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Fill your plate with fall produce enhancing heart health

As temperatures drop and winds pick up, heading into fall is a sure sign change is on its way. One healthy change you’ll see in your grocery store is the switch from summer produce to fall fruits, vegetables, and nuts packed with important heart healthy nutrients. Heart disease is the number one ranked cause of…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 1, 2020

Should you replace vegetables oils with coconut oil?

As much fuss has been made over coconut oil in recent years, you’d think it’s the next best thing to sliced bread. For years coconut oil, a tropical oil, has been marketed as a health food. Low-carb, high-fat weight loss diets, including the keto diet have claimed it can help bust belly fat by inducing…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 16, 2020

Are you being extra kind to your kidneys?

                              The extra TLC pays off in a lifetime of good kidney health   Let’s face it, countless articles have been written on safeguarding the health of your heart and brain. While heart and brain health are absolutely crucial for overall…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 25, 2020

Here’s the scoop on adding extra PROTEIN POWER to your day

Some of your very best sources are likely in your kitchen already   From high protein shakes, high protein bars and high protein diets, protein continues to dominate as a super nutrient.  Yes, protein is an invaluable nutrient as it does a ton of various functions within our body. It’s needed for growth and maintenance,…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 4, 2020

Why including processed foods helps you eat a healthier diet

Instead of writing off all processed foods as bad, certain processed foods offer valuable nutrients as well as convenience   How many times have you heard this advice: “Avoid processed foods;” “Only shop the perimeter of your grocery store;” or “All processed foods harm your health.” This well-intentioned but misleading nutritional advice does us no…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 21, 2020

It’s a Berry Good Time of Year

If a grocery store advertisement read – “Today’s special: a food low in calories, no fat, full of fiber, may help prevent diseases, aids in weight loss and taste delicious” – would you buy it?  I would hope so as this ad is talking about one of the most healthful foods nature provides – berries….

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

Carbohydrates are not your enemy – 5 healthy carbs your body needs

Healthy sources of carbohydrates are a mainstay of your diet – you can’t live without them    If you’re confused over carbohydrates, join the club.  It’s either you’re for carbs or against them with little room for somewhere in the middle.  Some people associate carbohydrates with sugar. Yes, sugar is a carbohydrate but so are…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 23, 2020

Powerhouse Pantry Staples for Making Meals Easy

9 indispensable items for a well-stocked pantry   Whether coming home from a long day at work or a jam-packed day at home, preparing a nutritious meal can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be. That’s why a well-stocked pantry is your ultimate dinner solution.  Having pantry-ready essentials on hand makes meal preparation a…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 8, 2020

The sweet sensation of spring strawberries

Spring strawberries – what’s not to love? There’s more to this ruby-red fruit than meets the eye – they’re the first fruit to ripen in the spring, they are a member of the rose family, and one cup of strawberries is packed with more vitamin C than an orange – 55 milligrams compared to 85…

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

Top 20 antioxidant-rich foods fighting off free radicals

You know the drill – eat a wide variety of healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables for good health. But maybe you’re limited on or you may be “picky,” eating only certain types of produce.  Yet to ward off illnesses or disease, if you had to choose the very best supporting good health, which should…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | May 4, 2020