18 Cholesterol Lowering Foods!

In honor of National Cholesterol Education Month my last blog post, Cholesterol: The Facts, was dedicated to cholesterol.  Now I want to talk about cholesterol lowering foods.

The best way to improve your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease is to change your diet and lifestyle. Eat a whole foods, plant-based diet and incorporate exercise and stress-relieving activities into your daily routine.  Here is my list of 18 great cholesterol lowering foods! Continue reading →

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam

photo (5)Refrigerator Chia Seed Jam has become a must-have in my refrigerator!  As I mentioned in my last post, Refrigerator Chia Seed Jam is a much healthier alternative to store-bought jam.

I love chia seed jam because it is so easy to make and it’s also healthy!  There is no cooking, no canning, no pectin and only natural ingredients!

In this post I will show you have to make Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam!  The combination of strawberries and rhubarb pack this jam full of powerful nutrients. Continue reading →

Refrigerator Chia Seed Jam – 3 Flavors!

Refrigerator Chia Seed Jam is a much healthier alternative to store-bought jam. This jam is one of the easiest recipes to make! No cooking, no canning, no pectin and only natural ingredients! This super-easy and very healthy jam is made with just berries, a little natural sweetener (if any) and chia seeds! That’s it! Traditional jam relies on pectin to gel, but this jam gels with the help of chia seeds!

This jam is great on toast, pancakes, waffles, stirred into oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream, or for a classic PB&J!

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The Coconut Oil Miracle (Book Review)

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The Coconut Oil Miracle, 5th Edition, by Bruce Fife is a must read!

Now in its fifth edition, this revised and updated version has even more information on the benefits of coconut oil. Bruce Fife provides all the answers about commons myths and misconceptions about coconut oil.

We have heard countless times that saturated fats are bad.  There seems to be a whole marketing campaign declaring war on fats.  Without doing much research it is easy to become blinded by false claims and marketing messages, but for those who want to know the truth about fats this is the book for you.

Fife outlines the differences between saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats and gives a basic understanding of the processes that make fats good or bad. He makes it easy to understand the science behind coconut oil and the effects it has on the human body.  This is no easy feat since nutrition is so heavily science based.  Even though I am a dietitian, with a minor in science, Fife explained the differences between fats in a way that made it even clearer for me to understand.  The way he explained it made sense instantaneously.
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Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)

15 Reasons to Love Dragon Fruit!

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1. SUPERFOOD. One dragon fruit is only about 60 calories and 80% water.  Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, while low in calories and rich in fiber, this fruit is definitely a superfood!

2.  DIGESTION & METABOLISM. Since it is high in fiber this fruit is optimal for digestive health and may aid in weight loss through helping to improve your metabolic rate.  The high fiber content will not only keep you feeling fuller for longer, but will also help to regulate blood sugar levels. Continue reading →

12 Superfoods for Heart Health

February 19, 2014Gina HassickNutrition2

food heartFebruary marks the 10th anniversary of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Movement.  The movement aims to educate women about the seriousness of heart disease, which includes both strokes and heart attacks.

  • Heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans
  • Heart disease is the #1 killer of women
  • Heart disease kills more women than men
  • Heart disease kills women at an average rate of one per minute
  • Heart disease kills more women than all kinds of cancer combined

Each year, more than two million heart attacks and strokes take place resulting in 800,000 deaths.  Research shows that one in every three deaths results from heart disease and stroke.
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Top 10 Ways to Eat Pomegranate Seeds!

Pomegranate Seeds

Recently I wrote a post on the 5 Reasons I Love Pomegranates and how to de-seed the wonderful superfood.  Now that you know why pomegranates are so super, I would like to share some ideas on how to incorporate the seeds into your meals and snacks!

To enjoy the fresh arils (pomegranate seeds) you can eat them as they are,  juice, or cook with them. Continue reading →

Pomegranates: Nutrition Benefits & How To’s

Pomegranates are considered a SUPERFOOD because they are a rich source of antioxidants like polyphenols and flavonoids, natural enzymes, essential vitamins and minerals. They are naturally low in fat, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free and an excellent source of fiber. Continue reading →

The Juice is Worth the Squeeze

As originially seen on The Peak TV!

breville juicerJuicing has become quite the kraze, but don’t just jump on the bandwagon without knowing the facts first. Juicing is the process of extracting juice from fresh fruits and vegetables. While juicing can add variety to your diet and help you to easily meet your daily recommendations of 2 whole fruits and 3 to 4 vegetables, it should not be your sole source. Unless you are using a triturating juicer which presses produce, retaining more nutrients, or a masticating juicer which chews produce, the juicing process results in fewer vitamins and minerals because the nutrient-rich skin and fibrous pulp is left behind. Continue reading →

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!

chia seeds pre soakThe phrase “Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia” no longer holds the same meaning.  From Chia Pets to Chia Seeds, the term chia has regained its popularity.

So what are chia seeds and where did they come from?
Chia seeds come from a desert plan, Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows in southern Mexico.
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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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