Diet

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

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 | Apr 21, 2020

Small weight loss leads to big health gains

Rates of obesity in the U.S. show little sign of slowing down.  In 2017 and 2018, more than four in 10 American adults, or 42.4% had obesity and over 9% had severe obesity according to a report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. In 10 years, a 2019 study in the New England…

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

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

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

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

Guidance on healthy grilling 101

There’s nothing quite like firing up the grill distinguishing summer from all other seasons.  The sounds, smells and tantalizing taste of barbequed meat are one of a kind.  However, before you get to grilling nonstop, there can be some health drawbacks to this mainstream Americana ritual.  Should you forego grilling completely? Fortunately you do not….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | May 22, 2019

8 plant-based foods surprisingly packed with protein

Mention the word, “protein,” and images of cattle, chicken or fish come to mind. But are animal sources our only supply of this vital nutrient? The answer to this is “no.” While nutrition information keeps pointing to the importance of protein, animal sources are not our only and best source of this nutrient. Many plant-based…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 30, 2019

Simplicity key to lasting dietary and exercise changes

Life is complicated enough.  Why makes things more difficult when “keep it simple” applies to so many aspects of our lives and is a good mantra to follow. That’s why healthy eating and exercise efforts should be straightforward, accessible, natural, and simple.  In fact, simplicity is your key word for long-lasting health changes. If you’re…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 15, 2019

Top 10 heart-friendly foods for lowering cholesterol

The amount of cholesterol in a day’s time can add up quickly.  But when we pay attention to our food choices, we can amazingly keep cholesterol levels in check. Most of us would rather treat high cholesterol naturally instead of relying on cholesterol lowering medications, if at all possible.  But depending on various circumstances and…

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