Dietitians sometimes get a bad rap as the food police. You might think that this crowd only eats peanuts as dry roasted, unsalted nuts. Well, prepare to be amazed! Most RDNs believe healthy eating doesn’t require eliminating fat and salt or denying yourself dessert, and should be about satisfying all of your needs – mental, physical and emotional.
While the U.S. population still gets most of their protein from animal sources (meat, poultry and eggs), there is no doubt that plant-based eating is a growing trend in our country. And plant-based protein sources, including peanuts and peanut butter, lentils, beans, seeds and soy products are becoming more popular, and for good reason.
We’ve heard it since we were kids: Eat your veggies.
But they are classically the food on the dinner plate that is least exciting, and for some, eating vegetables has felt more like an obligation than a pleasure.
Now, veggies are where it’s at. In fact, chefs throughout the country are making them the priority instead of the afterthought.
Strokes cause one out of every 20 deaths in America. And in an analysis of 20 studies, grabbing a daily handful of peanuts was associated with a decreased stroke risk.
We all know, pretty much, what healthy means, right? Per the dictionary, something is healthy if it is “indicative of, conducive to, or promoting good health”. The great thing about a term like this is its simplicity. If we all have the same basic definition for healthy, we can easily decide what foods we should eat more often and what foods we should only eat on occasion. The word healthy is helpful when making food choices.
While it may be tempting to reach for that next piece of Valentine’s Day chocolate, add some peanuts to your diet instead in honor of American Heart Month. Did you know that just a handful of peanuts a day may help you maintain heart healthy cholesterol levels?
It’s that time of year again, when America’s children don their new book bags, climb aboard the yellow school bus and head back to the classroom. The back-to-school season is exciting for kids as they eagerly share tales of their summer adventures and show off their cute new haircuts. For moms and dads, the transition means that a little extra thought must be given to the mid-day meal – and breakfast too (but that’s another post)!
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