Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN

We enjoy trying new kitchen gadgets.  Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Funkins was founded by a Mom who was looking to reduce school lunch waste. The company makes washable, neoprene lunch bags and 100% cotton, reusable napkins and placemats. The bags are spacious … Read More

More than 80% of Americans misinterpret label dates and throw away food prematurely under the misconception that the food is unsafe to eat. Congress is working on the Food Date Labeling Act but until they get their act together and pass a bill this may help you sort out the confusion. Sell-by dates are meant … 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. Many health experts recommend eating more fermented foods to restore the natural protective colonies of good bacteria in our gut. These healthy microbes, collectively called probiotics, are often our first line … Read More

Berries get their red, purple or blue color from natural pigments known as anthocyanins. A recent Finnish-American study showed that anthocyanins in berries could activate the SIRT6 enzyme function which may reduce the expression of cancer genes and cancer cell growth. The regulation of this enzyme could open up new avenues for cancer treatment. While the … 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. Moon Cheese is a crunchy cheese snack that does not need refrigeration. Moisture is removed, leaving bite-sized nuggets of 100% cheese that are gluten free and vegetarian because the cheese is made … Read More

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. Researchers in Malaysia examined how steeping time and water temperature affected the antioxidant levels in tea. Antioxidants are potent chemicals found in food that provide protection in the body against harmful compounds. Tea is rich in antioxidants. What did the researchers discover? White … 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.  Field Roast, uses vital wheat gluten, which is the pure wheat protein extracted from wheat flour, to make meat-like products from grains. The company’s goal is to redefine “meat” similar to … Read More

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral found in the human body. Most is found in your bones with the rest in muscles, soft tissues or circulating in your blood. This mineral is important for many biochemical reactions that go on in your body. Though deficiencies are rare, chronic low levels of magnesium negatively affect … 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. Snacking has become more popular than ever and people are moving away from salty chips and cookies toward more healthy options. Eggland’s Best, long known for providing quality fresh and cooked … Read More

Whole grain foods are good for you. They help reduce the risk for many life-shortening diseases plus they strengthen our gut microbiome, often our first line of defense against infection.  With all this going for them, whole grains are still a hard sell for most kids.  They often prefer to eat pasta and bread made … Read More