Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN

Bone broth is one of the hottest foods on the market today. Marketers promise healthy skin, decreased joint pain, improved immune system, and better digestive health. Can bone broth deliver on these promises? Bone broth can be homemade or store bought but either way, it is a stock made by slowly simmering animal bones and … 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. Al Dente Pasta Company, based in Michigan, has been making artisan pastas for almost 40 years. Though they have always made their pasta by traditional methods, the company from the beginning … Read More

Depending on where you grew up in the northeastern part of the US, you may call the classic submarine-shaped, long, filling sandwich by a different name. It is believed the sub originated in Connecticut by a restaurant owner who delivered submarine shaped sandwiches to a local naval base during World War II. Today, thanks to … 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. Beyond The Equator 5 Seed Butter, launched in 2017, produces a seed butter from chia, flax, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, plus hemp hearts (which is the hulled hemp seed). The seeds … Read More

Athletes have long acknowledged that working out makes them feel good due to the release of endorphins that boost mood. Now there is evidence coming out of animal studies at Columbia University that exercise produces another hormone, irisin, that may improve memory and protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Irisin is present in the brain’s hippocampus, 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. Wholly Rollies are frozen protein snack balls from Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter Company. The are certified gluten-free and kosher certified (OU). Wholly Rollies come in three varieties sold in a 6-ounce … Read More

Federal guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise weekly. For the average person, this recommendation does not translate into practical daily advice. In scientific terms, moderate intensity exercise is defined as an activity that requires 3 METs (metabolic equivalents of a task). Or in plain English, an activity that uses … 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. Wanna Date? is a date spread that is a very interesting product and offers a nice alternative to fruit butters, jams or jellies. Wanna Date? was conceived by a young entrepreneur … Read More

The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) is a national, non-profit group that provides the official Certified Green Restaurant mark. It has been working with the restaurant industry since 1990 to help each restaurant measure its environmental accomplishments through various categories such as water efficiency, waste reduction, recycling, sustainable building materials, sustainable foods, energy use, preferable disposables, … 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. Scott & Jon’s frozen shrimp pasta and rice bowls feature sustainably-sourced shrimp, cook in 5 minutes, and have less than 300 calories per serving. Though the serving sizes are small, each … Read More