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

Do Gym-Goers Need Protein Shakes?

I hear the questions often. "How much protein do I need to eat?" "Should I drink a protein shake on the days I work out?" It's very difficult to generalize about diet for everyone, but let's investigate.

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Stock Your Freezer with 6-Ingredient Frozen Burritos

Don't buy frozen burritos again! Make them yourself with just a few delicious, nutritious and incredibly inexpensive ingredients.

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Mushrooms Star in This Polenta Dish

This hearty, comforting, umami-rich dish is perfect for these iffy spring evenings when you want something warm and filling, but still nutrient-rich.

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The Easiest Vegetarian Chili You've Ever Made

Chili doesn't get any easier than this. In a few easy steps, this Black Bean and Quinoa Chili is packed with flavor and will keep you satisfied for hours.

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4 Activities to Get You Springing into Action

Even if you aren't planning to start an intense exercise program, spring is still a great time to be more active. Here are four activities to increase your movement as the temperatures rise.

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What Egg Labels Mean

Confused about all the labels you see on egg cartons these days? With eggs receiving a great deal of positive media attention lately, I thought now would be a great time to clear up the confusion.

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My 5 Favorite Ways to Enjoy Sesame

I'm crazy about sesame, the mighty little seeds that pack a powerful flavor punch. Toasting the seeds brings out their nuttiness and adds oomph when sprinkled on rice bowls, sushi and avocado toast. But my love doesn't stop there...

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4 Reasons You Should Be Eating Frozen Food (Plus a Recipe)

We all want to eat healthy food, but there are so many things that get in the way. Enter frozen foods — the answer to your good intentions and packed schedule. Here are four reasons you should be eating frozen foods.

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Kitchen Hack: Perfect Hard Cooked Eggs

How do you make hard-cooked eggs? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.

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9 Nutrition Tips to Reduce Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Diet and nutrition are always hot topics when it comes to colon cancer. But what does the science actually say? Here are the basics on a diet for a healthy colon.

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Greek Easter Lamb ... Enjoy It in Moderation

Every family has its holiday food traditions. In mine, we celebrate Easter with Grandma Kay's traditional Greek lamb recipe.

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Spring Cleaning for Your Health Routine

If you think spring cleaning is only about storing winter clothes, scrubbing down your home and donating items you no longer need, consider using "spring cleaning" principles to health priorities.

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A Bunch of Reasons to Cook Seafood in Banana Leaves

The leaves of the banana plant, which can typically be found in Asian markets, impart a tea-like flavor to seafood dishes. Fold up your seafood in a banana leaf to create a zesty seafood parcel for dinner!

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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme: The Latest "Superfoods"?

If you're looking to reduce your sodium intake, the good news is that flavor does not begin and end with salt. Instead, look for flavor from non-sodium sources such as herbs and spices.

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Easter Means Homemade Manicotti

Now a tradition in my family for almost 40 years, my children and I prepare homemade manicotti — melt-in-your-mouth pillows of cheesy deliciousness and share love and memories of Easters past.

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Get Your Nutrition Advice from a Credentialed Expert

Anyone who inspires healthy eating is awesome, but for your own diet and needs, it's best to only follow nutrition advice from a certified expert: a registered dietitian nutritionist or registered dietitian.

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Herbs and Spice Make Everything Nice

Elevating the flavor of your food is as easy as a sprinkle and a shake. And with National Nutrition Month upon us, what better way to tempt your taste buds than to spin that Lazy Susan and add the dried spice of your choice? Just follow these food safety tips.

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Totally Customizable Deconstructed Ramen

This may not be the most authentic ramen recipe, but it is simple enough to put together on a busy night, tasty enough for my kids' approval and exciting enough for a Japanese-food lover like my husband.

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It's Time for Restaurants to Heed the Dietary Guidelines

As an RDN, I know how important the Dietary Guidelines are when it comes to how we view the intersection of health, disease and nutrition. As a chef, I know the restaurant industry has a long way to go in helping the effort to make Americans healthier.

