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Microwaving Nutritiously and Safely

Many frozen vegetables come ready to cook in a microwaveable steam bag, which is a safe, nutritious, making this an easy way to include more veggies in your diet. Photo by Amanda Blake, contributor

Amanda Blake

May 4, 2014

Microwave ovens cook food by converting electrical power into waves of electromagnetic energy with a frequency similar to radio waves. However, microwaves are more narrowly focused and oscillate at a faster rate, which results in the rapid rotation of water, fat and sugar molecules. This causes a ...

The nutrition facts label gets a makeover

The nutrition facts label gets a makeover

Amanda Blake

March 28, 2014

How often do you read the "Nutrition Facts" label before making a choice about what to eat? The purpose of the nutrition facts label is to help consumers make healthier choices. You may opt for a brand of wheat bread because it contains more fiber than another, or you may prefer a can of soup with le...

Six Kitchen Essentials (with more uses than one)

Amanda Blake

March 13, 2014

Applesauce – A cup of unsweetened applesauce makes a great portable snack, but applesauce can add a dollop of nutrition to baked goods as well. Replace a cup of sugar with one cup of applesauce, while reducing other liquids by a ¼ cup. You may also substitute oil with applesauce, but I recommend ...

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