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St. Patrick’s Day is often associated with heavy, calorie-laden foods including meat, beer and bread. Lighten up this St. Patrick’s Day with some nutrient-rich green foods! Green fruits and vegetables, along with other colorful counterparts, can help reduce the risk of chronic disease, promote healthy blood pressure and help with weight maintenance and blood sugar [...]

Even in sunny California, winter soups are a staple at our dinner table. I enjoy having the heat of the oven warming my kitchen during the roasting process. The intense flavor of roasted vegetables is so easy to turn into a hearty soup with the addition of a little broth and the help of a [...]

One of the resounding themes during our Picky Eater Challenge was the idea of getting kids involved with meals. Letting them help pick ingredients or toppings that go into a meal give them a reason to be excited about that dish. So, today we’re sharing one of our favorite breakfasts to personalize: oatmeal! The toppings [...]

Fresh 20 Nutritionist, Allison Arnett, answers your questions about Nutrition Almond Milk: A Healthful Alternative to Dairy? We often receive questions at the Fresh 20 about commercially available foods, and this week we focus on almond milk. While it can be a component of a balanced diet, depending on the ingredient list it can also [...]

written by Fresh 20 Nutritionist, Allison Arnett Michael Pollan, famed author and food activist, coined the poignant statement, “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” This statement is true not just for meals but also for snacks that we choose during the day. Snacking in our culture is frequently used interchangeably with “snack foods” and, [...]

Fresh 20 Nutritionist, Allison Arnett, answers your questions about Nutrition 1. Is coconut oil a healthier alternative to other cooking oils like olive oil? This is a very relevant question given the abundance of conflicting information. Olive oil is definitely the healthier option. Olive oil is 78% monounsaturated fat and only 8% saturated fat. Conversely, [...]

written by Fresh 20 Nutritionist, Allison Arnett A popular debate in mom’s groups, on blogs or social media, and among celebrities is whether you should trick young children into eating vegetables by hiding them in kid friendly foods. Advocates of “vegetable deception” say that with a picky eater it’s a guaranteed way to boost nutritional [...]

Fresh 20 Nutritionist, Allison Arnett, answers your questions about Nutrition 1. Are there certain foods you should never eat together, due to different digestion times? Studies actually continue to reveal that combining foods from different food groups is more valuable than eating them separately. Our digestive system is able to handle a variety of foods [...]

written by Fresh 20 Nutritionist, Allison Arnett Yogurt is one of many foods which often carries a health halo–meaning most people overestimate the nutritional value of all yogurts because we believe it to be a healthy food. In fact, the US Census reported a 400% increase in yogurt consumption in this country over the past [...]

Fresh 20 Nutritionist, Allison Arnett, answers your questions about Nutrition 1. Avocados: they’re so high in fat and calories, are they really a healthy item? Don’t be afraid of the high fat content of avocados. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat; this type of fat can help reduce LDL (the bad) cholesterol and may even [...]