Berry Red, White and Blue

The fourth of July is right around the corner. As we celebrate with parades, fireworks, and backyard barbecues, try adding some healthful berries to your dishes like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Berries are full of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. They are also in season, perfect for an Independence Day gathering and to enjoy throughout the summer. Here are some red, white, and blue ideas for a patriotic party:

Angel Food Cake with berries is a lower calorie, lower fat dessert option, perfect to share with friends and family.

Eggcellent Eggs



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Hardboiled, poached, sunny side up, or scrambled, eggs are an “egg”cellent source of protein, choline, riboflavin, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. With Easter just around the corner, here are some tips for hard boiling, peeling, and storing your eggs safely by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

When it becomes CHILI out, don’t STEW about it because fall is SOUPER

Fall is here and it’s the perfect time of year for soups, stews, and chili. These dishes can also be an excellent way to include more vegetables in your diet. Vegetables are full of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber. Soups, stews, and chili are easy to prepare, and can be frozen and consumed later when batch cooking. Making our own soups, stews, and chili also gives us the opportunity to add a variety of herbs and spices to lower the amount of sodium for heart-health.