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Chia Seeds 101
Chia Seeds 101
January 27, 2014

Loaded with filling fiber, bone-building calcium and heart-healthy omega-3 fats, these ancient seeds are well deserving of their recent superfood status. Chia seeds are basically tasteless, making them a terrific addition to your morning bowl of oats or lunchtime salad. When combined with liquid, these super absorbent seeds develop a gelatinous texture that’s perfect for pudding and smoothies. And get this--unlike flaxseed, chia seeds don’t have to be ground prior to eating in order to reap all the health benefits! Here are ten easy ways to get your daily dose of this tiny nutritional powerhouse.

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Tags: Healthy, Simple, Tips, Workout, Fiber, Juice, Techniques
How to Use Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil 101
January 23, 2014

Unrefined, virgin coconut oil in all its rich and creamy glory has been quite the trendy fat source ever since hitting the shelves. Whether you use it to tame those luscious locks, remove eye makeup or sauté your favorite veggies, its mild, subtlety sweet and nutty flavor is sure to satisfy. Coconut oil is extremely high in lauric acid, a saturated fat categorized as a medium-chain fatty acid. Unlike the saturated fats in animal products like butter, evidence shows that coconut oil may have a neutral and even beneficial effect on cholesterol levels! Furthermore, because this superstar oil contains a variety of plant nutrients, it’s also loaded with antioxidants. Hit the tropics with one of these unique ways to use this versatile oil today.

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Tags: Healthy, Tips, Simple, Techniques, Ideas
Cleanses: What Are They and Do They Work?
Cleanses: What Are They and Do They Work?
By Molly McBride, RD, LD, Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)
January 23, 2014

In our instant-gratification, fast-results and low-patience society (we’re guilty too), quick fixes sound awfully appealing. Between trying to keep up with life and the hassles sometimes involved with it, we may spread ourselves too thin. We know what we should and should not be eating (for the most part), that we need to be exercising and that we must always pay attention to our health. When faced with another time crunch or the allure of a “jump-start” to our health, an easy nutrition solution feels like the answer … welcome, “cleanses.” What are they all about? Are they as life changing as the ads and media suggest? Find out here.

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Tags: Cleanse, Juicing, Tea, Detox, Diet
The Low-Down on Fiber
The Low-Down on Fiber
By Molly McBride, RD, LD, Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)
January 15, 2014

All hail fiber: the nutrient so many health professionals, media, magazines, and even friends and family tout as being the one part of our diets that we should always be working on. So, what is fiber all about? Where does it originate, how do we identify different types, how much should we be getting and why, and how can it fit nicely into our diets? Read along and increase your belief in the powers of fiber.

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Tags: Fiber, Beans, Hummus, Broccoli, Organic
Simple Truth Fully Cooked Frozen Chicken
Simple Truth Fully Cooked Frozen Chicken
By Sarah Koeninger, RD LD, Dietitian Supervisor, Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)
January 13, 2014

Have you ever gotten home after a long day dreading the question, “What’s for dinner?” Often the last thing you want to do is preheat the oven for some semblance of a “homemade” meal. Perhaps you don’t want to stop somewhere and grab a bite, knowing the financial cost and health cost with regular meals from “outside your home.” Simple Truth can help you eat at home without all the extra work of starting from scratch.

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Tags: Chicken, Frozen, Easy, Convenient, Gluten Free
Easy Ways to Cut 100 Calories or More from Foods
Easy Ways to Cut 100 Calories or More from Foods
By Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)
January 6, 2014

Here are a few recipe ideas to help you cut the calories this season.

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Tags: Tips, Calories, Cooking, Eating, Simple
Simple Truth Vapor Distilled Water Plus Electrolytes
Simple Truth Vapor Distilled Water Plus Electrolytes
By Molly McBride, RD, LD
January 3, 2014

Here are the details on our Vapor Distilled Water Plus Electrolytes!

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Tags: Water, Vapor, Electrolytes, Drink, Tip, Resolution
Portions Vs. Servings
Portions Vs. Servings
By Kroger Customer Connect (C|c) Dietitian Team: Sarah Koeninger, Molly McBride, Karen Ilhardt
January 1, 2014

Is there really a difference between portion and serving size? YES! It’s important to know the difference when it comes to focusing on health and keeping that calorie count controlled. It’s especially important for people to be aware of their food consumption around the holidays. Our Dietitian and Home Economist Services teams at Kroger Customer Connect have joined forces to help provide some different perspectives on the topic of portions versus servings.

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Tags: Portion, Servings, Resolution, Tips, Eating Better