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Wed

23

Aug

2017

6 Ways to Make Your Burger Habit Healthier

Love whipping up burgers on the grill? Use these healthy ideas to amp up their nutrition.

 

Burgers are a staple at summer cookouts, but they aren't exactly considered a health food. So what can you do to make your burgers more nutritious? I like mixing vegetables into my bean burger patties and serving them with a colorful salad on the side. Looking for more simple tricks?

 

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Wed

16

Aug

2017

50 Things to Know About Losing Weight

Ta-dah! Here are weight loss tips that work for moms, for teens, for college students & more.

 

 

Are you skipping meals or eating way too little in hopes of losing weight? Extreme diet strategies may be commonplace, but many studies show they don't actually work. As a registered dietitian, I can think of more than a few things I wish you knew about weight loss. Wondering what they are?

 

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Tue

08

Aug

2017

The Dos and Don't of Cheat Meals

Are cheat meals healthy? Find out the food rules you should follow.

 

I have something to admit, err...share with you. My sweet tooth is pretty sweet, and there's no way in the world I would be able to live without it. So while I'm not a fan of the term "cheat meal," I also wholeheartedly believe there's no shame (or harm) in indulging occasionally! But one indulgence can easily turn into an entire day—or week—of overdoing it. I know a few simple tricks that will help you satisfy ice cream cravings and the like without sabotaging your health.

 

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Wed

02

Aug

2017

How to Make Social Media Work for Weight Loss

Here are weight loss tips that work to help you lose weight on social media!

 

If you're like me, you spend more than a few minutes on social media daily. But you may not think about how Instagram and other social networks are impacting your health. I make a point to follow like-minded foodies and supportive friends so social media is a positive space for me to share what's on my plate. Who are you following on social media—and are they helping or harming your wellness goals?

 

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Wed

26

Jul

2017

6 Ways to Cut 100 Calories or More

Looking for ways to cut 100 calories? Try these ideas for snacks, meals and desserts!

 

Some weight-loss tactics like fad diets can be extreme. But thankfully, you don’t need to make drastic changes to live a nutritious lifestyle. I focus on simple swaps—like using fruit instead of maple syrup on my French toast—to stay healthy without having to skip dessert. Wondering how I lighten up the rest of my favorite meals?

 

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Wed

19

Jul

2017

13 Ways to Boost Your Energy

Looking for energy boosters? Here's how to get an increase!

 

 

When my energy levels are crashing, coffee comes to mind first. But I usually opt for a healthy snack, like these Spiced Roasted Chickpeas, instead. Having a quick and filling nosh helps me keep that "hangry" feeling at bay, meaning my  blood sugar levels stay steady and I don't get irritable. Bonus: I don't nod off at my desk and I have energy for my afternoon walk! Are you refueling often enough to energize your active lifestyle?

 

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Wed

12

Jul

2017

7 Ways to Eat Healthier at a Summer Festival

Wondering about plans to lose weight? Find out about healthy options, plus diet dangers that are a scare to your health.

 

You can count me in for at least one summer festival each year—and I go just as much for the delicious food as I do for the live tunes. I want to enjoy the experience, so I look for healthy festival bites that give me lots of energy without making me feel dehydrated or overly stuffed. Wondering how I make my food decisions? Hint: It's not those "vegan" and "gluten-free" signs I'm paying attention to!

 

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Wed

05

Jul

2017

This Dangerous Diet Could Ruin Your Health

Wondering about plans to lose weight? Find out about healthy options, plus diet dangers that are a scare to your health.

 

We see dozens and dozens of fad diets come through the headlines every week. But restrictive diets like the Mono Diet can actually wreak havoc on your metabolism—and put you at risk for some pretty serious health problems. When it comes to wellness and weight loss, variety is actually a good thing!

 

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Mon

03

Jul

2017

Tropical Lipton® Green Tea Virgin Sangria

Looking for virgin sangria recipes? This non alcohol mocktail pick is made with Lipton green tea and is great for parties!

 

Enjoy this summer in a glass. It will help keep you hydrated while adding a little flavor to your day!

 

I’m so excited to be working with Unilever as a 2017 Agent of Change. This recipe features Lipton ®, a Unilever brand.

 

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Wed

28

Jun

2017

12 Foods That Will Protect Your Heart

Here are the best healthy ideas for Foods That Will Protect Your Heart! Fight heart disease with these foods.

 

 

Running is a fantastic exercise for boosting cardiovascular strength, but it's not the only way to keep your heart healthy. I'm not a big runner myself, but years ago, I had the opportunity to train with my friends over at Runner's World. Here, I learned that the food we eat is just as important as physical activity. Luckily, some of my favorite recipes (like this Wild Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie) make the heart-healthy list! Wondering which foods you can add to your plate to protect your body's most important muscle? 

 

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Wed

21

Jun

2017

Why a Nightcap May Be Good for Your Health

What are the health benefits of alcohol? Should you stop drinking or are there benefits of a nightcap?

 

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

Here's a homemade and healthy salad dressing DIY recipe to try! This Grape Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is so easy to whip up!

 

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 need to lose weight? How much is too low? Should you be calorie counting?

 

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?

How much caffeine is too much? Should you detox? What are the facts about coffee drinks that you need to know?

 

 

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

Want to get baking? These healthy Matcha Green Tea Energy Muffins are so easy to make!

 

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

Here are anti aging foods to help you look younger! They'll help your skin and your diet and help slow down aging in a healthy way.

 

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?

Need some weight loss motivation? Find out if being a night owl helps or hurts 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

Here, healthy bedtime snacks to lose weight! These are perfect for late nights and may help you sleep.

 

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'

What's the deal with cheat days? Are there food benefits? Are they breaking the rules?

 

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

How about an easy, healthy, and quick side dish? This vegetarian Roasted Lemon Pepper Asparagus will become one of your favorite recipes!

 

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

Here are weight loss tips for women that work! They'll provide quick motivation to lose weight in an easy and healthy way.

 

 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

All you need is a blender or food processor to make this healthy vegan Chocolate Banana Nice Cream recipe. The ice cream will become one of your favorite summer treats!

 

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

Ready to get snacking? Sunsweet isn't just for prunes! Try these Pacific Tropicals snacks for kids, for a party, or for on the go yummy treats!

 

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

Serve up this healthy homemade chips & salsa recipe at your next party! Made with tomatoes and flatbread, it'll  become one of your favorite appetizers!

 

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

Tips for frugal living to save money on groceries! These simple saving tips will help families.

 

 

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

Whether you're set on whipping up a jam or smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch or dinner, or a pie or tart for dessert, or we'll tell you all about 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

Here's the truth about popular diet trends for 2017! These tips will help you with losing weight and your health and fitness goals.

 

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

Want an easy, healthy flatbread pizza recipe? This homemade vegetarian Cheesy Wild Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Pizza is full of veggies and sure to delight!

 

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

Whip up this healthy and easy snack in your oven! These Spiced Roasted Chickpeas are crunchy and a great salad topper! They're Weight Watchers friendly, too!

 

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

Ahoy, Loaded Berries & Cream Dessert Chips! This sweets recipe requires no baking and is loaded with berries!