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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating healthy while on a budget can feel overwhelming, especially with today’s high food prices. It can feel tempting to purchase higher quantities of low-cost, low-nutrient foods rather than produce in order to stay within budget. But it doesn’t need to be this way! As someone who has spent the past three years as a […]

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November 1, 2022

Happy, Healthy Fourth of July!

The fourth of July is quickly approaching, and Americans are getting ready for annual barbecues, picknicks, parades, and pool parties! It feels as though every holiday revolves around food! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great way to celebrate with our family and friends. And you’re allowed to splurge without derailing your health goals. Check […]

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June 28, 2022

Peas, tomatoes, and swiss chard on a wooden table

Picking a Probiotic

If you’ve been to the vitamin and supplement section of your local store at some point within the last few years, you’ve probably seen various products called probiotics. Maybe you know of someone who has taken them, or you may have even taken them yourself. Probiotics are an often misunderstood product. Like everything else, there […]

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February 15, 2022

Bag of crunchy roasted peas and a bag of bada bean bada boom beans are held by dietitians Alex Harris and Jen Lyman

Eating well while traveling

One question I get asked all the time is “what should I do about food while I’m traveling in the car?” Let’s face it, you either love road trips or absolutely hate them – no in between. Especially when you’re driving in the Midwest. There’s only so much corn and soy I can look at […]

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February 3, 2022

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Goal-setting the smart way

Can you believe it’s the end of the year?? The time for fresh starts and the unofficial beginning of the “New Year, New Me” mindset.  Most people set goals or intentions for how they want their new year to go, although many of us will not follow through with these things we want to do. One […]

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December 28, 2021

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Shirlene’s PCOS story

One of the many joys that comes with having ovaries is being at risk for developing polycystic ovarian syndrome, otherwise known as PCOS. This is where fluid filled cysts develop on the ovaries, which causes the ovaries to produce abnormal amounts of testosterone. As if us women didn’t have enough to worry about! Now let’s […]

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September 8, 2021

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How to Grocery Shop during a Pandemic

When I walked through my local grocery store a month ago it literally felt like a zombie movie. There was no pasta, no bread, and hardly any meat. Lots of shelves were nearly empty and that was pretty scary—the idea that my family might become food insecure is something I’ve never had to worry about […]

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April 23, 2020

Jen Lyman, New Leaf Nutrition's dietitian, standing in the kitchen typing on her laptop

We’re-All-Just-Doing-Our-Best Pasta

I am so tired of cooking.  I normally prepare most of the meals for my family, but since the option of going out to eat has been removed it feels a thousand times more exhausting to feed Tony and myself… and I’m only making food for him once a day! I also feel the need […]

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April 16, 2020

Man from Ancel Keys's Minnesota Starvation Experiment licking his plate

Minnesota Starvation Experiment

Today I want to tell you, my precious sweet potatoes, about the Minnesota Starvation Experiment. The experiment was held at Minnesota State University in 1945. Men were asked to volunteer so that Ancel Keys, a physiologist who did research on how food changes the body, and his colleagues could learn how to best re-feed people […]

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April 9, 2020

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Ten Ways to Support Your Immune System

Okay, first I want to say a disclaimer that supporting your immune system is not the same as boosting your immune system. There aren’t significant ways to “boost” your immune system, because that’d mean that you’re making it better and stronger than is naturally possible. We’re not going for superhuman, it’s not possible, but we ARE trying […]

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April 2, 2020