Show thanks by wasting less food

I confess: I have wasted food in my lifetime.  And, so have you.  Admit it.  Remember the moldy cheese you found lurking in the back of the fridge or the limp lettuce hiding in the crisper?  All of us has tossed, thrown out or disposed of food that was uneaten at one point or another. …

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 25, 2015

MEET A FARMER WHO FEEDS YOU

It’s time to talk turkey – Thanksgiving turkeys that is!  Meet John Crisp from Americus, Kansas.  John is extremely well-versed on raising organic food and has taught sustainable and organic agriculture classes at Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, Kansas.   A lifelong farmer, John started raising turkeys 10 years ago.  He lives on what is…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 23, 2015

It’s good to be “full of beans!

Photo taken by Cheryl Mussatto We’ve all heard the saying “beans, beans the magical fruit…..” and we all know how the saying ends! Beans are not a fruit but actually a legume. Legumes refer to beans, peas and lentils and they are the seeds, pods, or other edible parts of a plant used as food. In this…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 17, 2015

Type 2 Diabetes – 9 steps on how to stop it before it even starts

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can be a life-altering experience. If diabetes runs in your family, it does not mean you will automatically develop it but you are at a greater risk because of your genes.  However, you can take steps today to prevent ever getting a diagnosis of the seventh leading cause of…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 10, 2015

Be thankful for the farmers who feed you

Always thank a farmer for your food.  Want to know what kind of farmer you were meant to be?  Take a short quiz on www.Thankful4Ag.com and discover your farming alter-ego.  Mine was a……..potato farmer!  Not quite what I was expecting as I’ve never grown a potato in my life!   When you take this quiz and post your…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 5, 2015

Why common sense should prevail in the red meat/processed meat cancer scare

  How many hot dogs are safe to eat? We tackle your questions on an expert panel’s conclusion that processed meats are carcinogenic. There’s no doubt you have read last week’s headlines of red meat and processed meats being labeled by the World Health Association (WHO) as carcinogens.  It’s enough to make meat lovers cry…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 4, 2015

10 steps all families can do to prevent childhood obesity

Childhood obesity continues to be a major problem in the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity among preschool-aged children has declined but for children and adolescents aged 2-19 years, the obesity rate persists at about 17% or 12.7 million being affected. Physicians are becoming more proactive in referring this…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 29, 2015

Treat yourself this Halloween with careful candy choices

*WARNING – Proceed with caution when reading this article.  If you must have candy, here’s how to do it without completely undoing your healthy eating habits.* It’s that time of year again of when we go into the annual holiday eating frenzy cycle of where much of the focus is on food.  It all begins…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 28, 2015

Saving cents at the supermarket

Ouch!  Have you felt the “pinch” of rising food prices at the grocery store lately?  Up and down the aisles, prices are soaring for basic staple foods such as meat, milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables. There are many factors driving the high food costs.  At the latter end of 2014 into 2015, 49 million chickens…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 23, 2015

Plant 6 seeds of health into your diet

In case you haven’t noticed, seeds are everywhere and I’m not talking about the kind you buy at a greenhouse.  I’m talking about the kind you buy at the grocery store to feed yourself.  These tiny nutritional superstars come in all shapes, sizes and colors and need to be a part of your daily diet. …

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 21, 2015