Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. We have looked at Quinn snacks a number of times in the past. Once again, Quinn has expanded its brand line with gluten-free pretzels. The pretzels are Certified Gluten-Free and kosher certified … Read More

Buy fresh, unprocessed foods whenever you can. The more a food is processed the more likely it will be higher in salt, sugar and fat. Make label reading a habit. You will be amazed at what you will learn. Don’t let sugar fool you. It comes by many names – dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, cane … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Junea Rocha, one of the founders of Brazi Bites grew up in Brazil where pao de quiejo (cheese bread) made from tapioca flour is a favorite snack food. After relocating to the … Read More

High in fiber and rich in minerals, brown rice is a better choice. Look for quick cooking and frozen options to cut cooking time. Use Greek yogurt to substitute for sour cream in recipes or to top baked potatoes or tacos. Cook cereal, like oatmeal, with skim milk instead of water to get a calcium … Read More

A USDA survey showed that more than one-third of our daily calories come from food eaten away from home. Foods prepared outside the home have more calories, saturated fat and sodium than food prepared at home. If you decide to eat out where should you go – fast food chain, fast casual chain or a … Read More

Food shoppers’ attitudes are changing when it comes to deciding which foods are healthy choices for themselves and their families and which foods represent their values. This wide variation in needs and acceptability is an enormous challenge for food companies and supermarkets. As many as three-quarters of all food shoppers make buying decisions based on … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. BOMB started business in mid 2016 when four veterans joined together to offer the consumer a really strong cup of coffee. They market BOMB coffee as “super caffeinated.” We tried the Original … Read More

We are throwing out $162 billion worth of perfectly good food each year. This not only wastes food, but it wastes money, water, and the natural resources needed to grow the food that is never eaten. 28% of the world’s farmland, an area larger than Canada, is used to grow food that is never eaten … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Jarred pasta sauce has to be special for us to give a brand the thumbs up. Hoboken Farms gets a big thumbs up. It is rich and thick with nice chunks of … Read More

  The benefits of exercise are undisputed including weight control, strengthening the heart, bones and muscles, and reducing the risk for disease. Researchers at the University of California San Diego recently showed that just one, 20 minute session of moderate exercise can also stimulate the immune system producing an anti-inflammatory response. Forty-seven people walked on … Read More