trained to love them. But they serve no nutritional value and can be detrimental to your health and waistline.

March 20, 2019

Rethink your energy drink: Beware of extreme caffeine

Energy drinks are a great way to get a blast of energy, but are you aware of what that extra caffeine is doing to your body? Maybe it’s time to rethink your caffeine drink.

March 11, 2019

#newfoodchallenge: Eat a Rainbow of Produce

When you walk into the produce section at the grocery store, you can see a rainbow of foods. Be adventurous; add variety of colors to your meals. Try adding something new into your favorite meals.

March 4, 2019

Fat facts: Choose right for heart health

Your body needs fat to function. But not all fats are created equal.

January 24, 2019

Tips for healthy eating in a hurry

With many of us in a hurry these days, finding the motivation to cook a healthy meal at home can be difficult. However, learning some shortcuts in the kitchen can prevent you from grabbing the first thing you see or going out for fast food.

Kristi Wempen RDN By Kristi Wempen December 20, 2018

Fuel for your mind

When you pay attention to what you are eating and how you eat, it can not only improve your health, but also your mind.

November 15, 2018

Not just for the fair: Lunch on a stick

Back-to-school time means parents back to packing school lunches. This year, take your inspiration from the fairground, and try layering foods on a wooden skewer.

September 20, 2018

Melons pack a nutritional punch

People have their favorites when it comes to melon, and each variety of melon contains some great nutritional properties. Let’s focus on melons people are most familiar with: cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon.

Linda Carruthers RDN By Linda Carruthers August 28, 2018

Cash in on the health benefits of corn

Many of us have great summer memories surrounding sweet corn. In the Midwest, when sweet corn is ready, our meals take on a different look as ears of corn make their way to our plates. But there’s more to corn than just the version on the cob.

Linda Carruthers RDN By Linda Carruthers August 14, 2018

Why take vitamin and mineral supplements?

While dietitians recommend most vitamins and minerals be obtained through food sources, this isn’t always possible. For example, if you don’t consume enough fruits, vegetables or other healthy foods, a multivitamin may be helpful.

July 3, 2018