Soup – Simply Sensational

We’ve all heard the saying, “Mmm Mmm Good!” Campbell’s famous soup slogan whets the appetite and makes us think of the delicious tastes we expect when eating soup. Taste is one of the qualities soups provides but it also offers so much more. During the long winter months, soup can be a very satisfying and…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 14, 2015

Cocoa – A drink to your health

When the snow begins to fall and temperatures take a dip, a hot cup of cocoa does more than just warm you up.  This ancient drink traces its history back 2000 years ago to the Mayans. The taste back then would have been significantly different – can you imagine the taste of of cocoa seed paste, water, cornmeal,…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 9, 2015

3 keys to building a strong immune system

Winter is approaching fast and that means sharing close quarters with people and their germs, putting our immune systems at risk. Your immune system is your body’s own personal department of defense, armed and ready to fight off any foreign substance wanting to cause you harm. But if it’s not fully functioning, you become more…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 2, 2015

Eight strategies to avoid weight gain during the holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..but not necessarily if you’re watching your waistline.  How do you get through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s without feeling as stuffed as the turkey? Gaining weight during the holiday season doesn’t have to be inevitable.  But, it is important for you to know how to take control of your eating habits…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 30, 2015

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


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 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