Nutritious Dietary Patterns

Dietary patterns (also called eating patterns) are the combinations and quantities of food and beverages consumed over time. Consistent evidence indicates that, in general, a plant-based dietary pattern is more health-promoting than the current average U.S. diet. However, a “plant-based” eating patterns doesn’t mean only plants; pairing high-quality protein foods, like eggs, with plants is essential for the synthesis and maintenance of muscle tissue, and for achieving optimal vitamin and mineral intakes.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend three healthy eating patterns, all of which include eggs. But what are the sample eating patterns, and what are the key differences between them?

To learn more about healthy eating patterns, including those recommended in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, and how eggs fit within those patterns, explore the following PowerPoint, and feel free to share it with friends!

Healthy Eating Patterns: How do Eggs Fit?

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Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Menu

Silver knife and fork, christmas ball and green spruce branche lie on the white porcelain plate, which is located on a table covered with a white tablecloth

Are you hosting a Christmas dinner party this year? Chances are there may be a vegetarian amongst your guests. A recent survey found that 7.3 million Americans follow a vegetarian diet.1 Fortunately, with a little planning and preparation, you can help vegetarian guests feel like they’re part of the party, not limited to the side dishes. Continue reading “Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Menu”

Clean Eating on Thanksgiving: Recipes & Diet Tips

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What do turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and eggs have in common? They’re all whole, nutrient dense foods, supported by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA’s). However, once a year these foods are transformed into casseroles, appetizers and pies. Thanksgiving is the holiday of abundance – with excess sodium, sugar, and saturated fat on the dinner table.

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‘Oh the thinks you can think’ on pediatric obesity

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Featured article in the Fall 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Bev Benda, RDN, LDN, BCC

Years ago I saw the Broadway show, Seussical the Musical.1 It is based on two Dr. Seuss classics, Horton Hears a Who 2 about a sweet, gigantic elephant who befriends a dustsized boy from a microscopic town, and Horton Hatches the Egg,2 in which this same elephant guards his friend Mayzie’s egg while she parties. The musical transcends these story lines as it shares the message of accepting people despite size or looks. Several characters face criticism, isolation, loneliness, and low self-esteem because they are “different.” It comes full circle after showing how judgment hurts, and seeing beyond the surface creates true friendship and love.

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