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Is restricting calories a good way to lose unwanted weight?

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Q. I don’t eat a thousand calories a day. I’m wanting to ask. Do I need to eat more? I gained some weight and trying to loose it. Just trying to find a balance.


A. One thousand calories a day is  Read More

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How should I use giant white radishes (not daikon)?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Q. I have these giant white radishes (not daikon), what do I do with them? I thought maybe I could pickle them because there is so many.


A. Any recipe that uses radishes would be acceptable for white  Read More

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What are the benefits of different colored fruits and vegetables?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Q. Do you have a handout that lists the benefits of eating different colored fruits and veggies? Also examples of fruits and veggies from the different color groups? Thank you!


A. We do not have a  Read More

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Do you have a list of fruits & veggies that are low in vitamin C?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Q. Due to Kidney Disease I have been told to eat fruit and vegetables that contact low vitiamin C.I can find of information on those with high vit C but struggling to find low, can you help?regards


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Do you have recipes for fruit?

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Q. I need recipes for fruit


A. Check out our recipe section for a wide variety of recipes that contain fruit. Insert the type of fruit you would like to use (e.g. apples) in the search box and then  Read More

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What is the nutritional content of calamondin fruit ?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Q. What is the nutritional content of Calamondin fruit ?


A. According to the University of Florida, Sarasota County Extension Program; one calamondin is about 12 calories, and has a very small trace of  Read More

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Do you have inventory forms available for childcare centers?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Q. Do you have any food inventory form, which Child Care Centers can use to do their weekly inventory. Please advise and share


A. We do not have an inventory form for child care centers. It would  Read More

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Is it healthier to juice single or multiple vegetables?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Q. Which juice is better a mix of vegetables or a juice of single vegetable?


A. Vegetables have many different vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in different  Read More

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Where can I find the nutrient content of vegetables?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Q. How can I search the database for nutrient content rather than by vegetable?


A. We have a couple of routes you can take to find foods by nutrient content. If you are looking for fruits and veggies  Read More

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Is there a good, low-calorie option to use in place of butter on vegetables?

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Q. I love my vegetables cooked simply and quick, and served with butter, which I use too liberally. Is there a simple low-cal sauce I can make and use instead of butter? Thanks.


A. Vegetables are great  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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