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Monthly Meal Planning


Meal planning is a great tool that can not only save time and money but can also prevent unnecessary stress about deciding what to eat for each meal. A little planning can go a long way and can help to prevent poor food choices. Creating weekly menus, prepping ingredients and keeping an organized pantry are just a few ways you can master meal planning. Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs shares with us her top tips for meal planning.

Word of the Week: Fondue


Fondue is a great dish to serve and enjoy with friends.

Bone Broth: Magic Elixir or Trendy Soup?


Bone broth has become a chic food, and some claim it has many nutritional benefits. Is bone broth really a magic elixir?

Is Wood Pulp Being Added to Your Food?


A recent news story has grated some cheese lovers. That Parmesan cheese you're sprinkling on your favorite pasta dishes may not be what it appears, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency found wood pulp in some Parmesan cheese, but how concerned should consumers be? Is wood pulp commonly used in foods?

Word of the Week: Viticulture


Viticulture is the cultivation of grapevines or the study of grapes.

Why Do Fruits and Vegetables Brown?


We all know what it's like when you leave your apple slices out a little too long. Your once crispy, juicy white apple has turned a sad shade of brown. Rest assured, the brown apple is perfectly safe to eat, but have you ever wondered why certain fruits and vegetables brown after cutting them and what you can do to prevent it? Turns out there's a whole lot of science going on behind the scenes. From enzymes to pigments and everything in between, there are many pieces to this puzzle that we wanted to find out about.  

Behold the Sweet Benefits of Chocolate


Originally posted February 2, 2015.

Chocolate-covered strawberries, anyone? With Valentine's Day approaching, there's one thing we just can't get off our minds: chocolate! This decadent treat makes an appearance at most major (and even minor) holidays, but it's on February 14 when it truly shines. In honor of this sweet day, we wanted to treat you with some facts that just might have you reaching for another piece of chocolate (everything in moderation, right?).

Word of the Week: Mousse


Valentine's Day is almost here - the holiday known for chocolates and other sweet treats. One such treat is mousse (not the animal).

The Fungus Among Us


A mushroom is a mushroom, right? Turns out, there is more to this fungi than meets the eye. Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator of Nutrition, Food Safety, and Cooking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, gave us some info about different types of mushrooms and tips for enjoying this nutritious morsel.

Word of the Week: Citrus


In honor of National Grapefruit Month, this week's word of the week is citrus.

Fall in Love with Grapefruit!


February may be best known for Valentine's Day, chocolates, roses and hearts, but did you know that February is also National Grapefruit Month?

Diet Showdown - Volumetrics


The Volumetrics diet, created by terrific research done by Dr. Barbara Rolls, focuses on feeling full or utilizing the volume and calorie density of foods. Volumetrics is ultimately about getting more mileage out of what you eat. Registered dietitian Sarah Downs tells us the details about this eating pattern.

Biotics Unite


You've probably heard about the importance of keeping your digestive tract healthy and the role different foods can play in our diet. Probiotics often take center stage in these conversations, but it’s important to not forget their partner, prebiotics. Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs helps us learn more about these functional foods.

Word of the Week: Probiotics/Prebiotics


We hear a lot about probiotics and their benefits to human health. But what exactly are probiotics? And what are prebiotics?

Diet Showdown - Cleansing!


Sometimes called a cleansing diet, the rise of the “detox” diet continues as we start the New Year. Detoxes and cleanses have become very popular the past few years and many claim they can provide positive impacts to your health. But the truth is that many detoxes and cleanses aren’t right for everyone. We talked with registered dietitian Sarah Downs to find out more about this diet trend.

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