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Wed

21

Jun

2017

Why a Nightcap May Be Good for Your Health

Why a Nightcap May Be Good for Your Health

 

Do you like to relax with a glass of beer or wine before bedtime? I'm not a big drinker, but I do love my occasional glass of vino (especially Italian reds!). So I had to ask: Is a nightly cocktail good or bad for your health? Turns out your wine habit could actually be helping your heart—and your weight, too! Looking for more reasons to imbibe guilt free?

 

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Sun

18

Jun

2017

Grape Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Grape Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

 

How about a low-calorie salad dressing that's also antioxidant rich? Here you go!

 

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Wed

14

Jun

2017

How Many Calories Do You Actually Need?

How Many Calories Do You Actually Need?

 

We hear about calories all the time, but do you actually know if you're eating the right amount? It can be helpful to have an idea of your ideal calorie range. Once you get a feel for how eating this amount of calories feels, you don't necessarily need to count caloriesespecially if you choose mostly whole foods and focus on eating your meals mindfully. I also like to include lots of nutrient-dense vegetables throughout the day (like my veggie-packed Citrus Quinoa Salad with Prunes) so I can fill up without focusing too much on the numbers.

 

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Wed

07

Jun

2017

Are You Drinking Too Much Caffeine?

 

 

From a shot of espresso to the creamiest of cappuccinos, I love indulging in good coffee. Overindulging, however, could lead to health problems, especially for our hearts. So how much caffeine is too much? I'm breaking down the latest research so you can sip with knowledge! P.S. Caffeine in food counts, too, so make sure to cut back on caffeinated drinks if you indulge in my matcha muffin recipe!

 

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Fri

02

Jun

2017

Matcha Green Tea Energy Muffins

Matcha Breakfast Energy Muffins

 

Here's a morning wake-up recipe guaranteed to brighten up your morning!

 

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Wed

31

May

2017

13 Foods to Help You Age Gracefully

 

We all want to look and feel amazing as we get older. But without access to the elusive fountain of youth, how can we make graceful aging a reality? Our diets play a significant role in how we look and feel with age, per numerous studies. This is one reason why I love including antioxidant- and nutrient-dense foods like berries and eggs to nourish my body and mind as I get older. Wondering what other foods you can eat to feel young?  

 

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Wed

24

May

2017

How Does Being a Night Owl Affect Your Weight?

 

I'm a night owl, and I usually get a second wind late at night. How does being an early riser versus a night owl affect your weight? While night owls like me do tend to eat more calories, sugar, and fat in the evenings, late risers aren't automatically destined for weight-loss failure. You can make a few easy changes to make your night owl status work for you. Wondering how I stay healthy late into the evenings?

 

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Wed

17

May

2017

7 Healthy Bedtime Snacks

 

Going to bed with a rumbling tummy isn't fun, but is a bedtime nosh the right answer? Large meals could lead to bigger problems like acid reflux, but a light snack rich in carbohydrates and protein could be just what the dietitian ordered! I like to keep a few snacks at the ready for nights when bedtime hunger strikes. Wondering what my favorites are to have on hand?

 

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Wed

10

May

2017

What RDs Really Think About 'Cheat Days'

 

Even as a registered dietitian, I love treating myself to pizza, ice cream, and candy on occasion. I don't feel guilty after I eat these foods because I know they're a completely normal part of living. If you're currently setting aside a 'cheat day' for eating the indulgent foods you love, you may want to consider switching up your strategy—and your mindset. I use a few simple strategies, like adding in more physical activity, to stay healthy while indulging without any guilt!  

 

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Thu

04

May

2017

Roasted Lemon Pepper Asparagus

Roasted Lemon Pepper Asparagus

 

Good-bye, boring vegetables! This roasted asparagus is simply seasoned, yet guaranteed to impress your dinner guests. 

 

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Wed

03

May

2017

Lose Weight with These 8 Little Changes

 

 When losing weight (and keeping it off), there's no need to miss out on your favorite foods! I like to focus on simple swaps and nutrient-dense additions that you can make without too much effort. In fact, I bet there's at least one easy lifestyle change you can start with today! One of my favorite small changes: I use the runny yolk of a fried egg as my pancake "syrup," instead of using actual syrup or butter.

 

 

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Mon

01

May

2017

Chocolate Banana Nice Cream

Chocolate Banana Nice Cream

 

Here's a sweet dessert with no added sugar and a whole lot of vitamins and minerals! 

 

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Fri

28

Apr

2017

Snacking with Sunsweet Pacific Tropicals

Snacking with Sunsweet Pacific Tropicals

 

Looking to shake up your snack routine with some tropical treats? Try these ideas!

 

Thanks to the folks at Sunsweet for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own, as always.

