Author: Stacey Stearns

Which Plant-Based Beverage Is Best for Me?

Written by Taylor Quigley, UConn Dietetics Student It appears every time you go to the grocery store, there is another choice for a plant-based beverage. They now are shelf-stable or refrigerated. Despite having so many choices, these drinks are not created equal! They vary in key nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and protein. Some common […]

Produce Picks: Frozen/Canned Fruits and Vegetables

Written by UConn Dietetics student Kristen Rossi We all can use an extra serving of fruits and vegetables in our diets!  They provide an array of vitamins and minerals and help the body fight against many chronic diseases. However, fresh fruits and vegetables tend to be expensive and will spoil if they are not used […]

Earth Day- Fun Recycling Activities for Families

Written by UConn Dietetics student Krupa Parekh Every year on April 22nd, Earth Day brings the world together to celebrate and express thanks to our planet. It’s a perfect time for parents to educate their kids about the 3 ‘R’s concept1   – reduce, reuse, and recycle to protect our environment and reduce unnecessary waste. There […]

Root Veggies Rock!

Written by UConn Dietetics student Joseph Oliva What are Root Vegetables? Root vegetables are vegetables that grow underground and serve as the base for the plant. Some other common names for root vegetables include bulbs, roots, and tubers. While they are called “roots”, this does not imply that they are actual roots, but instead, they […]

Why “Eat the Rainbow”?

Written by UConn Dietetics student Alison David It’s well known that it’s an important health practice to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible, everyday. Did you know that the variety of colors matters?  By ‘eating the rainbow’, you get the benefits of many vitamins and minerals that are unique to these foods. The […]

Tips for Feeding Picky Youngsters

Written by UConn Dietetics student Rebecca Mowrey As children begin developing food preferences during toddler and preschool-aged years, it’s normal for picky eating behaviors to arise when exploring new foods.1 Picky eating is often characterized by an unwillingness to eat new and/or familiar foods. These behaviors can make mealtimes a struggle, but there are a […]

What is the Dash Diet?

Written by UConn Dietetics Intern Laura Scarfone   What is the DASH Diet?  The DASH diet stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The diet refers to an eating pattern designed to help prevent or treat high blood pressure (hypertension). The eating pattern focuses on whole foods higher in nutrients that have shown to lower […]