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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...


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...


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...


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...


From Our Dietitians: Trending Oils

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After decades of low-fat and no-fat hype, health experts agree that fats have an important place in the diet. After all, fat adds flavor, provides energy, helps you feel full, and promotes healthy neurological function. The three main types are saturated, unsaturated, and trans fat. Saturated and trans fats have tight bonds that make them solid at room temperature. Examples include butter, coconut oil, shortening, and bacon fat. Unsaturated fats have looser bonds, making them fluid at room temperature. Examples...


From Our Dietitians: Is Sea Salt Worth Its Salt?

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“Is sea salt healthier than table salt? If so, should we swap them in all our recipes?” We weren’t entirely sure how to answer this question from one of our communities, so we did what we do anytime we’re curious about a trending ingredient or nutrition topic — evidence-based research! We found that the main difference between sea salt and table salt is how they’re produced. Sea salt is made by evaporating water and minimally processed to retain trace...


Navigating Health and Wellness Trends

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There’s a ton of nutritional information and advice circulating out there, and it can be overwhelming and confusing to separate fact from fiction. Our Registered Dietitians are constantly evaluating the latest nutritional research, claims, and trends, and it helps to take a thoughtful, balanced approach. Here are some of the considerations when digesting nutritional information. Try practicing them the next time you hear about the hottest new trend! What’s being said? Take a look at the claims and benefits touted...


Food Additives from A-Z: B

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Welcome back to our ongoing series about food additives! Our previous post gave you an overview of common additives starting with A. Now, we’re moving on to a few starting with B. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) Commonly talked about together, BHA and BHT are both antioxidants used as food preservatives, primarily to keep oils in food from oxidizing and turning rancid. BHA is a white or yellow waxy solid with a faint aromatic scent, while BHT is...


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