The fall season is upon us and you know what that means! All things pumpkin! While pumpkin can add a rich, earthy flavor to everything from lattes to brownies, it also has a lot of surprising health benefits! Each one-cup serving of pumpkin contains over 13g of dietary fiber, almost twice the daily recommended intake of vitamin A, and contains substantial amounts of tryptophan. Respectively, these components help to protect your heart, improve your vision and skin, and promote better sleep and a more stable mood.
Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt have long been glorified for their role in providing the American population with the adequate calcium and vitamin D necessary to build strong bones. While calcium and vitamin D play a key role in bone mineralization, there are many other minerals at play that often don’t get the recognition they deserve. Magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium are all minerals that promote bone growth. After the age of 18 (approximately), bone growth stops, so while these minerals, along with calcium and vitamin D, are essential for maintaining bone strength and function in adults, they are essential for proper bone development in children.
Once again summer has flown by, and it’s time to send the kids back to school! Getting back into the school routine isn’t always easy, but luckily we have a few Registered Dietitian-approved breakfast ideas that are perfect to fuel your kids’ morning and sneak in a few servings of fruits and veggies. Each recipe can be made ahead of time so you don’t have to waste those precious morning minutes preparing a well-balanced breakfast.
When you think of summer, you think of warm weather, beaches, bike rides, and fresh fruits and veggies. Tomatoes, cherries, zucchini, blueberries, and corn are just a few of the fresh vegetables that grow abundantly in the summer. Thanks to a few of our Registered Dietitian friends, we now have five delicious recipes to share that highlight some of our favorite summer produce. What we love most about these recipes is that they are vegetarian, and make the produce the center of the meal. These plant-based meals are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and are extremely cost-effective because they don’t require meat. Meat lovers, fear not; these recipes are so versatile that you can add any variety of meat or fish if you’d like. Which one of these recipes will you add to your summer meal rotation? Let us know in the comments below.
Do you love the taste of pancakes but dread making them? If you’re impatient, clumsy, and hungry, it’s likely you avoid this cooking task at all costs. Today’s your lucky day because we have a magical recipe for flip-less pancakes. They take less time, less coordination, and are pretty much foolproof! All you need is some pancake batter, an extra egg, your favorite mix-ins, and a muffin tin. Check out our recipe.
This week marks the first full week of spring, and here in New England, we couldn’t be more excited! Not only does it mean warmer weather, but it also means local, fresh vegetables that normally hide out in the cold, winter months. Today we’re excited to share four dietitian approved Spring inspired recipes that are packed with our favorite, seasonal produce.
Beans are often an underrated food group. You’ll rarely find them on a restaurant menu, and it’s likely if you do eat them, they’re often served as a side dish. We want to encourage you to make beans the start of your meal, so today, our featured ingredient is black beans. With a little help from our Registered Dietitian friends, we are going to show you how to make them four totally different and unique ways. But first, here are a few reasons to add some black beans into your diet.
Don’t you just love the feeling of cuddling up with a blanket while a hot pot of soup simmers on the stove? As the weather starts to cool down, making and enjoying soups and stews are an easy way to warm up and add more nutrient-dense, high fiber foods into your diet. Adding an abundance of vegetables, beans, grains, and (optional) lean meats to your soups and stews is a great start to creating a dish that is hearty and healthy enough to serve as a stand-alone meal and keep you full, satisfied, and nourished. Not to mention, it’s a great way to stretch your ingredients and save on your weekly grocery shopping bill. We’ve gathered 12 of our favorite dietitian approved soups and stews to share with you below!