Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN

Wait on any line and you are probably tempted to buy chips, candy, cookies or ice cream. The supermarket is the worst where you are often sandwiched between two opposing counters brimming with treats. Supermarket checkouts provide a unique opportunity to prompt purchases as all customers pass through them to pay and often spent considerable … 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. When we first heard about WAKACOFFEE we were skeptical about the idea of a good tasting instant coffee. But we were pleasantly surprised. WAKACOFFEE is freeze-dried, 100% Arabica Colombian coffee with … Read More

If you have eaten out recently you may have noticed that more and more restaurants are now posting calories on menus. Beginning in May 2018, the FDA set in place a policy requiring restaurants with more than 20 locations to clearly list the calorie count of food items. This policy change hopes to encourage consumers … 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. We have highlighted (Garden Lites Vegetables dishes) and have followed the evolution of Garden Lites as the brand expanded (New in the Market: Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes, Veggie Chili & … Read More

Some things to consider about nutrition research: Nutrition science is a process of evolution not revolution.            The news and internet may not always give you the most accurate health information. In science all answers are provisional until proven or disproven by further research. Never make drastic changes in your life based on the results of … 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. Kivu noir, billed by the company as the world’s freshest coffee, is a single estate, specialty coffee of Rwandan Red Bourbon Arabica beans grown on the shores of Lake Kivu, Rwanda. … Read More

Research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dieteticslooked at life-course theory to explain how obesity develops over time taking into account a person’s life events. For a person to get the right intervention to lose weight it is important to determine if changes in weight were the result of a dramatic … 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. Kumana Avocado Sauces were inspired by traditional avocado sauce used in Venezuela and fondly remembered from childhood by Francisco Pavan, one of the brand’s founders. Kumana makes 3 varieties of avocado … Read More

Americans drinks close to 42 gallons of water per person each year from single use plastic bottles. The problem is that only 30% of these bottles are recycled and it takes three times the amount of water to make a plastic bottle than the water they hold. According to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic beverage bottles … 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. Terry Pirro grew up cooking with his big Italian family leading him to open Pirro’sRestaurante in Woodstock, Illinois. The restaurant became known for its pasta sauces which lead to daughter Brianna … Read More