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Registered Dietitian-Approved Heart-Healthy Eating Tips for Your Family

Throughout the month of February, Americans are urged to join the battle against heart disease.  A healthy diet and lifestyle are factors that you can modify to help decrease your risk of disease and increased quality of life. Choosing to follow heart-healthy guidelines doesn’t mean having to eat bland and boring foods. All foods can be incorporated into your meal plan if the quantity and frequency are in moderation. It’s also important to talk your doctor and a registered dietitian about reducing cholesterol and fat (especially saturated fat) and finding out which portion sizes work best for you to maintain a healthy weight.  

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Foods to Fight Winter Colds

The arrival of colder weather often brings forth the need for tissues and trips to your family physician. You might feel extra tired, out of sorts, and frankly moving off the couch is enough exercise for the day. What we fail to remember is that food provides an effective natural boost to both mood and health. Instead of blaming our lack of time or winter’s early darkness, prep yourself with strategies to fit in healthy eating when our bodies need it the most.

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5 Easy Snack Recipes Kids Can Make

While I loved transitioning my kids from bottles to solid foods, there’s something to be said about the transition from serving your kids food to actually getting them in the kitchen with you to cook. My toddlers might not be the best at kitchen quality-control, but they love topping, stirring, and dipping--- when a recipe calls for it. Studies show that the earlier you get your kids involved in the food making process, the more likely they are to try and accept new foods, AND the greater the chance they’ll enjoy doing the dishes for you [actually that’s just wishful thinking]. So here are a few easy recipes to get your kids excited about trying new foods… at their favorite time of the day: snack time! 

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5 Tips for Using Dried Herbs in Cooking

Using herbs in cooking is one of my favorite ways to kick up the flavor in a meal without adding a lot of salt and fat. But how many times have you bought fresh herbs only to watch them wilt and turn brown when you go to use them in your fridge? That’s why I love using dried herbs as an alternative to fresh, especially during winter months when fresh herbs might be on the pricier side or not as accessible in your grocery store. These 5 tips make cooking with dried herbs just as tasty as fresh! 

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