An Ice Cream Twist

Don’t feel blue that summer is almost over, as there are still plenty of summer (and fall) days to enjoy the delicious in-season vegetable and fruit. Although the weather changes from sunshine, hail, rain, and sometimes even snow in a day in Chicago, we can still enjoy our favorite delicious summer vegetables, fruits, and snacks…

Going back to Our Roots: Growing better Health in Our Own Soil

What is the urban farming “trend” all about in our city? Urban farming is not exactly a trend, Chicago actually began in the 1850’s as a hub for agriculture, raising everything from common vegetables and grains to livestock and dairy cows. In 1893, The World’s Columbian Exposition hosted various agricultural pavilions and in 1900, the…

National Nutrition Month 2017: Put Your Best Fork Forward

In the world of nutrition it isn’t uncommon to be sent down the wrong path when it comes to food choices. “You can’t eat ice cream it has too much fat and sugar.” “You can’t eat red meat its bad for your heart.” “You can’t have dessert every night if you want to lose weight.” You can’t. You can’t. You can’t. I have been immersed in the world of nutrition for a relatively short period of time. Only about 6 years. However, the Registered Dietitians I work with, whose total time in the field accumulate to well over 250 years always say something similar to the following: “unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from eating a certain food, there are no bad foods, only better choices.”

Don’t Get Robbed by Sugar

Cook County, which includes all of Chicago and neighboring towns, passed a tax on all sugar sweetened beverages. Yes, that includes regular and diet pop, sports drinks, flavored water, energy drinks, pre-sweetened coffee and tea, juice from concentrate, syrups, and beverages sweetened with artificial sweeteners. This tax will affect your purchases at the store, along with restaurants, movie theatres, and other places that sell pop or other sweetened beverages. Exceptions include 100% fruit or vegetable juice without additional sweeteners, milk and milk substitutes, unsweetened beverages, and nutritional meal replacements. The Sweetened Beverage Tax, better known as the “Soda” Tax goes into effect on July 1st, 2017 with a one cent tax increase per fluid ounce.

What’s all this ‘beef’ about going meatless (occasionally)?

In 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that there were 58.7 pounds of boneless chicken and 51.5 pounds of beef per person available to eat in the US, but did you know that over 7.3 million people in the United States follow a vegetarian based diet? Many of you may ask “How do they get enough protein?” The fact of the matter is there are many foods that are great sources of protein that are not animal products.

The Sunshine Vitamin: Bone Health

When the clocks are set back and the weather starts getting colder, getting enough vitamin D can become an issue. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin made in the body with the exposure to sunlight. With less sunlight during the winter months as well as more clothes covering the skin, vitamin D intake through foods becomes even more important.