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Can I use information from this site in a newsletter?

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Q. I would like to use recipes from this site in an online newsletter for youth and their families. Is that allowable?


A. Yes, you may do this, but please recognize the source. For example, “Recipe courtesy of”

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How do I order Fruits & Veggies More Matters Materials?

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Q. Hi, we have ordered small size booklets with fruits / veggies grouped in colors … we needed to order more and I’m not able to find it on your site the  Read More

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What is the limit for sugar apple intake?

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Q. Sugar apple dose for 60 kg man?


A. Sugar apples can be one fruit that falls into your recommended daily fruit intake. Half a cup of chopped fruit counts as one serving as  Read More

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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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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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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.Read Her Full Bio

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