National Nutrition Month: Get Your Plate in Shape!

By Jo Bartell March is National Nutrition Month®, and this year’s theme is “Get your Plate in Shape!” This is a great topic to think about as we make our way into spring and summer, and we wanted to share some Nutritioulicious tips. Start with fruits and veggies. As you know, it is recommended to make half of your plate fruits and vegetables using the USDA’s My Plate. Filling your plate with dark leafy greens like kale and collard greens, bright orange veggies like bell peppers, and antioxidan… read more »

Thai Peanut Chicken

I love peanut butter and Thai food (I’ve tried making curry and pad Thai at home), so when I received an email from the folks at San-J with recipes using some of their sauces I was excited to try my hand at a new chicken dish. Their recipe, Spicy Peanut Basil Chicken, called for fresh basil, which isn’t in season right now. So I decided to modify the recipe a little and I used fresh cilantro (which I already had in the fridge from the fish tacos I made last week). The recipe uses San-J’s Thai… read more »

Recipe ReDux: Chocolate Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chunks, Dried Cherries, and Walnuts

By Megan Kian Some people may think of chocolate as an indulgence, but in moderation chocolate can be a part of a healthy diet. As I’ve mentioned before, chocolate contains flavonoids, a type of antioxidant found in plant-based foods. Antioxidants are great for your body because they help repair cells and prevent certain diseases. This month’s Recipe ReDux theme, “Chocolate: Love Is In the Air,” is the perfect fit for February, which is Heart Health month and Valentine’s Day. I decided… read more »

A New Dried Fruit – Plum Amazins

I love fruit. I prefer fresh fruit when it’s in season, but when options are limited (like winter in New York), I count on dried fruit to help me reach my three servings of fruit per day. I love dried cranberries and golden raisins. And now I have a new dried fruit to add to the mix – Plum Amazins! Thanks to the folks at Sunsweet (and their Amazin care package!) I had the opportunity to taste these tiny pieces of dried plums and they are definitely Nutritioulicious!   While they taste very simi… read more »

Are Sugars Toxic?

This past September the annual American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) took place in San Diego. While I wasn’t able to attend in person, thanks to social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, I was able to keep up with what fellow RDs were learning in the sessions and what products they were tasting at the expo. As a consultant to food and beverage companies, including the Corn Refiners Association, one of the information sessions of interest to me… read more »