Living Well In The Panhandle

April: What’s in Season Now?

Can you believe Florida fresh fruits and veggies are supplied to 160 countries around the globe!  Particularly abundant right now are the vegetables commonly referred to as cruciferous vegetables.   (However, many scientists are starting to favor the term brassica vegetables over cruciferous vegetables)  These nutritious veggies are ones that you will want to eat on …

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De-Clutter Your Financial Life

Photo credit: pixabay.com In spring cleaning mode? If so, now is the perfect time to de-clutter your financial life. Organizing important papers as well as purging unnecessary ones will reduce paper clutter and stress and help you to locate what you need when you need it. Let’s get started! Store home files as follows: Current …

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Why Eggs?

This is the time of year when people hear “Easter,” they think of Easter egg hunt. Eggs can be used for more than just an Easter Egg Hunt, although Easter is when you can purchase eggs at their lowest price. While eggs often are eaten for the protein value, they also contain other nutrients. Eggs …

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“Egg”cellent Food Safety Tips for Your Holiday

It seems that everywhere you look, an egg hunt is being advertised, egg dye kits are on every corner in the store, and the Internet is a-buzz with cool decorating ideas. Keep in mind this season that this fun family activity could turn rotten if you forget food safety. Outbreaks of foodborne illness, especially salmonella, …

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Starch Madness

Starchy foods are healthy – eat them! Starchy foods make you fat – don’t eat them! How do you score a healthy starch bracket with all this contradictory madness? For each round of your daily eating game, choose a variety of healthy starchy foods made up of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. These starchy foods …

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Celebrating the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National Nutrition Month each March is the perfect time to focus on your health needs and set new nutritional goals. A couple of key messages for this year’s theme include discovering new ways to prepare meals that trim sodium and practicing mindful eating behaviors. Make it your goal …

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Crops in Season

What’s in season now is certainly variable, location being a major influence in this area.  Chances are, if you’re from a cold weather state and enjoying the Florida sunshine, expectations are a bit different than if you are from around these parts.  Nonetheless, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), oranges …

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Crops in Season: February

Although cool weather certainly makes Floridians feel like they’re experiencing winter, Florida farms are working in overdrive this February producing agricultural products for a whole lot of people who, because of COLD weather, are not able to grow their own crops. . The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services states that “Consumers around the …

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Surprise… Good Nutrition is “In the Can”!

Sometimes canned foods get a bad rap. Often, concerns are valid because canned foods tend to be high in unwanted salt and/or sugar. The good news is that you can buy fruits canned in their own juice and vegetables or beans labeled “low-sodium or” no salt added”. By draining and rinsing your canned produce with …

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Even Hippocrates Endorsed Walking

“Walking is man’s best medicine.” The ground breaking physician Hippocrates, said this around 300 BC.  It’s amazing that this still applies today. Walking is one of the easiest exercises that the majority of Americans can perform.  So what does it take? Not much – just the personal incentive to get started. Requirements are comfortable shoes and your …

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