Archive for July, 2013

Our nectarines are just peachy this week! Let the juice run down your chin as you bite into one of summer’s tastiest treats that are at their peak right now. Did you know that nectarines are just peaches free of fuzz and with a bit more of a red blush on the skin? Sort of like a peach inside and a plum outside. I think that’s the best of both worlds! How and why to eat ‘em Compared to peaches, nectarines are packed with more potassium and vitamins A and C. They’re also fiber-filled so they’ll keep you satisfied with just 60 calories in an average-sized piece of fruit. So go ahead and indulge in this low-cal snack. I’m thinking of turning […]

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Why Local Food Is Better For You

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As the hot summer sun beats down, I can’t help but be jazzed about all the locally grown fruits and vegetables that are now available. Not only does food grown on a nearby farm leave a smaller carbon footprint and support our local economy, but I believe it also tastes better and is better for you than food trucked in from faraway places. As a nutritionist, it makes sense that fruits and veggies eaten within a few days of being picked would be more nutrient dense than those that are weeks old from traveling thousands of miles and being in storage. More researchers are now supporting local’s health benefits, like Kathleen Frith of the Harvard School of Public Health, who found these […]

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We’re just a few short(y) [see what I did there] weeks away from the height of cherry season! I cannot get enough of these cherries. Eat ’em up while they’re around because they won’t be here for long. Here are some fun facts about the fruit I love so much! There are 7,000 cherries on an average tart cherry tree and it takes 250 cherries to make a cherry pie. Cherries were brought to America by ship with early settlers in the 1600s. Michigan is the leader in producing tart cherries. They produce 200-250 million pounds of tart cherries per year.  Washington is the leader in retail. The third week of July is usually the peak of cherry harvest in the US. Cherry pie filling is the number one pie filling sold in the US. (And, my personal […]

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