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Mangia Bene – Eat Healthy, Italian-Style

With the holiday season now in full swing, parties and shopping on the agenda and guests galore, what better time to take a break and enjoy a healthy meal out at your favorite Italian restaurant?  Italians are known for their love of food, and though we may think mostly of the cream sauces, piles of pasta and gooey cheese, traditional Italian food is loaded with vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins.  Here are some of our favorite traditional ingredients:

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Restaurant Meals for Younger Skin

As the weather turns colder, it can often be a challenge to keep skin soft and supple.  Eating healthy at your favorite restaurants can help, as long as you know what skin-saving choices to order off the menu.  In a nutshell, order dishes with:

  • Orange and dark green fruits and vegetables for Vitamins A and C
  • Fatty fish and nuts for Omega 3’s
  • Oysters and lean protein for Zinc

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Healthy Eating to Boost Your Immune System

Winter is coming fast and we all know that means overtime for our immune system.  What many people often forget is that healthy eating can boost your immune system and help keep you healthy.  Nutritionist Joy Dubost Ph.D., R.D., sums up some great tips on how you can incorporate healthy eating to boost your immune system in her article “Dine your way to a more...

An Evening of Healthy Dining in San Diego

Once a year, several thousand dietitians from across the country gather for the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association.  Dietitians attend this conference to learn, connect and reconnect, network, taste, explore, and also have some fun.  Last week, for the first time, San Diego (Healthy Dining’s home-base) played host to this assembly of nutrition professionals.  This was a great opportunity for Healthy Dining to meet, greet and get the word out about more...

Eating Vegetarian at Restaurants

Are you a vegetarian? Even if your answer is no, you may be eating less meat these days. Some of us are cutting back for financial reasons (it's expensive!), some for health reasons and some for environmental reasons or personal beliefs.  Whether you’re giving meat and poultry up entirely or experimenting with it through a “flexitarian” diet, restaurants can still fit more...

National Pasta Month dishes up healthful choices at restaurants nationwide

What do you think of when you think “pasta”? Is it family spaghetti night? A leisurely Italian meal enjoyed on vacation? Is it the hours at the gym you think will make up for the indulgence? If your first thought is the last one, relax. October is National Pasta Month and a great time to start loving pasta again. With a few simple changes at home and when dining out, such as choosing whole wheat varieties, including vegetables and using less cheese, you can enjoy pasta while still more...

Nutritious choices to boost your brain health and performance

Feel like you have a few mental cobwebs?  You may not be getting the nutrition you need to keep your mental edge.  An excess of simple carbohydrates (e.g., sugar and white flour) and not enough of the good stuff, like cold water fish, eggs, poultry, a wide variety of richly colored fruits and vegetables, as well as the foods below, could be to blame. 

Nutrition to replenish and rebuild for your next workout

Whether you’re walking, swimming, playing sports or lifting weights, replenishing and rebuilding with a post workout meal is essential.  The ideal meal is eaten within an hour of exercise and is a combination of protein to rebuild and grow muscle and carbohydrates to refuel your energy stores.  This means lean proteins, such as fish, poultry, lean beef and legumes, along with complex and nutrient-rich carbohydrates, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. 


What you can do to lower your diabetes risk?

It is mind-boggling to imagine – an estimated 347 million people worldwide now have diabetes, according to a recent study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization published in the British medical journal The Lancet.  In most cases, this disease, like heart disease and stroke, is preventable through a healthy lifestyle. 

Here are a few facts:
  • Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed in childhood and more...

Power your Workout with Nutrition

Looking for extra energy and nutrition before your workout?  The right 2:1 balance of carbohydrates and protein can give you the nutritional power you need to start moving and feel like a top athlete in no time.

Smoothies are a great choice at restaurants or at home.  Keep an eye on the calories, which can quickly add up more...


With the recent popularity of low-carb and no-carb diets, fear of the very much essential carbohydrate seems to abound.  We’d like to set the record straight – you can and should eat nutrient rich-and complex carbohydrates.  In fact, 40 – 60 percent of your diet should be these diet-friendly, energy creating carbs!  It’s the simple carbohydrates including sugar, white flour and processed foods that you should steer clear of.  So how do you learn to more...

Pack your Healthy Dining-style with these picnic ideas

There is something so relaxing and refreshing about picnics.  They can be perfect for any occasion, from a fun lunch with the kids to a long overdue get together with friends to an utterly romantic date.
  • Dinner Italiano – The long summer days almost beg you to eat dinner outside after the heat of the day.  Try an Italian-themed meal with a pasta dish, such as this Simple Summer more...

What's New at Healthy Dining

What’s New at Healthy Dining? has a new look! In addition to a new homepage and new restaurant pages, we’ve added new options to the search and improved navigation throughout the site. Check out our newsletter and recipe archives, the new blog or brush up on some favorites like Nutrition 101. We will be adding more and more to these sections over the coming weeks so check back often. As always, let us know what you think! You can reach us via more...

Ghee, a Healthy Fat Becoming Popular in US

Courtesy of The News Herald

Ghee taste much like butter, but with a more intense “butter” flavor, therefore you do not have to use as much. Ghee is unsalted butter that is heated gently, causing the milk solids to more...

7 Seasonal Fall Healthy Dining Menu Choices

The air is cooler, the leaves are turning and some of our favorite seasonal fall foods are turning up in grocery stores and menus nationwide.  Get into the spirit with these 7 Healthy Dining menu choices that include classic seasonal fall foods for every taste:

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