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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...

12/08/20

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...

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...

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