Fire up your grills. It’s burger season. Burgers are just not simply a beef patty between a sesame seed bun anymore. Grillers are getting a little more creative and adding healthy twists to classic BBQ fare
Are you always the one at the party who hovers over the bowl of mixed nuts? Do you keep a secret stash in your desk at work? Perhaps your love of nuts reveals more about your personality than you know. Take our quiz to find out which nut owns your soul!
Cooking at home is typically much healthier (and cheaper) than eating out. But occasionally there will be days when it’s much easier to order in than cook yourself. Thankfully, getting take out doesn’t have to completely ruin your healthy eating habits. With a little bit of planning it’s possible to put together a healthy, balanced […]
Few have made it to adulthood without experiencing the four stages of grief from a breakup firsthand. First, there’s denial. This is the stage when you show up at their house for the date you had planned a week earlier, presuming the “I think we need a break” was metaphorical. Then comes anger. Avoid the slightly-more-than-one […]
How satisfying is it when you discover a genius alternate use for a kitchen gadget? You can’t help but feel like MacGyver, splicing together random items to save that day in the nick of time. Maybe it’s not quite that dramatic, but it certainly helps you save kitchen space when you can use one item […]
If you’ve been on Instagram lately, or read any food blogs, you’ve probably noticed a lot of people talking and taking pictures of bread. Bread-making seems to be experiencing a resurgence, and one of the hot, crusty topics is how to make your own sourdough loaf at home. It’s a bit of a process, but […]
The freshness of spring is well upon us now, and just around the corner summer is peaking above the horizon. That, of course, means that fresh fruits and vegetables are gathering nutrients from the soil and sun and will soon be on our plates, if they aren’t already. In fact, many are ready. Here are […]
Herbs and spices are key components of a healthy kitchen. Not only do they add flavor (and allow you to cut down on salt and sugar), but many herbs and spices boost impressive health benefits. Here are eight of the healthiest herbs and spices
Kitchen space, unlike outer space, is finite. We only have so many drawers and cupboards to store our stuff. That’s why single-use utensils are annoying to so many people: we just don’t have room to store tools that are only good for one thing. That’s what makes these non-kitchen tools so great: they are handy […]
When we think “poultry” we think chicken, right? Maybe twice a year we talk turkey, and if we’re at a restaurant, we may detect duck on the menu. Indeed, other parts of the world eat different kinds of poultry than we are used to in North America. And for good reason. There are many kinds […]
Raise your hand if this has happened to you: You’re at a train station in a foreign country. You’re hungry, a little overheated and jet lagged. You head to the convenience stand to pick up a snack or two and are greeted by a glorious spread
Who says you need acres of land to farm? As long as you have a sun-drenched balcony, a bag of potting soil (not topsoil), a few well-drained containers, and running water, you’re ready to start a balcony farm.
I can’t tell you how many times people say to me, “I am so bored with salad, I can’t eat it for lunch anymore!” If your idea of a salad is lettuce, tomatoes and grilled chicken, read on for six simple and nutritious ways to upgrade your lunchtime salad.
Eating lunch in the office may seem like the easiest move, especially in the midst of a busy workday. But a quick break, especially if you can get outdoors to eat, can do wonders for your concentration, stress levels, and creativity.
People cut meat out of their diets for many different reasons, including concerns for animal welfare, health and the environment. As a registered dietitian, I definitely believe moving your diet closer to the plant-based spectrum is one of the best changes you can make to improve health! That said, while a vegan diet, which
Happy Earth Day! Taking care of our planet is important now more than ever. Our habits around food play a big part in our impact on the environment. For example, did you know that $162 billion dollars worth of food is wasted every year in the United States?! We could learn a few things from our buddies […]
If it tastes good spit it out? Think again! One nutrition factoid I love to share with my clients is that the compounds in food that gives it flavor are often powerful health promoting nutrients. A perfect example of this is pungent garlic!
