Nutrition Blogs

Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods   Research continues to show a very strong link between inflammation and chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), cardiovascular disease (CVD), and neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia). Some of these diseases are becoming the leading causes of death, not just in the United States, but also around the globe. What is inflammation? Inflammation isn’t inherently bad. We need it to survive. Normal inflammation is [Read More...]

Oats: Have You Tried Them Lately?

Rethinking Oats   I’m still on my oat kick. After this I will be done. It’s just that the benefits of oats are so great; I really want you to experience them. The previous savory ways to have oatmeal were still centered on the traditional bowl of oats and I realize that the texture is not appealing to everyone. These options all allow you to reap the health benefits of oatmeal while enhancing the nutrient [Read More...]

Healthier Energy Gel: Do It Yourself

A Healthier Energy Gel “GU”   Move over energy gels—you’ve met your match with chia seeds. Chia seeds are known for their unique ability to form a gel-like substance when mixed with liquid. As stated in my post about the health benefits of chia seeds, they absorb 10x their weight in liquid! Traditionally, Aztecs were said to have consumed beverages made from chia before they went on long endurance runs. The ability to absorb water [Read More...]

Health Benefits of Eggs: What Are They?

Health Benefits of Eggs Eggs are a staple in the American diet. They can be part of a healthy meal (veggie frittata) and they can also be added to or accompanied by food items that make them less than healthy (fried eggs with hash browns, bacon and pancakes). There have been mixed messages about the true health benefits of eggs. Some people believe that eggs will cause high cholesterol while others can’t imagine life without [Read More...]

Protein Bars Reviewed: Danielle, registered dietitian

Healthiest Protein Bars Protein bars seem like a healthy option when you’re on the run, but sometimes they can be more like a glorified candy bar than a healthy snack. With all of the options out there, how do you know what is healthy and what’s not? I’m going to review some of the protein bars that I can stand behind, in addition to those that you should avoid. I’ll also give you some key [Read More...]

Tips for Healthy Protein Snacks

Healthy Snacks   You hear about it all of the time, but why is it so important? If you don’t want to bulk up, should you care how much protein you consume? Absolutely! While protein is certainly necessary to build muscle it is also needed to repair lean muscle. If your muscles don’t have the building blocks to repair, this can result in muscle wasting. The less lean muscle (not bulk) that you have, the [Read More...]