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Feeling Peachy

It almost got by us, but August is National Peach Month!  Established in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan, National Peach Month celebrates the role peaches play in the US food supply and our economy.  To celebrate this wonderful fruit, today’s post is all about peaches! Origin: The peach originated in China and was probably the…

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Kids Eat Right Month

This August, celebrate the first ever Kids Eat Right Month!  Kids Eat Right Month is a new nutrition education campaign focusing on healthy nutrition and active lifestyles for children and families. When children start healthy habits early in life, they continue those healthy habits as teens and adults. How can we start children making healthier food choices?…

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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 -…