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Jan'17

THE Most Important Step for Nutrition Success

photo: Soul Bliss Photography for Perfectly Produce | Hearty Chickpea Stew Winter e-Recipe Book The Secret to Long-Term Nutrition Success? Always Be Prepared for Your Next Meal Before It’s Time to Eat  If you are ready, really ready this time, to make dietary changes that including eating more fruits and vegetables– you are going to have to befriend meal planning and prep.  It is an unrealistic expectation to put on yourself that at the end of a long, time-starved, emotionally exhausting day you are going to spend time first cleaning vegetables, then 20 minutes chopping and prepping them, then 20-30 minutes cooking the dish… …

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22

Nov'16

How to Nutritionally Survive the Holidays

Photo and cupcake decorating author: Make.Bake.Celebrate How to Nutritionally Survive the Holidays This year can be different.   The week of Thanksgiving: joyous anticipation fills the air as we all stand on the starting line of another holiday season.  All the posts and chatter right now reflects this holiday honeymoon phase.  Our giggles have not yet turned to tears as we read and share all those jokes about how much weight we will inevitably gain over this dietary equivalent to a marathon – six weeks of navigating parties, comments from relatives, influences from co-workers, and a constant supply of left-overs. …

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07

Nov'16

Turmeric Milk: If You Like Chai, Try This

Photography and content by guest author Jacqui Gabel, CARE Nutrition Intern Turmeric Milk If You Like Chai, Try This   You’ve probably heard of turmeric and all of its amazing therapeutic properties, most notably to help manage inflammation. But have you found a way to incorporate this spice into your diet more regularly? Maybe you’re still unsure if you like the taste. By itself, turmeric is astringent, woody, and bitter, and it will stain your favorite wooden spoon an unappetizing shade of dark yellow. When combined with other warming spices, though, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, turmeric blooms and …

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07

Sep'16

Trying to make healthy lifestyle changes? You’ll need a daily distraction.

Trying to make healthy lifestyle changes? You’ll need a daily distraction.   Is Your Healthy Lifestyle List Complete? Restore healthy body weight – check! Eat 8 + a Balanced Plate – check! Move More – check! Always be prepared for my next meal before it’s time to eat – check! Define my daily distraction, my ‘fun goal’ – Feel good enough to {fill in the blank} each day – check??   Daily distraction – huh? Everyday I get to ask people who are trying to make healthy change ‘Why do you want to be healthy?’.  The common response is to …

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10

Aug'16

How to Blanch Vegetables: A great solution for gardens at their peak and bulk buying produce

How to Blanch Vegetables A great solution for gardens at their peak and bulk buying produce.   Guest Post by CARE Nutrition Intern, Jacqui Gabel Photography: Jacqui Gabel   Problem: Gardens fully producing, overbuying, or just overflowing with vegetables! Tell me if this sounds familiar: I want to eat more vegetables daily, but I tend to buy more than I (or my family) can eat before they spoil, or I come home hungry and forgo adding enough veggies to dinner because I haven’t prepped them in advance. Or, maybe this sounds more familiar right now?  It’s August and my garden, …

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05

Jul'16

Differences Between Flax, Chia, and Hemp Seeds

CARE Member Question: “I have a question about chia, hemp, and flax seeds. What are the unique differences between these and what are the benefits ( pros and cons ) of each?”   Answer: The main difference between flax, chia, and hemp seeds are the ratio of minerals, fatty acids, fiber, and phytonutrients that they contain. The top nutrients that seeds (like flax, hemp, chia and even less glamorized like sunflower and sesame) bring to the party are: minerals, fatty acids, fiber, and phytonutrients (especially polyphenols and lignans). The less glamorized sunflower seed is also a rich source of dietary vitamin …

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20

Jun'16

Product Review: Black Bean Spaghetti – Pasta Becomes a Protein

Product Review: Black Bean Spaghetti Pasta Becomes a Protein!   How Does Pasta Become a Protein? Make it from beans instead of grains. Explore Asian (R) bean-based pastas (black bean spaghetti, edamame spaghetti, and mung bean fettuccine) solve three common nutrition problems: Provides pasta lovers an alternative to carbohydrate-dense, blood sugar raising grain-based pastas Provides another wonderful plant-based protein source Provides an iron source for plant-based diets     Grain-Based Pasta Compared to Bean-Based Pasta (ranges shown between varieties; serving size based on 15 grams of carbohydrate or 1C in CARE) Grain-Based Pasta (whole wheat, rice, quinoa, spelt) Bean-Based Pasta …

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13

Jun'16

Food as Medicine: Coconut Berry Puree

Recipe: Coconut Berry Puree A Delicious Way to Use Food as Medicine   Every ingredient in a Perfectly Produce recipe has a purpose. That purpose is to be a tool that your cells use for all the projects they are responsible for like screening for cancer, repairing DNA, regulating hormones, and moderating inflammation.  These are big purposes.  Everything we eat either has the ability to heal cells and provide tools or to overwhelm and harm cells. It’s your choice – you do have control. Choosing whole, real foods in proper portions – that is using food as medicine.  It is …

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08

Jun'16

To Get Support, Ask for Support

To Get Support, Ask for Support Asking the first question is always the hardest, but the spark you get back makes it worth it.   In November, I made the decision to transition the Perfectly Produce web site and CARE program to a brand new learning management system. I knew going in that I had limited (very limited) web skills, but I knew I had to make the change or I would face the same limitations in 2016 that I had faced to-date. So I took the plunge. I had no idea at the time of that decision how much …

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