 

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Thu

27

Apr

2017

Flatout Chips & Salsa

Flatbread Chips & Salsa

 

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo with this chips and salsa recipe that's actually good for you! 

 

Disclosure: I work with Flatout to help people make healthier food choices. 

  

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Wed

26

Apr

2017

12 Ways Dietitians Save Money on Groceries

 

 

One of the most common complaints I hear about healthy eating is that it's too expensive. But stocking your cart with nutritious whole foods doesn't need to break the bank. I opt for affordable vegetarian proteins like beans and eggs to slash a few extra dollars off my grocery bill. You, too, can maximize nutrition while spending less on groceries!

 

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Sat

22

Apr

2017

How to Cook with Fresh Cherries

How to Cook with Fresh Cherries

 

Cherries are about to be in season, so take advantage of their immunity-boosting vitamin C and disease-fighting antioxidants. Jenny McCoy, pastry-chef instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education, in New York City, offers suggestions and tips to simplify your shopping and cooking. 

 

 

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Wed

19

Apr

2017

The Truth About 9 Popular Diet Trends

 

When it comes to what and how to eat, new trends seem to pop up daily. So how do you figure out which fads to follow and which ones you're better off skipping completely? One food trend that continues to gain traction is the Mediterranean Diet, consisting primarily of balanced whole foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, fish, nuts, and whole grains. I love both the delicious flavors and the many health benefits of Mediterranean-style eating. It's safe to stay that the Mediterranean Diet is one nutrition trend that's here to stay! In fact, it's not really a "diet" and is much more of a lifestyle, which is what I prefer!

 

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Mon

17

Apr

2017

Cheesy Wild Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Pizza

Cheesy Wild Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Pizza

 

How about a delicious, cheesy pizza that’s also loaded with nutrient-rich veggies? Did I mention that it’s also super easy to make?

 

Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Flatout. All opinions are my own, as always!

 

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Sun

16

Apr

2017

Spiced Roasted Chickpeas 5 Ways

Spiced Roasted Chickpeas 5 Ways

 

Roasted chickpeas? YUM! Flavor this protein- and fiber-packed snack with almost any seasoning!

 

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Thu

13

Apr

2017

Loaded Berries & Cream Dessert Chips

Loaded Berries & Cream Dessert Chips

 

Get excited for a delicious dessert that also boasts plenty of filling fiber and protein! Try these dessert chips once, and you’ll definitely want to make them again and again.

 

Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Flatout. All opinions are my own, as always!

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Wed

12

Apr

2017

The 1 Healthy Ingredient Dietitians Have in Their Pantries

 

Ever find yourself staring into your fridge, wondering how on earth you're going to put together a healthy meal without fresh ingredients? I know we've all been there, especially when a trip to the grocery store is overdue. The thought of healthy cooking without fresh fruits and vegetables may seem daunting, but it is possible! Instead of turning to take-out, stock up on nonperishable pantry staples like canned goods and spices so you'll always be ready to cook something quick, simple and healthy. I always have a supply of certain staples on hand just in case.

 

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Fri

07

Apr

2017

My Week of Hello Fresh Meals

My Week of Hello Fresh Meals

 

Looking for a shortcut to healthier, homemade mealsand a way to mix up your weekly eats? Consider a meal delivery service.

 

Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Hello Fresh. All opinions are my own, as always!

 

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Thu

06

Apr

2017

Flatout Sweet Potato Cauliflower Pizza

Flatout Sweet Potato Cauliflower Pizza

 

Swap a traditional tomato sauce base for pureed sweet potato, and you’ll get a boost of eye-helping vitamin A! This flatbread pizza is beyond delicious.

 

Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Flatout. All opinions are my own, as always!

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Wed

05

Apr

2017

6 Dishes Health Nuts Order at Olive Garden

 

When I think of Olive Garden, I think back to when I was 18 and just coming off of a plane from Israel. It was dinnertime there but breakfast in Miami, where I landed with my friend Deborah. Her grandparents took us to Olive Garden for "dinner," and we got there just as the restaurant was opening and the staff was practicing the "happy birthday" song. All memories aside, I've been at least occasionally eating at the restaurant since I was a kid, so I definitely appreciate a healthier option (or two or three). I'm sure you do, too!

         

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Wed

29

Mar

2017

Could What You Put in Your Coffee Hurt Your Weight Loss?

 

I drink my coffee as much for the flavor as for the caffeine boost, which means I really like the taste of black coffee and espresso. Of course, I know that not everyone likes the bitter taste of coffee and adding a little sweetness is certainly OK. But certain coffee add-ins can add more hidden calories than others. And how do coffee sweeteners affect weight loss?          

 

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Wed

22

Mar

2017

Try These 8 Commuter-Friendly Snacks