Written by Dietetics Masters student Courtney LeDuc Food for your little one doesn’t have to be expensive! When we think of baby foods, the first things to come to mind are most likely those little glass or plastic jars of pureed foods in the baby aisle of the grocery store. Store-bought baby foods may be […]
Choosing a Plant-based Milk Alternative
Written by UConn Dietetics Student Sydney Hodges Dairy can be classified as products from the milk of mammals. This includes cow’s milk which is offered to us in a variety of fat levels (skim, 1%, 2%, whole (all cream included). The dairy aisle can be quite confusing because in the last twenty years or so, numerous […]
The Link Between Nutrition, Brain Health and Mental Health
Written by UConn Dietetics Masters student Paulina Karwowski Food Is Fuel Food is fuel, as the saying goes! Yet, we often forget to make sure that the fuel we put into our bodies are the healthiest varieties. Logically, it makes sense: what we put in can help make us what we are. Thus, if we […]
Root Veggies Rock!
Written by Dietetics Masters student Scarlett Ball What are Root Vegetables? Root vegetables grow underneath the soil and absorb nutrients from the soil. Health Benefits of Eating Root Vegetables Root vegetables contain many vitamins and minerals and are great to add to the diet. Many of these vitamins and minerals support our immune system […]
Tips for Eating Nutrient Dense Foods
Written by UConn Dietetic Intern Katrina Pruitt Americans eat significant amounts of calories, saturated fats, added sugars, and sodium in fast foods like burgers and fries, and frozen foods like pizza and ice cream. Canned foods can also supply high amounts of added salt. While these foods are okay to enjoy once in a while, […]
A Closer Look at Vitamin A!
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]