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Get to Know Switchel

By Megan Myers, August 12, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

Tart and tangy drinks are trending — we’ve already seen the rise of shrubs, and now we’re ready to embrace the resurgence of a historic American drink: switchel.

What is Switchel?

Similar to a shrub, switchel, also known as “haymaker’s punch,” is made by mixing vinegar (often apple cider vinegar) with molasses or maple syrup, lemon, ginger or other ingredients. It is diluted with still water or sparkling water.

The origins of switchel are debated between the Caribbean and New England, but no matter where it came from, switchel was a popular drink in the 17th century and became the go-to for farmers working in the hot sun. Some say it was the first energy drink!

Switchel has been making a comeback thanks in part to the trends of Prohibition-era cocktails, house-made...

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7 Nutrition Pros Dish on Their Favorite Snacks

By Kathy K. Downie, RDN, August 12, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kathy K. Downie, RDN

Between-meal noshes don’t have to be pre-packaged — a banana, edamame, or even dried fruit can be just as satisfying. Seven of our own nutrition experts share their delicious snack solutions. 

Embrace veggies 

Eat plenty of colorful vegetables (experts suggest 2 1/2 cups of fresh vegetables daily) to assure a healthy mix of nutrients for relatively few calories. And snack time is an ideal time to ramp up those veggie servings you may have missed at another meal. Sweet and crunchy sliced bell peppers and carrots were winners in this category (homemade hummus optional!). You can also buy pre-cut carrots, celery and...

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Cooking with Coconut Oil

By Lindsay Robison, August 9, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Lindsay Robison

Updated August 9, 2016

Seared Tuna Steaks with Coconut Oil

Seared Tuna Steaks with Coconut, Corn and Cilantro

More people are turning to coconut oil these days, and it’s easy to see why. This versatile oil works beautifully in all sorts of dishes — from raw to baked, roasted to fried. Pressed from the fruit of the coconut palm tree, it is an increasingly popular alternative to butter. Before diving in, here’s what you need to know about...

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The 8 Best Breakfasts to Make for Back-to-School

By Whole Story Editors, August 5, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors

Get the recipe: Sunrise Breakfast Smoothie

Breakfast is often called the most important meal, but it’s also when you have the least time — especially when school is in session. So consider this your cheat sheet for fast, nutritious and tasty morning meals.

Make-Ahead Recipes

Enjoying a delicious better-for-you breakfast on a weekday is easier when you plan ahead. Here are a few palate- and schedule-pleasing favorites. 

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How to Stock a Dorm Room Fridge

By Lindsay Robison, August 4, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Lindsay Robison

The schedule has been set, the books purchased and the roommate vetted. While incoming college freshmen have proven themselves ready to tackle a full classload, the question of what foods make it on their plates to fuel themselves might require a bit more studying. Armed with a meal card, tiny dorm room refrigerator and microwave, it may seem like in-room dining is unnecessary and undesirable. But the life of a college freshman is anything but predictable, so preparing for unexpected culinary cravings beyond dining hall hours can help save students unwanted headaches or inches to their waistlines. Whole Foods Market food editor, Molly Siegler and Registered Dietitian Kathy Downie share their tips for fresh freshman eats:

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