Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Welcome to week two of National Nutrition Month, and the next installment of how to use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 in real life to go from expert recommendations to everyday healthy habits.

Regularly enjoying a variety of seafood is one of the best (and tastiest) ways to benefit from their heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. That’s the main reason health experts from the likes of the American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 all promote eating fish twice a week. There’s also emerging research linking omega-3s to improved mood and brain function.

Maybe you’re convinced that you should eat seafood, but you think fish is a kitchen challenge. You’re not alone!

To help, I talked with our Director of Research and Development, Chef Tina Bourbeau, who knows a thing or two about preparing seafood from her days working in New York’s finest kitchens. She’s also a tried-and-true New Yorker, which means she values a quick, delicious, no-mess dinner as much as the next person. (More…)

Red Grapefruit

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I’ve always been struck by the perfect timing of the peak citrus season.

Just when the bitter cold winter months are this close to getting me down, FreshDirect gets shipments of zesty oranges, tangerines and grapefruit.

As I break open a citrus peel and revel in the bright floral, almost piney scent, I am virtually transported to a sunny locale (insert mindless hula humming here).

These dazzling fruit can (and should) be enjoyed just as they are, but there plenty of other ways to use citrus’ unmistakable flavors and aromas in baking or cooking. Here are 14 of my favorite fast uses. (More…)

Mardi Gras Cocktailsl

Mardi Gras Cocktails

Mardi Gras is fast approaching (next Tuesday!), and those of us not fortunate enough to sample our way through the French Quarter of New Orleans may want to bring the party home instead.

All beads and debauchery aside, New Orleans is considered the birthplace of the American cocktail, so here are a couple of “Nawlins-born” concoctions to craft for your Mardi Gras celebration.

Our first cocktail is The Bourbon Smash, a 19th Century creation that has taken on different manifestations over the years. This is a more savory take on the Mint Julep that many derby enthusiasts are familiar with. (More…)

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Every five years, our friends over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services bring together a committee of top nutrition and health experts to review new research findings about food and health.

The result is a state-of-the-science Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) to help us eat right for wellness, to help us reach a healthy weight, and to help prevent disease.

The most recent set of guidelines were just released, and they’re full of exciting new findings we’ll all be hearing a lot more about in the upcoming months.

March happens to be National Nutrition Month, so each week I’ll feature news you can use from the new Dietary Guidelines along with smart ways to go from expert recommendations to everyday healthy habits.

For a sneak peak at what’s to come, here are some of the more surprising and new recommendations in the 2010 edition. (More…)

MyFD at FreshDirect.com

Check out MyFD now!

Introducing MyFD — a brand-new area at FreshDirect.com that’s dedicated to you!

At MyFD, you’ll see your favorite products, shopping lists and profile information at a glance.

We’d love for you to give us your thoughts in our weekly Quick Poll and connect with us at Facebook and Twitter.

Each week, we’ll serve up a selection of handy food facts, practical nutrition advice, new food trends and delicious recipes.

You’ll savor the season with timely usage information, read profiles of local chefs, farmers, fishermen and producers and find lots of easy ideas to help you feed your family right!

All this and more is in store. (Just wait ’til you see what we have up our sleeves!) Make sure you don’t miss a thing — add us to your blog reader now.

Every time you shop FreshDirect for grocery delivery straight to your door, be sure to stop by and see what’s new at MyFD: www.freshdirect.com/myfd

03/01/2011 by in FreshDirect News - Comments are closed
Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

According to a recent American Heart Association presentation, top sources of added sugar in the American diet are sodas and other sugar-sweetened soft drinks, sugars, candy, cakes, cookies, pies and fruit drinks.

Their recommendations add up to no more than 100 calories from sugar each day for women and no more than 150 calories from sugar each day for men. (That’s about 6 teaspoons of daily sugar for women and 9 teaspoons for men.)

Americans of all ages add too much sugar to their diets, but it’s easy to sate your sweet tooth by watching the portion size of special treats and choosing foods that have naturally occurring sugars.

Need a few ideas? I’ve selected some of my favorite alternatives that will satisfy your sweet tooth naturally. (More…)

02/28/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
Banana-Nut Oatmeal

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By now, we’re probably all aware that breakfast is good for us.

Research indicates that a healthy breakfast offers a bunch of perks, ranging from improved concentration and performance to more strength and endurance for physical activities and some not-so-obvious benefits, like lower cholesterol levels.

But on the weekends, it’s sometimes fun to branch out from the quick and easy into other, more adventurous options.

We’ve gone through all the delicious breakfast/brunch recipes in our One-Click Recipes section and pulled out five tasty, easy options we think you’re going to love:

Explore our entire Brunch Recipes section to find something special for your winter weekend starters, and be sure to let us know at Facebook what you make!

02/25/2011 by in One-Click Recipes - Comments are closed

Gather the kids and break out the art supplies! We’re issuing an invitation to young artists in our community to show everyone what it means to share a family meal.

Your Art Here!

To celebrate the launch of FreshDirect KidPower(TM) all-natural kids meals and support children’s art education and creativity, FreshDirect and The Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) have launched the FreshArt initiative: a call to young artists (grades three through six) to create works of art that express the positive experience of sharing a family meal.

This initiative will be launched in the FreshDirect delivery areas in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Three pieces of artwork — one from each of the participating states — will be selected to be featured large-scale on the sides of select FreshDirect delivery trucks. Also, a $1,500 monetary award will be donated to the schools designated by the parents or guardians of the creators of the selected art. (The designated schools must be located in the FreshDirect delivery areas.)

Download entry forms and contest details from:
http://www.freshdirect.com/FreshArt.

We’re hoping to share some terrific FreshArt entries right here, and we can’t wait to see what our community’s kids create!

02/16/2011 by in FreshDirect News - Comments are closed