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FLIP’s 2016 Spring Food Experience

UPDATE: Our Spring Food Experience has moved from May 18 to June 8. Plan accordingly! Want to experience new seasonal cuisine, learn healthy eating tips and connect with local resources? Please join the FLIP team along with many local food and drink vendors for the 2016 FLIP Spring Food Experience. The event will take place at Vue Columbus on Wednesday, June 8th from 6pm to 8pm. We hope to see you there! Join in on the cooking fun like this attendee did… SIGN UP HERE: 

Tis’ the Holiday Season!

Tis’ the Holiday Season! By: Jenny Lobb From Halloween to New Year’s Day, the holiday season is a busy time that is full of parties and gatherings. It is also a time of year when sweets and treats seem to be everywhere, all the time! As a result, the average American gains a pound during the holidays each year. This may not seem like much, but it adds up when not burned off. Here are a few tips to maintain, not gain, this holiday season: At Work: Take healthy snacks with you so that you’ll be less tempted to fill up on the cookies and candy that your co-workers bring in. Pack a healthy lunch each day, and bypass the breakroom as necessary to avoid…

‘Tis the Tailgate Season

‘Tis the Tailgate Season It’s football season again! For many football fans, tailgating can be just as much fun as watching the game itself. Unfortunately, though, many traditional game-day foods like chicken wings, potato chips, buffalo chicken dip and spinach-artichoke dip are loaded with calories and fat, making it easy to consume over 1,000 calories – half of what the average person needs for an entire day- during a single tailgate party! Consider these tips for attending a tailgate party – or any other party, for that matter – to enjoy the game and the food without feeling guilty later on. Have a healthy snack before you leave for the party so you don’t fill up on junk food when you arrive Take a healthy…

Healthy fats–it’s a real thing!

  Most people avoid all fats in their diet, and miss out on the good ones! According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, adults should get 20% to 35% of their daily calories from fat. So which fats are the good ones? Polyunsaturated fats can lower cholesterol. Limit saturated fats because they can increase your chance for type 2 diabetes and raise your cholesterol. However, keep on consuming those monounsaturated fats, which raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol). And definitely don’t leave out omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation, help control blood clotting, and lower blood pressure and triglycerides! For more detailed information about the types of fat you need or should avoid, go to health.com Post by Carolyn Smith  

Don’t pass the salt

(American Heart Association)- Most people think that as long as they lay off the salt shaker, they’re solid. No heart disease or bloating for them! But surprisingly, 65% of daily sodium intake comes from grocery stores, not the table top. Not to mention that excessive amounts of sodium also puts you at risk for stomach cancer!