Welcome to North Country Nutrition & Wellness! My name is Ashley Wentworth and I am the Registered Dietitian here at Littleton Regional Healthcare. I firmly believe that good nutrition is essential to overall health and can prevent or help manage chronic diseases like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and more. Here you can find nutrition and wellness news, learn new cooking skills, and experiment with delicious recipes to help keep you healthy, or get on the right track.

Knife Skills-Cuts

Having confidence in your knife skills and different ways of cutting foods can make your time in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable, not to mention quicker! Check out this video to learn some knife skills and how to perform different cuts (video from Tasty):

In Season: Spring Produce-Spinach

Spring means spinach! Spinach is a dark green leaf vegetable with a slightly bitter taste that is a rich source of vitamin A, C, and iron.  Check out these tips on choosing, storing, and preparing spinach: Selection Fresh spinach can be found loose or bagged. Choose fresh spinach leaves that are green and crisp.  Avoid … Read more

In Season: Spring Produce-Peas

Nothing is better than fresh spring peas! Check out tips on choosing, storing and preparing peas below: Selection Choose firm, bright green, medium-sized pods with no signs of decay or wilting. Storage Refrigerate peas in a perforated plastic bag for 3-5 days. Shell peas immediately before using. 10 Ways to Prepare Peas Quick One-Dish Meal. Need … Read more

Morning Magic: Overnight Oats

Quick? Easy? Nutritious? Delicious? No cooking required? Yes, please! Overnight oats are all of these things.  Overnight oats are also a great option for those struggling for breakfast ideas due to food allergies or vegan eating styles as the ingredients can be flexible. Check out this video for a basic overnight oat recipe and other tips: Tips: Be … Read more

Memorial Day Menu Ideas

Hosting a celebration for Memorial Day? Try some of these recipes from EatingWell to spice up your menu! Appetizers Almost Chipotle’s Guacamole Grilled Pineapple Salsa with Cucumber Rainbow Hummus (4 ways) Mains Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken Turkey Burgers with Spinach, Feta, and Tzatziki  Jalapeno Popper Burgers Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peach Salsa Sides Potato Salad … Read more

International No Diet Day

Yes, you read that right! There is a holiday to celebrate NOT DIETING.  International No Diet Day was started by Mary Evans Young of Britain (an eating disorder survivor) and is celebrated on May 6th each year.  The purpose of this holiday is to encourage body acceptance, body shape diversity, promote a healthy life style, and raise awareness of the dangers … Read more

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Celebrate Screen Free Week!

Did you know? Most preschoolers spend 32 hours per week with screens and older kids usually spend more.  There are several risks associated with too much screen time like poor school performance, decreased physical activity, and problems with attention.  Screen Free Week is a campaign used to reduce screen time, especially for children.  Individuals, schools, and businesses have started … Read more

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In Season: Mango

Mangos are one of the most popular fruits in the world! They are mildly sweet and tangy, juicy, and just plain delicious.  They provide a lot of nutrition in small amounts and are a great addition to many recipes.  Mango can be used as an addition to salads, smoothies, yogurt, salsa, marinades, and much more! Look … Read more

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