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healthy-diets-more-expensive-study-shows-1There’s a cost to eating and living healthy and it’s higher than the dollar menu! Mom always said to eat your fruits and vegetables but mom never said that it was more expensive than that tasty cheeseburger you’d rather have! A recent study shows that healthy diets are more expensive than unhealthy diets. How unfortunate is that?

If you’re a healthy eater, did you know it’s more costly? It could even cost your family thousands of dollars more a year to cook healthy meals! Read more to learn the truth about healthy diets!

Being Healthy is More Expensive?

healthy-diets-more-expensive-study-shows-2The British Journal of Medicine Open conducted a recent study, which concluded that a healthy diet costs around $1.50 more a day than an unhealthy diet. Diets consisting of meats, junk food and other processed foods were $1.50 cheaper a day than a diet consisting of fruits, veggies and fish. 

If you are choosing a healthy lifestyle, you are spending over $500 more a year than if you went to the drive-thru. For the average family, it costs over $2,000 more a year to be healthy! Wow! The study also looked at varying options within certain food groups. For example, fat-free milk tended to be more expensive than whole milk. 

So, being healthy has a price but the end result is pretty valuable - great body inside and out, longer life expectancy, and much more. Check out our diet and fitness sections for tips on cutting costs with healthy food or how to work out, which requires time more so than money!

difference-between-brown-vs-white-eggsBrown vs. white: What's the difference between these eggs?

An older man refuses to buy brown eggs every week from the grocery store. He thinks the difference between brown and white eggs is enough to make him buy white. Why? According to him, he thinks "brown eggs just aren't normal."

The younger health generation might argue the nutritional value in between the colors. Why are brown eggs more expensive?

Shopping for eggs no longer only involves opening the carton to make sure none are cracked. All kinds of labels, such as free of growth-hormones, free of antibiotics, cage-free, omega-3 and even organic eggs, are all stacked next to each other. Even some stores carry Aracauna hen’s eggs, which have a blueish tent to outer shell.

To solve some simple confusion between brown vs. white eggs, here are rumors about the shell’s color.

Myths About Brown vs. White Eggs

  • Brown eggs are healthier than white
  • Brown eggs are more expensive because they are better quality
  • Healthiest eggs come from hens who only eat a vegetarian diet
  • Brown hens produce brown eggs and white hens produce white eggs. This is due to genetics.
  • Brown egg yolks are more yellow.
  • More expensive eggs are the best quality.

Confessions of the Egg Controversy

  • Hens that lay brown eggs are larger and cost more to feed, requesting a higher maintenance
  • Heavy corn feeding for the hen results in a more yellow yolk
  • Brown and white eggs have nearly the exact same nutrition
  • Aracauna eggs (blueish color) have the highest cholesterol levels
  • The hen’s earlobes determine the color of the eggs. For example, white earlobes on a hen would produce white eggs. Brown, black, or reddish ear-lobed hens produce brown eggs.
  • Hens who eat worms with their regular grain feeding are considered the healthiest
  • Omega-3 eggs are more expensive on the shelf because these hens eat flax seed meals, which is a very expensive feed to supply

Now that you know the truth behind brown and white eggs, maybe this will sway your decision one way or another. Eggs are eggs, so don't waste money on brown when the nutritional value is the same as white! 

labels-on-food-for-kidsLabels don't lie, but they sometimes bend the facts. Each food's "nutrition facts" box should be studied before you make a purchase. And your kids should know that nutrition labels are there to inform you what's inside the food you're eating. The agency in charge of nutrition is the USDA (United States Drug Administration). They have switched from the traditional pyramid to a new symbol, a colorful plate called MyPlate. Michelle Obama is a big proponent of this change.

Reading and interpreting food labels isn’t just for grown ups. With today’s growing concerns about childhood nutrition and obesity, it’s never too soon to encourage your children to make smart decisions. Food companies are actually required by law to give you the facts about what you're about to eat. 

Reading Food Labels for Kids

You can teach your kids how to read labels by making it a game. Here's what you need to do:

  • Get green, yellow and red stickers or magic markers
  • Have individual tablets for each of the food categories you’ll be checking.
  • Start with the basics of label information such as portion size (often surprising), calories, fat, carbs, sugar and sodium.
  • Next, explain how ingredients are listed in descending proportion to the total contents. If sugar is one of the top three ingredients, you can be sure there is a lot of sugar in this product. 

