Schuster’s Blog

Best Plant-Based Food Retailers; BIPOC and Vegan/Plant-Based Eating

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Tuesday March 2, 2021 Plant-based continues to have a high profile in foodservice and food retail. The term appeared in the 1970s and

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Be Caffeine Aware for Caffeine Awareness Month (March)

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Wednesday February 17, 2021 Created by the Caffeine Awareness Alliance formed in 2003 to advocate for a caffeine-free industry, this caffeine awareness observance is

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Setting Goals/New Year’s Resolutions and National Pie Day

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Wednesday January 20, 2021 A new year...a new beginning? There’s limited research on the success of making New Year’s resolutions stick but setting goals

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A Look Ahead: 2021 Food/Nutrition/Fitness Trends

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Tuesday January 12, 2021 Does everyone has a list of 2021 food/nutrition trends? It seems so, there are more than a dozen here. As you read

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Good-For-Them Gifts That Are Easy On Your Wallet

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Tuesday December 15, 2020 Affordable gift ideas to promote health/physical activity, local food outlets, growing something at home and help break out of cooking

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Cooking Fatigue: How to Overcome It & Resources

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Wednesday December 2, 2020 Cooking fatigue‘ has set in...many are tired of cooking at home, cooking for no one/themselves/family. A survey of 2,000

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CDC Coronavirus Halloween/holiday & other food-related guidelines; Bring PE to Your Family Week (October 19 – 23, 2020)

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday October 5, 2020 Two Coronavirus-related topics...First, CDC guidelines for holidays including Halloween and other food-related guidelines released during September 2020. Second, Ideas/resources for

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Community nutrition education during a pandemic

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday September 21, 2020 It’s impossible to capture all of the ways nutrition educators have continued to teach nutrition in the midst of a

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September is National Family Meals Month: Stay Strong with Family Meals

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday September 7, 2020 It’s the 6th year celebrating September as family meals month and it’s clear that in a pandemic ‘family meals’ has

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Meal kits: from delivery to grocery stores and more!

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday August 10, 2020 Just 3 years ago I looked at meal kits. How times have changed!  The focus

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Health Disparities, Food Marketing/Food Deserts and Food Systems

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday July 13, 2020 Getting started...what do we know about health disparities and systemic food injustice? (Note: A wide and complex topic such as

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On Reflecting; Let’s Start with Stories from Diverse Perspectives

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday June 29, 2020 In response to the recent events SNEB has shared these helpful resources from the Food Solutions New England Network as they

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Food Now…Food Tomorrow

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday June 1, 2020 For now, our focus is still on the food supply chain and how we are eating, spending our money on

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Uh-oh, where’s the beef?

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday May 18, 2020 Consumers are seeing local meat shortages. Meat processing plants, where workers are in close contact, continue to see shutdowns when

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The intersection of good health & COVID-19: the food environment during/after coronavirus

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Tuesday May 5, 2020 Good health is more important than ever as this TEDx video shared by an SNEB Twitter follower underscores.

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US food supply chain during a pandemic

food distribution / supply chain
Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday April 20, 2020 If you’ve got the ears, podcasts may just be what you’re looking for if you want to understand how the

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Active at home during a pandemic

treadmill workout
Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday April 6, 2020 Quick tips
  • move every hour
  • instead of weights, try a backpack filled w/books, a gallon of water, or cans to

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Food during the pandemic

vegetable salad
Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday March 23, 2020 With many of us at home, we have more time to search online for ideas. The tips, links below aren’t

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Hand washing is trending – thanks, coronavirus!

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Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday March 9, 2020
With the spread of coronavirus, hand washing is a message getting out to the public in a BIG way, but

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What to put in your ears: A potpourri of podcasts

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday February 24, 2020 I started listening to some retail grocery-focused podcasts then stumbled upon other interesting podcasts. Most of the grocery/supermarket sponsored podcasts focus on

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What to watch and read online

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Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday February 10, 2020

WATCH online

Phil Lempert, Retail Dietitians Business Alliance CEO, predicts 2020 grocery retail trends in a recorded 44-minute webinar.

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It’s a plant-based world and we’re just living in it

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday January 27, 2020 I’m guessing this won’t be my only post in 2020 about plant-based anything. A 2018 report

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Changing unhealthy habits in the new year

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday January 13, 2020 What is a habit? It’s a behavior that is routine and occurs without thinking.Take your pick of new books about

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What will we say, ‘That was so 2020,’ about in 2021?

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday December 16, 2019 Some 2020 food predictions...Looking at these predictions, one enduring trend is plant-based and it looks like ancient grains will diversify.

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Inspired ways to use fruits & veggies

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Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday December 2, 2019 News and resources you might have missed**Flu shots and overweight...it appears the flu vaccine is less effective for those who

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Creative ways to avoid wasting fruits and veggies

cutting up veggies
Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday November 18, 2019 Of the $370 lost to each person as food waste each year in the U.S., fruits and veggies make up

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Food waste: Numbers, tech, teaching resources, upcycling and more!

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Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday November 4, 2019 According to a UN report, if global food waste were a country it would have the 3rd highest climate footprint

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In the News: Growing trends in plant-based foods

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Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday October 21, 2019 Plant-based trendsVegan school lunches expand (according to the School Nutrition Association, in 2016, 11.5% of school districts provided vegan meals in

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In your ears: podcasts about meatless/plant-based foods and recipe preparation

impossible foods meatless burger
Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday October 7, 2019 Want to learn about meatless options from many viewpoints? There’s a podcast episode for you. And what about listening to

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‘Ghost Kitchens’ have nothing to do with Halloween

PizzaKitchen
Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Thursday September 12, 2019 This post first appeared in the Sept. 12, 2019, issue of the SNEB eCommunicator.No, a ghost kitchen

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It’s a Veggie Chip World and We Just Live in it!

fries and salt
Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday June 17, 2019 Article originally appears in the June 7, 2019 issue of the SNEB eCommunicator.I was recently in the

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Nutrition Buzzwords – Are You ‘In the Know?’

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Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday June 3, 2019 Article originally appears in the May 24, 2019 issue of the SNEB eCommunicator.What words or terms keep

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What’s in a Name? Plant-Based, Plant Forward or Plant-Centered?

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Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday May 20, 2019 Article originally appears in the May 10, 2019 issue of the SNEB eCommunicator.Currently, 39% of us are

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Recipe Writing 101 with Food Safety in Mind

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday May 6, 2019 Article originally appears in the April 25, 2019 issue of the SNEB eCommunicator.The Partnership for Food Safety

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The Evolution of Farmers Markets

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday April 22, 2019 Article originally appears in the April 11, 2019 issue of the SNEB eCommunicatorAs we head into spring

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Want to Try a Recipe from Another Culture but Missing an Ingredient?

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday April 8, 2019 Article originally appears in the March 29, 2019 issue of the SNEB eCommunicator.Cuisines from other cultures are

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Robots Picking/Making our Food, AI, Voice Ordering – Oh My!

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Tuesday March 26, 2019 Article originally appears in the March 15, 2019 issue of the SNEB eCommunicator.If the article on grocery

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More Grocery Store Disruptors with a Focus on Technology

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Monday March 4, 2019 Article originally appears in the February 28, 2019 issue of the SNEB eCommunicator.Last year I shared some

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School Food Service at the Ground Level

Posted by: Ellen Schuster, MS on Wednesday February 20, 2019 Article originally appears in the February 14, 2019 issue of the SNEB eCommunicator.The recent government shutdown highlighted

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