If You Ate Today…

Today’s guest blogger is Rebecca Webert. Rebecca works for Farm Credit of the Virginia’s Knowledge Center, who goal is to serve as a network agent to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and resources among all of those interested in agriculture. “If you ate today…thank a farmer” Chances are you have seen this graphic at some… Read more »

 

Spice It Up Without the Salt!

Eating too much sodium is harmful to our heart health, raising the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks. Even with all the reminders of this fact, we still are eating too much sodium every day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that reducing our intake of sodium to recommended… Read more »

 

Fitting In Fitness: How Being Active Throughout the Day Adds Up

I just don’t have the time to exercise. If you’re like me, it’s hard to find a full 30-45 minutes free every day to devote to hitting the gym, jogging or your preferred method of getting active. Many people, myself included, find this is one of the biggest barriers to moving more. We tend to… Read more »

 

Dear Diary: Why Tracking Your Meals is Eating Smart

Have you ever kept a food diary before? Writing down what you eat is an incredible tool for eating smarter and slimming down. It helps you be more mindful of what and how much you’re eating, allowing you to spot your dietary weaknesses. In fact, keeping a food (and or physical activity) diary is one… Read more »

 

Plant-Powered Protein

When you think protein foods, I bet you are picturing a big juicy steak, boneless/skinless chicken breast or a tasty pork chop. But be careful not to forget the very healthy and very affordable plant sources of protein. Beans, peas, nuts and seeds are lower in saturated fat (the kind that raises our “bad” cholesterol… Read more »

 

Spring Produce Recipe Round-up

I am so happy that Spring is finally upon us. I love the warm weather and watching all the plants growing, especially the plants that provide us with tasty fruits and veggies! Produce tastes best when it’s picked fresh and in season. And as a bonus, in-season produce has more nutrients (which haven’t started to… Read more »

 

Shopping in Bulk

When you use unit pricing to compare costs of different foods, you quickly learn that larger sizes are often a better buy. But there are a few things you should think about before you bring home that 30-pound bag of rice and case of canned tuna. Is It Worth It? Storage space– If you don’t… Read more »

 

Kimchi, the Korean Superfood

Written by Jack Peacock Part of National Nutrition Month 2014 How could anything containing cabbage, radish, garlic, red pepper, onion and ginger not be considered a healthy choice? Those are some of Kimchi’s star ingredients and not only do they offer enormous health benefits on their own but when mixed together and fermented as they… Read more »

 

A Tasty Way to Eat Your Veggies

Written by Jordan Zelenky Part of National Nutrition Month 2014 How many times have you been told to eat two or three servings of vegetables every day? If you’re anything like me, you probably hear that message all the time. Unfortunately, most people just don’t like the taste of those green, leafy veggies. What’s so… Read more »

 

Better Flavor, Better Savor: Marinara Sauce

Written by Lindsey Wallace Part of National Nutrition Month 2014 Have you ever considered how much money is saved by preparing meals from scratch? Want better flavor and be a better saver for your family? Consider preparing your own marinara sauce. Save yourself from high sodium and mediocre flavor when buying store bought marinara sauces.… Read more »