Chinese Stir-Fried Sticky Rice Cakes (aka “Nian Gao”)

Growing up in China, I was happy to see when my lunchbox contained a delicious savory dish full of sticky rice cakes, meat, and vegetables. One may ask, “what are sticky rice cakes (or “nian gao” as they are called in China)?” Sticky rice cakes are a counterpart to our familiar wheat flour noodles, except… Read more

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Prep School: Your Pantry

Healthy Tips gives you quick and easy information about nutrition and health-promoting foods, but over the past year we’ve received a lot of questions about ways to prepare and plan for meals. Because of this we are rolling out a new series of blog posts that we’ve named “Prep School.” These posts are going to… Read more

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Myths & Facts: Weight Loss

If you are like many Americans, you likely spent the past month indulging with friends and family. Now you’re being flooded with advertisements for weight loss miracles. Turning over a new leaf for the new year is an admirable goal, but be sure you can separate fact from fiction before you get started. Myth: Starting… Read more

Top 3 of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close we’d like to thank you for visiting Healthy Tips and hope that you’ve received some health and recipe inspiration. Taking a look back at the year, three blog posts really stood out in popularity (based on number of clicks and shares (thank you again!)). We have a lot of… Read more

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What’s in Season: Winter

In New England and across the country, winter has arrived. With it comes warm socks, extra blankets, and comfort foods to keep our bodies warm inside and out. The daylight is shorter and the temperatures are cooler but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an abundant amount of fresh and ripe produce hitting the markets. There’s… Read more

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8 Ways to Stay Active This Winter

Thanksgiving has just come and gone, winter holidays are on the horizon, and the weather is growing colder. This combination can mean more time with family and loved ones, but it can also mean more time relaxing – watching TV on the couch, reading a book, or cooking. This winter, try to make a concerted… Read more

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Try Something New for your Thanksgiving Meal

While a table filled with turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet cranberry sauce and an assortment of vegetables is the traditional “Thanksgiving meal,” there’s plenty of reasons why you may not want to go with the standard group of recipes this year. The responsibility of cooking a turkey is daunting and not something you see as fun…. Read more

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What’s in Season: Fall Produce

The transition to fall is marked by cooling temperatures, colorful leaves, and an abundance of squash and root vegetables. Fall produce lends itself well to the warm comfort foods many of us crave on a chilly night. Hearty soups, stews, chilis, and rich pasta dishes can keep all their appeal and gain some nutritional value… Read more

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5 Micro-Nutrients You May Not Be Getting Enough Of

A well-balanced diet includes a variety of foods from the five food groups (protein, fruit, vegetable, grain, dairy). But just as important as the foods themselves is what they are made up of. Food is full of micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals), and when we don’t eat enough variety, we put ourselves at risk for deficiency…. Read more

More Matters Month

Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

Even though we all know that fruits and vegetables are a low-calorie source of filling fiber, water, and vitamins and minerals that power our body, over 90% of children and adults don’t eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. Fruit and veggie intake is associated with reduced rates of many diseases including diabetes, heart… Read more