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Easy, Healthy Choices Near You for the Busy Holiday Season

Here are some of the tasty restaurant menu choices Healthy Dining’s dietitians recommend at restaurants nationwide: more...

Your Guide to Healthy World Cuisine

They know we’re interested in functional foods and ramen, all things avocado and waffles, more...

Amazing Oats! Why Oatmeal is so Healthy

By: Kristen Castillo
 
Start the day with oatmeal! One standard serving, which is half a cup of rolled oats cooked in water, contains just 80 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein, as well as calcium and iron.
 
Oatmeal has soluble fiber, which soaks up cholesterol and can significantly lower blood levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, which is a marker for cardiovascular disease risk. Adding fruit more...

Putting the NUT in NUTrition!

By: Kristen Castillo

Nuts can be a healthy part of your diet. Rich in protein, fiber and healthy fats, nuts are also cholesterol and sodium free. Plus they have a low glycemic index, making them diabetes-friendly. They’re a potential lifesaver too!

A Harvard study of 120,000 people over a 30 year period found that eating more...

The Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin is one of the stars of fall!  Grocery store shelves begin sporting pumpkin chips, pumpkin bread and canned pumpkin.  Restaurant menus get dressed with pumpkin risottos, pumpkin raviolis and pumpkin soups.  Coffee shops coast to coast start turning out the much anticipated pumpkin spice lattes.  Pumpkin may bring to mind cakes, cookies, pies and other calorie-packed choices, but there’s more to this celebrity of autumn than just the sweet stuff.

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Foods with Naturally Occurring Probiotics

By Amy Magill, MA, RD, LDN

Foods and dietary supplements that contain probiotics are the same or similar to the good bacteria that are naturally found in our digestive systems. They can work to balance or replenish gut flora. This may provide us with health benefits.
 
Probiotics 101
Taking in probiotics through diet is a hot topic in research. It was once thought that these live cultures only helped digestive health. Now, experts say more...

Skinny Fall Recipe: Spiced Pear Compote

Courtesy of Melissa Halas-Liang of Melissa’s Healthy Living

Pears are plentiful during the fall season, and this compote is the perfect way to enjoy them. There are many ways to eat compote. Eat it on its own hot or cold, put it on top of oatmeal or yogurt or even use it as a savory sandwich spread. This pear compote is rich in vitamin C and fiber and should keep in the fridge for about a week.

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How to Stick to Your Diet When Dining Out

By Dr. Serena Goldstein, ND
 
A poor diet can lead to weight gain, as well as issues like type 2 diabetes, hormone imbalance (e.g., low testosterone, polycystic ovarian syndrome), blood sugar dysregulation, heart disease, depression, anxiety, insomnia, unhealthy gut bacteria, thyroid disorder, nutrient deficiency, and constipation, to name a few. Creating lifestyle strategies to make the most nutritious choices when dining out, cooking, or at parties, for more...

3 Fall Salad Recipes from Greatist

As the weather is cooling down and your crock pot is heating up, you may be thinking it’s time to forgo the salads in favor of more classically seasonal choices like soup or something pumpkin.  Instead of packing away those salads like your shorts and flip flops, give them fall flavor with seasonal ingredients like root vegetables, Brussels sprouts, apples and similar foods.  more...

3 Healthy Microwavable Meals

With a microwave, you don’t have to wait for the oven to heat up or a pot of water to boil on the stove. All it takes is a few simple ingredients and the press of a button to get dinner ready fast.

Microwave Use 101
Before sharing some recipes, let’s get a few things straight about using a microwave:
  • Radiation: Microwaves do leak some electromagnetic radiation, but no more than your cellphone or laptop does. more...

3 Leafy Green Recipes So Good You’ll Think They’re Bad

By Sara Lucero

Throughout the year, we hear about the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables. This is even more true during September, Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month. Whether you are picking them fresh from your own garden, defrosting your favorites from the freezer or pulling out the can opener for a quick addition to your meal, making half your plate fruits more...

What You Eat Matters. So Does What You Don't Eat.

Courtesy of Oldways

By Kelly Toups, Whole Grains Council Program Manager

These headlines often fall into one of two categories: what to eat, and what not to eat. The trouble is that most foods are only “good” or “bad” in the context of what they’re replacing. For example, many would agree that juice is certainly more...

Smart Start to the Day! Healthy Breakfast Ideas

By: Blaire Newhard, MLA, RD
 
Having a breakfast with a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat will give you the energy and nutrients you need to get your day started on the right foot. In addition, research is indicating that your breakfast habits may impact your risk of heart disease. 
 
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Veggie Pizza Makes Backyards Sizzle

 
  1. Start with dough. Although there are prebaked pizza crust “blanks” for sale at most grocery stores, using them on a grill won’t work—they will burn before your toppings get a chance to cook. For an all-around better pizza, start with dough. Many grocery stores also sell raw pizza dough in the deli section, or you can make your own in just minutes. It more...

Veggies in the Spotlight at Restaurants

This means even more delicious ways for you to get your veggies during the week!  Restaurants offer the unique opportunity to try new vegetables and preparations without the work on your part.  Restaurant chefs also happen to be experts at whipping up delicious choices that make the most of ingredients.  Restaurants are making vegetables shine in so many tasty ways these days that you’ll find it hard to resist getting more into your diet.  Here are just a few ways more...

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