Heart Healthy Mixed Greens Salad

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Look around – hearts are everywhere this time of year reminding you to take extra special care of your non-stop, hard-working ticker. February is also American Heart Month, raising awareness about heart health urging you and others to take steps to prevent heart disease. In honor of this special time of year,…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 7, 2020

Prioritizing the 3 pillars of wellness

Look up the definition of ‘wellness’ and there’s plenty to choose from.  “Making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life;” “Necessary to live a higher quality of life;” or “The quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort,” are all good examples depicting the essence of…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 3, 2020

This is what the inside of a health-promoting refrigerator looks like

Before reading any further, get up, open your refrigerator and take a look inside. What did you see? A peek inside your refrigerator can be a revealing look at how well your health goals are being met. Is it clean, well-organized and stocked with plenty of healthy foods? Or is it more of a disarray…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 17, 2020

Honey Sweetened Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Anyone have a sweet tooth, especially for chocolate?  Then you know the struggle trying to tame that urge sometimes, right? I’ve been there myself.  Chocolate is one of my all-time favorite flavors and on most days, I do have a little bit…usually about one ounce of 70% cacao content or higher dark chocolate. At my…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 13, 2020

Hydration still important during cold weather

Just because cold temperatures have arrived doesn’t mean keeping hydrated should be an afterthought. In fact, hydration is just as important in cold winter months as it is during hot, humid summer days. Likely you’re not breaking out in a noticeable sweat on a frosty winter day, but drinking a sufficient amount of water still…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 2, 2020

Chipotle Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Have you ever tried a recipe you know is going to be a ‘keeper?’ Of course you have and here’s one to add to your list.  Hearty without being overly filling and brimming with nutritious ingredients to boot, it’ll be your go-to meal the whole family will enjoy. I can’t say enough good things about…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 16, 2019

Crazy for cranberries all year long

The Holidays are here and for Americans, cranberries will be front and center next to the Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham on dinner tables across the nation. Seeing beautifully displayed bags of cranberries in grocery stores this time of year, is a cherished reminder of this special season.  For being a top antioxidant-rich food, it’s…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 12, 2019
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Stress less, enjoy more this holiday season

Decorate the house, buy gifts, wrap gifts, address holiday cards, make holiday treats, host a party, go to parties, attend children’s school holiday events….and the list goes on.  Ever feel a bit stressed out this time of year? Relax.  We all do.  Yes, it’s a wonderful time of year but the pressure to make it…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 10, 2019

Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

It’s the day after Thanksgiving…time to find new use for holiday leftovers, especially leftover turkey.  While I love Thanksgiving Day turkey, I think the “day after” turkey is even better.  Why not transform your leftover turkey giving it new life in a new way by making a quick and flavorful meal? Leftover turkey and wild…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 23, 2019

Stave off winter weight gain with these expert tips

Beginning with Halloween candy and ending with a New Year’s Eve toast, the last months of the year can challenge even the most disciplined weight watcher.  By the time the New Year arrives, you may feel heavier yet in reality most people have not packed on as many pounds as they think. The average American…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 19, 2019