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Nachos for Dinner

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I fed my kids a plate of nachos for dinner last night. No really, I did. We had a busy afternoon and we needed to be at a school function by 7 p.m. We were short on time and that is what my kids said they would eat. So nachos it was. You may be (happily) thinking, even a dietitian has “those nights” (and yes, I do). But, here’s the thing about these nachos. All but one ingredient on the plate earned at least one Guiding Star!

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Balancing the (Food) Budget

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Everyone is being affected in some way by the current economy! What seems to be the almost daily rising price of gasoline has an impact on a budget. In order to keep the household budget balanced, when the costs of necessary items go up, we need to find ways we can spend less. Let me share with you some tips on how to control food costs. You can still eat healthy and balance the budget!

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How Local Food Makes Us Look Good and Feel Even Better

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“Local” is cuisine’s little black dress. When we’re feeling dowdy or boring, it’s an easy fix. It’s ubiquitously appropriate in its quietly chic and understated way, and when all else fails, or if it just isn’t good enough, it’s a standby we can always count on. While it’s comforting in its familiarity, it can be dressed up or down depending on the circumstances. It goes with everything. The bonus? This particular little black dress is flattering on everyone.

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Guiding Stars: We are in more places than you think!

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Guiding Stars, the first in-store nutrition navigation program, originated in 2006 at Hannaford in 167 stores. Over the past 4 ½ years, retail store growth has been steady and today the Guiding Stars program can be found in over 1600 stores in 20 states with even more locations by year end.

Guiding Stars, originally developed with grocery retailing in mind, has spread its wings and moved into other venues as well and can now be found in schools, colleges and universities, vending machines, and hospitals.

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Consider Me Your Personal Shopper

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Editors Note: We’re happy to welcome Allison Stowell, MS, RD, CDN as our new Consulting Dietitian. For her first post on the Guiding Stars blog we asked her to speak about what perspective she hopes to bring to the program. We’re excited to have her on board!

As a working mom of two, I know how hard it is to get it all done.

There are a few things you should know about me. While I am a dietitian, I am not a chef; but I’m a master at creating uncomplicated, go-to options for busy nights. You see, I spend a lot of time at the grocery store, something I know you don’t have time to do. Consider me your personal shopper.

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A Lesson on Marketing: Convincing Kids That Their Food Is WAYCooler Than They Thought

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So here you are more than halfway through the school year and let’s face it: you’re in a rut. You’re sick of packing those stinking school lunches and snacks and your kids are probably thinking you’re the most consistently unimaginative being on Earth. You’re struggling to get the right fruits and veggies into them and they’re coming back with a lunch box full of flaccid, slimy, and uneaten stuff. Of course, a fruit is usually thrown in whole or cut up because you’re trying; but, you’re busy, the morning routine is worsening the situation, and that whole thing about packing lunches and snacks the night before is, well, a nice idea and all…

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The Best Thing about Life, Food!

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As a chef, food is my life and the best thing about life, food. Sadly, it seems everyone is just too busy these days and as a result, food, tragically gets shortchanged.

From my perspective many children today don’t know the pleasure of real food. Every bite they take needs to be coated in sugar, or be crazy salty. Everything seems to be a vehicle to eat ketchup or ranch dressing. Easy meals for busy people. It’s easy to feed people badly. Cheap and easy. Every bite of over the top fat laden pizza seems to be one bite closer to a half a box of Nutty bars for dessert. Boxes of “stuff” that now replace home baking are, unfortunately, the norm. The thought becomes: What kind of villain puts artichokes on my plate? Vegetables, no thank you. I could go on…

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