Split Peas: Nutrient-Rich Legumes

Commonly mistaken as lentils, split peas are peas that grow in a pod from the plant. Their processing includes drying, removing them from their pods, and then being split in half, hence the name. On the other hand, lentils are the seeds of a small plant. Both offer great nutritional value. Split peas can be… Read more

All About Walnuts

Walnuts are versatile and nutrient-packed nuts. They can be used in recipes or as their own snack and have been recommended in a variety of heart-healthy diets. Walnuts Pack a Punch In just ¼ cup of walnuts, you will get more than a day’s recommended amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Omega-3’s have excellent heart and… Read more

Bone Health in October

October gives us a chance to observe Bone and Joint Health Awareness Week from October 12th to 20th. Use this week to learn more about your bones and how to keep them healthy! Our bones are made of protein, collagen, and minerals like calcium. They have multiple functions in our bodies, including providing a strong… Read more

Most Important Meal of the Day

You may have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why is this saying so? Breakfast replenishes your stores of energy and nutrients after waking up from overnight sleep, hence the name. This first meal of the day helps control your appetite, provides steady energy, boosts your brainpower, and is key… Read more

Making the Most of Your Produce

You have spent the time and effort on planning and purchasing your fresh produce. The next step before preparing your meals is to keep this produce fresh. Proper storage of produce can ensure that your fruits and vegetables are maintaining their freshness. The American Heart Association created an infographic on this topic. Print this out… Read more

Get HIP with Summer Produce!

There are many benefits to purchasing seasonal produce at a farmers’ market such as purchasing produce at a lower price when it is in season and supporting local farmers and agriculture.  SNAP recipients in Massachusetts are automatically enrolled in a program that allows them to buy fresh produce AND get some of their money back… Read more

Summer Hydration

With summer fast approaching and more outdoor activities on the horizon, staying hydrated and enjoying the outdoor weather is essential. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hydration is essential during the summer months to counter warmer temperatures and any increase in physical activity. Water helps the body maintain normal body temperature and… Read more

Spice Up Your Next BBQ

From hamburgers to potato salad, lemonades, and ice cream desserts, there’s no better way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend than with a BBQ. Whether you’re enjoying a small gathering or a larger cookout, here are some quick and easy ways to add nutritious foods to any meal alongside your favorite BBQ classics. Enjoy the Memorial… Read more

Tips to Encourage More Veggies

Springtime can be a great reset to encourage more fresh vegetables at home. Here are some fun tricks to add more vegetables to your child’s diet: Let them pick the veggie of the day. If possible, bringing your children with you to the grocery store and allowing them to pick the produce of their choice… Read more

Revamp Your Canned Soups and Stews

Canned soups and stews can easily be jazzed up with more vegetables, herbs, spices, and grains. These canned products may not have as many vegetables as recommended, so adding more will increase the nutritional value. Vegetables are full of nutrients, minerals, and fiber and should make up about half the “plate” for a balanced meal…. Read more