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Simple Steps for Healthful Eating

Nutrition, From Our Kitchen

With all the conflicting advice about how to eat and what foods can best contribute to a healthful lifestyle, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) wants to make it easier to eat well, so they have produced a handy pamphlet called "10 Simple Steps." The guide is based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. The guide is not available to...


Go Avocados!

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Americans love chips and chicken wings during the "big game." It's estimated that we will consume more than 11 million pounds of chips and 100 million pounds of chicken wings on game day. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving." You may not be able to control the outcome of the game, but you do have control of the snacks...


Good-bye Pyramid, Hello Plate!


The USDA has released a new image to support its Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the plate shown above. The iconic pyramid logo was introduced in 1992, but its reformulation in 2005 came with a lot of criticism. The new My Plate concept addresses some of those concerns with a more simplified program. The plate image is divided into four sections, in the ratio of amounts of each food you should eat. Fruits and vegetables should fill up half your plate...


Greening Your Plate

Sustainability, From Our Kitchen

Spring is a great time to take a look at how the food choices you make impact the environment. Earth-friendly food goes beyond organic food; it also includes how food is packaged, shopped for, prepared and served. Here are five great ways to “eat green”: Go for organic. Foods that are USDA-certified organic reduce pollution, because they minimize the use of pesticides. Choose organic for foods you eat most often, or ones that are the most affordable. Eat fewer processed...


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