Foods helping you “C” better

As a nation, we are aging – fast.  So fast that it is predicted1 that the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise from 16 percent to 23…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 1, 2019

Sweet Potato Fries with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, these sweet potato fries won’t last long! Especially with an amazingly out-of-this-world dipping sauce bringing out the best they have to offer. I love sweet potatoes but for whatever reason, I haven’t made them into fries since….well, let’s just say it’s been awhile. So, here is an…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 24, 2019

Are you under-consuming these key nutrients?

Let’s start with what many Americans over consume each day – excess sodium, unhealthy fats, and an abundance of overly sugary carbohydrates.  This barrage of overabundance over time can be a major detriment to our health. But what about nutrients we under consume also setting the stage for future health problems?  Scientists with the National…

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

Apple, Kale, and Spinach Salad

Every fall it happens, as sure as pumpkin spice and sweaters: Apple season. And for many people that may mean an abundance of apple pies, apple crisps, or apple cakes.  I’m a big fan of each of those luscious desserts using apples but apples also make great additions to a wide variety of dishes. Apples…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 9, 2019

Family meals: A secret to your child’s success

Want to know a secret to raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted children?  Eat meals together as a family as often as you can.  This one simple yet often hard to make happen activity is so important it should be a main priority of strengthening your family.  In our overscheduled, busy lives, sitting down to eat meals…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 3, 2019

Boost flavor and your health with herbs

Herbs, those fragrant culinary delicacies, offer so much more than just flavoring and garnishing our food.  Whether you buy them at the grocery store, a farmer’s market or grow your own, these tender plants harbor a wealth of health benefits just waiting for you to discover. Since ancient times, herbs have been used for medicinal…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 26, 2019

Ginger Beef and Summer Squash

Maybe your inspiration to cook comes from pretending to be a top-notch chef at an expensive restaurant. Or maybe you just love whipping up an incredible recipe that not only tastes outstanding but can be cooked in one skillet and on the table in less than 30 minutes.  And that’s counting prepping the steak and…

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

A+ afterschool snacks enhancing kids’ health

Summer is almost over with a new school year about to begin. You’ve bought new book bags, shoes, and school supplies to start your child’s school year off right.  But there’s one other important component enhancing your child’s school success and health – healthy after-school snacks. The importance of after-school snacks Who doesn’t remember coming…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 7, 2019

Sweet and Savory Tuna Salad

Growing up, I remember long, hot summer days, eating tuna salad sandwiches with chips for lunch – one of my favorite childhood meals! The tuna salad was the kind mixed with mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish, nothing that exciting or special but it tasted good. Besides, it was about the only way my mom could…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 5, 2019

4 Simple ways to sidestep metabolic syndrome

Results from your annual physical were not the best – high cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, high blood pressure – should you be concerned?  Yes. You may have a condition called metabolic syndrome that can erupt into multiple health worries. The good news is making lifestyle changes can significantly blunt the advancement of this health problem….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 1, 2019