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Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD

Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD

With her own successes at marathon running and weight loss, registered dietitian Laura Jeffers knows what it takes to achieve goals. She is passionate about nutrition and works closely with the Eat Right at School Program to improve school menus. She enjoys counseling patients with metabolism disorders, celiac disease and fructose intolerance, and for weight loss.

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6 simple ways to make #chia seed pudding you'll love. #infographic #recipe

6 Ways to Make Healthy Chia Seed Pudding (Infographic)

Tags: blood sugar, heart healthy diet, infographic, joints, memory, milk, omega-3, Recipes, seeds

Besides supplying heart-healthy omega-3s, chia seeds keep your blood sugar balanced and are full of minerals and antioxidants. It's a perfect snack, breakfast or even dessert -- try these 6 flavor combos.


Should I Rinse That First? 8 Food-prep Do's and Don’ts

Foods to Wash Before Eating

Tags: botulism, chicken, ecoli, food poisoning, food safety, fruits and vegetables, meat, red meat, sodium

Many people mistakenly believe you should wash or rinse raw meats before cooking. Find out why that’s not such a good idea. Also, find more food safety advice, including expert recommendations about rinsing eggs and produce.


burger close up

Are Your Burgers, Steaks and Meats Cooked Safely?

Tags: burger, cooking, ecoli, food poisoning, food safety, grilling, meat, red meat

Some people prefer their meat on the rare side, but eating undercooked meat can cause food poisoning. Overcooking can expose you to other risks. Find out how to safely cook different meats and how to order well in a restaurant.


canned vegetables

How You Can Keep At-Home Canning Safe, Avoid Botulism

Tags: botulism, food poisoning, food safety, nausea, parenting, summer, summer safety, wounds

Botulism is a rare food-borne illness often associated with home canning. Know how to prevent it, what foods are more susceptible and how it is treated.


5 Easy Steps to Healthy Tacos You'll Love (Infographic)

5 Easy Steps to Healthy Tacos You’ll Love (Infographic)

Tags: fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, infographic, salsa

Love a flavorful Mexican feast? Learn how to build a better taco as our dietitian explains which of your favorite options are healthy and which are not.


baby carrots in a dish

Do You Buy Pre-Cut, Bagged Vegetables — Are They Just as Nutritious?

Tags: food safety, fruits and vegetables, vegetables, vitamin c

Pre-cut, bagged vegetables are as nutritious as whole foods if you buy fresh and follow these simple steps.


pistachios

3 Reasons Why Pistachios Can Boost Your Health

Tags: antioxidants, Mediterranean diet, snacking, snacks, vitamin B6

Pistachios can pack a powerful punch for health. That’s because these little green gems are a great source of nutrition, and are brimming with vitamins and nutrients. Find out why these are a healthful snacking choice.


9 Easy, Natural Ways to Color Your Food

9 Easy, Natural Ways to Color Your Food

Tags: easter, food coloring, food safety, fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, st patricks day

You don’t need food coloring or dyes to color your food. Have fun experimenting with natural food coloring -- which also means added nutrients. Here are nine natural ways to do it.


Almonds with leaves

How Almonds Can Improve Your Heart Health

Tags: almond oil, diabetes, fiber, healthy diet, healthy fats, Mediterranean diet, saturated fat

Native to the Mediterranean climate, almonds are a staple of the heart-healthy diet and provide many health benefits. It's true they’re high in fat in general, but they’re packed with healthy monounsaturated fat.


garlic

6 Surprising Ways Garlic Boosts Your Health

Tags: garlic, healthy diet, immune system, inflammation, skin care

Adding garlic to your diet can improve your overall health, from your hair to your heart. See six ways this herb-like vegetable can help your body.