Health

11 Healthy & Satisfying Snacks for the Family Road Trip

Snacks are a critical component of a healthy diet.  Allowing too long between meals invites cravings, impulse food decisions and can encourage us to eat quickly and too much when we do sit down for a meal.  However, the wrong type of snack can keep us munching on empty calories only to find we are still hungry.  When cooped up in the car for several hours, having some smart snacks ready for munching will help you avoid wrecking your nutrition plan before you even reach your destination…

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What to Do With All the Candy!?

While the ultimate candy holiday has passed, it has probably left you a sweet and horrible gift… a stash of way too many confectionary treats!  Maybe you were “the one” who gave out “healthier” treats this year, like my friend Josten Fish recommends in her article, 10 Halloween Treats That Aren’t Candy.  But even so, that doesn’t keep your kitchen candy free.  So, the dilemma presents… What to do with all the candy? 

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What’s Inflaming You? Should You Follow an Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan?

Inflammation is a known risk factor for many types of chronic disease.  While not trendy or in vogue, inflammation deserves, if not needs to be discussed. According to the CDC, inflammation induced chronic diseases account for about 70% of deaths in the United States each year!  Poor diet, smoking, lack of exercise, environmental toxins and stress are just a few of the contributing factors of inflammation.  Research in the The Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology states that nutrition may be the most ‘influential’ of all the modifiable factors…

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5 Ways to Make Healthy Eating Easier

Home improvement shows are notorious for showing off glamorous and organized kitchens that practically beg you to come and cook a gourmet meal.  The counters are clean, the pantry is tidy and everything about it feels refreshing, light and airy.  But, most of our kitchens are not that neat and orderly.  Do you have food on the counters?  Is your pantry bulging?  Does your fridge need some reorganization and a wipe down? Compelling research shows that the way we organize our kitchen, the dinnerware we use each night, and even the kitchen environment play a significant role in our food and dietary behaviors…

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Health, Recipes

No-Bake Carrot Cake Snack Balls

This dietitian adores carrot cake.  Adores with a capital “A.” Growing up, each person in my family got to choose what type of cake we wanted to enjoy on our birthday and every year, there was no need to even have a discussion with me- carrot cake with cream cheese icing.  I was a little bit predictable. Through the years I have attempted making healthier versions of my beloved treat…some good and others an epic fail.

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