The Other Pumpkin Product You’re Probably Not Eating

The Other Pumpkin Product You’re Probably Not Eating

It’s fall and pumpkin season is in full swing. Orange is the new green, and you can’t turn around without stumbling over a pumpkin flavored food or beverage. Don’t get us wrong, we love pumpkin in our recipes. Today, however, … Continue reading

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Healthy Recipe: Oven Baked Chicken & Chickpea Meatballs

Healthy Recipe: Oven Baked Chicken & Chickpea Meatballs

As toddlers, my kids used to call these “chi-chi meatballs”, because it was too difficult to say “chicken and chickpeas”. One thing that was not too hard, was finishing them off. This is a fairly easy take on meatballs, using … Continue reading

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Top 15 Foods From the Recent Natural Foods Expo

Top 15 Foods From the Recent Natural Foods Expo

This is a guest post by Jackie Topol, MS, RD, CDN Every year, health food companies from around the country make their way to Baltimore for the annual Natural Product Expo. I went last year for the first time and … 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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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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Who Cares What This Kids Tea is Sweetened With…

Who Cares What This Kids Tea is Sweetened With…

Drazil – which is lizard spelled backwards – is a young company trying to differentiate itself in a very competitive beverage market. It sells iced tea targeted at kids: unlike other brands, Drazil does not use sugar as a sweetener. … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Fruit and Veggie Quiz

The Ultimate Fruit and Veggie Quiz

This is a guest blog post by Sheah Rarback, RD Survey after survey repeats the message that people are confused about what to eat. To clear confusion, at least on the fruit and vegetable question, I have reviewed the scientific … Continue reading

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Nature Valley’s Chewy Protein Bar – The Pros and Cons

Nature Valley’s Chewy Protein Bar – The Pros and Cons

Everyone and their sister is getting on the protein bandwagon these days. Snack bars are leading the crusade to bulk up our protein intake. Nature Valley, a General Mills subsidiary, is no exception. Today we’ll analyze the company’s Protein Chewy … Continue reading

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Cheerios Protein Cereal – Sugary Hype, Not Much More

Cheerios Protein Cereal – Sugary Hype, Not Much More

Major news in the cereal world last week. Cheerios, the most popular brand of breakfast cereal, has joined the protein arms race with the introduction of 2 new cereals fortified with protein clusters. With carbs deemed evil, and fats as … Continue reading

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22 Healthier Store-Bought Snacks

22 Healthier Store-Bought Snacks

This is a guest post by Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD and was originally published here. One of the most hopeful signs that perhaps change is underway in our snack food nation was the bin of fresh apples, oranges, and … Continue reading

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