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Do news reports about outbreaks of avian flu or “bird flu” have you wondering?
Recent news of avian flu findings in North America began appearing in December, 2014. According to Agri-Pulse (April 23, 2015), “The H5N2 strain of avian influenza was first confirmed in January in the Pacific Northwest and has since spread to the Midwest, and recently to Iowa, the nation’s top egg-producing state.”
Avian flu was also confirmed to have spread to Nebraska. On May 14, Nebraska Governor, Pete Ricketts, declared a state of emergency due to the avian flu outbreak, joining Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa as states that have taken the same action so far.Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs – Free of Avian Flu
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There are many great reasons to love May. The weather finally gets its act together here in NY. The flowers and trees start remembering to act alive and wake the heck up. And, of course, Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day. Boom.
I get way too excited for Cinco de Mayo every year. I’m pretty obsessed with Mexican/Tex-Mex/Southwest flavors, and any excuse to shovel said food into my piehole at the speed of light is a huge win in my book. I actually think my love of Mexican food began because of my mom, who is pretty famous within the vast circles of our immediate family for her chicken fajitas. It used to be a weekly meal in our house growing up that we all looked forwardRead More >
Many people hear the word pasteurized and wonder exactly what it involves. The term pasteurized refers to the all-natural technique of applying heat to food products for a precise period of time. The goal? To eliminate bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. Some of the most commonly pasteurized foods are:Read More >
What is farro and why in the world would you serve it with bacon and eggs? Farro is an ancient grain that Italians have been eating for hundreds of years. More specifically, it is a wheat grain (sorry, not gluten free) and it can usually be found in your local grocery store or specialty market. You can find farro, spelt, or barley (each can be used interchangeably) in the grain aisle or where you typically find specialty products like Bob’s Red Mill flour and grains. If you have never tried farro before, I want to encourage you to give it a try. The flavor is hearty and nutty … a bit like brown rice, but in my opinion much tastier. It is loaded withRead More >
When it comes to eating healthy, these days it can be tough to keep your head above water. The sea of diet terms, trends—and even “facts”—changes every day. Grain-free? Gluten-free? The Paleo Movement? If you’re curious about whether these options are right for you, I’m going to break down the Paleo Movement into easy-to-digest information.
You see, the grocery stores you and I walk through every week are very different from our grandparents’ grocery stores. Foods laden with refined sugar clog the aisles and package labels tout extraordinary health claims at every turn. Even health-conscious shoppers think they’re doing the right thing by filling their carts with instant oats, whole grain breads, and non-fat yogurts…but are they? Well, not according to the PaleoRead More >
Paleo. If you haven’t heard the word before you’ve likely been living under a rock (a pretty big one too) for the past five years or so as this diet has seeped out of the small fitness niche it lived in and pretty much taken over the world. Okay, slight exaggeration maybe but seriously, I hear it everywhere.
As someone that does CrossFit regularly, I’ve of course dabbled with it myself from full out Whole30 months (omg, give me the chocolate!) to where I’m at now which is eating paleo-ish a good chunk of the time. Here’s thing, I don’t believe peanuts and beans and are going to kill me, but I also believe we eat far too many carbohydrates. And then there’s the whole dairyRead More >
Coloring eggs for spring celebrations is a time-honored tradition that crosses many cultures and faiths. According to Farmers’ Almanac, the ancient Egyptians gave each other colored eggs to celebrate spring’s arrival. So did the Persians before them.
The egg is often viewed as a symbol of rebirth. According to the Feasts of Feasts website, “It was customary in ancient times to go and gather different colored eggs from the nests of a variety of birds. Some suggest that may be what gave rise to egg hunts and dyeing of eggs, for people were imitating the tinted eggs of wild birds, and mimicking the colors of spring with its array of pastel flowers and blossoms in bloom.”
Farmers’ Almanac says the Pennsylvania Dutch carried the egg-coloring tradition to America in theRead More >
This March, we again join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in celebrating National Nutrition Month®. The theme for 2015 is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” which encourages everyone to adopt healthy nutrition choices and a routine of physical activity. This powerful combo can help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent chronic disease, and feel great!Fitness + nutrition can help you maintain muscle mass
Most people start losing some muscle after age 30. But you can tackle this trend. Says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Men and women should participate in muscle strengthening activities that work the major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders and arms) at least two times each week. Examples of strength training include liftingRead More >
February is hot breakfast month but with the record breaking cold temperatures across the country I doubt anyone needs a national food month to want to start their day with something warm and hearty. It’s getting closer to the end of winter (hopefully!), so if you’re like me you might need some new hot breakfast ideas for inspiration. Below, I’ve rounded up of five hot and delicious breakfasts from the Safest Choice Eggs’ recipe center. It’s been cold here in Chicago for awhile now so I’ve been making these recipes a lot lately.Buttermilk Pancakes
Pancakes have always been a favorite of mine. Especially on a lazy weekend morning when it’s cold outside and I all I want to do is stay home in myRead More >
Did you know that eggs can help you meet the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and be part of a healthful diet that may help you maintain a healthy weight?
The Dietary Guidelines recommend choosing nutrient dense foods to meet your nutrient needs, while balancing calories. Here are their nutrition tips:
- Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups
- Eat less of nutrient-poor foods
- Limit the amount of fat you consume to no more than 25-30% of your total calories in a given day. For good health, the majority of that fat should be monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
- Consume less than 1500 mg of sodium/day
It’s important to recognize that fat delivers nutrition and you don’t need (or want) to avoidRead More >