8 June 2017 Strawberries: delicious, sweet, and healthy!

Strawberries are weight-friendly, diabetes-friendly, and delicious when they are fresh and in season. Ditch the junk food and try fresh strawberries for your indulgent treat - your body will thank you!

9 May 2017 The Best Kept Secrets of Rhubarb

What are the three best-kept secrets of rhubarb? Growing up with a rhubarb patch in South Dakota, I thought everyone knew. Read on to find out.

20 December 2016 Acorn Squash: A new way to prepare this winter side dish

Acorn squash is bursting with nutrition. Here is a family favorite recipe I adapted from Epicurious: Acorn Squash Stuffed with Ground Turkey, Kale and Quinoa. Enjoy this gluten free dish with some wild salmon for a healthy and delicious meal.

15 November 2016 Tips for Making Your Smoothie More Weight Friendly

Smoothies have a health halo but they can be a huge calories sink or sugar bomb - it all depends how you make it. This post will cover basic tips on how to make smoothies more weight friendly.

13 September 2016 Blueberries: More than just a super grizzly bear food!

How many blueberries a day does a Denali grizzly bear eat? While touring Denali National Park last summer, we learned that an average brown grizzly bear eats 200,000 wild blueberries a day. Not only are they healthy for bears, they are considered one of the superfoods for humans because of their antioxidant activity. Enjoy increasing your blueberry consumption and paying tribute to the Bronco Super Bowl Champions by baking these Blueberry Pumpkin Bronco Bonanza Muffins!

23 August 2016 So many tomatoes, so little time

If you’re knee-deep in fresh tomatoes, lucky you! Here are some suggestions for using them up while they’re at the peak of ripeness.

9 August 2016 Avocado: A heart healthy secret or a calorie bomb?

Sipping my avocado mango smoothie under the shade of a large avocado tree on an avocado plantation in Guatemala, I, as a dietitian, had time to contemplate the pros and cons of avocadoes. Are avocados a calorie bomb or a heart healthy secret?

6 July 2016 Wondering what to bring to a summer potluck or BBQ? Enjoy these three healthy fast ideas!

Rather than bringing the traditional pasta, potato or cool whip salad to your next neighborhood potluck, create one these healthy alternatives, Fiesta Bean Salad, Red, White, and Blue Meringue Fruit Dessert or a Summer Spritzer and keep your healthy eating on track. Note also the nutrition bonuses for each recipe.

23 February 2016 New book helps parents of vegetarian or vegan teens

“Feed Your Vegetarian Teen” was written to address the concerns of parents whose teenagers decide to become vegetarian or vegan. The recipes are designed to use high protein foods as condiments, so everyone in the family can share one meal.

20 October 2015 The Colorful World of Fruits and Vegetables

Why should we eat a colorful diet? Does it really matter where the calories come from as long as we meet our calorie target? Read the blog on the colorful world of fruits and vegetables to learn why quality is as important as quantity.

15 April 2015 The Banana Split: Can Bananas Help with Weight Loss or Not?

Taking a cursory glance at the articles on the internet regarding the merits and demerits of bananas, it appears that are just as many voices touting the virtues of our beloved yellow fruit as there are naysayers questioning the value of our favorite tropical fruit. Let’s explore the pros and cons together.

21 October 2014 The Power of Cruciferous

Cruciferous vegetables hold a lofty ranking in the nutrition world. One reason cruciferous veggies are such nutrition superstars is the sulfur-containing compounds known as glucosinolates. They are also loaded with nutrients, may help prevent cancer, are low calorie and are excellent fiber sources. Delicious and nutritious!

2 October 2014 Be Your Own Sous Chef, Increase Fruit and Veggie Intake

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if after a busy day at work or school, there would be healthy food in the refrigerator, freezer or pantry ready for you to eat? Become your own “sous chef” and make eating five fruits and vegetables each day easier!

28 August 2014 Late Summer Vegetable Bonanza Salads

So many late summer vegetables, so little time. If you’re tired of plain steamed green beans or corn on the co b or sliced cucumbers, shake up your taste buds by combining these and more into chunky vegetable salads.

5 June 2014 Gardening for Health, Happiness, and Long Life

Gardening does a whole lot of good for your health and happiness. Find out why.

21 March 2014 5 Spring Foods for Weight Loss

Spring has arrived and with it comes a variety of fresh, healthy foods to “clean” up our diets and shed winter weight. Here are five foods that do just that.

31 October 2013 10 Fall Fruits and Vegetables to Keep on Hand

Autumn is here and so is a bounty of mood-boosting, antioxidant-rich superfoods. Here’s a list of 10 fruits and veggies you should keep stocked this fall.

24 October 2013 Move Your Pumpkin from the Porch to the Kitchen!

Did you know that one cup (116 grams) of pumpkin contains only 30 calories and 0% fat? Whether you use fresh or canned, fall is a wonderful season to experiment in your kitchen with pumpkin and still stay within your calorie budget to meet your weight loss goals.

10 October 2013 Fermented Foods for Health

Fermented foods pack a powerful probiotic punch and can help improve our health many different ways.

19 September 2013 Sneak in More Fruits and Vegetables

Get more fruits and vegetables on your plate with these tips and tricks from MyNetDiary.

10 September 2013 From Farm to Table: Balinese Style

From Italy to Spain to Canada to this summer on the island of Bali in Indonesia, my husband, two daughters and I have chopped and stirred our way through cooking classes, learning not only new culinary techniques and tasting local delicacies, but also cherishing the opportunity for a peek into the history and family traditions of different cultures. Enjoy this tasty healthy recipe for Gado Gado! What a great way to increase your vegetable intake by dipping them in peanut sauce!

