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It's time for another Bite of the Week!

Now that it's officially fall, I thought your clients might enjoy a few tasty recipes that highlight some of the best foods that this season has to offer.

Spicy Fall Chili: This one comes together fast but it tastes like you slaved over the stove all day. And what could be better for the first crisp fall nights than a chili that is as healthful as it is delicious?

Apple Cinnamon Muffins: Just as the nights get crisp, fall mornings carry a chill as well. So why not greet the day with a warm apple muffin? I highly recommend this tasty adaptation for your next email blast or cooking demonstration!

Double-Roasted Beets: This is one of my all-time favorite recipes and uses both gold and red beets. What a color combination! Roasted beets taste so wonderful and there is very little work involved. Plus, they are super versatile!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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With all the beautiful food photos and recipes that you encounter on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Plus, the plethora of diet and health information available is a blessing and a curse. How do you eat clean? Should you follow the keto diet or try intermittent fasting? It’s enough for most of us to throw our hands up in defeat and head straight to the phone to order a pizza.

The good news is that when it comes to food and health, no one size fits all and it doesn’t have to. If you’re not a gourmet cook, never fear! The majority of folks have not been trained in the best culinary kitchens of America.

Planning meals should be simple. Ideally, it should be based on what you can afford, what is available, what you enjoy eating, and what is convenient for you. Maintaining good health is all about sustainable habits that you can continue for a lifetime. So where do you start?

Begin by picking one meal that you’d like to work on. Say, breakfast. Breakfast can range from an apple and peanut butter and whole grain toast to zucchini muffins and fruit. It doesn’t need to be eggs Benedict.

While there are many reasons to skip breakfast, if you’re out of time, try something you can grab and go like string cheese and whole grain crackers, Greek yogurt and grapes, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread. While toaster pastries or frozen breakfast sandwiches are convenient, these are highly processed, high in calories, sugar, fat, and sodium, and won’t provide the nutrients your body really needs to get you going.

To maintain good energy throughout your morning, choose things that contain protein (eggs, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, string cheese, or peanut butter) and something high in fiber (whole grain breads and cereals, whole grain crackers, steel cut oats, etc). These nutrients help regulate your appetite and blood sugar, which results in sustained energy.

At lunch, leftovers are a simple option. When you make dinner, cook extra rice, protein (chicken/fish), and vegetables to be packed up the next day. Be sure to include produce. Frozen vegetables are great for variety or convenience. A bag of baby carrots, pepper strips, celery sticks, or grape tomatoes is low in calories but gives your lunch some crunch. Include a variety of seasonal fruit for dessert in place of granola bars, cookies, or other treats. Frozen fruit goes well in Greek yogurt as an afternoon snack. Nuts are a simple snack for something crunchy instead of chips and pretzels.

Dinner may take some planning if you have multiple mouths to feed. Keep things like eggs and canned beans on hand to make meal planning easier. Some simple meals can include scrambled eggs, toast, and salad or black beans with brown rice or quinoa and fruit. A rotisserie chicken is another convenient option that can be used in multiple meals. I’ve used chicken in stir fries, soup, and over a big green salad. Make big batches of soup or chili and freeze them to take out when time is tight. Try chicken breast with salsa or BBQ sauce in a crockpot. It just takes a little time in the morning to set up and dinner is done when you return home.

These are just a couple ideas to get you started!

By Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD

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Are you ready for another weekend challenge?

In our first Bite of the Week, we issued a MyPlate weekend challenge to you and your clients: make your plate look like MyPlate for at least one meal per day during the weekend. We loved your response, so we're back with another one!

This time, the focus is on added sugars. Can your clients replace a dessert or snack that was high in added sugars with a food that is more nutrient-dense?

You can implement this the same way as the first challenge!

If they try it, your clients can email you pictures of their replacement snack or dessert, post them to social media with the hashtag #AddedSugarWeekendChallenge, or share them in whatever forum you're using with your group.

By making the challenge span two days, the participants get a few chances to craft a good snack or dessert. By asking for only one per day, the challenge remains approachable.

Not only does this offer inspiration and incentive to your clients as they pick a snack, but sharing the results offers inspiration to the whole group. And, once again, you can make the whole activity part of your next blog post or newsletter.

Plus, you can do it too! This a great way to find a little recipe inspiration or spring yourself out of a rut.

If your clients are looking for inspiration, send them these amazing dessert and snack recipe posts -- they have little to no added sugars and have been a hit with our team over the years.

And of course, there's always our free eBook of healthful fruit desserts!

So what do you think? Will you take the challenge? Will your audience?

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Reading food labels is the best way to purchase the healthiest foods for you and your family. Unfortunately, many people find it difficult, confusing, and even overwhelming to sort through the nutrition facts label. Food manufacturers often highlight health and nutrition on the front of packaging, ostensibly to make it easier for consumers to make the healthiest choice. 

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The most common cause of dementia, accounting for about 60% of all cases of dementia, is Alzheimer's disease (AD). AD is a debilitating and incurable brain disease that affects about six million Americans age 65 and older. Current pharmacological treatments are of little benefit and do little or nothing to slow the progression of the brain damage that leads to the continuing loss of additional cog...

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