A list of “powerhouse” fruits and vegetables (PFVs) was just published to help guide consumers into buying the most nutritious fresh produce in the market. The list ranks 41 fruits and vegetables by score, with 100 being the most nutritious.

It’s no secret that most Americans would benefit from a better diet. Most of us want to but we don’t really know what foods are better than others.

The government of the United Kingdom recommends that every British citizen consume five servings of fruits and/or vegetables every day for optimum health. A new study from the University College London (UCL) says more is better.

I was pleasantly amused during a recent supermarket trip. A toddler riding in the shopping cart was pointing to all the foods in the produce section, asking his dad each time, "Does this one come from the ground?" As dad answered yes to all the boy's questions, mom returned to the cart with an armload of produce-filled bags and was met with the same inquiry. I love the way they are raising that kid!

Pregnancy can be the perfect time of life to give yourself the gift of learning something new. While you're pregnant, it's easy to lose track of who you are because suddenly your boundaries have changed and there are two of you inside your skin.

I remember being about five years old the first time I asked my mom why I had to eat breakfast when she never did. She said something about being a parent and parents know what is best for kids even if they don’t follow their own rules. Much later in life and with four kids of my own, I realized I was doing the same thing.

There is nothing more refreshing than biting into a forkful of fresh salad made from folic acid-rich dark, leafy spinach.

I’m not one to buy wholeheartedly into trends. Whether in the world of fashion, food, or media, I have my perennial stalwarts that I return to time and time again, and (perhaps foolishly) pride myself on not swaying too far toward just any passing fad. You might think it would be easy, then, for me to dismiss what may be the trendiest food of our time: kale.

By: Rachel Neifeld, RD, CDN

By Rachel Neifeld, RD, CDN