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Cool Treats: 5 Healthy DIY Recipes

Summer is in full swing, and although Chicago hasn’t been sweltering, there’s still nothing that says “summa time” better than an ice-cold treat (other than a Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff song, of course.)  But before you reach into the freezer, remember that many of your store-bought favorites are loaded with added sugars, fat, and…

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No More Cool Beans: Cooking Beans Correctly

Welcome back to the second post in our bean series!  As you probably know, beans can be purchased dried or pre-cooked and canned for convenience. As with many convenient food items, canned beans are high in sodium. If possible, purchase pre-cooked beans that are canned in water or reduced sodium. Straining and rinsing beans of their…

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The Benefits of Beans (Bean-ifits)

Often overlooked and under-appreciated, dried beans are an excellent source of nutrients.  Moreover, compared to traditional sources of protein like chicken or beef, dried beans are a low-cost, shelf-stable protein option. Eating a plant-based diet has been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease and is associated with lower triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and blood pressure. Due to their excellent fiber…

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Picnic Plans

As the weather gets warmer, the food at our picnics, BBQs and outdoor events grows a little more dangerous. With the temperature “danger zone” between 40-140°F, summer temperatures yield the ideal breeding grounds for food borne illness. Here are some tips to keep everyone healthy this summer! Stay where you are: The most important tip…

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Ready, Set, Go!

With less than two months until the 2014 AIDS Run & Walk, we’re ready to start training!  How do you feel?  Even if you feel ready, it’s always best to talk with your doctor before starting an intense training program outside your normal exercise regimen.  But once you have the go-ahead, go for it! Training Tips -…

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Summer Nutrition Tips

The sun is a beautiful thing!  However, it can be harmful if given the chance. How can you keep you and your family healthy and safe this summer? Keep your sun exposure to a minimum and follow these other tips. Hydration: If you haven’t heard by now, drinking water is important for our bodies. We should always be…

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Blueberries!

Crazy about blueberries?  You aren’t the only one!  In 1999, the United States Department of Agriculture gave blueberries their own month – July – and rightfully so.  These little blue gems are native to North America, and moreover, the USA supplies the majority of blueberries worldwide.  You can find blueberries on three types of U.S.-based plants: highbush,…