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03/03/21

From Our Dietitians: Personalize Your Plate for National Nutrition Month®

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Each year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics chooses a theme for National Nutrition Month® in March, and the 2021 theme is Personalize Your Plate. So what does that mean? It often feels that there’s an elusive “right” way to build your plate. You’re constantly bombarded with nutrition information, fad diets, and chatter about what’s “good” or “bad” to eat. But there’s no one right way for everyone. Each person has unique tastes, cultural backgrounds, nutritional needs, and so much...

01/28/21

From Our Dietitians: Immune-Supportive Recipes with Probiotics

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One of the ways you can protect yourself from the COVID-19 pandemic is to incorporate a balanced group of immune-supportive nutrients in your diet. We’ve shared information and recipes to help you learn more about and increase your intake of vitamin C, vitamin D, beta-carotene, zinc, and protein, and now we’re featuring probiotics! Probiotics are live, helpful bacteria that occur naturally in fermented foods, such as yogurt. They help your body digest food, support your microbiome (the collection of bacteria...

01/19/21

From Our Chefs: Livening Up Your Leftovers

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During any school week, but particularly this year, convenience is a key part of meal planning. One-pot and one-sheet meals, make-ahead freezable meals, and meals big enough for leftovers are your friends when you need to get dinner on the table between after-school activities, homework, and the bedtime routine. Balance efficiency and creativity with your weeknight food prep by finding different uses for a large piece of meat. The example we’re using is a 10-pound boneless chuck roast, but you...

01/06/21

2021 Food Trends

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As we welcome the new year, SAGE Executive Chef Rob Coutu and our Registered Dietitians share food trends you might see popping up on menus in 2021. Bread: The COVID-19 pandemic brought out a bunch of bakers! While people have been learning how to keep sourdough starters alive and what “levain” means, they’re developing an appreciation for artisan breads. Look for bakeries making loaves from local and organic grains, heritage wheats, and ancient grains. Hyper-regional cooking: Food descriptions are including...

12/23/20

Ideas for Holiday Leftovers

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If you’re cooking a holiday meal and are wondering what to do with leftovers, we have some interesting ideas to help you use up extra ham, beef, and turkey. Add your leftover meat to: Noodles: mac and cheese, tetrazzini, and lo mein Sandwiches: banh mi, sliders, panini, and gyro Soups: pho, chili, gumbo, and posole Tortillas: enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas, and tacos Rice: risotto, fried rice, and jambalaya Egg: frittata, quiche, and breakfast casserole Vegetables: lettuce and cabbage Here are a...

12/23/20

Food Additives from A-Z: C

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Welcome back to our ongoing series about food additives! We’ve already reviewed common additives starting with A and B. Now, let’s look at the C list. Calcium carbonate A chemical compound that occurs naturally in rocks, eggshells, and oyster shells, calcium carbonate is useful on its own as a calcium supplement and an antacid. It’s also one of several food-fortifying forms of calcium, along with calcium citrate and calcium lactate. Calcium carbonate can act as a white food coloring, anti-caking...

12/09/20

(Not) on the Road with RDs: FARE’s College Summit

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Hi there! Welcome back to our “On the Road with RDs” series. COVID-19 may keep our Registered Dietitians from traveling, but their education in the wide world of nutrition continues virtually. We’re checking in with Nutrition Director and Registered Dietitian Lesley Vogel as she shares the takeaways from her latest learning adventure! In November, I had the pleasure of attending the FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) College Summit. I attended a variety of sessions and learned about college food...

12/08/20

From Our Dietitians: Immune-Supportive Recipes with Protein

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While navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be looking for ways to support your immune system. No single food or nutrient is the solution, but a well-balanced diet with select nutrients can help. After sharing information and recipes for vitamin C, vitamin D, beta-carotene, and zinc, we’re doing the same for protein! This macronutrient is necessary for a variety of functions within our bodies, including helping with immunity. Proteins help form antibodies, which protect the body from harmful bacteria and...

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