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Recipe Ideas for Seasonal Vegetables

January 14, 2016
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Do you pay attention to what is in season when you shop? There are a large number of benefits to shopping for seasonal vegetables and fruits such as; being able to grab what you need from the local farmers market, increased freshness, protection from disease, lower price and better taste.  My favorite fruit is mango; however, I have learned (despite my reluctance to come to terms with the reality) that I cannot have mango throughout the year without some slight…

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Get Kids Movin Interview with Green Tea & Tosh Patterson

May 2, 2013

By Whitney Wasso, MECKids Blog Ambassador The Get Kids Movin Tour featured a variety of fun festivities for kids to get moving, including a wonderful  interview with phenomenal fitness experts such as the amazing soul singer, Green Tea and “Healthanista,” Tosh Patterson. Here’s the wisdom and fitness advice they shared with youth and families to keep them moving! Green Tea: In the health industry, I’m a certified group exercise instructor. So I teach step aerobics and I teach strength resistance. I also…

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Sneaky Sugar

March 12, 2013

When you read the labels on foods in your supermarket, it’s no surprise that you find plenty of sugar in products like cake mix, ice cream, jelly, cookies, and soda. But it can be downright shocking to see 12 grams of sugar in bottled pasta sauce or barbecue sauce — and even more so to find 50 grams of sugar in a healthy-sounding bottled tea! Just because there’s a nutrition-oriented statement on the package (like “contains whole grain,” “excellent source…

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Heart Health

February 12, 2013

The heart is an amazing muscle, yet sadly we seem to ignore it and treat it poorly.  Without even asking it our heart preforms these really amazing activities: Every day your heart beats about 100,000 times Although it’s no bigger than your fist it pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood through your body. Your heart has the mighty job of keeping blood flowing through the 60,000 miles of blood vessels that feed your organs and tissues.   The National Health…

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Bananas for Bananas

February 4, 2013

These bright, easy to eat, cheap, and tasty fruit are so versatile it is no wonder why they are America’s top selling fruit. Contrary to popular belief bananas do not come from a tree, but the world’s largest herbaceous flowering plant.  First noted by Alexander the Great on his conquest to India in 327 B.C, this banana flower has become sacred in many cultures.  The Hindus associate bananas with prosperity, while Indians believe they are good luck. They are often…

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