Choosing Fresh Produce: Part II

By Ashley Watson

Produce-in refrigeratorLast week, we covered how to choose produce at the grocery store. Keeping produce fresh begins by buying the freshest fruits and veggies possible. Once you get your produce home, there are many ways to keep produce fresh and minimize food waste.

This week, we’ll provide tricks for storing and prepping produce to help you get the most out of your fruits and veggies, which may even help you save some time and money!

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Choosing Fresh Produce: Part I

By Ashley Watson

Fresh-produceBefore I launched my professional writing career, I had a job stocking produce at the local co-op. The most frequent questions from customers were always about how to pick fruits and vegetables and tips on keeping them fresh. While I could write an entire book on this, I decided to limit this topic to two posts. This week, I’ll discuss some tips on how to choose fresh produce at the grocery store. Next week, we’ll look at ways to keep your fruits and veggies fresh once you get them home. Overall, there are three main features to check when choosing fresh produce: Color, texture, and smell. Buying local and in season when it’s available and avoiding packaged items will also help to ensure that you get the freshest produce in the store.® If you read our post on winter detox tips, this post will help you restock your fridge with healthier choices!

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Winter Detox Tips

By Ashley Watson

juice-detoxWinter can be a tough time to stay motivated about maintaining a healthful diet and exercise regime. A mid-winter detox is one of the best ways to rejuvenate and improve your health. From skin and brain health to  more energy, detoxing can improve overall well being and help you feel your best even in the coldest weather.

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5 Simple Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

By Ashley Watson

2014-New Year We’re only two days into 2014, and there’s already been an influx of people commenting on Facebook and Twitter about starting new gym memberships and giving up junk food or other bad habits. Whether you’re trying to quit smoking or just want to eat healthier, New Year’s resolutions are not easy to keep. Whatever the reason that causes people to struggle with honoring New Year’s resolutions, you can make it easier on yourself with these five simple tips from FoodScience® of Vermont.

 

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Healthy Stocking Stuffers

By Ashley Watson

Stocking-stuffersGrowing up, my mom always knew exactly what to put in our stockings. No matter what filled those over-sized socks every year, we could always count on an orange or a few clementines tossed into the loot. It seems like a minor gesture, but this one healthy treat was always appreciated in the middle of a cold winter. Whether you are looking for last-minute ideas for stocking stuffers, or you want to give your loved ones a healthier choice this year, we’ve put together a list of healthy options for the stocking. Be sure to check out all of the supplements we offer at FoodScience® of Vermont.

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5 Quick and Easy Breakfasts To Start Your Day

By Ashley Watson

Oatmeal-blueberriesIf you believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you will appreciate the recipes in this week’s post from FoodScience® of Vermont. Studies show that people who eat a substantial, balanced breakfast tend to be more focused at work, less likely to eat unhealthy snacks, and have more energy throughout the day. But it’s not always easy to make a decent breakfast when you’re running late or distracted by getting the kids ready for school. Now you can make sure that you and the entire family get the power breakfast needed to give you energy and keep you going with these easy-to-make breakfasts. It may take a little prior planning, but the payoff is worth it when you have enough fuel to feel your best all day long.

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The Truth About Hydrogenated Oils

By Ashley Watson

Cooking-oilWhether or not you are familiar with hydrogenated and “partially hydrogenated” oils, you can certainly find a lot of conflicting information on the Internet. One of our goals at FoodScience® of Vermont is to educate consumers about health issues through our blog, but it’s always a good idea to do your own research and speak with your doctor about your diet and lifestyle. That said, this week’s post is intended to give you some basic facts about trans fats, the differences between fully and partially hydrogenated oils, and how to make healthier choices.

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How to Maintain Your Health During the Winter

By Ashley Watson

Woman-skiingAs we head into winter, staying healthy can become more difficult for a variety of reasons. The lack of sunlight makes it harder to get enough vitamin D and exercise, both of which can help alleviate feelings of depression. There’s also increased dry skin, poor eating habits, and generally feeling sluggish that can get in the way of feeling our best.

From finding the motivation to get outside and exercise to maintaining a healthy diet during the winter holidays, there are plenty of challenges to our health throughout the colder months. In this week’s post, we’ll give you some tips to help you stay healthy and happy this winter.

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Yoga for Newbies: Part II

By Ashley Watson

Office-yogaIf you read last week’s post, hopefully you feel more confident about going to your first yoga class. Maybe you’ve already signed up for a class or looked into classes at your gym. Regardless of how much yoga experience you have, this week’s post will cover some yoga fundamentals and describe poses you can try at home.

Before you try these, it would be a good idea to attend at least one class so that an instructor can show you first-hand how to do each pose correctly.

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