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The Skinny on Fad Diets

Posted by Caroline Susie on Jan 24, 2017 10:46:43 AM

We’re a few weeks into 2017…time for a New Year’s resolution touch-base. One of the most popular resolutions is to lose weight. People try to achieve that goal in many different ways.

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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness

Winter Farmer’s Markets Keep Your Fridge Stocked with Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Nov 23, 2016 9:11:00 AM

The extended growing season in Texas means that many of the farmer’s markets in DFW are open year-round or at least part of the cooler months! Winter temperatures can put more stress on your immune system and possibly mean more sick days. To combat this wintertime malaise, load up on nutrient-rich produce to keep your body healthy and your immune system strong. Check out the list below to find a farmer’s market near you.

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Topics: Nutrition

Turkey Countdown

Posted by Caroline Susie on Nov 1, 2016 2:50:00 PM

Fall weather will finally be here soon, but don’t bust out those stretchy pants and go into hibernation yet!  Did you know that right now, for most of us, is the lowest weight we will be all year?!  Sigh.  According to research out of Cornell, shortly before Halloween, we are at our lowest weight. But then comes the candy…and Thanksgiving, Christmas…by the time New Year’s rolls around, we are peaking weight wise.  And get this - according to research, what we gain over the next 10 weeks takes about 5 MONTHS to lose. 

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Topics: Nutrition

Garlic Breath is a Good Thing!

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Oct 27, 2016 7:30:00 AM

This Halloween, keep the vampires away and improve your health!

We’ve heard the myths – vampires hate garlic. But here are the facts - this allium vegetable, known for its pungent after taste and lingering scent, actually has numerous health benefits. 

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Topics: Nutrition

Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month™

Posted by Caroline Susie on Sep 27, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Your mom gave good advice when she told you to eat your fruits and vegetables. The importance of produce is something you never outgrow. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies can lower the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. But get this - only one in seven adults get the recommended dose of veggies each day. One in seven!! That’s why the Produce for Better Health Foundation are introducing Fruits and Veggies-More Matters Month™.  The recommendation is 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables per day.  This may sound daunting, but fear not!  Serving sizes are much smaller than you might think:

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Topics: Nutrition, Recipes

Back on Track After a Cheat Day at the State Fair

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Sep 15, 2016 7:30:00 AM

So, you splurged at the State Fair of Texas. Now what? Read our tips to keep one cheat day from spiraling into bad patterns!

You can almost smell the Corny dogs and funnel cakes in the air. 

In just a couple of weeks, the State Fair of Texas will open its gates, and for 24 days, families from around the country will enjoy concerts, livestock shows, amusement park rides, auto shows, even the Clydesdale horses.

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Topics: Nutrition

School Lunches CAN Be Healthy & Fun

Posted by Caroline Susie & Julie McCullough on Aug 12, 2016 12:59:50 PM

Many kids have not associated yummy with “school lunch,” and if Mom says its “healthy,” the likelihood of that homemade lunch getting eaten diminishes from slim to none. Nowadays it’s easier to sneak in nutritious substitutes to your child’s lunchbox, or vary up the color, texture, and size. You may still fight buy-in when your kids see commercials for cookies and soda, but we hope these ideas will at least get you started. Remember, it can take up to 12 introductions of a new food before children accept it, so don’t give up! One recent study found that children who were offered fruit, but didn’t take any, consumed more fruit as an adult. And remember, kids love finger foods. Bento boxes are a great way to pack up your kid’s meals (or your own lunch) to take to school or work. 

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Topics: Nutrition, Recipes, Back2School

Facts About the New Nutrition Label

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Jul 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

You’re at the grocery store, and you’ve successfully passed up the fried food and the trans fats. You’ve loaded your cart with low-fat frozen yogurt, whole grain pasta and healthy snacks for the kids. But hold up – you may not be as nutritious as you think you are.

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Topics: Nutrition

Unsung Heroes: Fruits & Veggies to try this Summer

Posted by Caroline Susie on Jun 29, 2016 3:41:20 PM

When it comes to summer produce, watermelon and corn seem to bask in the sunlight. But by mid-July, you may feel like you’re in a rut. One great thing about summer - there are so many other tasty fruits and vegetables in season. Don’t overlook the little guys of produce!

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Topics: Nutrition

Liver + Fiber = Love at First Bite

Posted by Caroline Susie on Jun 14, 2016 8:30:00 AM

For optimal liver health, most of us know that we should watch our weight, drink alcohol in moderation, and limit the fatty foods that we eat. But did you know that a diet rich in fiber can also promote a healthy liver? That’s right. Fiber, beneficial in helping keep bowel movements regular, lower cholesterol levels, and control blood sugar levels, can also help keep our liver healthy.

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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness, Recipes

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