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.

Watcha Drinking? Let’s Talk About Green Tea

Tea is undoubtedly one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world. And among the hundreds of different kinds of tea that offer medicinal benefits, green tea is one of the most prized for its multitude of health-promoting qualities.…

Oatmeal Basics: Understanding the Differences Between Oats

Oatmeal is an excellent source of whole grains as it is naturally low in calories and incredibly rich in valuable nutrients. It’s an especially unique cereal in that it comes in many forms including old-fashioned oatmeal, quick cooking oats,…

Savory Sweet Apple Walnut Tuna Salad

I grew up eating lots of tuna salad—the "chunk light" version, which my mom drenched in mayonnaise, seasoned with a little some of everything, and served with Ritz Crackers (never bread). Even through my college years I maintained a real fondness…

High Cholesterol: What You Need to Know

Have you been diagnosed with high cholesterol? You're certainly not alone, as this chronic health condition (also known as hypercholesterolemia) affects more than 70 million adults (over 30%) in the United States alone. Although heredity and…

10 Superfoods That Make Healthy Snacks for Kids

If you're a parent, I'm sure you're always on the hunt for healthy kid's snacks? With good reason too, as healthy foods in general give kids all the day-to-day energy they need and supply the vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients…

A Great Way To Spice Up Your Water

Are you aware that water is valued as an essential nutrient? While not a provider of calories like macronutrients or rich in antioxidants like many micronutrients, the body’s actual need for water far outweighs that of any food. In fact,…

Brussels Sprout, Cauliflower and Shiitake Fusilli

As one who follows the Mediterranean style of eating, I make it a practice to enjoy pasta preparations from time to time. I personally prefer dishes that include lots of vegetables and extra virgin olive oil for added health benefits. If you're…

Mighty Meat Bison with Mushroom and Onions

Bison is one of the healthiest red meats you can eat, as it's organically raised, primarily grass-fed, and delivers a rich balance of high-quality protein, healthy fats, and essential micronutrients. It's also among the most flavorful of…

What You Should Know About Carbs and the Glycemic Index

For decades, carbohydrates (carbs) have been given a bad reputation. Please don't be misled by all the hype. In and of themselves, carbs are a critical component of a healthy, well-balanced diet as they represent the body's primary source…

Go Red: 5 Ways to Eat Your Way to Better Heart Health

February officially marks American Heart Month and red is the symbol of awareness. Heart disease and related complications (heart attacks and strokes) are leading causes of death worldwide killing about 600,000 people annually in the United…

Intense Exercise Training During a Juice Fast? Is This Even Possible?

Fasting with fresh vegetable and fruit juices is generally an excellent method of detoxing or a suitable way to introduce a comprehensive lifestyle change (diet modification, exercise training or weight loss). What’s cool about juice fasting…

Holiday Weight Gain: Eating Too Much or Stress?

The holidays are a popular time for eating socially, which oftentimes leads to unwanted weight gain. But, when it comes to holiday weight gain, overeating isn't always the culprit, as numerous other factors like physical inactivity can also…

Seven Healthy Ways to Enjoy Your Sushi Experience

As a health-conscious foodie, I always make an effort to get the most nutritional bang for my buck, especially when dining away from home. Sushi has always fit the bill perfectly! Believe it or not, when the right combination of ingredients…

How to Create a Perfectly Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a quick and easy lunchtime staple loved by both kids and adults alike. Growing up, I absolutely hated this sandwich, as I was more of a grilled cheese kind of girl. But, as I got a little older and became…

Key Factors to Consider Before Buying Organic Produce

I’m often asked if buying organic food is worthwhile, particularly organic fruits and vegetables. My usual answer is "it depends", which is generally not the answer people are looking for. But here’s my rationale: If your goal is to protect…

My Interview with Tonya Lewis Lee: Women’s Health Advocate and Founder of Movita

I was recently asked to try out a women’s multivitamin launched under a new brand of organic dietary supplements called Movita. Movita was founded by Tonya Lewis Lee, wife of celebrated director Spike Lee and women’s health advocate who…

What Every Woman Should Know Before Taking a Multivitamin

As a lifestyle consultant and blogger, avid athlete, wife and mother, I’m always on the hunt for practical and affordable health-promoting products that make it easier for women to live well by putting their wellbeing at the forefront of…

Wheatgrass Juice: An All-Natural Blood Tonic that Boosts Immunity

If you’ve visited your local health food store lately, you’ve probably seen fresh wheatgrass juice being sold at the juice bar. Wheatgrass juice is prepared by extracting juice from the mature sprouts of wheat seeds by way of a cold press…

An Unbelievably Delicious Recipe for Vegan Feta Cheese

As one who follows a Mediterranean-style diet, Greek salad is by far one of my most favorite foods. Traditionally made with tomato, cucumber, onion, olives and feta cheese, all drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with fresh herbs, this salad…

The Best Time to Eat Fruit

I’m a diehard salad connoisseur known for my flamboyant blends of veggies, fruit, and seafood. Interestingly, whenever I post a salad recipe or pic, someone almost always questions my choice of including fruit. Now, everyone knows that eating…