With the start of 2019, you may be wondering what healthy food trends you should try this year. If there's one thing dietitians know, it's healthy food. And if there's one thing that dietitians who work in the media know, it's trending healthy food! Before you start buying all the new eats you see, find out what the experts say are the best bets to bring home from the store. Some of the hot new trends are expansions of what was hot in 2018, and some are brand new trends that stand on their own.
The countdown is on for the start of 2019. I'm sure you're thinking about resolutions. Just like all of the years before, gym sign-ups and diet starts will be at a height in the new year, but progress often halts just as quickly as January ends. If your resolution is to lose weight or to simply get healthier, I'm here to arm you with success so you can stick to your goals for the long run and see the results you want all year long. Here's to a long, happy, and healthy life.
Like it or not, we're headed into a stressful time of year. No matter how awesome Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are (and they are awesome!), they can also create plenty of stress. You might be worried about hosting, what to eat during the holiday, or how to avoid gaining weight. Or maybe you're feeling social or financial stress. Whatever type of stress you're feeling, it's not good for you. After all, stress takes a toll on more than just your mental well being.
You know those nights when you're trying to fight the rumbling in your tummy right before bedtime? I've been known to stay up late for a deadline and wander my way into the kitchen in search of a quick and healthy snack. When it comes to nighttime snacks, it's best to reach for something on the small side that also has staying power. The right nighttime snack (and possibly even a nightcap!) can significantly impact how you sleep and consequently how you feel the next morning.
Healthy cooking doesn't have to take forever! Even though I don't have kids of my own, I like to focus on quick and easy recipes during this hectic time of year. I have lots of 10-minute (or less!) breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that your entire family will love. Ready to jot down my key ingredients for a stress-free back-to-school season?
Are you treating your belly to the bacteria it needs to be healthy? I stock my fridge with yogurt and kefir to get my daily fix of probiotics, and I also take a supplement when I need an extra boost of healthy bacteria. Want to know which probiotic products I recommend trying out first?
Confused about vitamins? You're not alone! The regulations on dietary supplements aren't as strict as they are for medications, so it can be challenging to be sure you're buying high-quality products that work. As a dietitian, I like to focus on food first. With the right balance of nutrients on your plate, pills and powders are sometimes completely unnecessary! But other times, they really are needed. Learn which supplements to pick (and which to skip!) if you want to feel your best.
Want to eat healthier without spending hours on meal prep? I use a few different kitchen gadgets that make it easy (and fun!) to cook nutritious food at home. If you think you're too busy to get all your fruits and vegetables in, this gear is sure to save the day! Ready to plan your next shopping spree with these affordable tools?
It seems like there's a dietary supplement out there for everything these days. How do you know if you should be adding any of them to your day? As a fruit- and veggie-loving dietitian, I try to get most of my nutrients from food. (Breakfast smoothies are an easy way to get ahead!) But what if healthy eating isn't enough? Could a daily vitamin or two help you fill in the gaps?