Month: March 2021

Milk and Dairy! Not Everyone Needs to Avoid Cow’s Milk!

Written by UConn Dietetics student Heather Phillips Humans began drinking milk products at least 6000 years ago1. Yet if you walk into the dairy isle at the grocery store you will see rows and rows of dairy alternatives. These alternatives made from foods such as oats, almonds, cashews, and soy claim to be healthier for […]

Let’s Get Active! – 5 Ways to Get Your Family Moving

Written by UConn Dietetics student Rama Kattan Physical activity is important for keeping your family healthy and strong. Research has shown that kids who participate in physical activity maintain their weight and perform better in school1. Being a role model and participating in daily physical activity can help your children build positive health behaviors. The […]

It’s All About Balance: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Written by UConn Dietetics student Olivia Ford Good nutrition, physical activity and a healthy body weight are all important parts of a person’s overall health and wellbeing. What is good nutrition you may ask? Good nutrition means you are eating a variety of whole foods that you enjoy like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, […]

Healthy Cooking

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Yanyan Chen Healthy eating is more than just choosing foods. How they are prepared is also important. Healthy eating does not mean giving up your favorite foods or recipes; you can adapt or modify your recipe easily with basic cooking techniques to provide healthier alternatives. Here are some examples: Switch […]

Coconut Oil is Not a Miracle Food: Learn the FACTS

Written by UConn Dietetic Intern Olivia DuBois Coconut oil has become wildly popular in recent years due to its supposed health benefits. Coconut oil has been heavily promoted in several trendy diets such as the Ketogenic and Paleo diets, in addition to the increased consumer demand for more plant-based foods. In 2016, NY Times published […]

Five Common Nutrition Myths and How to Recognize Them

Written by UConn Dietetic Intern Katherine Wojenska You’re scrolling through Facebook in your spare time and you come across Aunt Linda’s shared post titled, “Want to Lose 20lbs in 7 Days? Just Follow These 10 Steps to A Healthier Lifestyle!”. You click on it and you see many “do this, not that”; “avoid carbs, they […]

Fermented Foods and their Benefits

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Amy Corcoran Fermented foods and drinks have been around for thousands of years, and they’re making a comeback! Fermentation is a process where microorganisms (think yeast, bacteria, and mold) break down the sugars in food to release acids, gases, nutrients, and alcohols. It’s how milk turns to tangy yogurt, cabbage […]