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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

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

Stocking a heart-friendly kitchen

The kitchen table is where heart health begins. Stocking a heart-friendly kitchen is the key to heart health. It makes sense that the foods we fill our kitchen with from our pantry to the refrigerator and freezer sets the pattern for what we eat. When heart-healthy foods are on hand at all times, planning and…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 6, 2017

8 Lifestyle Habits to Reduce Cancer Risk

In the United States, cancer ranks second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death and disability. According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that in 2017, there will be 1,688,780 new cases of cancer in the United States and 600,920 people will die from the disease. All of us have…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 9, 2017

Here’s a weight loss/weight management tip…… Set S.M.A.R.T. goals It you’re not familiar with this acronym, it’s time to get introduced. Any goal you set, whether for weight loss or anything else, needs to be this – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. When a goal meets these conditions, your odds of achieving it are greatly…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Mar 9, 2016

Powerful food pairings boosting nutrition

Laurel and Hardy, Batman and Robin, Bert and Ernie – certain pairs of people or things are just naturally better together, complementing one another. It’s the same way when pairing certain foods together to bring out the best in one another and to get a bigger nutritional punch. This is known as food synergy. Food…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 11, 2016

Toast the New Year with reduced-calorie beverages

Sangrias – always seasonal and always sensational!   Pictured are two Sangria recipes I tried out over the weekend – my volunteer taste testers (it took a lot of arm-twisting) preferred the taste of the Blushing Sangria (on the left) but loved the festive look of the Cranberry Apple White or Rose Sangria with Rosemary (on…

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