Trying to live well? Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin features simple lifestyle hacks, tips and ideas for everyday women looking to get healthy and achieve optimal wellness.

You Won't Believe It's Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream

I absolutely love eating pistachio nuts! And, though I've never been a huge fan of sweets, I will devour some pistachio ice cream. Needless to say, when I was introduced to a new recipe for homemade pistachio ice cream, I jumped at the chance…

Are Processed Meats Really Bad for Your Health?

Processed meats are among the most commonly consumed foods around the world. Interestingly enough, they are also among the latest dietary boogeymen, with linkages to cancer, heart disease, and even premature death. While some processed meats…

Triple Chocolate Protein Balls

Eating the right amount of protein, fat, and fiber helps to stabilize blood sugar and boost fat burning throughout the day. Luckily, adding more of these nutrients to your diet doesn't have to be a complicated process. Whether you're looking…

The Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Watermelon

Growing up in the Englewood community of Chicago, I spent a lot of time at my grandma's house. Grandma's garden was one of the biggest and best in Englewood, stocked full of collards, pole beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and even sunflowers. Every…

Three Healthy Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

Holiday overeating is a major threat to weight management and the Fourth of July is certainly no exception. Still, at the end of the day, managing your weight is all about maintaining a healthy balance between the amount of calories that…
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Three Simple Tips for Living Healthy in the Summer

With the summertime here and in full effect I hope you’re sticking with your New Year’s resolutions to stay healthy and physically fit. Given that the summer is a season of vacations, picnics, cookouts, happy hour, pizza by the slice, ice…

Almond Chicken with Peaches and Roquefort

As a lifestyle blogger and absolute foodie, I'm always trying different cuisines and creating innovative food experiences at home. Interestingly enough, I've eaten just about every type of food from all the major food groups but whether I'm…

Refreshingly Guilt-Free Cocktails for Summer

Alcoholic cocktails are often the focal point of social events and gatherings, especially during the summer months. But, if you're watching your weight, constantly indulging can put a real hurt on the calorie budget. Among all alcoholic cocktails,…

Forget the Sugar, Eating Carrots is Good for You

Often referred to as the "King of Vegetables", carrots are among the world's most popular health foods. And, believe it or not, carrot juice is as beneficial as the carrots themselves. But, interestingly, carrots are frequently shunned for being…

Simple Tips for Choosing the Best Breakfast Foods

Breakfast is presumed to be the most important meal of the day. But, for many, "breakfast" is generally comprised of heavily processed and refined cereals, cereal bars, and pastries with a little fruit on the side. When it comes to weight management…

Hearty Chicken Cobb Salad

Those of you who either know or follow me are fully aware that I love a good salad. The classic Cobb salad is among my most favorite preparations and it's incredibly nutritious. Here's a recipe for my 'Hearty Chicken Cobb Salad', which only…

Are Diet Soft Drinks a Healthy Choice?

I was recently asked my opinion on drinking diet soft drinks. The person specifically wanted to know if there's anything wrong with enjoying a diet soda in the morning for a quick caffeine boost. Initially, this question was somewhat difficult…

Unbelievably Delicious Ways to Build a Healthy Salad

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me "I can't go on a diet because I hate salads" I'd be a very wealthy woman! Indeed, salads are among the most common go-to dieting foods for people who are trying to lose weight or even maintain…

The Female Athlete Triad: When Too Much of a Good Thing Becomes Bad

In my early 20s, I took the notion of exercising as a hobby to another level. I generally ran during morning hours, averaging in excess of 60-70 miles a week. My evening hours were spent in the gym, during which time I engaged in highly intense…

Choosing the Best Mattress for a Good Night's Sleep

I'm sure you're already aware of the importance of sleep. Indeed, a lack of adequate sleep can lead to an increased risk of unhealthy weight gain and numerous chronic diseases ranging from sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart…

Effective Strategies for Avoiding Hypertension

Just over a year ago, my father suffered a stroke caused by unchecked hypertension. For years my siblings and I urged him to seek some form of therapeutic intervention in order to manage his high blood pressure, but to little avail. Over time,…

Garlicky Teriyaki Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry

Stir fry preparations are a great way to get sizeable portions of vegetables in a single dish. Ingredients like bell pepper, green cabbage, mushroom, onion, carrot, broccoli, garlic, and ginger, are among the tastiest. At the start of my weight…

Garlic: Mother Nature's Underground Pharmacy

For centuries, garlic has been used worldwide as a natural treatment for a range of chronic diseases and illnesses, as it has potent anti-bacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, due to its powerful healing properties,…

A Conversation About Infertility: Expert Answers to Common Questions

The week of April 23rd through the 29th officially marks National Infertility Awareness Week®, a much-needed initiative aimed at promoting greater awareness about infertility. While infertility is simply defined as an inability to conceive…

Hearty Grilled Vegetable Skewers

I absolutely love grilling vegetables and they're so much healthier than traditional side dishes like potato salad and macaroni & cheese. To boost the overall nutritional value of veggies, I generally prepare them with high-quality fruit…