My latest gadget obsession is a veggie spiralizer. Have you seen these adorable noodles made from things like zucchini, squash, and beets? They’re just fun! I like to roast them in the oven, but you can also saute or boil them like pasta.
If you’re hesitant to fill your countertop with specialized items that you may or may not use again, you can borrow healthy cooking equipment like this from the Library! We’ve teamed up with our partners in health, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Hospitals to offer some exciting new items to help you meet your healthy home cooking goals.
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Which is the healthier snack- Popcorn or Potato Chips?
Nutrition Month Tip: Super Tracker is a 100% FREE diet and fitness tracker from the USDA. Look up nutrition information, set fitness and weight-loss goals, and participate in group challenges. Unlike it’s commercial competitors, there are no ads and no paying for upgrades. Check it out: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/
Learn more about healthy eating at our CATCH Healthy Habits classes, sponsored by OASIS. Register here
National Library of Medicine. Snacks for Adults. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000338.htm
Which has more sugar, a bag of purple grapes or a bottle of no-sugar added juice?
Nutrition Month Tip: Confused about food labels? Try this interactive Nutrition Label Tool from the FDA. There’s even a fun portal for kids!
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center. Juicing 101: Nutrition Tips for Consumers. https://www.nutrition.gov/shopping-cooking-meal-planning/juicing-101-nutrition-tips-consumers
What is this mysterious fruit?
My friend, Trish Farano, Registered (D.T.R.) from Dierbergs School of Cooking tells me this is not a sad looking tomato; it’s a Japanese Persimmon. Like tomatoes, persimmons are high in vitamin A, but they have considerably more sugar (about 21 grams per serving) and taste much sweeter. Trish recommends using them in salads or making jams and jellies. The best season for buying persimmons is October-February. You can hasten ripening in the off-season by placing this little beauty in a paper bag with an apple.
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(D.T.R.) from Dierberg's School of Cooking helped me out with some Nutrition Month challenges.
Check the Library's Facebook’s page for new video challenges each week throughout March!
Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient, which acts as an antioxidant in our bodies. That means it fights
free-radicals and helps convert all that healthy food into lasting energy. It is also boosts the immune system and helps make collagen, the protein that helps heal wounds and keep our skin looking great!
Oranges usually get all the C glory, but there are other delicious plants that have even more Vitamin C, including kiwi and broccoli.
So, Which has more Vitamin C: an orange or a bell pepper?
Nutrition Month Tip: Whole foods like plants often don’t have nutrition labels, but you can always check for yourself! Google any whole food and you will see USDA Nutrition Facts on the right side (or on the top of the results if on a mobile device).
What are your favorite ways to get your daily C?
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Alison is the Consumer Health Librarian for the
St. Charles City-County Library. She works with community experts to answer your health and wellness questions.
Submit your questions, explore recipes, and discover more ways that your Library can connect you to healthy living!