Summertime is a fun time to spend visiting friends, enjoying the lake or backyard, or taking a road trip! Snacks are an essential part of any plans and with the abundance of tasty fruits and vegetables, can be a breeze to prepare while providing the nutrients needed every day. Fruits and veggies are a refreshing way to help stay hydrated in the heat because they have high water content. They also pack/travel well and they’re easy to eat.
Weddings can be exciting and filled with fun traditions. . . .something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Stress levels can sometimes run high with all of the details, organization and last minute planning that occurs as the big event approaches. To help make sure your special day goes smoothly, apply these traditions to your health. Not only will you look great, but you’ll feel better.
The big day is only weeks away and you’ve just visited the florist to finalize your order and drop off a deposit to ensure delivery. As you get into your car, you can feel another headache popping through. A question is hammering through you mind . . .how will the florist ensure that your special posies are fresh and perky for your 7 pm wedding when delivery is scheduled for early afternoon?…WATER, of course!
Celebrate with a patriotic nod to the menu. In addition to the usual grilling fare, add tasty and healthful fruit and veggie treats in red, white and blue!
Every color of the rainbow offers a unique mix of nutrients that are important for good health, including antioxidants, fluid, fiber, vitamins, and minerals! In fact, the pigment that gives fruits and vegetables their bright, sunny colors is actually where many of the nutrients are found, which is why eating produce in the same color family provides a similar mix of nutrients! This means that menus never have to be boring, and no matter what favorites fall in each color of the rainbow, those nutrients will be there in each choice.
For those amateur cooks who want to try grilling up something new this Memorial Day weekend, here are a few of my favorite recipes. This summer, be creative in the presentation and options of party foods and beverages. It’s amazing how easy it can be to take a step closer to a healthier – and still delicious – menu.
Social media provides a huge platform for education, interaction, brand awareness, and more. If you are a retail dietitian, social media needs to be on your radar. Even if your retailer and/or private brands have Twitter handles and a presence in the variety of social media sites, it’s important that you as a professional have your own handle to build your brand, help your target audience know who you are and what you stand for, and to interact with fellow professionals both in and out of the retail space. Here is some food for thought to consider if you haven’t already joined the conversation.