Entries by Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin

Why Water is More Important Than Food

Water is perhaps the most overlooked yet most essential nutrient in a healthy, balanced diet, as nearly every cell, tissue and organ system depends on it. While water doesn’t supply the body with energy in the form of calories, the body’s actual need for it far outweighs that of any calorie-containing food. In fact, you […]

Chicken and Kale Street-Style Tacos

I’ve always been a fan of tacos. From soft to hard shell, traditional to creative, meat-filled to meatless, I’ve tried just about every type of taco there is. Authentic “street tacos” are my personal favorite, though you generally won’t find them on a list of healthy food choices. 

Lowering Cholesterol Naturally with Exercise

High cholesterol (also known as hypercholesterolemia) is a chronic health condition in which there’s too much “bad” cholesterol and an abundance of triglycerides (fats from foods) floating around in the bloodstream. Although heredity and other uncontrollable factors like age and gender can often influence the development of high cholesterol, in addition to eating the right foods, […]

Low-Carb Seafood Chowder with Sausage

As a Chicago native, there’s nothing I love more than a bowl of hearty, hot stew or soup during winter months. While chowders are my soup of choice, they generally come with a whole lot of unnecessary carbs. Now, I generally don’t shun carbs, nor do I follow a structured “low-carb” diet. I do, however, choose my carbohydrates wisely. […]

Dieting: How to Make It Work for You

I’m often asked, “What’s the best diet for weight loss?” Honestly, I almost never give a straight answer to this question because, quite frankly, any “diet” that involves masterful manipulation of calories and/or macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat, and protein) can inherently support weight loss.

Simple Ways to Enjoy Alcohol Without Gaining a Pound

Occasional drinking has clear health benefits. And, I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoy my fair share of whiskey, beer, and wine. Problem is, drinking too much, too often can make it especially difficult to manage your weight (amongst other adverse consequences). While alcoholic beverages are derived from simple sugars and starches, they actually contain more […]

Five Tips for Fighting Your Muffin Top

Are you struggling with an unsightly appearance of fat just above the waistline, otherwise known as a “muffin top”? It’s not a hopeless situation! The appearance of a muffin top generally results from a central distribution of excess body fat, which manifests as an “apple-shaped” figure. Since you can’t necessarily control how your body fat naturally […]

The Purple Cookie High-Protein Smoothie

Whether you’re constantly on the go or just looking to spice up your diet, smoothies generally make great meal replacements. When it comes to base ingredients, in addition to avocado and tofu, I often recommend including yogurt as a smoothie thickener. This holds especially true for Greek-style yogurt as it is exceptionally rich in high-quality […]

Perfect Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Muffins

Peanut butter is by far one of my favorite treats, as it’s a naturally sweet and savory blend of protein and good fats, fiber and countless health-promoting micronutrients. In addition to it’s flavor and overall nutritional quality, the versatility of peanut butter makes it the perfect inclusion to virtually any meal. Here’s one of my choice recipes for […]

Turkey and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers with Goat Cheese

In case you didn’t already know, bell peppers are extremely high on the list of nutrient-dense foods, supplying an abundance of vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting antioxidants that promote overall good health. They’re also unbelievably low in calories and sugar making them the perfect go-to food if you’re watching your weight or general carbohydrate intake.

A Better Weigh: Measuring Success Beyond the Scale

I’m always amazed by the powerful psychological effects of the bathroom scale, especially among women. All too often, unfavorable numbers negatively influence self-esteem, body image, and overall perceptions of beauty. In many cases, mounting fears of rising numbers may even prompt women to engage in risky dieting, fasting and/or exercise habits as they attempt to thwart […]