Tips for a Healthy Holiday

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

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Have you stopped making New Year’s Resolution because  you feel like “they always fail”? Or do you make one knowing deep down that you likely won’t accomplish it, or are you recycling the same resolution year after year?

We enter the New Year with good intentions, but once we realize change takes sustained effort, we give up all to easily and fall back into old habits. By knowing the reasons why new year’s resolution may fail, you can help create a smart goal and make your new year’s resolution happen. Continue reading →

Your Guide to Healthy Cooking Techniques

Capture3A smart and simple way to prepare your food in a healthier way is to use basic cooking techniques such as baking, braising, grilling, roasting, broiling, poaching, sautéing, stir-frying and steaming.  Some of these terms might seem daunting, but they are all fairly simple to use once you learn more about the cooking method.

Healthy cooking techniques can cut fat and calories.  For instance, when frying one tablespoon of oil adds 14 grams of fat and more than 100 calories.  By choosing to roast instead of fry, the oil is eliminated which substantially lowers the fat and calorie content of the food. Continue reading →

#FoodLabelFriday: Chocolate Almond Milk

Lately I have been loving a glass of chocolate milk as a nice sweet snack!  Since I am lactose intolerant I have been trying different chocolate almond and soy milks.  I also recently realized how amazingly tasty chocolate almond milk is in coffee!  As a result of my current affinity for chocolate non-dairy milk, this #FoodLabelFriday I will be comparing two brands of chocolate almond milk.

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3 Sport Drink Alternatives


Bananas are abundant in potassium. Researchers from the Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab recently found that endurance cyclists performed just as well when they consumed bananas as they did when they drank a sports drink. A banana offers other, long-term benefits not available from a sugary sports drink: antioxidants, fiber and vitamin B.
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#FoodLabelFriday: Instant Oatmeal

For this #FoodLabelFriday I will be comparing two brands of instant oatmeal.  Oatmeal is a great choice for breakfast or a snack.  It is a fiber-rich whole grain that can help lower bad cholesterol and help you feel more full for longer by curbing appetite.  While steel-cut oats would be the ideal choice, sometimes convenience foods like instant oatmeal are the more realistic choice.

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Sweeteners Cheat Sheet

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#FoodLabelFriday: Spreadable Butter

 

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For this #FoodLabelFriday I will be comparing two brands of buttery spread. Both Land O’Lakes Whipped Unsalted Butter and Country Crock Original have 50 calories and 6g fat in 1 tablespoon, but one of these buttery spreads has 8 ingredients and the other only has 2. Continue reading →

Bethlehem VegFest: 5 Vegan Nutrition Myths

I had a great time talking at Bethlehem VegFest about vegan nutrition myths earlier today.

Above you will find a recording of my talk.

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Tips for Preventing Stress-Induced Eating

Top 5 Tips for Preventing
Emotional or Stress-Induced Eating

1. Try to eat several times a day. It is recommended to eating every 3 to 4 hours, which generally means having 3 meals and 2 or 3 snacks per day. Following a regular eating schedule provides your body and brain with a steady supply of energy throughout the day. The best diet is rich in complex carbohydrates (whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables), with lean proteins and unsaturated fats.

2. Limit sweet and sugar-containing foods to 1 or 2 per day. Replace refined sweets with more nutritious sources of carbohydrates like fruit, yogurt mixed with fruit, popcorn, whole grain crackers, veggies with salsa.
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About Gina
Gina Consalvo-Hassick, MA, RD, LDN, CDE, NCC is a registered dietitian and is actively involved in various food and nutrition communities. She has counseled and assessed a wide range of patients and has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and consulting. Areas of specialization include weight management, eating disorders, and wellness nutrition.
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