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Beer-Steamed Mussels from Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

On a holiday to Ireland's western coast, affectionately known as the Wild Atlantic Way, we fell in love the country's cuisine. We brought the flavors home in this recipe for Beer-Steamed Mussels with Cabbage, Leeks and Smoky Bacon.

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Revisiting an Old Favorite: Vegan Marinated Mushroom Tacos

One downside of being a food blogger is that you are always testing new recipes, so you don't have much of a chance to make your old favorites again. When I made these Vegan Marinated Mushroom Tacos again, they were just as good as I remembered!

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Not a Morning Person? You've Got Time for Easy Apple-Blueberry Oatmeal

If you are like me and mornings are not your thing, then we can agree that this Easy Apple-Blueberry Oatmeal is a lifesaver. Whip up this breakfast in no time and you'll start your morning right with a healthy breakfast.

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with "Shamrock Shake"-Inspired Breakfast Pudding

With St. Patrick's Day approaching, it's time to think green. Even with fast food's updated approach to healthier food choices, I'm going guess they haven't started whipping up their classic minty St. Patty's Day treat with spinach, almond milk and chia seeds. That's where this make-ahead breakfast recipe comes in.

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This Recipe Turns "Trash" into Breakfast

There’s probably a more appetizing name for this recipe than "Trash" Hash, but you get the point, right? Too much food gets wasted in America. But, there’s no need to waste food when you can savor it! My philosophy: Use veggie scraps and make a hash, not more trash.

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Celebrate Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day Today

Everybody eats, so everybody's an expert in nutrition, right? In fact, the true nutrition experts are registered dietitian nutritionists, or RDNs.

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What to Do Instead of Eating Lunch at Your Desk

The next time the lunch bell tolls, step away from the screen and take a break. Here are some tips of what to do instead of working through your lunch break.

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Cooking with Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds and Hemp Seeds

Cooking with nuts is nothing new, but what about seeds? Recently, you've probably seen these little morsels popping up just about everywhere, and for good reason. Just like nuts, seeds are nutritional powerhouses, packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants. Incorporating seeds into your favorite recipes boosts flavor and texture.

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One Simple Way to Fight Food Cravings

While we all face temptations, learning to balance a craving with healthy cooking methods can help keep you on track to achieving your goals.

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Big Easy Marinated Vegetable Medley Salad

I love this recipe because you can throw in almost any vegetables that you like. I like to use up anything I have in my fridge before it goes bad.

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Nothing Says Warmth Like Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Nothing says comfort and warmth like gnocchi. It's more time consuming to make them fresh instead of buying a packaged variety, but the ingredients are few and simple, the preparation is not difficult, and the finished product is absolutely delicious and worth the effort!

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What an RDN Wants You to Know

If you've ever had a consultation or conversation with an RD or RDN, you may be wondering what he or she is thinking. "Why does she ask all those questions?" "Does he think I'm a terrible person for drinking a soda?" "I bet RDNs only eat kale and quinoa!"

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Go Vertical with a Salad Stack

Why stack your salad? Keeping food healthy, fun and balanced are three key elements to build and sustain a healthy eating pattern for a lifetime. Healthy eating is an ongoing journey in personal wellness.

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DIY Ranch Dressing Dip

This ranch dressing dip is the perfect "stealth health" alternative to a high-fat, calorie-laden ranch dip you’d find in a veggie tray or shelf-stable dip.

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Practice Mindful Eating, Not Desktop Dining during National Nutrition Month

Only about 17 percent of Americans eat lunch away from their desk, while the rest of us chug along with a fork in one hand and a laptop in the other. Here are five reasons eating lunch at your desk can be bad for your health.

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Tips for Getting Involved this National Nutrition Month

Would you like to get creative with how to help your local community celebrate National Nutrition Month? Find out ways RDNs, DTRs and student members of the Academy can bring the celebration to their communities!

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