Crispy sautéed kale. Crunchy, peppery arugula. Tangy, smooth avocado cream drizzled on top. It’s not hard to see why this Luvo hack has become a signature dish around our house. Tons of fiber and tons of flavor are always good in my books. Make yourself a hearty bowl of this and see for yourself why […]
How would you rate your stress levels on a daily basis? Short-term, fleeting doses of stress can be positive. Acute stress might help you push a little harder to meet a presentation deadline at work or study a little longer to pass a certification exam. But far too often, the stress doesn’t
Chances are, you’re eating enough protein. The typical American diet is high in protein, and most adults get ample amounts. While you may be meeting your protein goals, one thing you’re probably are lacking? Plant-based protein. Even die-hard carnivores can benefit from eating more plant-based protein. The plants highest in
The seasonal aisle in the grocery store is bursting with marshmallow chickens, jelly beans and big, chocolate bunnies. Does it appear that the Easter candy selection is sneakily growing and multiplying to anyone else? In fact, it seems Easter has become as synonymous with candy as
“What should I have for lunch?” is one of life’s recurring questions. Most of us don’t have time every day to prepare a tasty and healthy multi-course lunch, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy something that’s satisfying and nutritious—sometimes we just need a hand deciding what that might be. Well wonder no more! This […]
Anyone who has ever eaten with me is well aware of the fact that cheese is my favorite food. I even credit an incredible artisan cheese plate I enjoyed on a childhood trip to France with inspiring my career in food and nutrition. Blue cheese, goat cheese, brie cheese, even stinky cheese…I love it all!
I am obsessed with peanut butter. There, I said it. Seriously though, barely a day goes by when I don’t have peanut butter in some form. Lucky for me (and all you peanut butter lovers out there), peanut butter is a super nutritious food. Read on to learn the difference between natural and regular peanut […]
It’s bound to happen, you’re making dinner plans with your friends to try that new steak house, when you learn that one of them is a newly minted vegan. Saddened at first that you won’t be trying that dry-aged t-bone the restaurant is famous for, you begin to wonder curiously, what exactly is a vegan? […]
April, the season when we really start to believe that spring and summer are actual seasons that might happen. Of course, skiers and skaters and curlers and mountain people and other cold-weather fans aren’t so sorry to see winter melt away, but who isn’t a fan of fresh veggies? To help you warm up to […]
Many a joke has been made about how bad airplane food tastes, but it’s come a long way since the bland trays of yore. Perhaps airplane food is a lot more palatable (and even enjoyable!) now because we’ve finally figured out what happens to your sense of taste and smell when you
While most people think of couscous as part of the grain family, it is technically a teeny tiny pasta made with semolina wheat. It’s a staple in North African cuisine, often served with a hearty stew spooned on top. Because of its small grain it cooks very quickly, making it an almost
There is a lot of confusion out there when it comes to nutrition and exercise. Here are the six nutrition and fitness myths that I hear most frequently.
I’ve always been a wimp when it comes to spice. Hot sauce? Sriracha? No thank you. But I started to change my tune a few years ago and began experimenting with small amounts of the spicy stuff. Turns out, the heat does more than just boost flavor – it may actually have some health benefits. […]
When it comes to stocking your fridge with condiments, look beyond the usual suspects. Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and jelly, are all must-haves, but not so useful for jazzing up easy weeknight meals. A unique condiment or two is all it takes to turn a simple recipe into a gourmet creation. Trendy new condiments are great […]
Whoever invented the practice of consuming food on a stick was one of the greatest minds of our time. So convenient. So tasty. So many options! Are you a food-on-a-stick aficionado? Take this quiz to find out which one you would be if you were reincarnated as a consumable on a skewer.
