Everything Easter

Americans will purchase more than 120 million pounds of candy for Easter this year, 70% of that is chocolate (about 71 million pounds!) Candy makers will produce 16 billion jelly beans for Easter, enough to circle the globe three times! This Easter season at Meijer we will sell more than 3.5 million pounds of ham, 11 million individual peeps, one million chocolate bunnies and two million dozens of Meijer large eggs. Whew!

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Seafood Season

The current recommendation for fish consumption is about 12 ounces per week. Fresh, frozen and canned fish can help you obtain the recommended amount of this exceptionally healthy protein source. Here are just some of the benefits that eating fish and seafood provide…

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Smoothies: To Blend, Juice, or Bullet?

The popularity of nutrition smoothies is at an all-time high. Green smoothies that use kale or spinach are pumping up vegetable intake (yay!) and the addition of chia seeds or ground flax seed is adding more fiber and healthy fats to our diets. The caveat is…

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Green Light for Saturated Fats?

A recent study (meta-analysis of 76 studies) published in the March 17, 2014 issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, did NOT find that people who ate higher levels of saturated fat had more heart disease than those who ate less. What’s behind these results?

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to explore better ways of getting nutrition and actually enjoying healthy food.

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Get Crackin’ – Celebrate National Pistachio Day

February 26 is National Pistachio Day and a great time to experiment with new recipes using this ultra-healthy nut! Pistachios help fight heart disease and improve circulation. Phytochemicals found in pistachios reduce oxidative stress that can damage arterial walls and help decrease total cholesterol.

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AMD Awareness

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in those 65 and older. More than 2 million Americans, ages 50 and over, have AMD, a 25 percent increase from the last decade. Symptoms of AMD include…

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Foods to Boost Mood & Reduce S.A.D.

The “January slump”, February “funk”, the “winter blues” – whatever you call it, serious mood changes can be the result of seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.). The lack of sunshine in the winter is one factor that can contribute to SAD. Decreased exposure to natural light adversely effects your circadian rhythms (sleep-wake cycle) and can decrease serotonin production.

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Healthy Weight Week

Healthy Weight week is a time to focus on adopting healthy lifestyle habits and stop focusing diets and and the numbers on your bathroom scale. “Diet” implies a temporary change that lasts only until you lose those unwanted extra pounds. Sadly, 95% of those who diet regain their weight within three years. During healthy weight week, the goal is to identify habits that you can change or add to permanently impact your health, and body weight. Start with three key factors:

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A Healthy (and Prosperous!) New Year

Most cultures around the world celebrate the New Year by enjoying foods that are thought to bring health, wealth or long life. Surprisingly, many of these food traditions are healthy options also. Check out these New Year’s food traditions from around the world.

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