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

In Season: Pomegranate

Pomegranates are in season and probably on sale at your local grocery store.  What better time to learn a little bit more about them and how to prepare them! Pomegranates are full of delicious, sweet seeds and like most fruits contain lots of fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C.  Pomegranates also contain folate and vitamin K.  … Read more

Back to School Lunch Ideas

Now that the kids are back to school, it’s a great time to spice up your cold lunches and learn more about the School Lunch Program, otherwise known as “hot lunch”.  There have been some changes to the School Lunch Program over the past few years and it’s always great to learn about the nutrition guidelines your … Read more

Got Milk?-Navigating the Dairy Aisle

Lately there has been an explosion of alternatives to dairy products.  Cashew milk, almond milk yogurt, non-dairy nut cheese just to name a few.  Let’s look at the difference between some of these products and good old, regular milk. Milk from Mammals Dairy products have been getting a bad rap lately related to misconceptions about the use of … Read more

Food Allergy Awareness Week

May 13-19 is Food Allergy Awareness Week, sponsored by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education).  About 50 million Americans have food allergies.  Allergies can occur at any age and even to foods you have eaten in the past.  There are 8 foods that make up the majority of food allergies: eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, … Read more