Vegan Nutrition

Amongst the many health trends evolving, Veganism is one that has transitioned into universal phenomenon. The vegan diet is practiced by many for either health reasons, social and environmental concerns, personal beliefs or just to try something new. Whatever the reason may be that people switch to a vegan diet, there are many health benefits that can transpire from it.

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What Does a Healthy Lifestyle Mean?!

Following a healthy lifestyle does not mean that your diet consists of organic, no sugar, low carb, etc foods. While some of these foods can be incorporated into a healthy diet, so can chocolate cupcakes. This is a common misconception to those who are new to eating healthy and trying to change their behaviors. Living a healthy lifestyle means that you nourish your body with a variety foods that contain nutrients to improve your overall wellness, but also allow yourself to have things that you enjoy, whether that being a glass of wine on Friday night, a piece of chocolate every day, or not thinking twice when going to taco Tuesday with your friends. Living a healthy lifestyle means something different to everyone because every single person is unique! Continue reading →

Bulk Cooking: “Go Further with Food”

Just because National Nutrition Month® is over doesn’t mean that we should forget this year’s theme of “Go Further with Food”. This post is a homage to slow cookers everywhere. It is also a homage to YOU, your wallet, and utilizing your food to the best of your ability! For some inspiration, listed below are a few recipes for that you can make in bulk sizes with the help and ease of your slow cooker. You can also easily create your own slow cooker meals at home using what you already have lying around in your kitchen. With cooking in bulk you can also cook with the intention of having leftovers, which has so many benefits! Here are some reasons why you should plan to cook in bulk, ways to reduce waste and some money saving pointers! Continue reading →

Clean Eating Breakfast Ideas

Clean up your breakfast routine this New Year with simple, affordable and balanced recipes! Here are 5 breakfast recipes that are super easy and super clean, making it easy to start off 2018 with your health and wellness in mind.

Since breakfast is breaking the fast from your hopefully long and restful night of sleep, it’s an incredibly important meal of the day! It is the meal that you choose to refuel your glucose stores with, the meal that jumpstarts your metabolism, the first nutrients of the day you give your body. Those who eat a balanced breakfast are proven to have a lower Body Mass Index, have better academic success, better focus and attention, improved moods and behaviors, and fewer illnesses and absences from work or school. Even though we know that breakfast is so important, with how hectic life can be it can be a challenge to stay on top of your breakfast game. So to start the New Year off right here are five simple, affordable and balanced breakfast recipes that will help keep you on track with one of the most important meals of the day- breakfast! Continue reading →

Ditch Dieting in 2018!

This New Year vow to skip the dieting

and focus on you and your beautiful self!

 

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If you’re interested in changing your diet you should try to practice positive habits that will make you feel good. You will soon see that you are able to learn and grow with these new practices! In order to “stick with it” and feel success, it is important that you create routines and healthy habits which are centered on your life and schedule. You will most likely end up bringing yourself success this way versus with a rigid diet plan. This New Year set goals to create positive habits like walking 10,000 steps or drinking 64 ounces of water per day. Use a daily planner or mark off on a calendar the days that you reach your goal to help track your progress and keep you motivated. Continue reading →

Tips for a Healthy Holiday

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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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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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