I've been a vegetarian for a more than half my life, and eating a nutritious and largely plant-based diet has become second nature for me. But it wasn't always that way, and I know firsthand how challenging it can be at first to eat a balanced plant-based diet. Wondering what following this type of diet really means and how it differs from vegan or vegetarian eating plans? Curious about delicious, go-to meal options—as well as ingredients dietitians recommend you keep in your pantry and fridge?
Too hot to turn on the oven? You can still enjoy all the colorful fruits and vegetables available this season! Summer is my favorite time of year to fire up the grill and take dinner outdoors. I don't eat meat, so I load up my barbecue with seasonal veggies like corn and bell peppers instead. They taste amazing with fresh greens and vinaigrette! Looking for more warm-weather cooking ideas?
Think dietitians eat nothing but salad? I love the satisfying crunch of fresh greens, but noshing on raw veggies isn't the only way to stay healthy! I also like to put whole grains and protein-packed eggs on my plate. Want to hear more about the recipes I rely on most when I need something quick and easy?
Think filling up on only green juice is the best way to lose weight? I come across awful diet tips like this all the time. Luckily, you don't need to give up pizza (or dessert!) to reach your wellness goals. Want to know which health recommendations are actually worth following?
I can't always get behind celebrity nutrition advice, but Oprah is one star whose eating habits I can support. She eats delicious, produce-packed meals and isn't afraid of the occasional indulgence. (Hello, wine and dessert!) Want to learn how you can achieve this balance, too?
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?
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?
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
Wondering how to make healthy salad dressing with grape juice? Here you go! This healthy, homemade salad dressing is easy to whip up with ingredients you likely already have on hand. Plus, it'll make your tastebuds pop!