Year: 2016

Which Plant Based Milk Is Best?

An article entitled “Which Milk Is Most Nutritious: Soy, Cashew, Almond or Coconut?” was recently published in the New York Times discussing the nutrient differences between popular plant based milk products. As a registered dietitian who often gives grocery store tours, I frequently get questions about the differences between cow’s milk versus plant based milks….

5-Minute Hacks to Have a Healthier 2017

Nearly all of us are trying to eat healthier, exercise more, and make better choices for ourselves to have a healthy start to the year. Unfortunately, our busy days and hectic lifestyles often get in the way of our goals to make improvements for a healthy new year. The good news is that being healthier and…

How to Exercise Safely in the Cold

Winter is here and for most of us the cold weather has arrived, along with snow and ice. If you love spending time outdoors, winter can be fun for playing in the snow and taking advantage of winter sports, but the snow and bitter cold often keep people indoors, which can easily derail workout motivation….

Top 10 Ways to Add Fruits and Veggies to Party Foods

Incorporate these 10 ways to add fruits and veggies to party foods this season with these nutrition tips. Eating More Vegetables Might Help Ward Off the Flu A Healthy Dessert Top mixed fruit with a dollop of sorbet or sherbet for dessert. Meat Substitutions Make vegetable lasagna for non‑meat eating guests. Instead of the meat layer,…

7 Ways to Stick to Your Fitness and Healthy New Year Resolutions

January 1st is an excellent time to rid yourself of old habits and get started on healthy new year resolutions. Money and health top the list for improvement and the focus of most people’s “New Year’s Resolution”, but many fall off the wagon within the first week. What can you do to help make your New…

Is it Safe to Salt a Child’s Food?

When the editors at SmartLifeBites.com asked for my input on this New York Times article question, “Is it safe to add salt to a 5-year-old’s food?” my initial gut reaction is yes, everything in moderation. With that being said, the American Heart Association recommends that children limit sodium intake to 1,500 to 2,300 milligrams a…

The Real Reason You Gain Weight During the Holidays

While it’s commonly reported that people gain about five pounds during the holiday season, normal-weight people often gain about one pound between mid-November and mid-January, but the problem is that they never lose it, according to research in the journal of Physiology & Behavior. Whether you gain one pound or five, it’s likely to from…

Eating Your Vegetables Could Be Your Best Natural Defense for Avoiding the Flu

We know what happens this time of year all too well. The seasons change from fall to winter, the temperature drops, and suddenly it seems as though everyone starts getting sick. We bundle up, get plenty of rest, take our vitamins to try to ward off getting the flu, and get the annual flu vaccine…

Natural Ways to Recover from Jet Lag

Ever feel out of sorts for day or two after flying across the country? You’re not imagining it. Studies have shown that jet lag is in fact the body’s natural response to the unnatural process of travelling across time zones in a short period. Our circadian rhythm–the same internal clock mechanism that tells birds when to sing–is…