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Toni Kuehneman

Slow Food in a Fast Paced World


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Have you heard about “slow food”?  It is a term first coined by the folks who promote food sustainability and the purchase of local foods.  Slow food is the opposite of fast processed food.  Slow food is not about eating food slower (although I like the concept of eating slower to enjoy the taste of food and often eating less amount of food).  Slow food is an idea, a way of living in a world “in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it, and good for the planet.”  I thought about the slow food concept as I read a USA Today article reporting that Americans’ fruit and vegetable intake … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

A Little Dessert (recipe included)


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May is a busy month for families. So many happy events occur during the month; with first communion, confirmation, graduations, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, many families gather with extended family and friends to celebrate. The most frequent question that I hear throughout the year, but especially in December and May is, “Do you have a healthy dessert?” That question puzzles me every time. For me the word healthy means health-promoting.  A food filled with nutrients like protein, carbohydrate, fiber, vitamins and minerals. So for me, the healthiest dessert is fruit. During the summer months, fruits like cantaloupe, watermelons, strawberries, blueberries, honey dew, pineapple, peaches, etc. are just the best. Easy to prepare and filled with natural sweetness. We can … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

Eating seafood: there’s a catch (recipe included)


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Whenever I quote the latest recommendation from the American Heart Association (AHA) or the USDA concerning seafood, I am met with the same statement, “I do not like fish”. Sometimes I wonder how this could be true. During the Lenten season, the social halls at the local Catholic Churches are filled with happy customers eating fried or baked fish and all the trimmings. Maybe it is simply that people do not like to prepare and cook seafood at home. Did you know that the AHA and the USDA recommend eating fish at least twice a week (eight to 12 ounces of seafood per week)? Seafood is low in saturated fat, but a good source of protein and omega-3 fats. I see … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

The scoop on salt (recipe included)


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In less than a week February 2012 will be recorded in the history books.  For me, it is the end to a busy month.  Since I work for Alegent Health Heart and Vascular Institute, it is a month of many requests for presentations focused on nutrition and heart disease or nutrition and preventing heart disease.  This year sodium was the popular topic request. Early in February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new report on sodium consumption in the United States.  The report estimated the salt intake from more than 7,000 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Survey (2007-2008).  According to this report, the mean daily intake of sodium in theUnited States is 3,266 milligrams. … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

Super Bowl Sunday: Make the Healthy Choice, the Easy Choice (recipes included)


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The Super Bowl is approaching. It’s a time to gather with family or friends to enjoy the game, commercials, and of course, food. So, how do you celebrate this yearly event? That’s the question I asked some co-workers and some participants attending one of my community presentations. As you can imagine, the answers vary widely from, “I do not watch football,” to “I have a good time at a local sports bar.” Some people also reflected on this date from their experiences with their family. They recalled a fun time as children enjoying popcorn and soda with their families while cheering on their favorite team. Are you planning a health-promoting environment for your family, friends or yourself? I can see the … Continue reading

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