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

Should You Be Washing Your Bananas?

Before you eat an apple and other fruits and vegetables, you know you need to wash them. But what about bananas, oranges, avocados and other produce with peels that you don’t eat? Do you need to wash them, too?

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Kitchen Hack: How to Quickly Ripen Bananas

Are your bananas a bit green, but you prefer them yellow? No more waiting days for them to ripen; just follow a few simple steps and get them where you want them in under an hour.

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Surprising Foods to Avoid if Pregnant

Being more vulnerable to food poisoning, pregnant women should be cautious of the following foods.

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Baba Ghanoush with Cumin & Coriander Spiced Sesame Seeds

Baba ghanoush is a delicious dip made with roasted eggplant and topped with spiced, toasted sesame seeds

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Bacon, Lettuce and Turkey Wrap with Chive Aioli

A perfect sandwich to take to parties or picnics. The classic BLT is turned into a wrap with the addition of turkey and garlic and chive dressing.

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French Bread Pizza with Herbed Ricotta, Spinach & Tomatoes

Whole-wheat baguette brushed with garlic-infused olive oil then topped with ricotta cheese, herbs, baby spinach, sliced tomatoes and shredded Italian cheese make this tasty French Bread Pizza.

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Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate

Oatmeal cookies bursting with tart dried cherries and delicious dark chocolate…because sometimes you just need a cookie!

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Broccoli Salad with Almonds and Creamy Dijon Dressing

Crisp-tender broccoli salad that is better than the ones you’ll find on any salad bar.

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Freekeh with Black Beans and Avocado Dressing

This Freekeh with Black Beans and Avocado Dressing is a whole-grain meal loaded with vegetables and pumpkins seeds then topped with a bright dressing made with fresh avocado, lime and cilantro.

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Baked Sweet Potato Chips with Chipotle

Sweet and spicy baked sweet potato chips with chipotle are the perfect accompaniment to any sandwich, wrap or burger!

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Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pork is rubbed with spices, slow cooked in ale until tender and tossed with a tangy sauce to make delicious spicy slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches.

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Cast-Iron Filet Mignon with Red Wine Sauce

This filet mignon recipe will rival any steak house dish.

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Grilled Vegetable Pasta Toss

A taste of summer, this recipe for grilled vegetable pasta is a refreshing and satisfying main course or side dish.

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Baked Chicken Breasts with Spinach Pesto and Parmesan

Chicken breast is covered with a homemade spinach pesto sauce then baked and finished with Parmesan cheese.

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Oatmeal and Amaranth Snack Cake

Not a granola bar and not really a cake, this oatmeal and amaranth snack cake is a hearty, satisfying treat for kids and adults alike.

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The Sneaky Thing That Might Be Causing Your Stomach Pain

For some of my nutrition counseling clients, solving their upset stomachs and bloating involved a diet change or reduction in stress. But for a few of these clients, the solution was much simpler.

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Creamy Vegan Pesto

I was making dinner for a new friend who doesn't like cheese. I thought I'd add some grated Pecorino to my dish, but found it wasn't necessary because it already tasted so robust. It's 100-percent vegan, even if you aren't.

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Sweet Orange-Glazed Brussels Sprouts Flatbread

Sometimes I end up looking in my fridge to find only Brussels sprouts and oranges. Rather, than letting this random pair go to waste, I decided to experiment!

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5 Ways to Waste Less in the Kitchen

Americans throw away half the food they purchase. Worldwide, one-third of the food produced is thrown away. Food waste, whether it occurs in the home or elsewhere, is a significant issue we can't ignore.

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Olive Tapenade

The addition of roasted red peppers gives this tapenade a sweet contrast and improves the color. Serve it with warm pita bread, spread on a cracker or toss it with pasta, tomatoes and cooked chicken.

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5 Foods to Pack in a Summer Camp Lunchbox

A child heading off to summer camp is a rite of passage — both for kids and their parents. What a parent packs in a lunchbox for their camp-goers can affect their behavior and energy level. Here are five items that should be included in your camper's lunch.

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Why You Should Be Blanching Vegetables

Even though it sounds old-fashioned, blanching is a great technique for any home cook to know. It's important for this recipe for Broccoli and Wheat Berry Salad.

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Food and Wine Pairing Made Perfectly Simple

Although I’m not an authority on wine by any stretch of the imagination, I like an occasional glass with my favorite eats, and after having spent many years visiting wine regions around the world, I do appreciate what I’ve been able to learn along the way.

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Brazil Nut Milk's Selenium Benefit

While not typically found in stores, Brazil nut milk is easy to make at home and tastes creamier and richer than other dairy alternatives.

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One Simple Tip for a Varied Diet

To be healthy, you don’t have to eat plain chicken with steamed broccoli and unseasoned brown rice every day. Instead, add variety to your meals by switching up the fruits and vegetables you choose each week.

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Ramadan Chia Seed Pudding

Ramadan 2015, which runs June 17 to July 17, will require Muslims to abstain from food and water during the longest, hottest days of the year. This recipe is a good choice to remain full and hydrated all day long.

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5 Myths about Eating Disorders

I have encountered so much misinformation and inaccurate beliefs about eating disorders. It's time to help set the record straight.

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Tuscan Ribollita Brings Me Back

While studying abroad in Italy, I became obsessed with this Tuscan Ribollita soup recipe. If you can find the key ingredient, Toscana kale (also called "cavolo nero"), try it and find yourself transported to Florence.

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Why I Ended My Family's Ketchup Ban

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post with the headline, "Crossing Ketchup Off My Shopping List." Well, guess what? Yep, there it is, sitting on a shelf in my fridge — a bottle of ketchup.

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12 Tips for Small Business RDNs

I was seeking variety, autonomy and a big challenge, so I started my own business. And boy, have I found a challenge!

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5 Foods for Radiant Skin

How can you keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant without breaking the bank? The answer is in your diet. Here are my top foods for healthier, more beautiful skin.

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Job Interview Tips for the #FutureRDN

Today, more than half of RDNs have master's degrees, so open positions can be highly competitive. Here are my interview tips for soon-to-be RDNs, recent graduates and dietitians looking for a career change.

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Roasted Asparagus with Feta Cheese

Besides the delicious flavor combination of lemon peel and feta cheese topping the asparagus, the best part about this recipe is that it takes about 5 minutes to prep and only 10 minutes to cook!

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Make Healthier Choices at the Ballpark

Nothing says summer like watching a baseball game in person. But the snacks you enjoy at the ballpark don't have to be unhealthy.

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Sausage and Vegetable Egg Bake

This recipe is perfect for throwing together the night before and then baking it in the morning. Plus, it's packed with veggies and protein. And it tastes great!

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Take Your Meal Outside with Picnic Food Safety Tips

Last year my husband and I started a tradition of taking weekly picnics. He plans the destination; I'm in charge of the food. It's hard to imagine a dining space that's more inviting than a scenic picnic area!

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Why "Garlic Breath" Is a Sign of Good Health for Men

Despite their potent aroma, garlic and onions have nutritional benefits and unique tastes that compensate for their adverse effect on breath odor.

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