10 Weird Banana Facts

10 Weird Banana Facts

Bananas “trees” are actually the world’s tallest herbaceous plant. They can reach 20 feet in height. “Herbaceous” means there is no woody stem and all the plant matter above the ground dies at the end of a yearly cycle. What … Continue reading

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Surprise – The Majority of Added Sugars in Our Diet Come From …

Surprise – The Majority of Added Sugars in Our Diet Come From …

If you answered fast food restaurants, you are wrong. According to a new study by University of Washington researchers – Consumption of added sugars among US children and adults by food purchase location and food source – 71% of the … Continue reading

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What Makes a Healthy Tortilla?

What Makes a Healthy Tortilla?

Tortillas are the culinary lovechild of the new world and the old world. Before the Spaniards arrived, flat-breads in central America were made with maize. Then the conquistadors introduced wheat to the natives, and the rest is history. Today, most … Continue reading

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Have Some Dijon Mustard

Have Some Dijon Mustard

Mustard is a condiment we like to recommend. Compared to high-calorie mayonnaise, it has zero fat. Compared to ketchup, it has zero sugars and carbs. In fact, at 5 calories per teaspoon, this is one of the best ways to … Continue reading

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Quest Protein Chips vs. Regular Potato Chips

Quest Protein Chips vs. Regular Potato Chips

Nutritionally speaking, a good snack should balance protein, carbs, and fats in order to keep you satiated for at least 3 hours until your next meal. A decent amount of protein every meal helps, about 10 grams. Potato chips are … Continue reading

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Which is Sweeter – The Red Cherry or the Yellow Cherry?

Which is Sweeter – The Red Cherry or the Yellow Cherry?

I’m in the Seattle area for the next 2 weeks with the family. We are spending this weekend hiking the spectacular Mt Rainier National Park. On the drive down from Seattle, we stopped by a fruit stand and bought some … Continue reading

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Earl Grey Tea – What is It?

Earl Grey Tea – What is It?

Are you a tea lover? There are countless tea varieties and flavors available worldwide, but one that has caught on extremely well over the past 150 years is Earl Grey. The unique aroma of this tea is derived from oils … Continue reading

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Yogurt or *Fauxgurt*?

Yogurt or *Fauxgurt*?

This is a guest blog post by Carol Harvey, Director of food/nutrition labeling and product development at Palate Works. Protein and yogurt are still big marketing draws for “energy” bars, despite protein being one of the worst things you can … Continue reading

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5 Summer Snacking Problems Solved

5 Summer Snacking Problems Solved

This is a guest post by Anne London, MS, RD. Summer snacking problems can be a common frustration for parents. After all, summer is a time for long days at the beach and pool, camps, cookouts and time with friends … Continue reading

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Why is Ranch the Most Popular Salad Dressing?

Why is Ranch the Most Popular Salad Dressing?

The Wall Street Journal published an article about Ranch dressing with some interesting facts: Americans consume salad dressing 38 times a year Ranch is consumed 15 out of 38 times, with Italian dressing a far second, being eaten just 6 … Continue reading

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