Raisin Your Nutrition

– A blog about the energy benefits of raisins –

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Cool off with Chilled Persian Yogurt Soup

As the weather gets hot, we all look for new ways to cool off. The kiddos (and even some parents!) tend to gravitate to sweet cold treats, like popsicles and ice cream, during the steamyREAD MORE

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“Good” Foods vs. “Bad” Foods

IS GLUTEN-FREE FOR ME? Have you ever wondered why foods that are supposed to be bad for you, can taste so good, and foods that are good for you – well, sometimes, they don’t tasteREAD MORE

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Egyptian Bread Pudding (Om Ali) with Raisins

Bread pudding is one of those comfort foods that have rustic origins. It was a way to use up old stale bread instead of throwing it out and letting it go to waste. It wasREAD MORE

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Take 5 – How to build a better salad

Spring has sprung and fresh fruits and vegetables are coming into season! Many people think that by eating “just a salad” for lunch every day that they are eating healthy. It’s true that greens andREAD MORE

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Dried Fruit, Seed and Nut Crisps

Homemade crackers are much easier to make than you might think. These are pretty too, with a combination of dried apricots and golden raisins, crunchy nuts and seeds and a bonus of no added fat.READ MORE

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New Food Labels Are Coming Soon: Are you Ready?

How often have you found yourself standing in the middle of the grocery aisle, trying to decipher the nutrition facts food label or navigate a long list of ingredients. The good news is that theREAD MORE

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Irish Soda Bread

For St. Patrick’s Day we think about Irish foods like corned beef and Colcannon. How about Irish soda bread? It’s one of the simplest breads to make and the origin is just as simple. HistoricallyREAD MORE

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True or False? Raisins Help Lower Fasting Blood Glucose More Than Other Snack Foods

When it comes to raisins, I’m often asked the question, “Is it ok to eat raisins if you have diabetes?” or “Will eating raisins increase my blood sugar?” Since there seems to be confusion, IREAD MORE

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Chocolate Rum Raisin Fudge

I am a sucker when it comes to fudge. It’s smooth, creamy and full of chocolatey goodness that makes me smile. When I am traveling and find myself in a local sweet shop, I can’tREAD MORE

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Sweetheart Cocoa Coconut Torte

Make it sweet, chocolatey, gluten-free and free from added sugar for Valentines! Cocoa Coconut Torte is sweetened with raisin and date puree, like the Raisin-Date Apple Muffins. Ground almonds replace flour making it gluten free,READ MORE

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About The Author
SUZANNE NELSON, ScD, RDN
Suzanne Nelson

Dr. Nelson recently joined the staff of Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania as a nutrition and wellness advisor and sports nutritionist. Previously, she was the Director of Sports Performance Nutrition in the athletic department at the University of California, Berkeley. While in California, she was the team nutritionist for the San Francisco 49ers and provided nutrition consultation to the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. In addition, Dr. Nelson has advised elite amateur athletes at the national, world, and Olympic level. She is a nationally known speaker in sports nutrition and is the author/editor of several books and numerous scientific journal articles. Dr. Nelson is the Nutrition and Health Advisor for Sun-Maid.

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