Written by SNAP-Ed Summer Intern Anna Santoro What Is Vitamin A? Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. This means it needs fats in the diet in order to be absorbed by the body. Vitamin A is stored in the body’s fatty tissue and in the liver. There are two main forms of vitamin A in […]
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Did You Know Garlic is Good for You?
Written by UConn Extension Summer Intern Jenna Zydanowicz Garlic, a root vegetable, has many benefits when included in your diet. It’s not only flavorful, it is also packed with a lot of antioxidants that can keep our bodies their healthiest! According to Amy Fischer, MS, RD, CDN, garlic has anti-inflammatory and microbial benefits. Garlic’s health […]
How to Hydrate in the Summer!
Written by UConn Extension Summer Intern Jenna Zydanowicz On those hot summer days, we are always looking for something to quench our thirst. Sometimes we want to reach for a cold can of soda, Gatorade, or even an iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts. However, the best way to stay hydrated and keep your body functioning […]
Kid-Friendly Frozen Summer Treats
Written by UConn Dietetics Student Brooke Bosco There’s nothing like a cool, refreshing treat to help you beat the summer heat! Healthy, homemade frozen fruit pops are super easy to make with five ingredients or fewer. By making your own pops, you can avoid the added sugars often found in store-bought pops and benefit from […]
Tips to Reduce Your Grocery Bills
Written by UConn Dietetics Student Brooke Bosco There are many different factors that can affect our grocery bills, whether they are personal or world events like the pandemic. The following strategies may help you to spend less, waste less, and save more! Cut back on strict meal-planning Although meal-planning is suggested as a strategy to […]
What to Cook to Beat the Summer Heat!
Written by UConn Extension Summer Intern Jenna Zydanowicz We all love summer activities: the sunshine, the beach, sitting outside to catch up with friends, and family picnics. We don’t always love the hot and humid air that can make the thought of cooking a meal in a hot kitchen, or even eating a hot meal, […]
Intermittent Fasting: Is It Safe?
Written by UConn Dietetics student Caitlin Smith What is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting has been highly popularized for the last decade and continues to gain buzz as new research emerges. So, what is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting involves alternating between periods of eating and fasting (fasting is abstaining from all or some kinds of food […]
Healthy Options On-The-Go!
Written by UConn Dietetic student Maia Smith Everyone has days where they’re in a pinch, looking to quickly grab a meal or a snack on a busy day. Fast food chains get a bad rap, but when you need something to eat or drink, there are plenty of fast food options that can help you […]
Why is Exercise so Important?
Written by UConn Dietetics Student Alison Soucy Physical activity can do wonders for you and your health! Those who exercise are less likely to have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and obesity. Additionally, exercise strengthens bones and muscles, offsetting some of the loss that comes from aging and reducing the risk of bone fractures1. In […]
Why is Vitamin B12 Important?
Written by UConn Dietetics student Nina Seok Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin meaning that it dissolves in water.¹ It plays an important role in nerve/brain functions, the formation of your red blood cells, and DNA production.¹ Vitamin B12 is generally rich in foods that have high amounts of protein or products fortified with vitamin […]