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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…

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…

5 Simple Ways to Add Flaxseeds to Your Diet for Weight Management

Regularly eating flaxseeds can support weight management and overall good health. Problem is, many people just don't know how to eat them. If you're trying to incorporate flaxseeds into your diet, at first glance you might very well be intimidated…

Why You Should Drink at Least One Cup of Coffee Every Day

Coffee is indeed one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world yet it's often labeled as a "bad" habit since coffee generally contains high levels of the potent stimulant caffeine. Personally, I've been an avid coffee drinker for…

Is It Possible to Eat Healthy at a Brazilian Steakhouse?

I'm always on the hunt for great food that suits the health-conscious eater, whether a vegan, vegetarian or die-hard meat lover. A while back I attended the official ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening event for a newly opened Fogo…

How to Boost the Flavor of Your Foods Without Salt

Growing up in Chicago, I spent a lot of time at my grandma's house. I have very fond memories of tasting fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from her garden during the warmer months of the year and the cantaloupe and honeydew melons she bought from…

Reconsidering Pork as Part of a Healthy Diet

A while back I wrote an attention-grabbing article entitled "Is Eating Pork Good or Bad for Your Health?" Since this article was originally published dozens of people have written me with counterarguments largely based on prevailing misconceptions…

How Different Types of Fiber Affect Your Health

The average American diet is severely lacking in fiber. This is not at all a good thing, as eating a high-fiber diet promotes healthy weight management and substantially lowers the risk of developing diet-linked chronic conditions among which…

How Pescatarian Diets Can Be Good for Your Health

In my 20 years of working within the health, wellness and fitness sector, I've vetted just about every diet plan that exists, from low-carb, ketogenic diets to very low calorie diets to those involving point systems and prepackaged meals. I…

How Drinking Red Wine Every Day Supports Good Health

Occasional alcohol consumption has proven health benefits. This holds especially true for red wine, as it contains numerous all-natural chemicals that help prevent disease and promote overall good health. Interestingly enough, both the alcoholic…
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Why I've Swapped Out Greek Yogurt for Icelandic Skyr

As a long-time health professional and lifestyle blogger, I attend a ton of events and trade shows in order to stay in the loop with the latest and greatest health-promoting products on the market. Months back I was invited to a special event…

Mercury in Seafood: What to Eat and What Not to Eat

Those of you who either know or follow me are probably aware that I'm an absolute seafood fanatic. This is with good reason too, as seafood is an excellent low-calorie source of high-quality protein, health-promoting fats (omega-3 fatty acids),…

Cruciferous Vegetables: Nature's Secret Weapons to Fighting Cancer

People often ask me, "What foods prevent cancer?" This is always a difficult question for me to answer. Aside from the fact that I'm not an oncologist, on both professional and personal levels, I've encountered so many health-conscious people…

Simple Tips for Adding Healthy Fats to Your Diet

Consuming dietary fat is critical for maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet. This holds especially true for monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (omega-3) fatty acids, which are generally classified as "healthy" or "good" fats. Monounsaturated…

It's Not Baby Fat: The Real Reasons Your Child is Gaining Weight

Standing 5 feet 6 inches and approaching 200 pounds during my late adolescent/early teenage years, I can still recall the many times family members referred to me as having "baby fat". Even at my young age I remember being annoyed by this statement,…

How to Make Candied Sweet Potatoes in a Healthy Way

A few years back one of my clients asked if it were possible to cook candied sweet potatoes in a "healthy" way? I chuckled a little at first, as the words "candied" and "healthy" generally contradict each other. But, after having heard her…
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Home-Style Pressure Cooked Pinto Beans with Smoked Turkey

Like other types of beans, pinto beans are an incredibly cheap yet all-too commonly forgotten source of protein. They are also rich in countless health-promoting micronutrients including B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron.…

Dietary Sugar: The Good, The Bad and The Unnecessary

Sugar is by far the most widely used additive in foods and beverages across the nation. If you're like many people, you may be taking in way more sugar than you realize. In fact, the average American consumes about three pounds of sugar in a…