Be Your Own Valentine & Give Yourself the Gift of Self Care

This Valentine’s Day show love to the most important person in your life- you! Be your own Valentine with the help of these self-love and self-care tips.

Considering this post is Valentine’s day themed, you may get the idea that self-care involves spa days, fancy resorts and facials. While those things are totally a way of treating yourself, self-care is about so much more than that! Self care is about giving you and your body love and respect. It’s about getting back to the basics and being kind and gentle with YOU- and it’s not always easy! Here are some things to help guide you on your self-love journey. Continue reading →

Red, White and Blue Recipe RoundUp

Independence Day is this Tuesday and it’s time to celebrate! I hope this recipe roundup helps provide some inspiration. Whether you’re firing up the grill at home or bringing a dish to a friend’s, the following 15 festive red, white and blue recipes are sure to impress!

1. Patriotic Parfait

Patriotic Parfait with Muuna Cottage Cheese
Patriotic Parfait from Muuna Cottage Cheese

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Tips for a Healthy Holiday

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Colorful Neon Stripes and Black New Year Social Media GraphicHave 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 →

Tips for a Healthier Barbecue

Summer barbecues do not need to be synonymous with overeating. To survive the season without gaining weight here are some tips for a healthier barbecue.

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Healthy Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo!

In anticipation for Cinco de Mayo, I am dedicating this post to the topic of healthier festive drinks. When I think of Cinco de Mayo celebrations, margaritas definitely come to mind. However, anytime that I am drinking a beverage other than water, I can’t help but to be mindful of how the calories and sugars add up. And they can add up very quickly. When it comes to liquor I try to stick with the clears. Luckily, margaritas can be made with silver tequila, which is clear! Clear liquors like silver tequila, vodka, gin and clear or white rum have less sugar compared to the darker liquors. So remember, the darker the liquor, the bigger the hangover. One serving of clear liquor will contain about 96-110 calories and no carbohydrates, but that’s just for the liquor without any mixers.
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Eat Green for Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!  To celebrate, I challenge you to incorporate greener, plant-based foods into your diet.  Eating greens is not only good for your health, but is also better for our environment.  Double bonus!  Here are five easy ways to be greener and eat greener:

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Valentine’s Day Menu

This Valentine’s Day have a romantic meal at home!  I have come up with a Valentine’s Day menu that is filled with love and the color red!  This will not only save you money, but since you are in control of the ingredients, your home-cooked meal has the potential to be the healthier option.

You can never go wrong with breakfast in bed!  While pancakes and waffles are a nice treat, eggs are a super quick breakfast option.  I used a heart shape template to shape the egg in an attempt to make breakfast more festive.  Add a slice of wheat toast, Greek yogurt, and raspberries for a well balanced meal.  Yum! Continue reading →

Halloween Candy Nutrition Breakdown

53127642_cc79e5b8b0_oHalloween is festive and fun, but the ingredient lists of Halloween candy is actually scary! Trans fats, corn syrup, food coloring and artificial flavors galore.

In addition to artificial and harmful ingredients, candy intake tends to put most people over the recommended daily limit for sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that women get no more than 100 calories a day from added sugar from any source, and that most men get no more than 150 calories a day from added sugar. That’s about 6 teaspoons of added sugar for women and 9 teaspoons for men. In terms of candy, 1 Snickers OR 1/2 a bag of Skittles equals the recommended total daily limit for sugar. Continue reading →

Tricks for Managing Halloween Treats

3028306780_60053285d1For those who are watching their weight or trying to follow a diet plan, the holiday season can be a very difficult time of year. Halloween is the official beginning of the holiday season and Halloween treats and weight gain can go hand-in-hand.

Here are my five tricks to help you manage your Halloween treats:
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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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