5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

It’s Earth Day! Here are some ideas to celebrate: 1. Get your hands and shoes muddy. Plant an organic garden There is nothing better than having your own organic and chemical- free fruits and vegetables right from your yard! Right now is the perfect time of year to plant a garden- so what better day to do it […]

Organic Farming and Eating Local

I had the opportunity to volunteer at Roots to River Farm two summers ago, which is an organic farm located in New Hope. Roots to River farm participates in farmers markets and CSA’s. Just from spending one day at this farm, I learned so much about what it takes to be a farmer and run an […]

About- Andrea Young, RDN, LDN

Andrea specializes in: diabetes, cardiac, weight management, oncology & food allergies.  She has first hand knowledge of food allergies.  She says, “Growing up with a peanut and tree nut allergies, I know living with a food allergy can be difficult, especially when first diagnosed. I know that with my years of first hand experience and […]

Fun on the Roots to River Farm

Last week, Miranda and I traveled to Roots to River farm in New Hope to see what it takes to grow fresh local veggies, herbs and flowers and boy was it hard work. Roots to River is a 60 acre farm that provides fresh produce to farmers markets, local restaurants ( like my favorite Jules Pizza!) and […]

About Miranda Ortolani

Miranda Ortolani is a senior Nutrition/Dietetics major at Penn State University. Miranda is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that includes a well balanced diet and exercise. “My mom is the cook in the house and she is a very healthy eater, so from a young age I was always fed good meals with great […]

Healthy, Nut-Free Snacks for School

If peanuts are part of your go to snack that you pack your kids for school, it may be a safe idea to switch it up! Peanut allergies are one of the most common in younger children; many schools and classrooms are even nut-free as a precaution. Although nuts can be present in many easy […]

Nutrition Label Help

Since it is National Nutrition Month, hopefully many of you are trying to be more aware of what you’re eating. Although you may have good intentions, food companies have marketing tactics that can easily trick us into buying the less healthy choices that are available. Here are some easy tips for tricky foods so you […]

Eat with your body, not with your eyes!

Early in November I had the opportunity to attend the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Fall Meeting. One of the speakers was Jim Painter, PhD, RD. He really opened my eyes to how easily our appetites are influenced by portion sizes and food availability. 20 years ago a bagel was 140 calories, now […]

Tips to Avoid the “Freshmen 15”

As if college freshmen don’t have enough to worry about – making friends, being away from home, intense course work – they have the possibility of gaining the “freshmen 15” hanging over their head. Here are some tips on how to most importantly stay healthy and avoid gaining weight at school.   1. Avoid the […]

Registered Dietitians – The Key to a Healthy Selfie

Body Image is a constant struggle for women of all shapes and sizes.  We live in a world that is swayed by media and other external pressures, causing us to set unrealistic ideals for ourselves.  At University of Connecticut I am a facilitator for a program called “The Body Project,” written by Carolyn Becker and […]