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Does microwaving veggies make them lose their nutritional value?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
All forms of fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious for you! Fruits and vegetables lose some vitamins due to any cooking method. However, while some nutrients can be lost/or decreased while cooking,  Read More
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Is corn considered a fruit or a vegetable?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Corn is considered a vegetable. Here is our Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Corn!
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How does the consumption of fruits and vegetables may help the school performance of children and adolescents?

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that give children and adolescents the fuel they need for a healthy mind and body. The vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables keep the body  Read More
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Can you recommend a Breakfast Smoothie that I drink in order to have enery? I sleep well but yet wake up every morning feeling exhausted and blah! Thank you for your help!

Monday, June 7th, 2010
Fruits and vegetables are great ingredients to add to smoothies! They are packed with vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function most efficiently! Citrus fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C  Read More
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We make a 64 oz. pitcher of fruit smoothies and veggie drinks each week. Does it lose any of its nutritional value sitting in the fridge? It is used up in 5 days time.Thank you.

Sunday, June 6th, 2010
All forms (fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice) are equally nutritious for you! Therefore, as long as you are eating your fruits and vegetables with in a timely manner (5 days is fine), you will still get the same nutritional benefits! Try our Strawberry Banana Smoothie!
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Hi.My neighbor bought a green type veggie from an Amish lady. it is pan choy, supposedly similar to celery. Have you ever heard of it? How can one prepare it?

Saturday, June 5th, 2010
I assume that she bought bok choy. This is Chinese cabbage and is used in a lot of traditional Chinese cuisine. Bok choy’s white stalks resemble “smooth” celery, while the dark green, crinkly leaves are  Read More
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I recently bought an economy size jar of chopped garlic in olive oil. I will not use it up by the time it expires. If I re-package it in some smaller containers can it be frozen for future use?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
Garlic stored in olive oil can be put in the freezer. Due to concerns with Botulism, garlic in oil needs to be used within 10 days and then either has to be frozen or thrown away. For more information about freezing garlic in oil visit the Colorado State University Extension website.
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I read alot of health magazines and they all say to eat Hummus. I am a label reader and can’t figure out why it is suppose to be so good for you. I do like it and use it instead of mayo on wraps but there are no “good” fats like mono and poly and it has saturated fat in it.Thanks for taking time to read my e-mail. I love your website. It is my “go to” for just about anything I need to know about fruits and vegatables.Peg

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
Hummus is made from chick peas (garbanzo beans) and blended with olive oil, other spices, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. However, there are tons of different ways to make hummus. Therefore, the type of  Read More
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Why is so important to eat colorful?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

We encourage everyone to eat a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables every day. Eating a variety of colors in fruits and vegetables will give you the best recipe of nutrients for your body! All of the  Read More

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