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Mar 25 2014
Naturally Green Foods
Naturally Green Foods
By Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

Are you going green? Do you eat green foods? Are you being earth friendly? We can help you.

Mar 14 2014
A Chip Off the Ol' Potato
A Chip Off the Ol' Potato
By Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

Love potato chips but want a healthier, fresher option? Create your own with just a basic potato, a microwave (or oven) and a dash of seasoning. It is amazing how simple and addictive these homemade chips are. Using the microwave or oven allows us to skip using a vat of hot oil, which can pop, splat, burn and add unnecessary calories.

Feb 13 2014
The Benefits of Chocolate
The Benefits of Chocolate
By Molly McBride, RD, LD, Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

Chocolate. We thought we caught your attention in one word. The decadence of chocolate: drizzled on your favorite dessert, used as a dip for fruit or just a simple piece to satisfy a craving, it can be heaven on earth for some of us. But what about the touted health benefits of chocolate? Is it too good to be true that something so indulgent can also be valuable in our diets?

Feb 11 2014
Heart Healthy Recipes
Heart Healthy Recipes
By Submitted by Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

It’s American Heart Month! Here are some recipes promoting cardiovascular health that we really “heart.”

Jan 27 2014
Chia Seeds 101
Chia Seeds 101

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.

Jan 23 2014
Coconut Oil 101
Coconut Oil 101

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.

Jan 15 2014
The Low-Down on Fiber
The Low-Down on Fiber
By Molly McBride, RD, LD, Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

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.

Jan 6 2014
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)

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

Jan 1 2014
Portions Vs. Servings
Portions Vs. Servings
By Kroger Customer Connect (C|c) Dietitian Team: Sarah Koeninger, Molly McBride, Karen Ilhardt

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.

Dec 3 2013
Pull Out the Brown Bags -- Simple Truth has Lunchmeat!
Pull Out the Brown Bags -- Simple Truth has Lunchmeat!
By Sarah Koeninger, RD LD, Dietitian Supervisor, Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)

Are you a lunchmeat lover? Perhaps you were as a child, pulling out your bologna and cheese sandwich or ham and cheese or turkey and cheese or roast beef — you get the idea. The possibilities were endless! Now you may look back and think, “I can’t believe I ate that!”