Category: Health & Wellness

Great Grapes and Great Nutrition – Powering Up for National Nutrition Month

Written by Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN March is #NationalNutritionMonth, an exciting time to get energized about delicious foods that power great health. One of my favorite ways to do that is to highlight fresh produce and products that connect all the dots – history, farm-to-table, flavor, and nutrient power that is easy to enjoy in many ways. This led me…

Heart Smart and Seafood Savvy

  Written by Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist Fish and seafood continue to gain fans and favor with health organizations around the world. Seafood twice per week benefits heart and mind, so I am sharing some get-you-there guidelines to make it easy.  We have highlighted these benefits by ages and stages –time to get everyone to the table for…

The Pear-fect Heart

February is American Heart Month, and we are inspired to enjoy some delicious recipes that showcase pears. Winter fruit intake is so important to heart health, especially fruit in season – pears fit the bill. Certified by the American Heart Association, pears add Vitamin C and fiber to your heart smart cart, and complements so many foods. A little history…

Better Eating Tips for the Holidays!

Written by Maureen Murphy Although it’s the season for holiday parties and special meals it’s also the season when many people find themselves gaining an extra 5-7 lbs. from overindulging in sweets, dips, and more. With a few simple tips and modifications your guests will still enjoy the party and their hips will thank you come January!   Simple tips…

Cranberries – America’s Native Superfood

Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN, Senior Nutritionist Cranberries, with their sassy piquant flavor and ruby tones, are a wonderful addition to any meal or snack. You will find them fresh in stores each year as we head into the holidays for a good reason – they have a long growing season, March to October, so right now they are peak season!…

National Eating Healthy Day

Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN, Senior Nutritionist The American Heart Association, long known for their efforts to educate Americans about the best ways to enjoy great heart health, began a new tradition several years ago with National Eating Healthy Day. It always falls on the first Wednesday of November, and seeks to help people keep their heart in mind as the…

Apples Abound!

Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN, Senior Nutritionist Apples are delicious, certifiably good for us, and are so connected to our region and culture. It is a well-known symbol of health, often a first fruit for many young children, and their aroma as you bake them into your “famous” family apple pie recipe is like getting a hug from your kitchen! According to…