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Getting Your Protein the Vegetarian Way

Friday, February 28th, 2014  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Meal Ideas, Nutrition Basics  /  Comments: 0
By Catherine Cioffi, RD Contributing blogger The type of protein you choose to eat has become a hot topic in America. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, adults should focus on lean protein, from a variety of sources. This can include lean cuts of poultry and meat, and fish. The guidelines also encourage “plant-based” proteins for both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Plant-Based Proteins

Dried Fruit 101

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Nutrition Basics, Tips  /  Comments: more
  By Gail Watson, Contributing blogger Dried fruits have long been the favorite of hikers and exercise enthusiasts. GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts) has made its way into many a backpack, and for good reason. But do they have the same nutritional punch that fresh fruit does? Natural Vs. Commercially Dried
In the off seasons fresh fruits may be transported thousands of miles. In order to keep fruit from spoiling…

One Small Change: Fantastic Fiber

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Nutrition Basics  /  Comments: more
By Gail Watson, contributing blogger Fiber is one of those nutrients that we all know we need. But what exactly is fiber, why is it so important and how can we get enough? Fiber Facts
The term “fiber” refers to the carbohydrates in food that aren’t digested into your body. Instead, they run through your digestive tract providing many benefits. Fiber is found in plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, beans,…

One Small Change: Keep Fluids in Check

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Nutrition Basics, Tips  /  Comments: more

By Gail Watson, contributing blogger It’s often said that you need to consume 8 glasses of water a day or risk dehydration, but how true is that? The answer may surprise you. An important Nutrient
We don’t always think of it this way, but water is a nutrient, and an important one too. Water is essential for maintaining our cells, tissues and organs. It helps regulate our body temperature, lubricates our joints and is…

10 Tips to Better Understand Omega-3

Monday, March 5th, 2012  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Heart Health, Nutrition Basics  /  Comments: more
This is a guest blog post by Hemi Weingarten of Fooducate.com. Omega-3 has been a hot buzzword in the food space for the better part of the last decade. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that omega-3 is important for a healthy diet. But not all omega-3′s are created equal. Which means you may be buying a product fortified with omega-3 that has almost no health benefits for you. Be sure you will be paying more than you would…

Win This Whole Grain Cereal!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Giveaway, Meal Ideas, Nutrition Basics  /  Comments: more
It’s important to re-fuel every morning with the right type of breakfast. One of my go-to breakfast options is whole grain cereal. It can become frustrating trying to find one without a ton of added sugar. Luckily, there are several healthy options on the market including Uncle Sam. Finding the Right Cereal Finding the right combo of healthy and delicious is possible. Look for a cereal with at least 3 grams…

Unraveling Natural vs. Added Sugar

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Nutrition Basics  /  Comments: more
There’s a big difference between natural and added sugars—but they confuse the heck out of a lot of people. With big debates shunning sugar, let’s set the record straight: not all sugar is bad! Simple Sugars
Most folks refer to this category as natural sugars. Here comes the science….Natural sugars can be categorized as single (“mono”) and double (“di”) sugars. The body can absorb sugar in…

Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

Friday, July 22nd, 2011  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Nutrition Basics  /  Comments: more
Question: How much Vitamin D do I need?  Do you have to take a supplement or can you get the full dose from food?  Can you take too much? Answer: The newest recommendation for vitamin D is 600 IU (international units) per day. You don’t need to take a supplement to get enough vitamin D and getting too much from supplements is possible. Why We Need It
Vitamin D’s main job is to help the body absorb calcium, which helps build…

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