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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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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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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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A New Year’s resolution to eat healthier doesn’t have to mean fewer sweets. Stick with raisins and dates and we’ll show you how!   We learned in Laura Bashar’s Persian Baklava how to use raisinsREAD MORE

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Snack bars are a variation on a cookie, but with healthier ingredients. Usually. Dried fruit, cereal and nuts are typical snack bar ingredients. When you bake your own, you are in control of the ingredients.READ MORE

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These cupcakes can be scared up in minutes—no mixer needed! It’s a simple baking project for children to practice measuring, stirring, following a recipe—and just one bowl and one spoon to wash!   The basicREAD MORE

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Got oodles of zucchini in your summer garden? Are your neighbors generously sharing theirs with you? Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Zucchini and Raisins is fragrant with finely sliced lemon zest, toasted garlic and crunchy walnuts, andREAD MORE

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Tacos are HOT—as in popular and spicy! Of course the spiciness can vary by how you make the tacos or what you consider spicy food, but did you know that naturally sweet raisins can temperREAD 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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