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Healthy Snack Ideas for On-the-Go

Whether we’re heading out on a road trip or a hike through the park, there’s no reason to get stuck eating junk food just because we’re away from home. Here are some of our favorite healthy snack ideas: Beef JerkyTrail MixFresh FruitPopcornRice CakesFruit and Nut ButterSunflower SeedsProtein BarsFruit and Nut BarsRoasted ChickpeasYogurtCheese Sticks…

​Iron is Essential for Our Health

Iron is vital to our health and plays a central role in creating energy from nutrients. It also contributes to the transmission of nerve impulses, the signals that coordinate the actions of different parts of our body. Iron is so important that if we have more iron than is needed, it’s stored in our body for future use. Iron is defined as an essential mineral, meaning we must get it from our…

​The Best Women’s Health Vitamins (Beyond the Basics)

Ladies, to better assist us through all of our life stages and hormonal changes, we could benefit from some extra support – beyond the basics. We not only need to have a healthy lifestyle in place such as eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, maintaining a fitness routine, and having sufficient relaxation time; we also can gain the benefits that supplementation can provide us along th…

​Healthy Recipe Ideas with Farmers Market Finds

July is a great time of year to find an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially at our local farmers’ markets. I want to share some of my favorite recipes made with produce I picked up at my local farmers' market. Beets can be intimidating, but here’s an easy recipe that makes good use of this highly nutritious vegetable. Beet RecipePreheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove…

The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

When it comes to buying organic, here is the 2020 list of "The Dirty Dozen," which typically have high concentrations of pesticide residue and are best to buy organic, and "The Clean 15," which are typically low in pesticide residue.The Dirty Dozen StrawberriesSpinachKaleNectarinesApplesGrapesPeachesCherriesPearsTomatoesCeleryPotatoesThe Clean 15 AvocadoSweet CornPineappleOnionPapayaSweet Peas F…

7 Tips from the FDA for Cleaning Fruits and Vegetables

Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce.If damage or bruising occurs before eating or handling, cut away the damaged or bruised areas before preparing or eating.Rinse produce BEFORE you peel it, so dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the fruit or vegetable.Gently rub produce while holding under plain running water. There…