It’s summertime and we’re out and about more often. This means eating on the go and quite literally, on a hike, many times of the day. As a dietitian nutritionist, one of the questions I’m most frequently asked is, “Do you have any suggestions for healthy snacks?”
In reality, all things containing carbon, including food from living organisms, are organic. However, when we use the term “organic” food, we really mean that foods labeled as such originate from a source containing little or no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides and no antibiotics or hormones. In this sense, the term “organic” is a legal term used to describe the food production process.
Spring is in the air and with it comes the desire to get out and grill out. Picnics are popular around this time of year but with all of the excitement it can be easy to forget about food safety basics. Here are some healthy tips to keep you and your food safe this picnic season.
It is a great misconception that healthy eating requires extra spending and drains your wallet. This is simply not true. Healthy eating requires a bit of extra time and energy but your health is worth those expenses.
What exactly makes a meal healthy? A healthy meal will look different for different people in different seasons. Consider the varied nutrient needs, time restraints, and wellness goals for a pregnant mama, a marathoner set on a PR, and a busy CEO. Though all three meals will look different, they do share some qualities that make them healthy.
Have you heard of the Five Love Languages? They are: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. I propose a sixth - Nutrition.
Nutrition as a love language is two-fold: An act of self-care and a source of joy. Self-care is a way to show love to yourself and we enjoy (and maybe even love - I'm looking at you, dark chocolate) nutrition.
Salads seem like a healthy option for lunch...until they leave you ravished an hour later.
It's not that having a salad for lunch is a poor choice, it's often that there is little substance to the salad itself. A robust salad is a great way to get in a variety of veggies at lunch along with tons of flavor and energy to keep you going all afternoon.
Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything… lattes, muffins, cereals, etc. I’m all about the pumpkin spice craze and fully jump on board with all of the fall delights. The smell of cinnamon and nutmeg make my nose happy and my stomach growl. It’s good to know that, with all the hype, there are some definite health benefits to pumpkin. Unfortunately, there are also some things we need to watch out for. Let's look into it...
For some, exercising outside in the winter may be their preference. But for others, winter-like conditions can become a huge barrier. Stay tuned for a few tips on how to stay motivated to exercise in the cold, but for now let’s look at how the cold impacts our NUTRITION!