25 June 2013 Get Your Potassium from Plant Foods

Most people have heard the message about eating more plant foods. While fiber and vitamins are key nutrients, the high potassium content, and the unique form of potassium make plant foods the ideal source of this key nutrient.

9 April 2013 Trying to Lose Weight & Eat Healthier? Join a CSA!

Join a CSA (“Community Supported Agriculture”) to help you lose weight and eat healthier. CSAs are farms that allow consumers to buy “shares” in advance of the growing season. Payment to you is made in the form of weekly boxes of produce — fresh and seasonal fruit and veggies. More fruit and veggies in your home will encourage you to eat more of these very nutritious foods — which will then support your weight control efforts.

28 March 2013 The Healthy Dollar Menu

There really is a healthy dollar menu out there. Check out our 10 suggestions for cheap, healthy foods!

5 March 2013 Eating More Mediterranean Style

Key dietary features of the Mediterranean study diet published as an appendix to the NEJM study “Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a “Mediterranean Diet” in February 2013.

23 October 2012 What Form is Your Fruit & Veggies?

Did you know that there are over 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables? This means a ton of options for flavor and texture! And the best part is that we have the ability to purchase them in many forms — fresh, frozen, canned and dried. Each type has its share of benefits in terms of access, nutrition and cost. Here's what you need to know about fresh, frozen, canned and dried fruit and vegetable options and how each type fits into a healthy diet full of variety.

4 July 2012 Watermelon for July 4th – It Fits Into Any Meal Plan!

Watermelon for July 4th – It Fits Into Any Meal Plan! Are you celebrating the 4th of July today? Then consider including watermelon in your festivities. Watermelon is a nutritious fruit that is friendly to both calories and carb counters! When I work as a diabetes educator, I occasionally hear from...

21 February 2012 Veggies for the Great Recession. Part 1: Cabbage & Carrots

Veggies for the Great Recession. Part 1: Cabbage & Carrots While I was checking out at the grocery store last night, I couldn't help but marvel at how inexpensive my veggies were –they were by far the least expensive items in my basket. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be very expensive depending...

27 September 2011 White Fruits & Veggies – Don't Knock ‘Em!

White Fruits & Veggies – Don't Knock ‘Em! If I had a nickel for every time a patient told me that they were told not to eat "white vegetables" I'd be rich. And to boot, I do not agree with that overly simplistic approach to picking fruits and vegetables.

22 September 2011 Eggplant

Eggplant Local Colorado farmers still have eggplant – hurray! I'll eat any color, shape or variety of eggplant as long as it still has a plump firmness. But beware – don't let eggplant languish on the counter or in the refrigerator. For best flavor and to avoid spoilage, use it right away.

6 September 2011 Tomatoes – Get ‘em Fresh & Local While You Can

Tomatoes – Get ‘em Fresh & Local While You Can Few summer veggies or fruits grab my attention like a sun-ripened, freshly picked tomato. There is such a range of flavors in the different breeds of tomatoes – sweet, sour, bitter and umami . Ugly or pretty, yellow, orange, purplish, or red,...

2 September 2011 From Labor Day to Tailgating, Keep It Healthy All Season Long

From Labor Day to Tailgating, Keep It Healthy All Season Long As Labor Day approaches this weekend, it's one last chance to light up the barbecue, gather some friends and prepare some fantastic foods. For some of us, Labor Day is also an opportunity to perfect our grilling technique so we can be efficient...

9 August 2011 Peachy Keen Nutrition

Peachy Keen Nutrition August is peach season in Colorado. In another week or so, the annual peach festival arrives and all things peach will be celebrated and consumed. Colorado western slope peaches don't hit the markets until late July and August and I am starting to see a lot of them now.

14 June 2011 Garlic & Blood Cholesterol Levels

Garlic & Blood Cholesterol Levels For those of you who force yourself to eat raw garlic or take garlic pills simply for the sake of reducing your blood cholesterol levels…don't bother. In case you didn't catch this in the news some years back, a well-conducted study from Stanford University has...

17 May 2011 Potassium – Yet Another Reason to Eat Your Fruits & Veggies!

Potassium – Yet Another Reason to Eat Your Fruits & Veggies! Potassium should get more press since it is a mineral that is indispensible to normal cell functioning. Potassium levels affect how our nerves transmit signals, how our muscles contract, and how well our blood vessels maintain tone.

3 May 2011 Nutrition Boosters

Nutrition Boosters A colleague at MyNetDiary asked me about the things we could be adding to our foods to make them more nutritious. We add spices to improve the flavor of a dish, so what can we add to improve the nutritional content? This is a great question!

12 April 2011 Asparagus Nutrition

Asparagus Nutrition It's spring and asparagus is everywhere! This vegetable is a great source of nutrients while being very low in calories. It is also very easy to cook - it can be grilled, roasted, sautéd, or steamed in minutes. If you think you don't like asparagus because you grew up eating bitter,...

23 September 2010 20 Foods to Help You Lose

20 Foods to Help You Lose MyNetDiary members helped us compile a list of their favorite foods in the MyNetDiary Community Forum that have helped them cut calories and lose weight. We know it can be hard to eat the same boring foods each week, so hopefully this list of 20 foods will help inspire you...

16 September 2010 Avocado Nutrition

Avocado Nutrition Most of us think of avocado as a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit. However, unlike most fruits, avocado is very low in carbohydrates and very high in fat. The fat is responsible for the avocado's luscious texture. In addition, avocado fat is composed of mostly monounsaturated...

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