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

The one and only – awesome avocado

In just about every grocery store across the United States, you will find a fruit with such versatility, such desirable qualities it can be incorporated into recipes from guacamole dip, salsas, hummus, added to sandwiches, smoothies and even brownies. Not only does this fruit have such a medley of uses, it also has a unique…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 21, 2015

The goodness of grass-fed meats

Growing up on a farm in Kansas with Hereford and Angus cattle, pigs, chickens and sheep, I learned a thing or two about the meat industry. One thing I’ve learned in recent years is the dramatic popularity and public interest in grass-fed meats. For instance, the demand for grass-fed beef has grown at an impressive…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 15, 2015

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

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