Today’s article is by Melanie Beers, a dietetic intern from the University of Delaware Distance Internship program.
It seems that new coconut products are all over store shelves these days. It has been heavily debated whether coconut products are a healthy or unhealthy addition to the diet. Let’s take a look at the facts… Continue reading
My family recently went on vacation. The hotel at which we stayed had a lovely breakfast buffet each morning. My favorite item was these small little bowls filled with what looked to be granola, fruit and nuts mixed with dairy. On our last morning of vacation, I asked our server what was in the little bowls, which my daughters had taken to calling “bowls of goodness”. It was museli, a mixture of oats, skim milk, yogurt and honey. After several rounds of trial and error, I hit upon a recipe that is very similar to the vacation bowls of goodness. Continue reading
I was recently sent some samples of a new soft granola snack, MySuperSnack. These soft granola bites come in resealable packages and are manufactured by MySuperFoods, a company created by 2 moms that “is committed to providing all natural, healthy, nutrient dense foods for children.”
What mother of young children wouldn’t want an on-the-go snack that is actually healthy and natural? With that in mind, I plied several children with the snacks in return for their opinions and inspected the ingredient list and nutrition information myself. Did they make the cut for taste and nutrition?
Planning a Superbowl party? Here in Baltimore, it will be a big celebration. Try some of these healthier (and some Ravens themed!) foods at your party this year. Go Ravens!
One of the great things about the change in seasons is the change in seasonal foods. And for fall, soup may just be the perfect one-dish meal. The trick is to find a soup that has it all for a complete meal. It needs to be hearty with plenty of protein, not too much fat and is has to taste delicious. Just like this new recipe for Potato, Cheddar and Bacon soup.
Happy back to school to all of you with kids! Just in time for those hectic mornings, here is a recipe for the most delicious waffles you have ever had (seriously!). Even better, they are made with 100% whole wheat flour. Here’s what you do: make the waffles on the weekend, put the extras in the freezer and then just pop them in the toaster to reheat during the week. So much tastier and more nutritious than packaged frozen waffles.
What is your favorite quick, easy and healthy school morning breakfast?
Here at Nourish, we are so excited about our new BodyGem® metabolic measurement device! This cool little machine lets us exactly measure each client’s daily calorie burn, which means you reach your goals more quickly. We take the guesswork out of estimating daily calorie burn. Did you know that even people who are a similar height, weight and age can have significant differences in their metabolism – as much as 900 calories per day! That can make a big difference when you are trying to lose or maintain weight. Continue reading
You probably know that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast is a habit of people who maintain a healthy weight, plus eating breakfast helps to give you energy and focus all day long and keeps your metabolism running. But who has time to fix an elaborate breakfast every day? And as the weather heats up, the idea of eating a steaming bowl of healthy oatmeal loses some of its appeal!
Try this recipe for a breakfast smoothie. Continue reading
Spring is here! Are you feeling inspired to renew yourself with some healthy changes? The best changes (and the ones that last) are the small things you do everyday that lead to a healthy lifestyle. There really is no magic pill or food or one exercise that will lead to radical transformation. Being healthy is all about changing habits. Habits that stick are the ones that are made gradually and repeated over and over for at least 3 weeks. When you feel like you have many habits that need to be changed it can seem overwhelming and you may wonder where to start. Here are 5 habits that you can incorporate into your life now that will have big payoffs!
We all know that we should get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise most days of the week. But that may not be enough. What may be at least as important is simply not sitting down. Check out the infographic to the left to find out
- about why inactivity is such a health threat. Add extra steps into your day by geting up from your chair twice an hour and walking around your workspace. Try parking at the back of the parking lot when you are shopping. Always take the stairs. Better yet, go up and down twice! A pedometer can be a great way to measure your activity level. This one that communicates with your computer to show you your activity, calorie expenditure and sleep patterns is a great way to challenge yourself to be even more active:
- Watch Those Portions!
Just as Americans have gotten bigger and bigger over the past few decades, so have our portion sizes. Restaurants routinely give us portions that are 2-3 times what a serving should be.After a while, we expect all our portions to be this large, even the food we eat at home. Recalibrate your view of portion sizes by measuring out your food when you are at home. Not sure what a good portion size is? Try this handy visual guide.
- Fill Half Your Plate with Veggies
Filling half your plate with nutrient-rich, low-calorie veggies means you won’t have much room left for
- the higher calorie stuff. Go for non-starchy veggies such as broccoli, leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, cauliflower, peppers, eggplants and green beans.
- Eat Frequently
When you let yourself get too hungry you are more likely to overeat and choose less healthy foods. By eating frequently you can make sure that you never get so hungry you make a poor choice. Plus, eating frequently keeps your metabolism going strong!
- Get More Sleep
Sleep is a hot topic lately. People who don’t get enough sleep tend to be more obese. The effects of good eating and exercise also have less of an impact in those people who do not get enough sleep. Make this a priority! Try going to bed just a little bit earlier until you are getting 8 hours per night.
Have a healthy and happy Spring!
Finding new ways to fix vegetables that the whole family will eat can be a challenge. Are veggies frequently an afterthought at your dinner table? Steaming a bag of frozen broccoli or peas is an easy and healthy way to go, but if you find yourself or your family getting bored with the standard offerings it may be time to expand your repertoire. Preparing veggies in new ways that add in flavor without sacrificing nutrition can also lead to children eating more veggies. Children taste bitter flavors more strongly than adults. This is why children typically choose fruit instead of veggies, which are more bitter.
Here are some ideas: Continue reading