Dress up those Brussels

With Thanksgiving right around the corner I wanted to take today to share some of my favorite recipes to include with your turkey feast. My favorite brussels sprout recipes to be exact. Being part of the cruciferous vegetable family, this often misunderstood veggie is a nutritional winner. Packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber and…

The Taste of Orange

Mmm, pumpkin, the number one flavor of fall. High in vitamins and minerals and low in calories, this nutrient dense veggie is totally worthy of obsession. It is loaded with beta-carotene, the antioxidant compound that makes orange produce…well…orange, as well as fiber. Pumpkins also offer some protection against heart disease, asthma and even certain types…

An Apple a Day

…Keeps the doctor away. I’m sure everyone has heard that famous saying, but did you know that apples really are a wonderfully healthy fruit? Loaded with soluble fiber, these crisp, sweet tree fruits can help reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes, reduce cholesterol, improve your dental health and help keep your heart healthier….

“Cheesecake” Pudding For Everyone

You’ve just had a delicious dinner and now you’re looking for something sweet…but not TOO sweet. Enter “Cheesecake” Pudding. It’s tangy and creamy with just the right amount of sweet to satisfy your taste-buds without giving you that unwanted sugar high. Featuring nuts as its main ingredient, this pudding is also a great source of…

Go Purple

While I always encourage eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies, today I want to focus on the often ignored purple variety. Purple produce contain a compound called Anthocyanin which is what gives these fruits and veggies their vibrant red-purple appearance. It is a powerful phytonutrient that is believed to help combat cardio vascular disease…

The Snack Attack

Felling peckish midway through your day? You had a nice, hearty breakfast but now you just want something small to munch before lunch. But what? Potato chips and candy bars are an easy go-to for many of us on a tight schedule, but the risks of consuming these types of snack foods far outweigh the…

Hello my Oat Friend

A couple weeks ago we talked about breakfast. This week I want to talk about one of my favorite breakfasts; Oatmeal. I don’t mean instant or quick cook, but traditional steel cut or rolled oats. In it’s whole grain form, oatmeal is a nutrient dense food that provides an excellent source of soluble fiber, manganese,…

Get Zen with Your Java

Mmmmm, coffee. Who doesn’t love a hot (or iced) cup of java in the morning? Many of us love coffee for it’s earthy aroma and varieties of flavors, but unfortunately our favorite beverage can also have downsides when over-consumed. It can cause crashes, jitters, heart palpitations, anxiety and trouble sleeping. This was sad news for…

Bring on the Breakfast

Breakfast. Arguably one of the most important meals of the day and the one that many of us often skip. Did you know that eating a healthy breakfast actually helps set a more positive tone for the rest of your day? I don’t mean grabbing a donut or a chocolate muffin though; I’m talking eggs,…

Peachy!

With Fall fast approaching we only have a few weeks left to make use of delicious, juicy peaches. Low in calories and rich in vitamins A, C, E and Beta Carotene, these sweet fruits are an excellent addition to your plate. But they aren’t just for making pie. Try them cubed on skewers with chicken…

The Skinny on Fat Part 2

Welcome back everyone, to add on to one of our previous conversation we thought we’d give you a little more detailed info about fats; specifically fatty acids. So let’s talk about fatty acids and how the proper dietary fats can actually help to manage inflammation in the body and reduce the risk of diseases. Omega…

The Glutenator

Oh gluten, you are another hot and controversial topic in the health and wellness world, but what exactly are you…? Gluten is a family of proteins found in many cereal grains, such as wheat, barley, kamut (Khorasan wheat) and rye. It is what gives bread that wonderful light, elastic texture that we love so much,…