Why a Post-Exercise Smoothie Works

Why a Post-Exercise Smoothie Works

Whether it’s exercising in the heat or a high-intensity workout, my stomach doesn’t feel too great after exercising. So rather than avoiding foods and drinks completely, I still prioritize recovery nutrition with a nutrient-rich smoothie. Why? Because providing my muscles with the nutrients and my body with the fluid they need to recover is critical. My …

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Exercise Recovery: White or Chocolate Milk?

Exercise Recovery: White or Chocolate Milk?

Dietitians working in sports nutrition know that chocolate milk has an optimal ratio of carbohydrate to protein, which makes for a balanced post-exercise snack. But what about white milk? In this blog post, you’ll learn about: The nutrient differences between white and chocolate milk. Why chocolate milk alone works for recovery. How to use white milk for …

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The Power of Probiotics

The Power of Probiotics

This post was written by staff dietitian Heidi Harkopf, MS, RD. Heidi works in Connecticut, and is New England Dairy & Food Council’s Director of Nutrition Programs. Normally, the kitchen isn’t a place where you want to invite bacteria into! But some bacteria are important for fermentation that creates delicious foods like cheese, yogurt, and …

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Billerica Memorial High School’s DECA Program Celebrates Graduation

Billerica Memorial High School’s DECA Program Celebrates Graduation

What better way to graduate from high school than with a pep rally with New England Patriots Mascot Pat Patriot?   Billerica Memorial High School’s DECA* students in Massachusetts organized a Wellness Day for the school’s students and faculty.   Yet rather than keep the mascot’s visit contained to the high school, DECA students invited …

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What Does Your Child Eat at School?

What Does Your Child Eat at School?

The National School Lunch Program has been around since 1946 and currently feeds 31 million American children every weekday. Participation is voluntary, but enrollment allows the school’s food service department to be reimbursed for meals served. But what are kids eating? In this blog post, you’ll learn about: How the price per student is set. …

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Lift Weights? Here’s What to Eat

Lift Weights? Here’s What to Eat

Lifting weights is hard. It’s taxing on your muscles and requires determination to push through the pain. Yet lifting weights is not a one-and-done effort: To reap the benefits, you need to work your muscles frequently. The same is true for eating after exercise. But what should you eat, when, and why? In this blog …

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Full-Fat Dairy & Saturated Fat

Full-Fat Dairy & Saturated Fat

When almonds and avocados became popular everyday items thanks to their whole food and natural allure, it was only a matter of time that whole fat dairy became a part of the conversation. We’ve memorized the low-fat and non-fat dairy messaging, so do we now jump on the whole foods bandwagon? Or tread lightly? In …

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Running on Empty: Why Students Need School Breakfast

Running on Empty: Why Students Need School Breakfast

What do the Boston Marathon and National School Breakfast Week have in common? Nutrition. A marathon runner stumbling towards the finish line, looking miserable, and with a limping stride is the all too common “hitting the wall” visual. The runner no longer has the fuel they need to perform. Their energy level, stride, and muscle …

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