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Learn how to reap the nutritional benefits of flaxseed

We’ve been told that flaxseed is good for us, but what exactly is it, and what do I do with it?  Flaxseed is the seed of the flax plant. It’s an annual plant with green leaves and generally has either pale blue or bright red flowers. The fruit of the plant is a dry round capsule, which contains the...
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A guide to feeding your baby

It’s not easy having a new baby; the sleepless nights, the dirty diapers and the seemingly endless amount of washing that has to be done. But of course, there are the fun tasks, too, and one of my favorite joys was feeding my baby. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies should be...
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Barley in a bowl and spoon

Barley: A versatile and gratifying grain

Barley is a whole grain that brewing companies most often desire to produce malt. However, it’s more than just a beer necessity. Barley is a wonderful addition to many different varieties of soups and may be a cabinet staple this time of year.  Out of all the whole grains, barley is just behind...
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Cooking from scratch: Improve nutrition and elevate flavor

Most of us have a love for great tasting food. We can get tasty foods through a variety of ways: fast food and restaurant fare, convenience foods at the grocery store, or made-from-scratch meals at home.  Generally, the made-from-scratch foods have the greatest potential of offering the nutrients...
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A guide to cast-iron cookware

Early settlers began using cast iron for cookware hundreds of years ago, and it’s no wonder they’re still found in many home kitchens today. Cast iron is extremely versatile; it can be used to bake cornbread, stir-fry vegetables, or sear a fillet. The heavy pans will provide more even heat...
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Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids

Start fishing for omega-3 fatty acids in your diet

What do salmon, flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts have in common? They are all good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat that have been shown to help lower triglycerides and lower the risk of heart disease. It’s labeled an essential nutrient, meaning...
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Citrus zest packs a bright, powerful punch

Someone once told me a story of their search to buy lemon zest at the grocery store. Seeing it on the ingredient list of a new recipe, they didn’t quite know what they were looking for but were puzzled when there appeared to be no such thing. To a novice cook, “zest” or “zesting” may be an...
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Reach for trail mix next time you’re snacking

It’s not always easy to snack on healthy foods, especially during big games like the Super Bowl where the fruit and veggie trays get passed over for the wings and dips. However, healthy snacks don’t always have to be in the form of fresh produce. A homemade trail mix can provide a nutritious mix of...
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The power of plant-based foods

Eating more plant-based foods is a good goal for most everyone. After all, only 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. meet the recommended 1 ½-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables each day. Plant-based eating is trending, and whether you are ditching the meat altogether or you’re simply trying to eat...
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Is your family eating ultra-processed foods?

You’ve likely been told to eat more fresh foods and less processed foods for better health. It may sound simple, but what exactly does the term “processed” mean, and what about the terms, “ultra-processed” and “minimally processed?” Let’s dive into some definitions set by the NOVA classification...
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