We are passionate about telling the real story behind the link between preventable health conditions and the food we eat. We believe it should be easier to make good food choices, and we want to empower people to do just that. Nearly 38% of adults meet the criteria for obesity, and if you add the […]
“To supplement or not to supplement?” can be a tricky question. The FDA defines a dietary supplement as “a product intended for ingestion that contains a ‘dietary ingredient’ intended to add further nutritional value to (supplement) the diet.” But, how do you know if you need further nutritional value added to your diet? And how
The average American adult spends at least eight hours sitting each day, which is concerning when you consider that sitting all day is not great for your health, and might even lead to disease or a shortened lifespan. Thankfully, a lot of people are learning about these dangers and are taking steps to prevent
The health benefits of drinking water are nearly too numerous to name, and yet we’ve all let our water bottle sit untouched on the desk all day, despite the best of intentions. The general rule of thumb is to divide your weight in pounds to determine how many ounces of water
It’s bound to happen, after months of grocery shopping and countless impulse canned food purchases, your kitchen pantry looks more like the canned food aisle at the grocery store than you know, your kitchen pantry. While it’s great you’re “stocked,” you may also be nearing the best by
Everyone’s familiar with the old stand-by pasta shapes, like penne, macaroni, spaghetti, ravioli and so on… but what if you want to amp up your semolina-fuelled adventures? Get started with these lesser-known but equally delicious pasta shapes you may not have tried before:
The temperature is warming up, plants are peeking through the ground, and trees are beginning to bud. It time to start thinking about spring cleaning. And not just your closet (although it’s a good time for that too), but your kitchen as well. Say goodbye to your winter eating habits and start springtime off on […]
Let’s face it: Most of us—about 90% of Americans—are eating too much sodium. We need less than 2,300 mg/day, though most of us take in closer to 3,400 mg. The body works hard to process this excess sodium, which takes a toll on your heart and blood vessels. Over time, this can contribute to high […]
St. Patrick’s Day is as good a day as any other to incorporate Guinness beer into your meals. Guinness, as you probably know, is an Irish beer. It’s considered a dry stout. Though it has an imposing dark colour and thick black richness, the flavor is not that aggressive. It’s got a pleasant roasted malty […]
Part 2 of our Nutrition Myth-Busting series focuses on foods with “health halos.” How does a food earn health halo status? Usually it means that it has an attribute (like organic or natural) that seems nourishing, but the attribute doesn’t actually speak to nutrition. And often times, consumers are totally unaware of the fact that […]
Napping is one of life’s greatest pleasures and it turns out that it’s not just for the lazy. In fact, there’s no reason at all to feel guilty about taking a nap, and some cultures have made napping a permanent part of daily life due to its restorative effects. Take the ‘siesta’, for example: a […]
My clients often come to me thinking that they need to give up their lunchtime sandwich in favor of salads. They’re typically surprised when I tell them that is not the case. Sandwiches themselves aren’t unhealthy, but oftentimes the filling is. Here are tips on how to makeover your favorite sandwiches
How do you “meatball?” For many, it means gargantuan portions of meatballs resting atop a big pile of white pasta, but we advise you to forgo that type of over-indulgence. Instead, we recommend to meatball the right way by following these 3 simple tips!
Today is Registered Dietitian Nutrition Day, a day to celebrate the work of dietitians in advocating for the good health of people around the world, and to recognize their commitment to giving quality nutritional advice and services.
Since the freezer was introduced as a household appliance in 1940, it has revolutionized the way food is stored in the home. Frozen foods were at one time a luxury, but became commonplace with the invention of a freezer component to the household refrigerator. By freezing various foods, whether
Let’s face it, out of season produce can be a tasteless and costly experience. I’m convinced that for some folks, it’s the reason they don’t like a lot of vegetables. The fruits and veggies listed below are especially unimpressive and pricey out of season. Freeze them in season to enjoy their peak flavor and
Sick of supper time stress? Trying to plan a semi-balanced and satisfying meal on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster. Save yourself time, and money spent on takeout, by starting a weekend meal prep routine.
Many of us reach for a snack during the mid-afternoon workday slump, or after dinner while we’re watching TV. In fact, a recent study showed that 94% of American’s snack at least one time per day, with half of all adults grabbing a snack two or three times each day. That’s a lot of snacking!