• Building My Healthy Hut

    Every year at my workplace, we have a gingerbread house contest. I have never entered, primarily because we have some hardcore artistic people and I find it rather intimidating. I

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  • Healthy Holiday Swaps

    Lighten up your holidays with healthy treats and fun physical activity! You don’t have to give up treats entirely or feel guilty about an occasional over-indulgence this season. The key

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  • Cranberry Rice Pilaf

    This is a great whole-grain autumn dish to serve during the holidays. Children enjoy the natural sweetness imparted from the apple and cranberries.  I prefer a tart Granny Smith apple

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  • Fall Favs – Apples & Butternut Squash

    As the leaves change color and the evenings become chilly, I’m reminded that it’s the season for farm fresh apples and delicious butternut squash. Versatile and delicious, both apples and

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  • The “Rule of 3” for a Better Breakfast

    Mix and match your way to a high performance breakfast! Most kids and adults fall short when it comes to eating enough whole fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Breakfast provides

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Polenta Stuffed Peppers & Squash

September in Western Oregon is my favorite month in the garden because I finally get to harvest, harvest, harvest! This has been a great year for peppers, squash (summer and winter), green beans, tomatoes, eggplant, onions, herbs and really everything else I planted. I’ve been on a polenta kick lately (Southerners know them as grits) so I began with a

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Digging up Nutritional Roots

Several years ago, as I was sorting through the books at a shop of old treasures near Santa Fe, New Mexico, I came across  a 1941 book titled “Nutrition and Physical Fitness” (3rd edition, W.B. Saunders). Written by noted Kansas State University* nutrition scientist, L. Jean Bogert, Ph.D., the book was not intended as a textbook, but rather, for the “adult with at

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