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Since 2006, Guiding Stars has been making nutrition as easy as 1, 2, 3. We analyze foods using a patented algorithm and translate the nutrition information to a rating system that is easy to understand.

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Dessert is an ever-evolving challenge at Guiding Stars. We all love a little bit of something sweet now and again, and let's be honest, most of us wish that sweet treats could fit into a well-balanced eating plan a little more often. Chasing the sweet food that's not only nourishing but actually a delight to the senses is a little bit of a Holy Grail quest for those of us who work on recipe development for Guiding Stars. These are a few of our best tips for getting nutrition and dessert to come together.

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Great nutrition starts in your kitchen. Browse through our extensive recipe database for star-worthy recipes that will inspire you and make feeding your family nutritious food a little easier.

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Aging Appetites

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Listen as dietitians Allison Stowell and Kitty Broihier discuss the unique nutritional needs of older adults in the recording of this free, one-hour webinar.

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Mindfulness Moments

Slowing down during the holidays may sound about as hard as finding the perfect present in minutes, but it can be done. In fact, it should be a priority. After all, the essence of this joyous season isn’t to crank up the stress, but rather to connect with family and friends, capture the moments of your growing children, and maybe enjoy a cookie or two. Yes, even your dietitian understands the gravitational pull of Christmas cookies and other seasonal sweets. While I may not be able to lure you away from all your traditional treats, I can with that daily Advent calendar chocolate that counts you down to Christmas. Even better, with just a bit of thought, I can help you create those mindful moments and offer alternatives to chocolate-filled Advent calendars.

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Smart Leftovers

No matter how many dinner guests you have and how modest you might try to be in your preparation of Thanksgiving, leftovers are inevitable. If you're not excited about an endless litany of turkey sandwiches and Thanksgiving dinner endlessly reprised in the microwave, knowing how to make "nextovers" is a must. Turkey soup and turkey pot pie are well-known tricks, but have you tried breakfast hash before? Crispy, sweet, and savory, you will love this dish for using up leftover turkey and sweet potatoes.

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Making the Most of Holiday Hunger Relief Efforts

During the holiday season, we see an increase in efforts to address hunger like food drives, fundraisers for area food banks and volunteering at food pantries, food banks, food rescue organizations or free, community meal programs. This additional help is welcomed by our hunger relief partners who support the 37 million people in the U.S.…

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