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  • Fresh Ideas for Your Grill
    Fresh Ideas for Your Grill
    School is officially out for the summer and so are grills for most people! When you hear the words grill or cook out, foods that often come to mind are proteins - burgers, brats, steaks, chicken, and fish.  Some people like to talk about their favorite grilled vegetable recipes, but rarely do I hear people talking about their favorite grilled fruit. If you’ve never tried fruit on the grill before, I highly recommend it!
  • Show your heart some love
    Show your heart some love
    Valentine’s Day is here, but did you know is also American Heart Month? What better way to celebrate than by loving yourself with foods that promote a healthy heart! As you probably already know, heart disease is no small problem in America. According to the CDC, 2 million Americans suffer heart attacks or strokes every year.
  • FVC Summer Picnic
    FVC Summer Picnic
    As one of Festival’s registered dietitians, I have unique opportunities to work with various community groups. One of the groups that I truly enjoy being a part of is the Fox Valley Celiac (FVC) Support Group. This is a support group with an active membership of more than 200 people. They invite anyone that has a relationship with Celiac Disease to become a member - those with the disease, family members, care takers, and friends.  In addition, they also welcome guests from the medical or dietary field to their meetings without membership.
  • The Thingamajigger House - My Leadership Green Bay Experience
    The Thingamajigger House - My Leadership Green Bay Experience
    As those of you who read this blog know, I am a registered dietitian. However, not all of my work is directly related to nutrition. At Festival, our company is built upon 5 values. Those values are servant leadership, execution, community involvement, associate development, and service. Last year about this time, I was given the opportunity to apply for Leadership Green Bay, a formalized training program put on by the Green Bay Chamber.
  • Title: Putting NuVal™ to use – McKayla’s Story!
    Title: Putting NuVal™ to use – McKayla’s Story!
    Last year about this time, Ms. De Villers offered me an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. She invited me to be a part of each rotation of her Family and Consumer Science classes for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at West De Pere Middle School. Each and every trip to school throughout the year left me more knowledgeable (even though I was doing the teaching).
  • Healthy Options for Super Bowl XLV
    Healthy Options for Super Bowl XLV
    It is no secret that the Green Bay Packers will be playing in Super Bowl XLV this Sunday. While the team has been down in Texas since Monday preparing for the big game, most of us are back in Wisconsin trying to figure out our game-day plans. Some will go out to local establishments to enjoy the game with fellow fans while others will host or attend parties at home. Whatever you are doing, I am sure it involves food!
  • Starting Off on the Right Foot
    Starting Off on the Right Foot
    Okay, this is a play on words simply because I had a foot surgery right before Christmas and had to start off the New Year on just my right foot. None the less, it got me thinking about a situation I recently faced. During the recovery period following this surgery, I was not able to run and was very limited in any type of activity compared to normal. Even yoga classes had to be cut out! Now, here is the kicker – even though my activity has declined significantly, I still had a very healthy appetite!
  • New Food Scoring System
    New Food Scoring System
    Do you have trouble sorting through the clutter of nutrition labels and health claims when you are grocery shopping? Soon you will have a resource that makes finding the most nutritious choices easier! Festival Foods will be launching a nutritional scoring system that is designed to help our guests make food purchasing decisions based on reliable nutrition information faster and easier. You will be able to compare food items side by side and determine which product offers the better value, not just in price, but in nutrition, too! Much more to come, stay tuned…
  • Out and About…
    Out and About…
    Part of my daily life as Festival’s dietitian is to work with different community groups and attend nutrition-related events across the state. These events give me the opportunity to meet many of our awesome guests and spread the message of good health and nutrition!
  • Go Bananas for this Ice Cream Alternative!
    Go Bananas for this Ice Cream Alternative!
    Do you like ice cream? Are you trying to get you children, or maybe yourself, to eat more fruit? Do you ever have over-ripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter? If you answered “Yes,” to any of these questions, this post is for you! I wanted to share this recipe for Chocolate Banana “Ice Cream” with all of you as a nutritious, lower fat alternative to ice cream.
  • The 500 Club
    The 500 Club
    It’s the New Year – and that means it’s resolution time! Often, resolutions revolve around building a healthier lifestyle, from eating better to moving more and cutting out bad habits. So, what better time than the present to launch Festival’s first nutrition-based program?
  • December Recipe Revamp
    December Recipe Revamp
    Roasted vegetables are a welcome addition to the holiday feast, or any meal for that matter. Swap the traditional baked potato with butter and sour cream for ½ cup of roasted red potatoes. This simple change can save 300 calories and 9 grams of fat! So, do you want a recipe? It requires minimal prep and about the same amount of cook time as the traditional baked potato. Roasted Red Potatoes Ingredients: 1 + ½ Tbsp Mrs. Dash Original Blend, divided 12 small red potatoes, cut into wedges 2 Tbsp Olive Oil Directions: