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In Love With Spring Produce!

Keeping It Fresh By May 5, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

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April showers bring May flowers and a fresh crop of produce to the grocery store. Just when you might be getting tired of apples and winter squash the spring finds start to crop up. You’re probably seeing more fresh berries, apricots, summer squash, and spring peas in the market. There are so many colorful and healthy fruits and veggies to choose from at the market. Check out some of my favorite market finds for spring time!

rhubarb Rhubarb

Love this veggie! The red-hued stalks of this vegetable are popping up in all sorts of recipes this time of year from the classic strawberry rhubarb pie to a marinade for chicken. One cup of rhubarb is a great source of potassium, calcium, and vitamin C. Be daring this spring and try using rhubarb in a new way – a marinade or chopped on a salad perhaps. Just be sure to steer clear of the leaves, they’re poisonous! read more


Maximizing MyPlate Guidelines, Part 1: Find The Right Foods For You

Foodamentals By June 8, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Myplate_green Late last week, the USDA announced a change from the long running MyPyramid program to the MyPlate program, a simpler plan focused on portion sizes of healthy foods at each meal. The information found at brings one's attention back to foods at each meal by asking Americans to fill a quarter of their plates each with vegetables, fruits, protein, and grains and have a serving of dairy on the side while being mindful of calorie, sodium, and added sugar intake. We here at ShopWell applaud the USDA for creating straightforward, actionable guidelines to help us reach our food and nutrition goals.

Now that you have clear direction on how much to eat, take a moment and ask yourself: is my pantry stocked with the foods that meet these new guidelines and are right for me?

Want to make improvements? In Part 1 of the series on MyPlate guidelines, I'll start with suggestions for maximizing your vegetable, fruit, grain, protein, and dairy options. Next week, I'll dive into more tips around calories, sodium, and sugar.

To get started, choose one of the following areas to improve and use the tips, searches, and lists to start trading up the foods in your pantry today.