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11/12/20

From Our Dietitians: Immune-Supportive Recipes with Zinc

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As we all navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that washing hands, physical distancing, and wearing masks to cover the nose and mouth are of highest importance. You might also be making changes to support and strengthen your immune system. By itself, one food or nutrient won’t protect against illness, but eating a balanced diet with specific nutrients can help. We started with vitamin C, vitamin D, and beta-carotene, and zinc is up next. Zinc helps protect the body from...

10/23/20

Allergen-Free Halloween Treats

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The fall holiday season is about to start, with Halloween right around the corner! As with everything else in 2020, celebrations will look a little different, but there are still many ways to enjoy the season. Whether you’re planning physically distanced trick-or-treating, neighborhood scavenger hunts, pod parties, or virtual costume parades, remember to offer an allergen-free option for the little ghouls and goblins! Check out some of the ideas below. For trick-or-treating: Look for allergen-free Halloween candy varieties in grocery...

10/16/20

From Our Dietitians: Immune-Supportive Recipes with Beta-carotene

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As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be changing your lifestyle to support your immune system. Although no single food or nutrient is the magic answer, incorporating certain nutrients into a well-balanced diet can help. We’ve already covered vitamin C and vitamin D, and now we’re moving on to beta-carotene (β-carotene)! When you eat β-carotene, your body turns it into vitamin A, which is essential for proper immune function. Vitamin A helps create disease-fighting white blood cells...

09/30/20

How to Stock Your Kitchen

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Keeping a steady supply of shelf-stable basics makes it easy to whip up delicious, nutrient-dense meals and snacks for your family. Here’s what we recommend: Pantry Whole grains (pasta, quinoa, barley, farro, wheat berries, oats, brown rice, crackers) Shelf-stable vegetables (onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, winter squash) Sunflower seed butter, soy butter, sunflower seeds Canned low-mercury tuna Dried and canned beans (lentils, chickpeas, black beans) Low-sodium canned vegetables Canned whole and diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste Canned fruit in...

08/06/20

From Our Dietitians: Immune-Supportive Recipes with Vitamin D

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As you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re probably already washing your hands, physical distancing, and wearing masks. You might also be making changes to support and strengthen your immune system. Although no single food or nutrient will protect against illness, eating a balanced diet with specific nutrients can help. Vitamin D is well known for its role in supporting bone health, but it also plays a role in immune function. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin as well as a hormone the...

03/26/20

From Our Dietitians: Replacing Eggs with Aquafaba

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When you use canned beans, you probably pour the liquid in the can down the drain. But did you know that you can use it in recipes? The liquid, called aquafaba, can function as an allergen-free, vegan egg replacer. Aquafaba is created when beans are cooked. As the beans cook, the starches absorb water, which makes them expand and then break down. As the starches break down, they release into the water along with a small amount of protein, sugars...

03/19/20

From Our Dietitians: The Snacking Trend

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Snacking, or consuming food between “typical” meals, has continued to grow in popularity over the years, with people turning more and more to smaller, more frequent meals. According to 2019 research from the International Food Information Council Foundation, 57% of those surveyed reported snacking at least once daily, with 97% snacking at least once weekly. As nearly everyone joins in on the snacking trend, let’s look at some of the reasons to snack — one of the biggest is hunger...

10/01/19

Sustainable Harvesting: Food Preservation 101

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You may be wondering what to do with your garden’s abundant harvest. You’re giving away lots of squash, your colanders are overflowing with ripe tomatoes, and your family is tired of eating Eggplant Parmesan. But there’s another simple and sustainable option ꟷ food preservation. It reduces food waste from large harvests, cuts back on carbon emissions from cross-country shipping and grocery shopping, and allows you to enjoy your veggies well into the winter. Check out these methods: Freeze It’s best...

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