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Are starchy vegetables actually vegetables?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Q. What vegetables are truly not vegetables? Starchy/carb like? I am familiar with plantains, potato, corn, cassava root. What others may be on this list?


A. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica,  Read More

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Is it unhealthy to consume similar vegetables in the same day?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Q. Is it unhealthy to consume one serving of new potatoes and one serving of sweet potatoes in the same day, or are they too nutritionally similar?


A. It is better to eat two servings of a similar  Read More

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How do you freeze carrots?

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Q. How do I freeze carrots?


A. It’s a good idea to blanch carrots or any vegetable before freezing. To find information on freezing different types of vegetables, visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

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What is the requirement for washing fruit to meet the Joint Commission standards?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Q. I am an RD in healthcare. My understanding of Joint comm. standards is that only fruits or veggies with “edible skins” must be  Read More

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How are Muscadine grapes healthy?

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Q. What is the nutrition info for Muscadine grapes?


A. Muscadine grapes are a healthy snack. One half cup is fat free, cholesterol free, has only 45 calories and is a good source of fiber.

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What are the benefits of having vegetarian options for school lunches?

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Q. What are the nutritional benefits of increasing the vegetarian lunch options available at schools?


A. Schools must meet the USDA’s National  Read More

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What is the difference between the scuppernong grape and Muscadine grape?

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Q. What is the relationship between scuppernong grapes and Muscadine grapes?


A. Scuppernong is an alternative name for Muscadine grapes. The  Read More

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What vegetables are high in protein and how should I cook them?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Q. My doctor wants me on a protein diet only. Can you give me a list of veggies, and maybe ways to cook them?


A. Most fruits and veggies are not rich in  Read More

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Do you have recipes for my picky two year old?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Q. Please email me vegetable recipes for my two year old PICKY eater. Thank you.


A. Having picky eaters is normal. Children learn about foods in a variety of ways. They  Read More

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Why can I buy seasonal produce year round?

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Q. Hello, would you please clarify what are seasonable fruits and vegetables? For example, strawberry is a summer fruit, but I can by them during all year.


A. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available  Read More

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The Expert: Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka, a mother of two and a registered dietitian, shares years of experience in getting people to eat more fruits and veggies.
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