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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!

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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


5 Foods To Eat For Healthier Looking Skin

Keeping It Fresh By April 19, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Food is powerful. Eating a healthy diet and staying well hydrated keeps your energy up and you looking good. What you eat plays a role in what’s going on both inside and outside your body. These five foods can give you glowing skin, fewer wrinkles, and reduce your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Eating healthy looks good on you!


Dark Chocolate

Not only is cocoa a sweet treat but it can also help keep your skin firm and smooth. Flavonols, the antioxidants found in cocoa, help your skin fight damage from sunlight and increase blood flow to give you a healthy glow. Look for chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa to make sure your treat does more than simply satisfy the sweet tooth. Indulge on a few squares each day for health looking skin, guilt free! 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.


Grilling This Weekend? Add Some Veggies and Fruit

Foodamentals By May 25, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Grilled Peaches As summer is approaching, it is time once again to get outdoors and enjoy the nice weather. For many that means barbequeing. At the end of last summer, I posted some tips for grilling veggies and fruits which are chock full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals and important to a healthy diet. I want to share them again with you today. Happy Grilling!

Zucchini, eggplant, asparagus, pineapple, peaches, even apples are all great vegetables and fruit to try on the grill.  read more


Follow the Rainbow to Your Own Pot of Gold This Spring: A Healthier You

Foodamentals By March 18, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Spring is almost here. With the new buds forming and the warm weather approaching, I want to take the time to ask, do you eat the rainbow everyday? Fotolia_16261243_S

Fruit, vegetables, and other plant-based foods all have strong pigments, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are important to our daily health. Called phytochemicals, these pigments are important in combating daily stress from both the environment and within and keeping the body in fighting health. From white to red to green to blue and all the colors in between, fruit, vegetables, grains, and legumes come in colors from across the rainbow. A great way to see if you are getting all the phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other natural substances you need is to count your colors. read more