Category: Nutrition

Cooking with FarmboxRX

Who says soup is just for cold weather? This Spring Minestrone is the easiest weeknight dinner that your family will definitely be requesting again.

It is chock full of nutritious, seasonal vegetables – everything from soup staples to hearty root vegetables and leafy greens. Plus, we’re throwing in a can of beans for added fiber and plant protein. This is truly an all-around winner!

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Flavors of the World – Spice Blends

March is my favorite month of the year for so many reasons! I love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (hello…my name is Erin), but it’s also National Nutrition Month! And for a Registered Dietitian, that’s code for celebrating all we do, all month long! Each year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics creates a theme for this month and for 2022 it’s Celebrate a World of Flavors.

One way we love to explore the flavors of the world is by playing with different spices.

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Plantuary: Getting Started in 3 Steps

By Erin Pellegrin RD, LDN

We are officially into week two of Plantuary! Maybe you’ve seen the videos introducing our January initiative or perhaps you learned a little more about what it means to be plant-based from our blog (maybe you did both!). Even if this whole Plantuary thing is news to you, let’s share a few easy ways you can get started.

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What Does “Plant-Based” Mean?

By Senior Nutrition Manager, Erin Pellegrin RD

So, what is “plant-based?”

By now, most of us have heard the term “plant-based.” Or what we also sometimes use, “plant-centered.” But what exactly does that mean when we talk about how a person eats? This question comes up a lot during our Wellness Day Conferences. While this term can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, to us it means eating in a way that focuses on including and consuming more plant foods,

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Trendy Crunchy Salad with Delicious Green Dressing

Recipe inspired by Baked by Melissa

I love a crunchy salad – especially when the temps drop. In the summer, I tend to reach for the delicate greens when I want a bowl of leafy goodness. But in the fall and winter, I want the favorites of the season – in this case it’s purple and napa cabbages – tossed with whatever veggies I had in the fridge, all married with the most delicious,

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Food for Thought – 3 Recipes that Support Brain Function

By UFH Nutrition Manager, Erin Pellegrin RD

This winter, my cooking class theme is “Food for Thought.” Both Michele and I so often hear how frustrating chemo brain or chemo fog can be for our community. One way to help improve the symptoms of chemo brain – among several lifestyle factors – is by consuming foods that contain nutrients known to support brain function. So in my three recipes, you’ll find ingredients like nuts,

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Key Tips for Staying Hydrated

Presented by the Unite for HER 5K Hydration Sponsor: Core BTS

Our Virtual 5K Event is approaching! One of the most important things to remember as you prepare for your run or walk is to stay hydrated. This will help to regulate your body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. Here are some tips to stay hydrated as you go the distance for HER! 

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Healthy Drive-Thru: Frosty Remix

Recipe by Erin Pellegrin RD, LDN

UFH Nutrition Manager, Erin, has been busy in the kitchen recreating healthy versions of classic fast food items. Her lightened up Frosty-Remix is simple and lightened up compared to the original version – and easy to make at home!

• 1 frozen banana
• 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 tsp good cocoa powder
• 8 oz vanilla oat milk
• ½ tsp acacia fiber powder*
• 2-3 ice cubes


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Alcohol and Cancer

There is a considerable amount of uncertainty regarding alcohol consumption during cancer treatment and beyond.  Generally speaking, having a glass of wine now and again is not bad for your health. However, regular alcohol consumption is known to increase your risk of six different cancers, one of which is breast cancer.  This is because alcohol can raise estrogen levels, which in turn could affect a woman’s risk of breast cancer. 

What about ovarian cancer and alcohol?  Results of studies have been inconsistent especially since alcohol isn’t a direct ovarian carcinogen.

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