Food for Thought

Is “food for thought” more than just a catchy phrase? It turns out that nutrition may be an important modifiable risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive decline. In the past, there was a focus on individual nutrients and their effects on dementia. Now, the focus has switched to dietary patterns as… Read more

Post-Workout Snacking

Wondering what you should eat after a workout? This answer may vary slightly depending on the specific activity and your goals; however, there are some general recommendations surrounding post-workout nutrition. Whether you are training for a big race, walking your dog, or pumping that iron, a post-workout snack is important! Why It Matters Our bodies… Read more

Lentils: A Global Dietary Staple

Lentils have been part of diets across the world for thousands of years; they are one of the earliest crops that we domesticated. Lentils come in many forms, but the most common types found in the U.S. are brown, green, red, and black lentils. They are also very affordable when purchased dried and cooked at… Read more

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