March is National Nutrition Month (and this Wednesday is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!). It's a perfect time to celebrate delicious, nutrient-rich vegetables. Eating veggies helps fill you up, plus they're so tasty and provide vitamins and minerals that help keep you healthy. These dietitian tips to make vegetables taste better will have you wanting to whip up veggies at every single meal!
Are you as excited about Thanksgiving as I am? I love everything about the day, from spending time with family and friends to traditions (a pre-dinner football game and a post-dinner Scattergories game is big in my family!) to favorite foods. There's a simple way you can feel great this season—and you don't have to skimp on pumpkin pie or miss out on the mashed potatoes and gravy. Ready to hear my top secrets for a healthier Thanksgiving?
Happy Thanksgiving! This appetizer is sure to make anyone on your guest list say, "gobble, gobble!" We're exactly three weeks away from my absolute favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. I've been celebrating Thanksgiving with the same couple dozen friends and family for as long as I can remember. Of course, the crew has grown over the years, as friends have gotten married and had kids of their own.
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?
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?
While I'll occasionally make a complicated recipe, I typically live for healthy-cooking shortcuts. If I can make a healthy meal in minutes, why spend hours in the kitchen?! So if you’re like me and want to whip up a nutritious dinner in no time at all, you'll love these healthy meal hacks from myself and my fellow dietitians. Try the healthy-meal nutritionist shortcuts in my FoodNetwork.com article. Want another time saver? I'm a fan of Hello Fresh meals.