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8 Tips for Washing Fruits & Vegetables

Post written by Tiana Yom, MPH, CHES In recent years, the United States has had several large outbreaks of illness caused by contaminated fruits and vegetables — including spinach, tomatoes, and lettuce. As fresh produce can be contaminated in various ways, the FDA recommends to choose produce that isn’t bruised or damaged, and make sure that pre-cut items — such as bags of lettuce and watermelon slices — are either refrigerated or on ice in the store and at home. Here are 8 tips to follow wread more »

Menu Plan Monday: Week of September 8, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I feel fall in the air, which is making me want warming food like soups, stews, and roasted vegetables. This week’s menu is inspired by the summer tomatoes left on my kitchen counter and the chilly temps outside. What are you inspired to cook this week?     Week of September 8, 2014 Monday: Panko Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Rosemary-Roasted Cauliflower with Raisins Tuesday: Leftovers Wednesday: Mushroom Onion Frittata with Rosemary Garlic R… read more »

Blog Brûlée Here I Come!

Disclosure: My attendance at the Blog Brûlée is partially sponsored. I have received a registration discount for my attendance in exchange for writing this pre-event post. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for the weekend of September 12-14! Ok, I’m a little nervous to be leaving the girls home alone with their daddy for the weekend, but I am anxiously anticipating what I believe will be one of the most valuable career experiences I will ever take part in. In less t… read more »

Menu Plan Monday: Week of September 1, 2014

Labor Day has come and gone, the summer is unofficially over, and most kids around here are heading back to school this week and next. If you’ve been to the supermarket recently, you may have noticed that despite the humid temps, the produce pickings are changing and your summer favorites are more expensive and less available than just a few weeks ago. As berries and nectarines go out of season, in come pears, apples, and oranges. I for one miss my summer fruits, but all good things must come to an e… read more »

5 Meal & Snack Ideas for Labor Day Weekend

Summer is winding down but don’t fret! Labor Day weekend fun is right around the corner! To help best prepare and celebrate Labor Day weekend, here are 5 easy meals for small and large groups! Post written by Tiana Yom, MPH, CHES Here are my top 5 quick and simple summer foods, perfect for Labor Day! Smoothies. Put your creativity to the test! Smoothies are a great grab-n-go snack. Depending on the combinations of ingredients, smoothies can be packed with essential omega-3s, vitamins (A, B, C, D… read more »