Recipes

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 […]

What are artificial sweeteners? And should I use them?

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Natalie Cyr What are artificial sweeteners? Artificial sweeteners are synthetic, or man-made sugar substitutes, and can be made from naturally occurring substances, such as herbs or sugar itself. These types of sweeteners are known to be more intense versions of sugar — meaning, they tend to be 50-200x sweeter than […]

Food or Supplements? Do we Need Expensive Supplements?

Written by UConn Dietetic Intern Alicia Farris Supplements can be beneficial for our health but can also pose risks according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)1. Doing your research on the supplements that you are taking is important since many are not regulated by the FDA. FDA is not authorized to review dietary supplement […]

Oils: Tips for Storage and Preventing Spoilage

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Karah Lewis Unsaturated fats such as olive, vegetable, and canola oils are cooking staples in many households. These oils often sit on our shelves, ready to be used in our recipes and delicious dishes. They seem to last forever, right? To the contrary, if not stored properly, oils may go […]

Is Organic Food Healthier than Non-Organic Food?

Written by UConn Dietetics student Ronnie Rivera Only 1 out of 10 are Americans are consuming the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables each day1. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends adults consume ½ to 2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables per day2. Only 12.2% of adults meet the daily recommendation […]

Springtime Cooking

Written by UConn Dietetics student Anastasia Stergos Spring is finally here! The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and the produce will soon be from more and more local sources. So many great vegetables are in season during spring in CT- asparagus, broccoli, crisp lettuces, green beans, and peas- just to name […]

Unpack Your Pantry & Stock for Success

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Jody Smith An organized, stocked pantry can assist your efforts to eat a healthy diet, come up with last-minute meals, save money, and can function as an emergency food stash if there is a storm that takes out the power. Pantries can easily turn into something like a junk drawer, […]

What Nutrients Should Concern a Vegetarian or Vegan?

Written by UConn Dietetics student Breanna Karabeinikoff The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that thoughtfully planned vegetarian or vegan diets are nutritionally adequate and appropriate for all stages of life, including pregnancy, infancy, childhood, and older adulthood1. These diets may provide several health benefits. Vegans and vegetarians have reported a lower risk of developing […]

Get Creative in the Kitchen with Mushrooms!

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Nicole Glick Whether you are vegan or vegetarian looking to get creative with your meals or an omnivore looking to cut back on your meat consumption, mushrooms can be your one-way ticket to a nutritious and delicious meal! For a while, mushrooms were not getting the attention they deserved, but […]

Get garden ready: Start seedlings inside the home!

Written by UConn Dietetics student Ariana Morasutti Starting your seedlings inside the home is a great option if you are new to gardening or just want to give your plants a head start. You can start a wide variety of vegetables inside your home such as broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers and onions. Starting the growth […]