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What is the nutrtional value of edamame beans and how are they best prepared?Thank you

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Edamame, or green soybeans, are a good source of vitamin A, calcium, and iron, low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol free. Visit our Fruit & Veggie Nutrition Database for nutritional information of  Read More

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I changed my diet pretty drastically about 6 weeks ago. I went from eating 1 serving of veggies every 2-3 days to getting 5 servings of veggies daily and 3 servings of fruits. Suddenly, this week, I have uncomfortable stomach cramping and gas. Other than that, the diet change has left me feeling much more energetic and I’ve been migraine free for 19 days (after having 1-3 migraines a week without fail for the last 4 years). Since I’m 6 weeks in, I don’t want to cut back while my digestive tract gets used to my new diet. How long should I expect this to last?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

First of all, keep up the great work! I am glad that you have seen a noticeable difference in your energy level and have experienced fewer migraines! Sometimes people do experience some bloating as they get  Read More

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Do you sponser or provide ”give away” items for school events? Our school is hosting a walk a thon next month and would like free incentives for students.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Visit our catalog for give-aways under $5 and other nutrition promoting items. Also include our P.A.C.K. toolkit for coloring activities for kids to do during your walk-a-thon.

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i am a 18 year old male and am 30 pounds overweight. i go to school and work about 20 hours a week at a fast food resturant. i would like a week-long menu of meals and to develope an excercise to help me lose and maintain a normal wieght. please and thanks love andrew

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Hi Andrew!

We currently have 50+, 2,000 calorie healthy menus available, with a new one being added weekly! Mix and match these menus to create week-long menus by choosing ones that sounds appealing to you!  Read More

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someone gave me a bar of 79% dark chocolate that is 3 yrs. old. They claim it is high quality and cannot ”go bad”. I am probably not going to eat this even though he claims it is better over time. Any comment? thanks

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Check to see if the bar has an expiration date on it. Most bars have an expiration date printed on the package. Most chocolate bars have an expiration date of one year from the date of manufacture.  Read More

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Hi, can you tell me the nutritional value and benefits of the colorful mangosteen? Thanks!

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Mangosteen is usually sold canned in juice in the United States. Half a cup of canned, sliced, and drained mangosteen is low in fat and sodium, and saturated fat and cholesterol free.  It also contains  Read More

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I heard I should store my nuts in the fridge/freezer. Is this true? If so, why?Thank you!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

In general, nuts should be stored at room temperature.  However some nuts, such as pine nuts and macadamia nuts, should be stored in the refrigerator. Like any food that needs to be kept in the  Read More

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1. email newsletter type is TOOOOOOO tiny. We have big, hig res screens and old eyes!2. Tips links to pdf files only bring up a black screen.3. You need to help us single member households who don’t cook for 4. and since most of us are older and on a fixed income, it needs to be budget-friendly.Thanks, Marsha

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Cooking for one, especially when you have cooked for a full house for many years, can take some time to get use to. Here are some easy tips:

  1. Determine the number of servings of a recipe and divide it by  Read More
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Is there somewhere we can get posters for schools of “MyPlate”

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Visit www.MyPlate.gov for more materials. Our catalog also has lots of great materials for schools including our Half Your Plate from the Salad Bar poster (this includes the MyPlate logo) and our How Do You Measure Up posters are popular posters that brighten up any classroom!

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Is there significant difference in how body processes bananas compared to other fruits? Can eating them hinder weight lose?

Monday, September 5th, 2011

The good news is, eating fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet promotes weight loss and maintenance! There are several keys to successfully maintaining your weight: eating slowly, knowing when  Read More

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