There are so many “healthy” foods out there, each boasting miraculous health benefits. Bananas are filled with potassium; spinach is loaded with vitamin K. Quinoa has plant-based complete proteins; blueberries are rich in antioxidants. The list goes on and on. Unfortunately, some of the health benefits of food are not properly explained or are exaggerated. Here is a list of some healthy food health benefits you might be missing out on. Continue reading
You may have heard that going meatless once or more a week could be beneficial to your health. In fact, numerous studies have found that vegetarians have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and are at a lower risk for some diseases. Nice! Becoming a vegetarian has a lot of upsides, but it isn’t for everyone. Before you decide to ditch meat for good, here are some things you should know. Continue reading
Have you ever met someone who says they’re a nutritionist? If you have, did you ask if they went to school for it or if they are licensed? Does it even matter? Continue reading
Low fat diets have been around for some time. By the 90s, eating fat became taboo because it was dubbed that eating fat makes you fat. A couple decades later, and we’re realizing just how wrong we were. Let’s just get this straight: Fat does not make you fat. Eating excess calories makes you fat. So why exactly did the “fat makes you fat” fad come around? And why is it still immersed in our food culture that we should be eating low fat meals? Continue reading
If you read last week’s post, you know that there are a whole lot of ideas of how a person can eat clean. The definition of clean eating is in constant flux. When it comes to the time and effort you need to put in, these definitions go from laid back to extreme.
Clean eating is the trend of the moment. But what is it, really? Does clean eating mean you have to give up your favorite foods until you’re only eating spinach and cucumbers? Or does eating protein bars and store-bought “health food” also count? Does it mean that if you aren’t following a certain clean eating diet plan that you’re somehow eating dirty? Continue reading
In the fourth installment about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, I’m talking all about making a healthy eating pattern. Why? Because this time around, the guidelines seem focused on people creating healthy eating patterns. It makes sense, too. Consuming healthy food choices can help support a healthy body weight throughout your life. It can also reduce the risk of diseases (including heart disease and some types of cancer). Continue reading
A good friend of mine shared this recipe for energy bites with me, and I wanted to pass it along. There are a few good reasons to try this recipe. First, it’s easy and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Second, it’s vegan. Third, you can adapt it to your dietary preferences. Awesome!