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

childhood obesity

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Young people who fall into this demographic have a greater risk of diet-related diseases we have historically seen only in adult populations. These diseases include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Children who are obese have a higher chance of… Read more

Barbecue Food Safety

Late summer brings many opportunities for eating outdoors–camping, cookouts and picnics. Be sure to follow these barbecue food safety rules while enjoying the weather! Clean your hands. Ideally, you’d wash with soap and water, but an alcohol-based sanitizer will do in a pinch. If you are traveling with food, pack uncooked meats separately from ready… Read more

salad dressing

Salad Dressing Basics

Summer is in full swing here in New England. Markets are bursting with ripe fruits and vegetables, and salads are becoming a regular side dish or main meal on warm nights. Making a tasty side salad is a simple way to get a few servings of vegetables into your day. Only 2 cups of leafy… Read more

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

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