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Dietitian’s Dish – Tips for Navigating Nutrition During the Holidays

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by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N Happy, Healthy Holidays!   Savor the flavors of the season – without overdoing it! The rush of the winter holidays can make it challenging to stick to good nutritional habits. Many things can divert us from our best intentions. All sorts of social events, tempting treats, last-minute shopping excursions, traveling out of town… these holiday extras may interfere with our regular eating habits and derail a healthy diet. First, spend a little time thinking about what you usually do during the holidays for nutrition and how you want to approach it this year.  Ask …

Dietitian’s Dish – Fall Flavors

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by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N Food is fantastic during the fall season! The smells of the season make all of us crave a cozy meal or drink like a warm pumpkin spiced latte. But, pumpkin spice isn’t the only thing that’s nice this time of year! From apples to sweet potatoes, there are so many wonderful flavors to try.  These different foods are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and other healthy plant elements. There are many nutrients that overlap amongst the different produce items, but there are also many differences. Aiming for a variety of foods will provide a variety of …

Little Sprouts Space – Sunscreen Tips for Children

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Sweet Sweet Summer Time by Sarah Fontaine, APRN, FNP-C Kids love getting outside and having fun in the summer. Keep the fun going and protect your little ones from damaging UV rays with these quick tips for sunscreen usage: Do not apply sunscreen to a baby under the age of 6 months. Keep babies under the age of 6 months out of direct sunlight and instead allow for indirect sunshine; place baby near a sunny window or take outside and keep under umbrella. Cover skin with loose cotton if going in direct sun. After age 6 months, use a mineral …

Dietitian’s Dish – Healthy Summer Nutrition Swaps to Keep your Goals on Track

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by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N With summer comes ice cream in the warm evenings, hot dogs at barbecues and popsicles and cocktails by the pool. With all that fun, it can be easy to lose track of any nutrition goals you might have set for yourself. To help balance summer fun while maintaining healthy habits here are some healthy summer nutrition swaps: Add Fresh Produce to Your Meal Plan Summer is a great time to check out some local farmers markets and get fresh produce for new recipes. Visit a nearby farmers market for some in season produce or …

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Dietitian’s Dish – Eat Seasonally This Spring

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by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N Spring is officially here, bringing with it warmer weather, chirping birds, and blooming flowers!  One way to celebrate the change in seasons is by switching up what we put on our plates! Spring is a time of renewal, so now is the perfect opportunity to liven up your grocery shopping list with seasonal spring produce. I love the creative challenge of discovering new fruits and veggies to incorporate into recipes, and it brings variety to a diet by keeping our meals exciting. Some in-season produce picks: Arugula Arugula is a leafy green with a unique, peppery …

Functional Medicine Featured on The Today Show

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We were excited to see functional medicine featured on the Today Show recently! The four-minute clip features a patient and physician sharing their stories about how functional medicine has addressed the root causes of their chronic illnesses. Check out the video here, and if those stories resonate with you, why not subscribe to our newsletter? You’ll get timely and holistic wellness tips, delicious and nutritious recipes using whole foods, and supplement specials. Hope to see you there!  

Dietitian’s Dish – March is National Nutrition Month

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by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N Dietitians celebrate nutrition every day, but during the month of March, it’s a great time to bring a little bit more awareness to certain topics. This year the theme for National Nutrition Month (NNM) is “Celebrate a World of Flavors.” I love this theme because it emphasizes that food should be fun, flavorful, individualized and most of all ENJOYED! We can expand our flavor scope by cooking with different spices and herbs while creating dishes from different cultures. Some of my favorite flavors include coriander, cumin, and turmeric in Indian dishes like Masala; bold …

Little Sprouts Space – Heart-Healthy Habits in Childhood

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by Sarah Fontaine, APRN, FNP-C February is heart health month! I want to talk about some of our favorite little hearts: our kids’ hearts! Medical research indicates that cardiovascular health has its roots in childhood. Establishing healthy habits in childhood leads to lifetime health and wellness.  Top tips for pediatric cardiac health Teach your child that their heart is a muscle and pumps blood throughout their body. It is important to keep it healthy. Show them where their heart is located and have them feel their pulse.  Exercise. This is one of the best ways to keep the heart healthy …