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Whole Grains in Your Daily Life

Today’s post was written by VT Dietetic students Hannah Winston, Miriam Eackloff, Darian Carter, Kendall Holloway, Ali Moore. There are two types of grains: whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains contain the entire kernel and refined grains have been milled. Milling is a process that removes the bran and the germ, helping make grains more… Read more »


Easy Ways to Eat More Veggies

Today’s post was written by VT Dietetic students Samantha Adas, Sandy Ma, Cassidy Moore, Lauren Iezzi, Patrick O’Brien. Vegetables usually have a bad rep, especially among children. It can sometimes be difficult to include them in your family’s meals and snacks but they shouldn’t be overlooked. Vegetables provide important nutrients that will help keep kids healthy… Read more »


Small Shifts for Heart Health

We’ve talked about the basics of smart choices for heart health before. In a nutshell, Eat Smart in line with MyPlate, Move More to get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week, and maintain a healthy weight. But knowing what to do is the easy part. Actually making those changes are where a… Read more »


Recap of the New Dietary Guidelines

Every five years, the U.S. government updates the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These guidelines represent the latest research on what a healthy diet should include to meet our nutritional needs. The recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines form the basis for MyPlate, the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC food packages, and other nutrition programs… Read more »


The Mediterranean Diet: a Powerhouse of Health Benefits

In the 1960’s, researchers found that people living in Crete, Greece and southern Italy had surprisingly low rates of chronic disease. People in these countries were living longer, even without good access to healthcare. In fact, these countries had one of the lowest rates of chronic disease in the world at that time. The researchers found… Read more »


Eating Smart and Moving More at Farmers Markets this Summer

Guess what is [finally] here? Our Eat Smart, Move More at Farmers Markets campaign! After months of planning, designing campaign materials (billboards, bus signs, magnets, and tote bags), and collaborating with Cooperative Extension Agents and Farmers Market Managers across the state, the campaign is totally up and running. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage… Read more »


Summer Fruits and Veggies Recipe Round-Up

Summer is prime time for locally grown seasonal produce. Which means that the variety, availability, and prices are the best of the year. Whether it’s coming from the grocery store, the farmers market, or your own garden, summer produce is sure to help you and your family eat smart and make half your plates fruits… Read more »


Making a Well-Balanced Breakfast For Kids

Eating breakfast is an important start to your day at any age, but it’s especially important for children. Breakfast is key to maintain every child’s speedy growth and development! Mental and physical development happens very quickly throughout childhood, and a well-balanced breakfast is needed to support this fast transition to adolescence. Even though most parents… Read more »


How to Influence Teens to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

As parents, we know you always want the best for your kids.  Keeping them healthy helps keep them happy and successful.  You can help your teens stay healthy by encouraging them to eat more fruits and vegetables! Be a positive role model for your teens so they can make healthy choices.  Below are some easy ways… Read more »


Choosing Healthy Snacks for Kids

Do you struggle with getting your kids to eat healthy foods? It can sometimes be hard to get your children to enjoy healthy snacks; particularly fruits and vegetables. Your children want to be just like you so what your children see you eating can influence their snacking choices. Purchasing fresh, canned, or frozen fruits and… Read more »