“Bontà di stagione”/”What’s in Season?”

“Bontà di Stagione”/“What’s in Season?” is a lesson included in my Nutrition Education Program for the classroom “Eat Healthy, Grow Strong!”. It’s important for children to learn that fruits and veggies grow naturally and ripen during certain seasons of the year, while in others they’re imported from other countries or grown using greenhouses. Educating children…

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Bilingual version of my eBooks

L’ Alfabeto della Frutta/Fruit Alphabet and L’ Alfabeto della Verdura/Vegetable Alphabet are now available on Amazon. These bilingual books  will help children enrich their vocabulary in Italian and English and get familiar with fruits and vegetables. Studies show that food preferences and eating patterns are established early in life and tend to be carried into…

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Happy, Healthy Halloween !!

Halloween is fast approaching, and so a large amount of sugar that kids will be eating between parties and trick-or-treating!! Recent reports show that American children can eat up to 3 cups (almost 400 grams) of sugar on Halloween!! That is almost 16 times the maximum daily recommendation of 6 teaspoons (25 grams) suggested by…

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Pasta con piselli e fave

Springtime reminds me of my grandmother sitting on the stairs outside the house, shelling fresh fava beans and peas in her apron. While I always loved the latter, I’ve never been a huge fan of the fava beans, and haven’t eaten them for long time. Then Sunday I went to pick some fresh legumes at…

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Pasta & Piselli

This typical dish of the Mediterranean diet contains legumes, grains, spices and healthy fat that make it light and tasty, nutritious and balanced. Easy and fast to prepare, it requires only a few ingredients. Perfect for when you want to eat something substantial but didn’t go food shopping and have little time to cook. So,…

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Late Summer Harvest

I’ve been spending some time with my family in my hometown in Calabria, a region in Southern Italy. A few weeks ago I went with my brother to pick some veggies from the family garden near our house. Although it was October, it was warm so we still had zucchini, eggplants, peppers, chili peppers, watermelons…

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MeatlessMonday Recipe

Today, for #MeatlessMonday, I’d like to share an easy pasta recipe. Penne with asparagus, peas and mushrooms   Yealds: 2 Servings        Total Time: 30 minutes (10’ Preparation, 20’ cooking) Nutrition per serving:     Kcal 384    Carbs 66.5g        Fat 8.9g/ Sat Fat          Protein 16g   Ingredients: 100g thin asparagus (3.5 oz. or a bunch of 15-20) 100g…

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Frittata with Zucchini

This year, for Food Revolution Day, Jamie Oliver launched The Food Revolution International Omelette Challenge! Create a healthy omelette which symbolize your nation and share it on the Food Revolution platform. I made a traditional Italian frittata with zucchini. This simple but delicious and nutritious dish can be your breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Here’s…

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Food Revolution Day 2016

It’s Food Revolution Day, a day to celebrate good food, nutrition, health, and to invite people to join the revolution. I’m a big fan of this event, also because it reminds me of the reason why I decided to pursue a career in the field of nutrition and health promotion. I was living in New…

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World Food Day 2014

Today is World Food Day. What a better day than this to start writing about nutrition, health, food policies, and anything that revolves around food!! World Food Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) members in 1979. The first one was held in 1981 and, since then, it…

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