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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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What fruit is best associated with an Asian pear?

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Q. Eating fruits is tricky for me because I have many true food allergies. In the fruit group, I know that I am allergic to all melons except watermelon and mangoes. I would like to try Korean pears, but  Read More

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What are the best foods for children to eat?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Q. What are the best foods children can eat in terms of health? What are the top vegetables children should be eating? What vegetables should children eat but typically don’t  Read More

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Is eating a diet of only fruits and vegetables healthy?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Q. My 18-yr-old daughter is eating only fruits and veg. which definitely are healthy, but she isn’t eating any meat or milk or cheese and won’t take vitamins. She  Read More

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Can mushrooms lower cholesterol levels?

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Q. I saw a segment on the farm show that mentioned mushrooms might aid in fighting cholesterol. If this is true, is it a specific variety?


A. Research suggests a possible  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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