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The Whole Truth About Whole Grain Bread

When it comes to processed grain products like breads, cereals, and crackers, it's difficult to know what the healthiest choice is. A whole grain is a grain that has not been stripped of its bran or germ before processing. We know whole grains are important, but are we really getting whole grains when we buy a loaf of wheat bread? If you had to choose between 3 products, one labeled "Made with Whole Grain", another labeled "Multigrain", and the third labeled "12-Grain", which bread would you believe is healthiest?

Categories: Healthy Eating

Eating Healthy on a Budget

The myth out there is that you cannot eat healthy on a budget, but after reading these tips and trying them, it will no longer be a myth to you!

New Year's Resolutions

Every year we make a goal, and almost every year we forget about it before May Day. Why is it so hard to follow through? 

Categories: Healthy Eating

Winter's Big Red

Is it possible to see the combination of red and green together without automatically thinking of Christmas? Eating red and green together, unfortunately, is seen far less often than the colors of the holiday pageantry. 

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A Healthy Holiday (and a Happy New Year!)

I don't know about you, but I could use a little Christmas right this very minute. So thank goodness the holidays are upon us again! Like most people, for me the best part of the holiday season is the food. Stop by my house this time of year and you better be prepared to indulge in some homemade cookies and nog. Now not to be a Grinch, but eating an extra 500 calories a day will add a pound of fat to your waistline (or hips...) in only a week. 

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Delighting in Farm to Table

Farm-to-table has become a national trend where consumer preferences have started to shift demand from conventional to locally supplied foods. As seen in Western New York, the movement of locally sourced food like fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and grain has become more of a standard rather than a fad. Incorporating sustainable, ethical and even organic practices, farms in the area have provided communities, restaurants, and cooperative markets with an array of locally sourced items. 

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Sweet and Sour

When the days get increasingly shorter and the holidays start looming near, few fruits are as evocative of deep autumn for me as the cranberry. Cranberries are quite often enjoyed year-round as a deliciously pucker-y juice and, when dried, as a salad bar essential. These ingredients can add a nice sour *pop* to punches or dishes, but taking advantage of the fresh berry while you can is a great way to cash in on the antioxidant power that cranberries offer.

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Food Marketing Tricks - Is That "Healthy"?

With our nation on the brink of a health crisis people are becoming more health conscious. This is a good thing - people are making healthier choices! Or so they think. 

The Great Pumpkin

The changing of seasons is always accompanied by delicious new smells. As summer warmth gives way to the chill of autumn, I inevitably perk up at the unmistakable aroma of cinnamon scented cider, the deliciously smoky tendrils of last-ditch efforts to squeeze in one more day of grilling before the weather turns, and most prominently, the nutmeg waft of pumpkin coffee in all my favorite shops.

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Swapportunity - Going Greek

Okay, so what is a swapportunity?

A swapportunity is when you swap an unhealthy food/snack for a healthier food/snack.

It might not sound like fun, but wait until you see how this can change your life.

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