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Guest bloggers from around the world share with Food & Nutrition Magazine.

The Benefits (Yes, You Read that Right) of Coffee Addiction

My theory: If coffee is your addiction, it’s a good one to have. While excessive intake of caffeine can be harmful, it has substantial scientific literature supporting its benefits to cognitive performance and memory.

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Dietitian-Approved Sunday Morning Blueberry Pancakes

I'm a dietitian who firmly believes most of our favorite foods can be made nutritious while still delicious ... such as this healthier take on a classic weekend breakfast treat.

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Celebrate Strawberries with a Unique Salad Combo

As you start to see strawberries in the grocery store, think of this uniquely sweet and crisp salad!

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Go Green with Pistachio-Matcha-Coconut Raw Cheesecake

Kale's title as the coolest green food may be coming to an end — matcha is having a moment. Matcha, a type of powdered green tea adds a distinctive green color and earthy flavor to recipes such as cookies, breads, lattes, popsicles, granola bars and more.

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Avoid Botulism in Canned Foods

Celebrate National Canned Food Month by making this easy and colorful bean salad that can be enjoyed as a buffet side dish or as a meatless entrée. Added tips on how to keep it safe.

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What Fresh Turmeric Root Can Do for You

In recipes and for its anti-inflammatory potential, turmeric is hot! Learn how to store and use fresh turmeric root, instead of the ground variety found in curry powder.

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Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

These bite-sized beauties contain just 23 calories a pop, which means you can enjoy a serving of four and still feel virtuous. It’s the perfect portion of rich, creamy filling combined with the sweetness of strawberries — a win-win.

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The Health Risks of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder can affect anyone, no matter their gender, age or socioeconomic status — with serious potential health consequences.

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What Every RDN Needs to Know about Eating Disorders

I'm dedicating this video blog to all of the dietitians and dietitians to be who do not specialize in treating eating disorders. Why? I have three reasons.

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Celtuce: My Newest Farmers Market Find

Known as stem lettuce, celery lettuce, asparagus lettuce and, in China, "wosun," celtuce is primarily grown for its thick stem and it is crisp and moist with a mild flavor.

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Olive-Raisin Chicken

I developed this recipe for Olive-Raisin Chicken after a dish at a little café in a tiny town in Minnesota. It is one that I would not have normally tried if not for the positive influence of my friends. Now, it's a staple in our house.

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Do You Dukkah? You've Got to Try the Egyptian Spice Mix

The savory spice-and-nut mix dukkah has Egyptian roots and worldly applications. Dukkah is traditionally made from nuts, coriander, cumin seed, salt and sesame seeds.

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Slow Cooker Navy Bean and Ham Soup

This dish was made for dried beans! I chose to use small, white navy beans for this recipe because of their size (plus, they're a traditional companion to ham), but you can choose whichever beans you prefer.

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Food Safety for Seniors

Here is a list of important food safety practices everyone should follow, but seniors should be especially careful of because they are at a greater risk for food poisoning.

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Another Great Reason to Practice Kindness

Not only can being kind increase your sense of belonging, it can decrease anxiety, depression and blood pressure, too. This is why I believe kindness is as important to living a healthier life as good nutrition and physical activity.

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Roasted Whole Cauliflower Is a Golden Bundle of Joy

I can't express how stoked I am about this recipe! I love finding unique ways to cook vegetables, and Herb Roasted Whole Cauliflower is a winner on so many levels.

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Think You Hate Bitter Foods? Think Again!

While you may think you don't like bitter foods, you probably do. The spectrum of bitter fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs includes arugula, broccoli rabe, Brussels sprouts, chard, cranberries, dandelion greens, grapefruit, kale, rhubarb, tea, turnip, turmeric and rhubarb. The wonderful thing about these foods is that they tend to boast rich nutritional benefits.

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On a Roll with Pistachios

If you've only had pistachios as a hard-to-open snack, you're in for a treat. Serve this entrée with a side of roasted vegetables and you have yourself a balanced plate, just like the Dietary Guidelines recommend!

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Wow Your Guests with Roasted Edamame with Togarashi

This one-size-fits-all party food will enthrall the foodies, delight the gluten-free, indulge the waistline watchers and make the vegans swoon. It's made with togarashi, a seven-spice blend that is common in Japanese kitchens.

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Make a "Salad-Pizza" for a Healthier Twist

Instead of ordering an unhealthy version of pizza, try making your own like this Quinoa-Crusted, Pear-Arugula and Pomegranate Salad-Pizza, which is super-healthy, portion-controlled and offers a fantastic opportunity to fit in veggies.

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Valentine's Day Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding

Celebrate your heart and your love by ending your Valentine's Day dinner with Double Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding with Coconut Cream.

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3 Reasons I Don't Count Calories Anymore

I'm guilty: I used to diligently track my nutrition intake each day. I would be ecstatic when my day's calorie total hit my exact projected calorie goal. Today, however, I have been "calorie count free" for more than two years ... and will never go back. Here are three reasons why.

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Pack a Finger-Food Lunch in Under 5 Minutes

Skipping lunch can wreak havoc on your metabolism and overall health. Aside from fatigue and brain fog, you are more likely to overeat at the next meal or be more inclined to skip your post-work workout. Luckily, you can avoid all that with a finger-food lunch (also known as an "adult Lunchable")!

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What the U.S. Could Learn from England's Vegetarian Food Labels

We're all familiar with U.S. food labels, and they've come a long way in how they inform consumers. But, as a vegetarian and registered dietitian now living in England, I've seen how much more labels can do to educate consumers.

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Hearty, Healthy and Vegan White Bean Stew

Looking for something hearty and healthy? Try this super-simple, vegan dish with beans and kale.

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Last Call for Pumpkin Coffee Cake Muffins

Despite the first hints of spring in some parts of the country, I'm still in love with the flavor of pumpkin: slightly sweet, smooth and creamy, but with an unbeatable depth. This modified coffee cake recipe — made using white whole-wheat flour and less oil and sugar — makes a delicious treat for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

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Braised Pork Shoulder with Kale

"There's nothing to eat in the house!" my husband said. I went to the fridge and found little more than carrots, kale, pork and tomatoes. Well, I thought, why not just throw everything together in the pot and see what happens?

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9 Nutrient-Dense Health Tips for Busy Families

Are you stuck and need some ideas on how to get more nutrients into your family's daily meals? Try one of these nine ways to add nutrients to your diet.

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5 Food Safety Practices for Your Home

It’s the simple things we forget to do in the kitchen that can cause food poisoning. Here are five things to do in the kitchen to help you stay healthy.

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6 Tips — and a Recipe — to Beat the Super Bowl Spread

Whether you're most excited for the cutting edge commercials, the halftime show or the football game, everyone can agree Super Bowl 50 is all about the snack table. Follow these six easy tips to maintain control of this year’s Super Bowl spread.

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Look Past Kohlrabi's Rough Exterior to Find a New Favorite Vegetable

Sweet and peppery kohlrabi is a favorite in Central European and Kashmiri cuisine. Learn more about the origins, nutritional qualities and culinary uses of this distinctively versatile vegetable.

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Academy Elections – Your Vote Counts

While the rest of the country may be captivated by that other election, members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are gearing up for our own annual election. If you haven't voted before, here are three reasons to do it this year.

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