It’s finally feeling like summer here in Vermont and I know after a long winter (and a long cold spring!) I always crave that first truly fresh salad of the season – chock-full of delicious mixed greens. From arugula to watercress, baby lettuces to spinach, there is a type of green for every palate all […]

Fresh mixed greens – including arugula, baby spinach, bok choy, baby bibb lettuce, and pea and sunflower shoots – are the perfect early spring crop in Vermont, and they are truly delicious. Whether you are planting some in your garden, getting them in your CSA, or buying them at the farmer’s market or grocery store, […]

As we age we lose muscle and strength, a medical term known as sarcopenia. As our muscles get smaller, we become weaker. The loss of strength is consistent with a loss of mobility and independence. The quality and quantity of daily consumption of protein are important in slowing this progression. Here’s why and how. What […]

Parents, have these thoughts ever run through your mind? I wish my child (or children) had better eating habits. I wonder how my child’s (or children’s) eating habits will, or will not, impact their future healthfulness? Chances are these thoughts have crossed your mind at least once or twice. As a dietitian, I often wonder […]

We’ve all been told countless times to eat more fruits and vegetables. We know it’s healthy to include more of them in our diet – they provide vital nutrients and fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals. But, despite our best intentions we sometimes come up short. We are always hearing things about how “easy” it is to […]

When reducing added sugars, work on making small steps and changes that will gradually make your diet healthier — and have a goal in mind. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that less than 10 percent of total daily calories should come from added sugars. That translates to about 9 teaspoons, 150 calories or 36 grams […]

Pesto is a wonderful addition to a spring menu. It’s perfect for meals and for snacks. Make it local with Vermont greens. There are a wide variety of salad greens available in Vermont, spanning across several plant families, each bearing a unique history and taste. The versatility of greens, in flavor, shape and application, is enormous! They can […]

Is snoring normal? Snoring is certainly common. In the over 65 age group, about 45% of men and 30% of women snore. Though not necessarily normal it can be benign (not risky to your health). More and more people are snoring now that our average body weights are increasing. Snoring is caused by obstruction of […]

Kids need sleep. Without enough of it, they are at increased risk for behavioral problems, attentional difficulties and even obesity. The amount of sleep a child needs is variable and generally depends on the child’s age. The National Sleep Foundation reports that, on average, children need the following amount of sleep: Below 12 months of […]

Sleep work disorder is defined as sleep deprivation and a decline in mental function and physical ability due to working outside of the normal daylight hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to the Cleveland Clinic up to 20 percent of the American population work shift work (anything outside of 7am-6pm).  Additionally, 30 percent […]