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i am a preschool teacher and i was wondering if you knew of any websites which have craft ideas about eating fruit and vegies. i have had a few parents ask me to address this issue with the children and i am trying to make it a FUN thing to do!Thanks for your help

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

There are so many fun fruit and veggie activities to do with preschoolers! They love to help create their own snacks. A few “non-cooking” activities you could try are making a trail mix or funny faces with  Read More

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Red and bright pink fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals called lycopene and anthocyanin. What do they help your body do?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Lycopene and anthocyanins are among the thousands of phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables.  Lycopene may help to decrease risk for heart disease and some cancers; it has been specifically associated  Read More

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HOW MUCH FRUITS AND VEGGIES SHOULD I EAT TO ALLIVIATE CONSTIPATION?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Treatment of constipation is individual.  Meeting your daily recommendation for fruits and vegetables is a good first step:  3 ½ – 4 ½ cups per day for moderately active adult females; 4 ½ -5 cups per day for  Read More

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What vegetables are good to help lower triglycerides ?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Including all fruits and vegetables in your diet in place of other foods that increase triglycerides in the blood is beneficial.  There are no specific vegetables that will lower triglycerides.  Some  Read More

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How many servings of meat or poultry should teenagers eat a day?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Go to www.mypyramid.gov for information on this topic.

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can fresh mushrooms be frozen for later use?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Fresh mushrooms are best used within a few days of purchase. If they must be frozen, first sauté them with little to no fat (if using a non-stick skillet), let them cool slightly, then place the cooked  Read More

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Is it harmful to eat more fruit them your daily allowance. I like to eat lots or strawberrys, bannanas and grapes about 3-4x a week

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

The recommendation for fruit intake for most adult women who are moderately active would be about 2-2 ½ cups per day; for moderately active adult men it is about 2 ½ to 3 cups per day. It is only detrimental  Read More

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Can eating cheese be harmful?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Cheese is a good source of protein and calcium, among other nutrients.  However, regular cheese is high in saturated fat, which contributes significantly to development OF high cholesterol levels in the  Read More

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Hello im a man that is 28years old. I go to the gym so i need more than 5 fruit a day, i find it hard to take this amount so i was wondering if when making a smoothie could i measure out 5-6 portions of fruit and drink during the day. If this was o.k then i could also do this with veggies and alternate each day. Or as another question would 10 portions be to much? Thank you for your time and the exellent information on your site. cheers

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

A smoothie is a great way to include fruit in your diet.  As a 28 year old male who is moderately to very active, you need approximately 10-13 servings or 5-6 1/2 cups total of fruits and vegetables per day.   Read More

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I have 2 bags of orange slices for a team game that was cancelled, can I freeze the slices for a few days until the next game? Thanks!

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Because of their water content, fresh oranges do not freeze well. The water in the orange slices would crystallize during freezing and damage the delicate tissues. I recommend wrapping the orange slices in a  Read More

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