Lani Telian, Department of Public Health
With the cold weather on its way and the Farmers’ Market season coming to an end,
fresh produce is limited—and expensive—in Massachusetts. That means many of us will be looking at frozen and canned foods as alternatives to fresh fruits and vegetables. Here are some tips to keep in mind while going through the grocery aisle:
• Canned foods may be higher in sugar or sodium, so look for fruits canned in their own juice and vegetables without added salt. You may also rinse canned vegetables with water to remove excess salt.
• Choose frozen plain vegetables or those made with low-fat sauces to control fat and calories, and remember to check the label for added sugar or salt.
There are so many things you can do with frozen or canned vegetables and fruits, and many times snacks and meals that use frozen fruits or vegetables can be prepared a lot quicker! Frozen broccoli comes all chopped up, so that’s one less step you need to take when you make a healthy version of Chicken Broccoli and Ziti! Also, frozen berries can be added to non-fat vanilla yogurt to make one of the quickest, most satisfying breakfasts you can make for yourself.
HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES? posted on Sep 19
This is a rough time of year for someone like me, as I try desperately to hold onto summer for as long as possible. I bristle at each and every reference to Labor Day, which now apparently serves as the bellwether of summer’s demise (it …Continue Reading HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES?
Goodbye berries, Hello Apples! posted on Sep 18
Saying farewell to summer fruits and vegetables can be hard. But, once you remember all of the delicious produce that the autumn harvest brings, the season just gets better and better. Apples are one of my favorite fruits of the fall. There are many varieties …Continue Reading Goodbye berries, Hello Apples!
Highlights of the September 17th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 17
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of three Determination of Need (DoN) requests, a status update on draft regulations related to immunizations, and two informational presentations on two key Department initiatives. The Council first took up a Determination of Need application with …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 17th Public Health Council Meeting