A Veggie “Meal Prep” Plan: how to stock your kitchen to eat more veggies

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With this veggie meal prep plan you’ll have 5 different types of veggies in stock so that the easy choice is also the healthy choice! This post contains affiliate links. My foundational food recommendation across the board for anyone and everyone is to always include a fruit or a veggie at every meal or snack. Does that sound overwhelming to you? With a little bit of both planning and keeping your home stocked strategically, it can be very doable! (hint: you don’t HAVE to be eating fresh produce all the time!) A little planning, a little prepping can go a … Read More

Mediterranean Diet: 12 Easy Ways to Start Today!

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The Mediterrean Diet: 12 easy ways to get started today

The Mediterranean Diet is one of the healthiest in the world. Here are 12 easy ways you can get started on adopting the Mediterranean Diet today! Working as a Dietitian, it’s no surprise that people often ask me about the healthiest way to eat. In the science of nutrition, there are very rarely any black and white answers. It surprises some, disappoints others, and yet delights others when they hear my answer: “The absolute BEST diet is one that you enjoy, one that meets your nutritional needs,  and one that you can envision yourself eating the rest of your life.” … Read More

6 Reasons You Feel Hungry Even Though You Just Ate!

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6 reasons you feel hungry even though you just ate

Have you ever eaten a meal and then felt hungry again just an hour later? If so, what was your reaction? You may have felt confused, upset, frustrated, or simply annoyed that you felt the need to eat again! If you’re trying to lose weight, or following a specific meal plan, you’re probably tempted to ignore that hunger. You might even feel betrayed by your body that it’s not satisfied with the food you just recently fed it. But there are a number of legitimate reasons why you might be hungry, even though you just ate! They’re all physiologically NORMAL … Read More

Is Halo Top a Healthy Switch From Real Ice Cream?

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Halo Top Healthy

I haven’t been too impressed with “frozen desserts” in the past. I’m looking at you Breyers blue box! They’re mainly just super-sweet and icky. They don’t have that creamy, rich, melt-in-your-mouth enjoyment that ice cream does. So I didn’t have high expectations when I heard about Halo Top. It’s advertised as a low-calorie, healthy alternative to ice cream, and I just didn’t think it could possibly compare to ice cream. As a Dietitian I’m all for making healthier choices in the foods that form the core of my diet. The foods I eat the most NEED to be healthy! But … Read More

Should I Quit Sugar?

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should i quit sugar?

Lots of people have the idea that they should quit sugar. It doesn’t help that there’s a major fear campaign about sugar going on right now.  There’s no question that a lot of people eat too much sugar. Some even think they’re addicted to it (even though there’s no strong evidence that such an addiction can exist). They realize that they like sugar a lot, probably too much, and they think that in order to avoid eating too much sugar, they should just cut it out entirely. why you shouldn’t quit sugar I usually don’t recommend people cut out sugar entirely. … Read More

12 Healthy Convenience Foods

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In an ideal world, we’d all have time to prepare and cook three meals a day, seven days a week, eating happily and healthfully ever after. But in reality, sometimes life is busy. We need healthy convenience foods! Convenience often means that sacrificing something else. You pay extra for convenience. But the good news is that just because you want convenient food, doesn’t mean you necessarily have to sacrifice nutrition! There are several healthy gems that can be easily picked up at your local grocery store! I asked my Dietitian friends what they personally keep on hand for quick and … Read More

Which Oats Are Healthy?

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Which oats are healthy? The answer is, almost all of them. But you’re probably wondering which oats are healthiest. The short answer is that the least processed oats are the most healthy. But when I did the calculations for exactly how much difference the processing makes, I admit that I was surprised by the results! Oats are a whole grain that are mostly eaten by horses, at least in their unprocessed state. They get processed for us picky humans. Some oats are more processed than others, which results in the different types! The processing continuum that will help us see … Read More