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 […]
Make Your Own Spice Mixes!
Written by UConn Dietetic student Lisa Joyner Premade spice mixes and rubs are convenient, but are also usually loaded with extra salt, sugar, and other chemical compounds. Making your own is good for your health and your wallet. You may be surprised at how easy it can be to make your own spice blends and […]
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 […]
Two Easy 20 Minute Winter Soup!
Written by UCONN Dietetics Student, Ava Chappell Soups can be a convenient and perfect way to take in nutritious foods! Many soup recipes have vegetables, a protein source, and a grain such as pasta or rice, providing three out of the five food groups all in one dish. Finding recipes that have a variety of […]
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 […]