Author Archives: Stacey Parla


Hide and Seek with Sodium

It’s no secret that packaged foods contain a lot of salt. We understand that salty snacks like chips and pretzels are high in sodium, but how many of us know where to look for hidden salt in our everyday food? Foods we believe to be “good” for us may actually have an enormous amount of hidden sodium.


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Meet Copper, the Micromineral with Big Impact

What do you know about copper? When you think of copper do you think of a shiny penny or perhaps the pretty green patina of the Statue of Liberty? Perhaps you think of electrical wiring or plumbing. Copper is so much more than an industrial metal or a medium for coins and art. Copper is an essential trace mineral that is imperative to life.


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Subscription Farming – Building Communities from the Ground Up

When you hear the words “community farm” does it conjure up images of barefoot hippies singing “Cumbaya” and talking about their favorite organic vegan spirulina smoothie? Today’s modern community farm movement is not just for hippies, though they are welcome to participate.


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Feasting on Flowers

There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of growing your own food. Fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs are abundant in home gardens this time of year. The next time you head out to harvest your crop of yummy eats, take a second glance at some of the other beneficial treats you may be overlooking right in your own garden.


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Protect Pets from Hidden Backyard Dangers

With warm weather and extended daylight hours, we spend more time in the great outdoors with our families, and many of us like to include our pets in those plans. While most of us like to believe that our back yards are safe havens for our family pets, many of us are unaware of common items that pose very real hazards for our furry friends.


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A Guide to Marinades, Brines and Rubs

The warm weather brings with it all the things we love about this season: Baseball, fresh air and arguably one of our favorite things – cookouts! Carnivores, herbivores and omnivores alike can agree that a meal served fresh off the grill has a certain thrill.


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Warm Weather Motivation

To help ensure you will reap the benefits of positive change, we’ve asked master fitness trainer and MET-Rx® Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Frank Sepe to share some warm weather training tips that can help jumpstart your fitness journey.


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PART 3: Ask the Nutritionist: Help with Supporting Sleep and Energy for When You’re Awake

Kristin Schierenbeck is a Certified Nutrition Specialist for Puritan’s Pride. In this series, Kristin answers questions about sleep issues, energy enhancement, and shows us a little bit more about her job, dedicated to helping people live healthy lives.


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Chia – The Tiny Seed with a Punch

We all remember that catchy little theme song from the commercials: ch-ch-ch-chia. But, how many of us know that besides growing grass-like “hair” on a terra cotta head, Chia Seeds are considered to be one of nature’s “super” foods?


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Tropical Protein Smoothie

Enjoy this delicious smoothie for breakfast and you’ll kick the day off with a nutritional serving of fruits and vegetables, plus a powerful punch of protein.


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