Winter is here. The air is colder, and the food is getting warmer. Warm up with a twist on the classic: try out mashed maple potatoes made from sweet butternut squash. Butternut Squash: Nutritional Value The butternut squash is now one of the most widely prepared winter foods, and for good reason. It is a richly […]

With the cold winter winds coming quickly, its important to know the value of a warm, hearty bowl of soup. Butternut squash soup is an excellent choice for those who want a little change from classic chicken noodle. Butternut Squash: Nutritional Value The butternut squash is now one of the most widely prepared winter foods, and […]

Looking for a classic comfort food, but craving some new flavors? Try making butternut squash mac and cheese this evening. It’s the perfect healthy substitute to satisfy your comfort food cravings. Butternut Squash: Nutritional Value The butternut squash is now one of the most widely prepared winter foods, and for good reason. It is a richly flavorful, […]

Remember that classic school lunch favorite, tater tots? Well, we have just the update for you: sweet potato tots. The perfect fall side dish with a hint of nostalgia included in every bite. “The Vitamin A Sweet Potato” The nutritional value of the sweet potato is unbeatable! It is rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins B-5 […]

Basil is reputed to improve the immune, digestive and cardiovascular systems. The flavonoids present act as antioxidants to protect the body’s cells from oxygen-based damage. Valuable oils present in basil act as an antibacterial protector for cells. The carotenoids in basil may also have some protection for the cells from free radical damage. In the […]

There are more than 200 varieties of chiles and peppers. Capsaicin is the compound found in peppers and chiles which gives them their heat. Get more Cinco de Mayo recipes on our Pinterest board! Follow UVM Medical Center’s board Healthy Cinco de Mayo! on Pinterest. This recipe series is sponsored by the Center for Nutrition and […]

For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of barbecue season. For Richard Jarmusz, executive chef at the UVM Medical Center, it’s the perfect time to change up your menu with local meats, seasonal vegetables, and your own homemade BBQ sauce (hint: it’s easier than you think to make!). Chef Jarmusz provides his tips – […]

There’s no time like the present to consider the health of your heart.  Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of Americans, claiming more lives than any other major cause of death, according to the American Heart Association.  Cardiovascular diseases include high blood pressure, coronary heart disease (heart attack and angina), congestive heart failure, stroke, […]

Anise is an herbaceous annual plant often confused with fennel. It is prizes for the essential oil derived from its seeds, which have a licorice flavoring used in liquors such as absinthe and ouzo as well as in the kitchen. In India, anise seeds are chewed after meals to aid digestion and to sweeten the […]

Black currants have four times more Vitamin C than oranges. In fact, during World War II, the British government provided black currant syrup for free to English children to prevent scurvy. In the Kitchen Try black currant jams, preserves, baked items, and liquors such as Creme de Cassis. In the Garden Black currants can produce […]