Libby's Spring Nutrition Food Tips

Add Some Spring to Your Nutrition!

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People are always asking questions about the latest nutrition trends and if they should try them. Nutrition is individualized and what might work for your friend or colleague might not always be best for you. If you are curious and want to try something new, we recommend consulting with a Registered Dietitian before starting any nutrition program. This will make sure you are better informed with all the science-based evidence and facts before you make any drastic changes. If the research supports the trend and your RD give the thumb up, then it is okay to give it a try and see if it works for you.

With the start of a new season, everyone can always use a refresher of everyday nutrition tips. Take advantage of the spring time as with a spring cleaning of your eating habits to start anew, and add some “spring” to you diet! Below are several RD tips that are easy to follow and incorporate in your everyday lifestyle.

Go for water! Swap out a sugary beverage for water and stay hydrated, especially as the weather warms up. Drinking water has many benefits such as keeping your joints lubricated and promoting healthy skin.

Pack a snack. Plan ahead and always have a snack on hand that you know enjoy, is easily portable, and provides nutrition. This way you are not tempted to reach for less nutritious options. One great option: Libby’s® Vegetable Cups!

Add yogurt to your diet. Try Greek yogurt for added protein and live probiotics to help aid digestion. It can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack, or even as a cooking substitution for sour cream or cream cheese.

Go meatless once a week. Going meatless is a great way to practice sustainability. There are lots of delicious and satisfying vegetable-based dishes you can help amp up your nutrient intake. Libby’s® Canned Fruits and Vegetables are a great option because they help take care of some the prep work.

Try something new! Try taking a traditional dish and prepare it with a twist, maybe with a new vegetable or fruit. The concept of new beginnings is always on trend!

Libby’s® Fruits and Vegetables can help you easily spring clean your diet! Check out the recipes below that incorporate some of the tips above.

Warm Baby Green Salad with Peas, Pistachios and Pecorino – Try something new!

Carrot and Beet Salad – Go meatless once a week!

Grilled Apricot Halves with Yogurt, Honey & Pistachio – Add yogurt to your diet!

For more recipe ideas and inspiration, check out Libby’s® Recipe Box and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Eating Right with Less Added Sugars

Food, Nutrition and Health Tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Sugar is found naturally in some foods and drinks, like fruit and milk, but it is also added to many of them. Added sugars give these items a sweet taste. Most Americans get too many calories from added sugars and over time this may affect their weight and health.

Many people think of desserts as the main source of added sugars, but many foods and drinks may contain added sugars. For example, sweetened drinks like regular soft drinks, some fruit drinks and energy drinks are all sources of added sugars. Snack foods, like crackers, and even ready-to-eat foods, like pizza and pasta sauces, can be made with added sugars. Some people may also add sugar to what they eat and drink, like sprinkling sugar
over cereal or pouring flavored creamer in coffee.

How to Identify Sources of Added Sugars
The new and improved Nutrition Facts labels can help you identify sources of added sugars. You can also review the ingredients list. The ingredients that appear first are in the largest amount. Be sure to look for foods and drinks that don’t have sugar (or some other sweetener) listed as the first ingredient. Other examples of sweeteners and sources of added sugars include: brown sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, molasses, sucrose, white granulated sugar.

Sources of added sugars often lack nutrients needed for good health, while foods and drinks that contain natural sources of sugar provide nutrients, like vitamins and minerals. For example, fruits like strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, and milk provides vitamins A and D and calcium.

It’s not necessary to avoid all sources of added sugars. The problem is that many of us include too many sources of added sugars or eat and drink larger amounts than is recommended. When this happens, there is less room for more nutritious foods and drinks.

If you have a taste for something sweet, try eating some fruit first. When you’re thirsty, reach for milk or water. Other ways to reduce sources of added sugars include: making or buying healthier version of baked goods; including foods and drinks with added sugars less often; and eating or drinking smaller amounts.

Tips on How to Reduce Sources of Added Sugars

· Sweeten low-fat plain yogurt with fresh,
frozen or canned (in its own juice) fruit
in place of fruit-flavored yogurt.

· Add cinnamon and dried fruit to plain
cooked oats instead of using instant
flavored oatmeal.

· Encourage healthier drinks like plain
milk and water for young children.

· Substitute 100% fruit juice for fruit punch
and other fruit-flavored drinks for older

· Switch from sweetened to unsweetened

· Drink plain low-fat milk instead of
chocolate milk.

· Use jams and jellies with no sugar added.

· Enjoy a homemade smoothie with frozen
fruit, low-fat milk and yogurt in place of
ice cream.

· Quench your thirst with water or plain lowfat
milk instead of sweetened beverages,
like energy, soft and sports drinks.

Include healthier choices from the MyPlate food groups in place of foods and drinks with added sugars to better meet your nutrient needs.

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Olive Hummus

Olive Hummus

Olive Hummus
  • 1 can Clearly Organic Garbanzo Beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • 3/4 cup green olives with pimento
  • 1/8 teaspoon Clearly Organic Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Olive Oil

In a food processor or blender add garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and 1 tablespoon Olive Oil. Pulse blend the contents until smooth. Stop to scrape sides as needed. Add kalamata and green olives. Pulse blend again until smooth. Scoop contents into a serving bowl. Top with paprika and olive oil. Add additional sliced olives if desired. The mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week if covered or in an airtight container.

Olive hummus goes great with seasonal sliced vegetables and Clearly Organic corn chips.

Berry Smoothie

Berry Smoothie

Berry Smoothie

Choose yogurt for calcium, protein and probiotics. Add in milk for 9 essential nutrients + berries for antioxidants, and you’ve got a nutritious breakfast on-the-go!


  • 1 cup Best Choice®  frozen berries (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry)
  • 1 cup low-fat Best Choice® plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup Best Choice® milk
  • 2 tsp Best Choice® honey

Mix all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Best Choice.Click here for more Best Choice recipes.