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Getting on the Kale Kick!

Getting on the Kale Kick! posted on Aug 24

Some food trends come and go (sun dried tomatoes, anyone?), but hopefully kale is here to stay!  The popularity of this leafy green has exploded over the last several years, and with good reason.  Low in calories and rich in vitamins C, A and K,   …Continue Reading Getting on the Kale Kick!

Going Red, White & Blue(Berry!)

Going Red, White & Blue(Berry!) posted on Jul 1

It’s hard to believe that it’s this time of year already!  With the July 4th festivities just around the corner, I’m really getting in the mood for the patriotic holiday.  I started thinking of ways to have a little more fun at my cookouts this   …Continue Reading Going Red, White & Blue(Berry!)

Summertime…and Meals Are Served!

Summertime…and Meals Are Served! posted on Jun 7

By Jenna Stefin For many kids, summer is the best time of the year. School and homework become a long lost memory as winter coats are traded for flip-flops and bathing suits. As the days get longer, there seems to be endless free time to   …Continue Reading Summertime…and Meals Are Served!

Vegetable Makhanwala

Vegetable Makhanwala posted on Apr 26

Back by popular demand, Kinnari Chitalia, RD, LDN, CLC, a nutritionist at the Dorchester North WIC Program, shares this mouthwatering favorite! This is a popular traditional dish in the northern part of India.  Its name refers to a creamy dish mixed with vegetables and aromatic   …Continue Reading Vegetable Makhanwala

National Nutrition Month…It’s Time to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!

National Nutrition Month…It’s Time to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right! posted on Mar 4

By Louisa Paine The theme of National Nutrition Month this year is Savor the Flavor of Eating Right, a message that encourages us all to stop and enjoy our food. If you’re like me, sometimes food and mealtimes take a backseat to the rest of   …Continue Reading National Nutrition Month…It’s Time to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!

Sugar Wars – Coming to a Household Near You!

Sugar Wars – Coming to a Household Near You! posted on Feb 23

By Rosylan Rojas Did you hear? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! If there are any Star Wars fans reading this, you’ll be happy to know that this year’s theme is “Sugar Wars.” In honor of the campaign, here are some key ways you   …Continue Reading Sugar Wars – Coming to a Household Near You!

Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!

Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier! posted on Feb 11

I used to think that Halloween through New Year’s was the hardest time of the year to stick to my goal of eating healthfully, considering leftover candy from trick or treating, Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties and gatherings—the list goes on and on. By the time   …Continue Reading Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!

It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week!

It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week! posted on Jan 12

By Louisa Paine This week is Folic Acid Awareness Week, so I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about this vital nutrient. Folic acid is a vitamin that everyone’s body needs to make healthy new cells. It’s especially important for a baby’s development, so it’s   …Continue Reading It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week!

Making Holiday Parties Healthier!

Making Holiday Parties Healthier! posted on Dec 15

By Terri Mendoza and Louisa Paine The holiday season is right around the corner. This can be a challenging time for people when it comes to keeping up with physical activity and eating healthy meals and snacks. Luckily, there are some things you can do   …Continue Reading Making Holiday Parties Healthier!

Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving!

Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving! posted on Nov 23

By Terri Mendoza and Gina Davin Thanksgiving is a time for food, thanks, love, family, friends, and more food. As wonderful as this time of year is, unfortunately it’s easy to get carried away with all of the holiday specialties and end up eating more   …Continue Reading Eat Well by Eating Smart this Thanksgiving!