summer produce

What’s in Season: Summer Produce

July and August bring peak temperatures, peak sun, and peak summer produce availability! Fan-favorite produce is not only available during the summer, it is usually at the height of flavor and nutritional value. Plus, it’s a little less expensive. Take advantage of the season by revisiting some of your favorites: Apples Blueberries Cantaloupe Peaches Raspberries… Read more

culinary vocabulary

Culinary Vocabulary

Cooking has its own terminology, and understanding the various words commonly found in cook books will guide you through any recipe. Whether you’ve been cooking for years or are just starting out, a good grasp on culinary vocabulary can go a long way. AL DENTE: An Italian term describing cooked pasta that has a slight… Read more

fiber

Favorite Fiber Filled Foods

Dietary fiber helps us feel and stay full after a meal. It can help reduce cholesterol, prevent constipation, and regulate our blood sugar. Many of us are already aware of these benefits but still aren’t getting enough fiber. Women should aim for 25 grams, and men for 38 grams per day. Over age 51, women… Read more

Plant-Based Diets

Plant-Based Diets

The term “plant-based diet” refers to different eating patterns, from vegan (no animal products at all) to the various types of vegetarian diets. Research has shown that people who choose to eat predominantly plant-based diets have lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Plant-based diets have positive effects on people who… Read more

Spring Produce

What’s in Season: Spring Produce

Along with blooming flowers, young leaves, and green grass, spring time also brings fresh produce in Massachusetts. The earliest spring produce crops to be harvested in early May are all the color green! These include salad greens, scallions, spinach, sprouts, and asparagus. Check out this recipe for Spring Vegetable Omelets that utilizes scallions, asparagus and… Read more

Flexibility as we Age

Flexibility as We Age

May is Older Americans Month and the Administration for Community Living’s theme this year is Age Out Loud. Older Americans are working longer, trying new activities, engaging in their communities, and striving for wellness. They are advocating for themselves more than ever before and really redefining what it means to “age”! Staying physically active is… Read more

Food Waste

Food Waste: Why It Matters

On a trip to the grocery store you pick up a few items to make meals for the week, like lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. As the week goes on, your schedule changes, you have late meetings, you decide to order lunch; the next thing you know, that head of lettuce that was destined for your brown… Read more

Frozen Produce

Sometimes Frozen Produce is Better!

Open your freezer and what do you see? A frozen pizza? Maybe some ice cream? How about frozen fruits and vegetables? During the winter and early spring months, fresh produce is more expensive, less flavorful, and less nutrient-dense than it is in the summer. But, don’t worry. It’s easy to get a wide variety of “off-season”,… Read more

diet trends

Online Diet Trends: What You Should Know

There is a lot of information about nutrition on the internet. An article you read today may be in direct conflict with the one you read yesterday. So, it can be hard to know what diet trends are really beneficial. But that doesn’t stop people from selling various trendy diets as the best cure for whatever ails you. Here is… Read more

6 Easy Ways to Celebrate National Nutrition Month®

March is National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created this campaign to draw attention to nutrition education and focus on the importance of making good food choices. This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” It serves as a reminder that you hold the tools to shift to a healthier eating… Read more