Grill with No Guilt

​Summer is the perfect time for grilling and cooking out with friends and family. It is also a time when a wide variety of fresh seasonal produce is available. Vegetables and fruits on the grill can add a unique, colorful element to your next cookout, while also adding vitamins, fiber, and other nutrients. Lean meats are a great source of protein and can be quick and easy grilling choices. Grilling is one of the healthiest ways to cook because it adds flavor without having to add sodium or fat.

Decoding Nutrition Claims

​Have you ever bought a food because it was “all-natural” or “hormone-free”?  These claims are often used on food labels to draw attention to healthy sounding information while leaving out the item’s unhealthy qualities. While some claims are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), others are not. It can be hard to know which claims to believe and which may be misleading. The list below shows nutrient content claims that may be helpful when grocery shopping.

Alcohol, Sugar, and Caffeine, Oh My!

Cravings, celebrations, and stress often lead us to consume more alcohol, added sugar, and caffeine than experts advise. All three of these can fit into a balanced diet in small amounts, but eating and drinking more than what is suggested has poor effects on health and can lead to dependence or addiction. It is important to know the risks, recommendations, and replacement options for each.