Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month 2016

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. With the summer growing season kicking into full swing, I can’t think of a better time to focus on eating more fresh fruits and veggies. If you’re like most Americans who don’t eat enough fruits and veggies, this is your reminder to make half your plate fruits… Read more »


Life is Naturally Sweet

Today’s post was written by VT Dietetic Students Emily Rowe, Justin Morello, Cassie Mitchell, and Kira Runkle. Added sugars are not found naturally in foods; they are put into food or beverages when they are processed or prepared. The addition of these sugars increases the number of calories in a food or drink, but provides no… Read more »


Going out on a limb: Trying fruit three different ways!

Today’s post was written by VT Dietetic students Carolyn Greene, Kara Meyer, Emily Myers, Zahra Nomani, and Kallie Pugh. Are you afraid to try new fruits? As a busy parent, adding fruits into your daily routine isn’t always easy. It can be risky to try new fruits for the first time, not knowing if your family… Read more »


A Simple Switch: Choosing Low-Fat Dairy

Hi! Meredith, Kim, Dimple, Kathryn and Anna here! We’re students at Virginia Tech who study Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise and we want to share what we’ve learned about choosing healthier dairy options. With the help of the Family Nutrition Program and what we have learned in class, we all switched to low-fat and fat-free… Read more »


Have No Fear, Oil Is Here

This post was written by VT Dietetic students Amanda Carter, Erica L Hess, Kim Colicchio, and Kelly Richards. Being a mother is never an easy feat! Every mother wants their child to be strong and healthy. One way to ensure your child grows up healthy is to prepare your meals at home with oils instead of… Read more »


Protein Doesn’t Just Mean Meat

This post was written by VT Dietetic students Lauren Jaeger, Olivia Privitera, Jessica Perkins, Jillian Rogers, and Samantha Altizer. When people often hear the word “protein,” they immediately think of meat. But there are more protein sources that are healthier, cheaper, and easier to cook than meat protein sources. Some examples of these are beans, such… Read more »


Heart Healthy Tips for a Busy Lifestyle

This post was written by VT Dietetic students Samantha Banks, Andrea Delorito, Sarah Fortunato, Erica Hess, and Caitlin Pessig. Eating a diet high in saturated fat can impact your heart health. A few health benefits of eating less saturated fat are: Lower cholesterol Lower risk for heart disease Healthier heart It is easy to make… Read more »


Carol’s Family Cuts Back on Sodium

This post was written by VT Dietetic students Kelsie Jacobs, Rachel Magri, Tyler Epperson, Suzanne Bowser, and Stephanie Bruner. Help set your children up for a healthy lifestyle by encouraging lots of physical activity and healthy eating. Lowering sodium reduces the risk of high blood pressure, even in children. Many people are not aware of how… Read more »


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 »


How to Make Exercise A Part of Your Everyday Life

Convenience is Key With the hustle and bustle of a busy schedule, it may feel hard to find the time to exercise. Experts say to get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. This may seem like a lot, but it’s only about 20 minutes a day. Exercising doesn’t always mean that you have… Read more »