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.

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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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

Eating Disorder Awareness

February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month with a special celebration week from Feb. 25th through March 3rd.  Eating disorders are not well understood and stigmatized since they are a mental health disorder, making diagnosis and treatment difficult.  It is important to spread awareness of what eating disorders are and how to help those in need. … Read more

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Mindful Eating

January is World Mindful Eating Month.  Mindful eating allows us to follow cues from our bodies to determine what and when to eat.  This allows our bodies to be nourished and satisfied naturally from within instead of finding a diet or program to follow.  Check out this graphic to learn more about mindfulness and mindful eating: Mindfulness and … Read more

New Year, New Mindset

Happy New Year! About now most of us are trying to decide on a New Year’s Resolution, and most of us will choose something having to do with our weight, food, or exercise.  It’s great that we all want our health to become more of a priority but New Year’s resolutions don’t usually stick, and … Read more