Category Archives: Mutrition and the Mood Blog

Mutrition and the Mood Blog is all about food and nutrition. From eating healthful meals to yummy recipes, you’ll find all your food-related questions answered here. Incorporating nutrient-dense foods into your lifestyle has never been easier or more fun. Scroll through the blog posts below to learn more.

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Tips for making healthy snacks

Healthy snacks are a key part to any healthy lifestyle. But figuring out what is healthy and what’s not can be a challenge. We’re trying to make it a little easier for you. How? By giving you advice for snacks that are filling and nutritious. Here are some tips to help making healthy snacks a no-brainer. Continue reading

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5 simple tips to reading the nutrition label

Let’s face it, finding healthful foods can be hard. Reading the nutrition label is already complicated enough without buzz words like “gluten free,” “low carb,” “fat free,” and “sugar free.” There has to be an easier way, right? Here are five helpful hints to reading the nutrition label to help you make good choices at the grocery store. Continue reading

3 reasons you should avoid sugary drinks immediately

Sometimes water doesn’t sound as appealing as a nice cold glass of juice. Unfortunately, juice is filled with added sugar that you don’t need in your healthful lifestyle. Juice isn’t the only culprit, though. Sugary drinks might taste good while you’re drinking them, but in the long term, your body will run more efficiently on different sources of fuel. Here are three very good reasons you should stop drinking sugary drinks. Continue reading

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Fresh food vs. canned food

Last week, I posted a recipe for vegan corn salad, and I’ve gotten quite a few questions about using fresh ingredients vs. canned ingredients. As a frame of reference, in the recipe, I used only canned food. But would you get more nutritional benefits from using fresh instead of canned? Let’s talk about each one in more depth. Continue reading

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Vegan recipe: 3-ingredient corn salad

There are times you have a bunch of time to cook your meals. And other times, you just want something fast and easy. This 3-ingredient corn salad is about as simple as it comes. Not only are there three ingredients, there’s no peeling, cleaning or cooking involved. In fact, it takes about 3 minutes to make the entire thing. Intrigued? Continue reading

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How much protein do I need?

When you start a new exercise program, you always hear about the importance of protein in your fitness diet. It’s true that protein helps repair stressed and broken muscle fibers in your body, but protein actually does a whole lot more than that. So you might be asking yourself: How much protein do I need? Continue reading

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What is a low-carb diet?

Diet fads come and diet fads go, but the low-carb diet has been around for some time. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to low-carb diets. When taken to extremes, they can be more detrimental to your health than beneficial. Here are some answers to common questions about low-carb diets. Continue reading

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3 reasons your body needs protein

You’ve heard that in order to get the maximum benefits from your workout, you need to refuel your body with protein. While carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy, protein has a different role. Here are some reasons your body needs protein. Continue reading

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How many calories do I need each day?

Calculating how many calories you need each day is essential to knowing how much food you can eat. In general: The more calories you burn per day, the more calories you can eat per day. And really, who doesn’t want to be able to eat more food. Continue reading

Recipe: Vegan summer rolls

Lately, I’ve been trying out a whole bunch of new vegetarian and vegan recipes to bring more diversity to my menus. I came across a recipe for summer rolls, and I fell in love. Rice paper can be a little finicky, but once you get a hang of it, it’s awesome! You can do so many things and create so many different concoctions that taste great. Below is one recipe for spring rolls I’ve found to be absolutely delicious. Continue reading