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 […]

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 […]

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 […]