Gather together three or four similar products. Teach kids to use their newfound nutrition knowledge to read the labels and rate the products. 

  • Use green for "go." Go ahead and enjoy these tasty foods that are also good for you.
  • Use yellow for "pause." Think about enjoying this food in moderation.
  • Use red for "stop." Don't select this food as an everyday choice. Include more of the green and yellow products for a healthier lifestyle.

Let your children design a healthy menu for a family dinner and take them grocery shopping with you. Older kids may want to help with the food preparation. For a little math practice, have your new nutritionist provide a total breakdown for the entire meal (calories, fat, protein, etc).

Then, the entire family can celebrate success with fresh fruit for a just dessert! For more food, wine, and recipes, check out Sally Bernstein

strawberries-in-champagne-recipeWe're got a fruity drink recipe that is quick and refreshing! Summer brings an array of fresh fruits that are in season. Fruits like apples and oranges are typically seen all year round, but strawberries taste best during the hot months. Their season is generally April through June, so don't waste any  time trying this strawberries in champagne recipe!

Fun and Nutritional Facts About Strawberries

  • Strawberries are low in calories. One cup of unsweetened strawberries has 55 calories.
  • Strawberries are low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
  • Just one serving of about eight strawberries provides more vitamin C than an orange.
  • Eat your strawberries fresh for better nutritional value. Berries won't ripen after they’re picked so eat them right away. 
  • There are many varieties of strawberries, such as Douglas, Pajaro, Chandler, Selva, Fraises de Bois (very tiny, red and white) and long-stem (any variety picked with a stem). 
California is the largest strawberry-producing state with 83 percent of the crop in the U.S. Florida is the second largest producing state. Other U.S. growing areas include Oregon, Louisiana, Michigan and North Carolina.
  • Strawberries are actually a member of the rose family. They grow in the ground from cuttings and need to be protected from snails and slugs.
  • There are "Pick Your Own" Strawberry farms across the U.S. and many Strawberry Festivals throughout the country.
  • Strawberries are the first crop ready for harvest in most temperate regions, usually in May or June.

Strawberries in Champagne Ingredients

  • 2 pints strawberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • Champagne
  • Mint sprigs


  1. Wash strawberries, drain and place in a shallow bowl
  2. Sprinkle with sugar and brandy
  3. Cover and chill several hours
  4. Spoon berries into coupe champagne glasses (shallow, stemmed glass)
  5. Fill with champagne and garnish with mint.

This specific recipe makes 4 to 6 servings. Enjoy! 

For more food, wine and recipes, check out Sally Bernstein!

7203 pumpkin seedsHow well do you know your seeds? Find out which are best for the Mediterranean diet and everyday eating. Seeds are a great addition to the Mediterranean diet plan. Sprinkle them on salads, eat them with fresh fruit and yogurt, toss into a stir-fry dish, blend them into smoothies, mix into flour when baking muffins, and add them to your trail mix. They are small, but they pack a powerful punch of nutrition.

Check out the different types of seeds to choose from. 


Most seeds taste better after they have been toasted. Shake seeds in an ungreased skillet over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes, depending on the thickness of the seeds. Watch the pan closely so that you don’t over toast and burn the seeds.

Types of Seeds

  • Black Sesame: Sesame seeds come in black, brown, a grayish-ivory and red, but the black have more antioxidants than the others; the seeds have a somewhat sweet but nutty flavor and are commonly used in pastries and Middle Eastern foods.
  • Chia: Although you might be used to seeing these seeds on little terracotta animals, chia seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids. Sprinkle them on fruit, granola or oatmeal.
  • Flax: This mild, nutty-flavored small seed contains vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, niacin, iron, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seeds are used in baked goods as they have a gelatinous effect, similar to egg whites.
  • Hemp: Good blended into smoothies, hemp has all nine essential amino acids. Hemp seeds can be eaten raw or made into milk, tea or used in baking.
  • Pumpkin (pepitas): Easy to come by, especially in October, these seeds contain potassium and magnesium. Add them to your train mix, eat plain or roasted and salted or use in Mexican cooking.
  • Sunflower: Rich in iron and vitamin E, these seeds have a hard outer shell. These seeds can be eaten plain or roasted and salted. These seeds are especially good in salads, sandwiches, cooked dishes and snacks.

However you choose to use these seeds, you'll derive health, taste and substance from them! For more food, wine and recipes, check out Sally Bernstein!