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Summer Grilling Tips: Healthy marinades add flavor to grilled foods

Guest post By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health. Healthy marinades add flavor to grilled foods Summer brings out the grills and healthy menu options as we grill lean meats, chicken, fish, and vegetables. Marinating can add robust flavors. Grilling red meats to the point of charring can increase the heterocyclic amines that… Read More Summer Grilling Tips: Healthy marinades add flavor to grilled foods

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Sugar affects your liver as well as your waistline | The scoop on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Guest Post By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health. Awash in the candy and treats of Easter, you’re probably thinking more about your waistline than your liver. Take a minute to consider just how much sugar you’re eating. For example, a 14-ounce bag of jellybeans can have 70 teaspoons or 1½ cups… Read More Sugar affects your liver as well as your waistline | The scoop on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

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Beneficial Berries: Good Tasting, Great for Your Body (Plus Blueberry Scone Recipe!)

**Information provided by Essentia Health of Brainerd   Beneficial Berries: Good Tasting, Great for Your Body         If you’ve bought any fresh fruit lately, you know berries are in season right now.  But not only are berries delicious, they’re also a terrific food for getting much-needed fiber and for fighting disease. “Berries are some of… Read More Beneficial Berries: Good Tasting, Great for Your Body (Plus Blueberry Scone Recipe!)

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Healthy Easter recipes that add a delicious twist

{shared with permission from Essentia Health press release} Try a healthy twist on your Easter feast By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health Easter is on the horizon and this Christian Holy Day has many food traditions. Common meats are roasted lamb and baked ham, which have very different histories. Lamb is… Read More Healthy Easter recipes that add a delicious twist

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Sick of being Sick? Check out these Foods that Boost Your Immunity

{By Teresa Farrell, Licensed and Registered Dietician at Essentia Health.} This time of year everyone seems to be worried about getting a cold, the flu or worse. The question becomes what can you do to improve your immunity. Things that can boost your immunity include better stress management, exercise, getting adequate sleep, and proper nutrition.… Read More Sick of being Sick? Check out these Foods that Boost Your Immunity

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Serve up a healthy nachos bar for the Super Bowl

{guest post from Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health} Super Bowl Sunday is America’s second largest day for food consumption, surpassed only by Thanksgiving. Pizza, chicken wings, pretzels, potato chips and dips are some of the top-selling foods. Domino’s Pizza estimates its Super Bowl Sunday sales are five times greater than the average Sunday. These popular convenience foods are packed with… Read More Serve up a healthy nachos bar for the Super Bowl

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The scoop on gluten-free eating

{shared with permission from Essentia Health} Gluten-free has achieved “health halo” status. Celebrities tout their gluten-free diets as healthier and a survey found many Americans believe such a diet improves both physical and mental health. In 2014, Consumer Reports’ National Research Center surveyed more than 1,000 Americans and discovered 63 percent thought a gluten-free diet… Read More The scoop on gluten-free eating

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The weather outside may be frightful, but exercising outdoors can be delightful

Guest post from Essentia Health-St Josephs Hospital of Brainerd During these cold months, most folks want to hibernate inside and drop all outdoor activities. However, there’s no need to spend almost half a year sitting inside. “When it comes to being active outdoors, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices,”… Read More The weather outside may be frightful, but exercising outdoors can be delightful

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Feed your brain by making better food choices

By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health. For decades, we’ve heard how to take care of our hearts. Eat healthier. Stay active. Control blood sugar, blood pressure and blood cholesterol. We’ve heard little about how to keep our brains sharp as we age. The science of nutrition and brain function is relatively… Read More Feed your brain by making better food choices

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A Dietitian’s advice on ways to make your favorite recipes Healthier

**shared with permission from Essential Health Press Release   Make your recipes healthier with a few easy steps The Holidays mean many of us plan to do more cooking at home. Cooking from scratch gives us the opportunity to Make Recipes Healthier that still taste great. Denise Cleveland, registered and licensed dietitian and Director of… Read More A Dietitian’s advice on ways to make your favorite recipes Healthier

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Tips for avoiding a cold this winter | Advice from Essentia Health

Guest post from Essentia Health of Brainerd Note from Becky: As I type this, half of my household is battling runny noses and hacking coughs. Being sick is the pits and exceptionally so around the holidays. Here are some Tips for avoiding a cold this winter from the peeps that are in-the-know at Essentia Health… Read More Tips for avoiding a cold this winter | Advice from Essentia Health