#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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#FoodLabelFriday: BBQ Sauce

I love barbecue sauce! One of my favorite quick meals is to throw boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the crock-pot with some BBQ sauce to make a super easy pulled BBQ chicken. I try to keep a jar of BBQ sauce on hand a jar for the days that I’m relying on convenience and don’t have a time to whip up homemade BBQ sauce.

For this #FoodLabelFriday I will be comparing Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbecue Sauce to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Sensuous Slathering Sauce.
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Stress-Induced Eating: The Facts

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Do you find yourself wondering how your daily stress affects your health? Stress can definitely play a major role in weight gain. It affects the food choices we make, how hungry we are, how often we eat and even where on our bodies we gain weight. It’s not only about what you eat, but also how you eat. Stress can affect nutrient needs, reduce absorption, increase excretion, alter how the body uses nutrients, and increase the daily requirements for certain nutrients.
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Healthy Summer Cocktails: Kombucha-Rita & Pure Paloma

_DSC2344For Cinco de Mayo I wrote a post on healthier margaritas. A nice cold margarita is definitely refreshing on hot summer days so I wanted to share a few more drink recipes!

I try to be very mindful of the mixers that are used in my drinks. The simpler the drink the better!
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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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