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Master your grocery shopping with these tips! Make a great list that you won’t want to stray from, shop in season, and learn what “low fat” really means when the package says so!

Gift Guide for the Home Cook

Gift Guide for the Home Cook

While it’s wonderful to spend quality time and make memories with friends and family, there’s just something about gifts that make it better. I mean, you spend all this time thinking about a person and what they would like, wrapping it ever-so-nicely, and anticipate the look on their face when they see what you’ve gotten them. Plus, you get stuff in return! It’s a great way to show your friends and family that you care, to make them laugh, or…

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Health Claims

Health Claims

Health claims are statements on food packages that describe the relationship between a food or ingredient and a specific condition or disease. It often demonstrates how a nutrient can help reduce the risk of a certain disease, making the food that contains that nutrient seem appealing and healthy to you, the consumer. Health claims cannot claim to treat or cure a disease. Authorized vs Qualified Health Claims An authorized health claim has been approved by the FDA, and has enough…

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Nutrient Content Claims

Nutrient Content Claims

Nutrient content claims are statements on food packages that describe the amount of a nutrient or ingredient in the food. These claims use words like low, high, free, excellent source, or light. The levels of the nutrient or ingredient in a serving of the food is compared against the recommended dietary allowances (determined by the Food an Drug Administration). This way, we aren’t comparing donuts to cakes and seeing which is “low” in sugar! While you’re out shopping, you’ll probably notice these types…

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Types of Claims on Food Packages

Types of Claims on Food Packages

With so many choices in the grocery store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the claims and labels on packages of food! Some of them might be enticing, or skirting the truth, or maybe just designed to put a pretty picture in your mind. Regardless, most food labels are designed to get you to buy them – they’re a marketing technique! Why bother with all of this stuff? Well, the food industry, especially here in the US, is so…

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Shopping Seasonally

Shopping Seasonally

The season has just changed over from summer to fall. Gone are the days of fruit salads, slices of watermelon, and dipping cucumber to keep cool. And here comes the onslaught of pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Apple picking. Winter squashes. Cranberries. Aside from staying cool and warming up, there’s a reason we eat certain foods with certain seasons. It’s more than just the marketing ploy of “PSL is back!!” and “We always have sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving!” Those…

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How to Start Meal Planning (and why you should be doing it!)

How to Start Meal Planning (and why you should be doing it!)

Are you tired of asking “What’s for dinner?” Do you tend to skip cooking dinner because you’re just too tired to think about what to even cook after a long day at work? Do you maybe have a big collection of recipes (printed or pinned?) just waiting for you to someday try it? I have a solution for you. It’s not even hard. It takes about 15 minutes once a week. It’ll save you time and money and frustration. Meal planning!…

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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

The nutrition facts label is a great tool when grocery shopping (especially if comparison shopping), but it won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to read it! The good news is, it’s super simple. We’ll go over where to find information on the label and how to use it to make informed decisions. What is the Nutrition Facts Label? You’ve seen these before. The tall, narrow label on the back or side of food packages with numbers…

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What You’ll Need In Your Kitchen

What You’ll Need In Your Kitchen

If you open a cookbook, chances are you’ll find a section in the beginning that lays out which essential kitchen tools you’ll need in order to prepare all of the intricate recipes within that book. It’s an overwhelming start, especially if you’re just learning to cook and have next to nothing in your kitchen. I’ve gone through my own kitchen and pulled out the things I use basically every day. I was left with a few things in my drawers…

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