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Do Good for Your Gut with Probiotics

One of the more recent health crazes is adding more probiotic-rich foods into our diet… and for good reason. Probiotics help increase the amount of good bacteria in our gut flora, the space where millions of both good and bad bacteria live in our gut. Recent research is showing how the health ...

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Munch on Melons for Healthy Hydration

It’s that season of the year when hot morning temperatures grow hotter with each passing hour. The pavement permeates heat. Lawns scream for moisture. Keeping cool is priority one. Health and Hydration: The Important Connection Hydration helps regulate body temperature. After all, our ...

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Facts, no Fear on Agriculture

We hear a lot in the media about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) vs. non-GMO. Hy-Vee dietitian Hailey Boudreau provides some facts about the differences: What is the difference between GMOs, hybrid and heirloom plants and seeds? Genetically modified organisms, or genetically modified ...

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Power Up the Protein in Your Diet

Now is a great time to talk about new research on protein and good health. There are a number of recent studies that suggest protein may have health benefits such as weight loss and maintenance, retaining muscle mass as we age and even helping lower risk of disease. Studies are looking at ...

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Fiber is Your Friend!

If you’re looking for a way to lose weight or reduce your cholesterol, perhaps fiber should become your friend. Fiber is a complex carbohydrate; however, it does not give our body energy thus additional calories. Instead, fiber is simply eliminated from our body. The current dietary ...

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Make More, Waste Less

Do you ever look in your pantry or refrigerator and think: “Where did that come from?” Then you look at the product and notice there is no way you can use that in a meal at your house; there is mold or it's past its best-use-by date. Proper meal planning, along with utilizing what's in your ...

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It’s time to bring the grill out from under cover!

Tis’ the season for that favorite fair weather cooking activity! Grilling is a fantastic way to serve up delectable, flavorful meals with ease while maximizing nutrition. While you enjoy these favorite grillables, be sure to follow some basic techniques to help reduce the risk of carcinogen ...

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Fuel your activity right with carbohydrates!

As the weather gets warmer, many of us head out to take part in local running or biking races, or just to have some active fun on our own or with our families. To fuel up for these activities, it is important to eat foods that will help us do our best, whether for competition or just for fun. ...

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Fresh from the Grill

Fire up that grill! May is Nation Barbecue Month and what better way to kick off the warmer weather than getting outside and grilling up your favorite foods? Think outside the burger and hotdog box. According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association, the most common grilled foods are ...

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Five Foods for Heart Health

Heart health deserves attention because heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. - about one in every four deaths. Several medical and lifestyle choices may put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, ...

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Milk by the Glass

Walk down a grocery aisle today and you will find a lot of competition for cow’s milk. Whether customers have a specific food allergy or just prefer the taste of one over another, customers are exploring their options. Let’s take a closer look at some of the competition. Soy: You’ll ...

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5 Habits You Need to Know to Improve Your Metabolism

Metabolism is a word we hear often. But do we actually know what it does and how to take care of our own? The human body is truly amazing. Our body can take the food we eat and the beverages we drink and give us energy. Our bodies then use that energy to perform necessary functions such as ...

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Make More, Waste Less

Do you ever look in your pantry or refrigerator and think: “Where did that come from?” Then you look at the product and notice there is no way you can use that in a meal at your house; there is mold or it’s past its best-use-by date. Proper meal planning, along with utilizing what’s in ...

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Introducing Performance Inspired Nutrition: Whey More Than You Think

Do you want protein from a company that puts its customers’ needs first? Then check out newcomer Performance Inspired Nutrition. Performance Inspired Nutrition was started when entrepreneur, actor and producer Mark Wahlberg and former 25-year EBP/CMO/GM at GNC, Tom Dowd, were inspired to ...

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Bracket Snacks

There is a good amount of madness in March! Chances are you are going to munch on food while watching those games. Did you know there are some foods that you could choose that would benefit your health? Below you will find some tasty yet healthy tips for game days. Typically, during ...

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National Nutrition Month – Put Your Best Fork Forward

The 2017 National Nutrition Month theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” You may have heard put your best foot forward, but what does put your best fork forward mean? One bite at a time, one forkful at a time, one snack/meal at a time, one step at a time. All these small changes add up to ...

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St. Patrick’s Day Shake

Shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, seas of green clothing and various beverages of the same color: whether you are 100 percent or 0.1 percent Irish, many of us enjoy partaking in St. Patrick’s Day traditions and festivities. If you’re looking to keep the “new you” from the beginning ...

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The Power of Protein

When it comes to sports nutrition, there are several nutrients you need in your diet. One of those important nutrients is protein. One important function of protein is to build and repair all the tissues in our body, which our muscles need when it comes to sports and exercise. Protein is ...

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Avocados 101 – Picked, Peeled and Prepped to Perfection!

Avocados are becoming a must-have to pick up in the produce department because of their versatility and variety of powerful nutrients. Between their healthy monounsaturated fats that can improve heart health, the fiber that may lower cholesterol, and folate’s ability to improve brain health ...

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One Fish, Two Fish…Heart Healthy Hero’s

February is American Heart Month. Your heart health is dependent on your lifestyle habits. One of the most important behaviors is diet. One specific dietary habit in need of improvement in Americans’ eating patterns is increasing consumption of seafood. Current advice from our ...