What are your go-to healthy foods? I love trying new recipes, but I also have a few ingredients that I like to keep on hand and eat daily—including whole grains, nuts, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Want to learn how to cook with more of these healthy pantry staples?
Carbohydrates are often demonized, but your body actually needs them to thrive. So how can you eat carbs without giving yourself a sugar hangover? I look for high-fiber fruits and veggies (like pumpkin and apples, which are in-season and so delish this time of year) and protein-containing foods (like cottage cheese) to give my meals and snacks better balance. Looking for some new, low-sugar recipe ideas?
Getting ready for any outing, whether it's a quickie ballgame or a multi-day cruise, requires some planning in the food department. No matter what, you're bound to come across more than a few tempting food and drink options! Need some travel-friendly meal and snack ideas?
Feeling stressed for time? You're not alone. Most nights these days, I'm too busy to cook complicated recipes—so I rely on easy meals like pita pizzas, sandwiches, and rice with veggies and beans. When I can't find the energy to cook up even an easy meal, I order takeout. There's no need to feel guilty about ordering in on occasion, especially with the help of my healthy takeout tips! Want to learn more about simplifying your healthy eating routine?
Your body is constantly changing, but what about your lifestyle? If you haven't made many diet updates over the years, you could be falling short of your needs for anti-aging (and cholesterol-lowering) nutrients like antioxidants and fiber. I keep up by eating more fresh produce—cherries, pomegranate, and tomato are a few of my favorites! Wondering which foods you should be focusing on the most right now?
Feeling a mid-afternoon slump coming on? I rely on healthy snacks to keep me going year-round, especially during this busy back-to-school season. If you have kids, I know that it's hard enough to get them ready and out the door in time. My stay-fueled strategy when I'm this busy: In between meals, I look for simple bites made with filling ingredients (like nuts, whole grains, fruits, and veggies; a banana ice cream with nut topping is one of my favorites!).
If you've met a big or small weight-loss goal, you might be wondering how to keep those pounds off for good. Making smart food choices—like filling up on fiber-packed fruits and veggies, and cutting back on added sugars—is important. But motivation helps, too, like treating yourself to a new workout class or a spa day when you've logged your meals for three days in a row, met a five-pound weight-loss goal, or simply are feeling really great about your lifestyle choices. These little rewards help
Staying hydrated is essential—especially on hot summer days—but you don't need to rely only on the water you drink to get enough. Fresh produce naturally contains water (and a LOT of it!). So you can up your hydration game by eating more fruits and vegetables. How am I doing this? Refreshing smoothies and colorful salads make staying hydrated easy and delicious. Looking for a few new recipe ideas?
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? 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.
Heart Health Month is here! Hooray. This cause is near to my heart, since both sides of my family have a history of heart disease. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I like to create yummy recipes that also happen to be heart healthy. (What kind of RD would I be if I didn’t?)