Treating Sunburn

The weather is warmer, and the days are longer—perfect for spending days enjoying outdoor activities such as going for walks, watching baseball games, swimming, boating, fishing and gardening to name a few. More time outside means more exposure to UVA and UVB sunlight, and a greater risk for a bad sunburn without proper precautions. 

The best thing, of course, is not to get a sunburn at all, but mistakes happen. Some sunburns are mild, and others can require medical attention. Read More

Coconut-Lime Overnight Oats

Here is a convenient, grab-and-go breakfast recipe with a fresh flavor. Overnights oats can be made with any flavors, fruits, nuts, seeds or nut butters, but however you flavor it, the combination of fiber-rich rolled oats and protein-dense Greek yogurt will keep you full and satiated all morning and help bring stable energy (and blood sugar) to the start of your day! If you’re looking to change this recipe into a healthy, hearty dessert, top it off with a crushed graham cracker or two crushed Biscoff cookies. —Dana Mealing, RDN, LDN, CIEC, community nutrition educator at the Tevis Center for Wellness

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Chicken with Rhubarb Sauce

Although in the culinary would its often treated as a fruit, rhubarb is actually a vegetable! And, as a vegetable, it has many health benefits; it’s rich in nutrients and a good source of fiber. Rhubarb originated from the western parts of China and has been used in traditional medicines for hundreds of years. Contemporary research shows that rhubarb has a host of health benefits. It has anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties, and it also has an impact on gut health. Not only does it have anti-microbial properties that help fight bad bacteria, such as H. pylori (the cause of stomach ulcers), but also helps to feed the good bacteria in our intestine while also strengthening the mucosal lining of the intestine. Learn more about rhubarb here. –Dana Mealing, RDN, LDN

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How to Have Safe Fun in the Sun

The days are longer, the weather is warmer and people are spending more time outdoors—summer is almost upon us! But how can you ensure that your family is not at an increased risk for illness or injury during the most active months of the year? Here are a few tips to keep you and your loved ones protected.

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Chicken Caprese Burger with Spinach Pesto

As the weather continues to get warmer, you may find yourself craving a meal that feels light and fresh, but still satisfying and full of flavor. This Chicken Caprese Burger with Spinach Pesto is just the thing to make. Use lean ground chicken to cut down of the saturated fat that contributes to high cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease, while also including an extra nutrition boost by adding spinach into the pesto. You could also use other greens like kale, chard, beet greens or even peas! –Dana Mealing, RDN, LDN

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April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

According to a 2022 Parkinson’s Foundation-backed study, nearly 1 million people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year in the United States. And, by 2030, it is estimated that 1.2 million people in the United States will be living with Parkinson’s. This is a much greater growth rate than previously estimated.

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Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip

Spring is here and with it comes onion season! Of course, the kitchen staples of yellow, white and red onions are available year-round, but now is the best time to enjoy the variety of mild and sweet spring onions, including scallions, wild ramps, garlic grass, scapes, chives and more. You may see some of these at the local farmers market. Because onions are such a common ingredient, it’s easy to overlook their nutritional benefits. Aside from being flavorful, low carb, fiber dense, and rich in vitamins and minerals, onions also have been researched specifically for their anti-inflammatory properties. This has been correlated to improvement in heart disease, blood sugar control and even the ability to help fight certain cancers. Onions may not have the superstar reputation of other “superfoods,” but they are super just the same! –Dana Mealing, RDN, LDN Read More