Healthy Eating

Welcoming the Warmth

Springtime is upon us! As we slowly crawl out of our caves, nests, and burrows and embrace the sunshine and warmer breezes, many of us are looking for a lighter breakfast option to move past our typical bowl of hot oatmeal that has helped us through these seemingly endless winter months. Well, we have the solution: Smoothie Bowls!

With an increasing amount of popularity over the last few years, smoothie bowls are an ongoing trend and show no sign of slowing down. They are easy, quick, and pretty and give us just the right energy to start the day. 

Building a "Pennywise" Pantry

Every month, I lead a Pennywise Pantry tour around the Co-op to highlight cost effective food shopping strategies. (If you haven’t done one yet, you can check our event schedule here.) Cooking from home and cooking from scratch are the most cost-effective (and nutritious!) ways to eat. Planning and prepping meals can be the most time intensive, so keeping a stocked pantry makes eating from home even faster than ordering take-out. Here are a few of my tips for building up a pantry without breaking the bank.

The Power of Prebiotics

Many of you are probably familiar with probiotics – the friendly bacteria in our gut that help our digestive system function properly.  Probiotics are found in fermented foods, like yogurt, cheese, sauerkraut, kimchi, and sourdough bread.  But have you heard of prebiotics?

Hummus: A Healthy Snack

What’s to love about hummus?  Everything!  And it seems like more and more people are discovering the joy of hummus; the hummus industry has been growing quickly in the US, going from $5 million 15 years ago to $530 million in 2012. If you haven’t jumped on the hummus train, what’s stopping you?

Back to School: Brain Food on the Mind

Whether your child is in 1st grade or you yourself are taking classes, eating well is an important part of performing well in school and feeling great during the long days away from home. Although there are no school-goers in my house right now, I was there myself just a few months ago and learned a few tricks to easily keep my bag full of healthy food that I would actually want to eat! Below are some simple, healthful recipes for lunches and snacks to keep students fueled, energized, and focused during their days in the classroom.

Back to School: Morning Madness

Going back to school can be hard. Alarm clocks shrewdly remind us that lazy mornings are a thing of warmer months, and it’s time to trade in beach towels for backpacks. If you’re like me, you dream about being organized and prepared the night before so that mornings are a little less rushed, and I’m more inclined to actually sit down for my breakfast.

Sugar Shock

I don’t know if you can relate, but I’ve always had a sweet tooth.  Growing up, it was guaranteed that I would never turn down ice cream, cookies, fudge, you name it, no matter how full I was.  And there wasn’t much motivation for me to limit my sugar intake – I’m not overweight and my teeth are healthy and strong. 

But as I aged, I could start to tell that my sugar intake wasn’t doing me any favors.  I’d crash in the afternoon and crave more carbs, like bagels, or more straight-up sugar, like candy.  In the evenings, dinner wouldn’t feel complete until I had eaten some ice cream or chocolate.  I’d be tired, cranky, my skin didn’t look great, and my digestion wasn’t as strong as it could be.  Something had to change.

Feeding Tiny Bellies and Hungry Minds

As a new contributor to this blog, I will begin by introducing myself. My name is Cristi Nunziata, and I am City Market’s Outreach and Education Coordinator. I have worked at the Co-op for over 10 years, beginning in the Deli, then Wellness and finally in Member Services. I have coordinated our Herbal Education program for over eight years. I am very passionate about wellness and nutrition and am very excited to now be coordinating cooking classes in addition to the wellness ones.

One of my proudest achievements in life is becoming a mother. My son has brought me so much joy. He has also brought me many new learning experiences, including how to introduce foods to a baby. So, in the spirit of introductions, it seems fitting to begin my blog writing with this subject.

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