So, let’s talk about this new Unicorn Frappuccino at Starbucks®. It’s quite the craze! You’ve probably seen it in all its pink and sprinkled glory all over Facebook and social media channels. I haven’t tried this magical drink, but at first glance, it doesn’t scream “healthy.” They describe it as “color and flavor changing”, which … Continue reading The Unicorn Smoothie: A healthy, magical treat
For families working with a tight budget, eating healthy can sometimes be low on the priority list. Consistently eating fresh, nutritious food doesn’t have to break the bank but it does require some planning. Creating a grocery list can help you plan out your week, keep you accountable and discourage impulsive buys. Check out some … Continue reading Frugal feasting for four
Many weight loss stories out there closely resemble fairy tales. The star reaches their weight loss goal and then the credits roll. Sure, the “happily ever after” is fun to read about. It may even motivate us for a few weeks. But for many, the weight loss fairy tale can turn into a recurring nightmare. … Continue reading A healthy lifestyle starts by changing behavior
Barbara Edwards is a cancer survivor who recently discovered a renewed passion for cooking. “I’ve been coming to this class for two years,” Barbara said. “I now cook two-to-three times a week, share the class’ recipes on Facebook and with my non-profit group and my family always requests that I make certain dishes.” Barbara, who … Continue reading Cooking classes offer cancer patients a different type of support
It’s said that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but we all know too much sugar can be bad for meal management. With so many references to sugar, it can be difficult to make healthy choices. “Most people seem to find confusing the multitude of sugar products available on the market,” said Lynn … Continue reading Not all sugars are created equal
Americans love salty foods. The average American consumes 3400 mg of sodium per day. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommends that Americans should target under 2300 mg of sodium daily, and the American Heart Association recommends a target of under 1500 mg sodium daily for healthy Americans. While there is ongoing discussion on the … Continue reading Shaking America’s unhealthy salt habits
Lately, it’s hard to go anywhere without hearing something about gluten and many people are touting the benefits of a gluten-free diet. But is there a real benefit to dumping gluten? Or have we all fallen prey to another fad diet? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It is responsible for … Continue reading Gluten-free or gluten hype?
Spinach has been on the table for over 1700 years, with the first spinach meal likely served up in ancient Persia (now Iran). History books suggest that the King of Nepal introduced spinach to China in the 7th century and spinach was on the plate in Europe by the 11th century. Catherine de Medici of … Continue reading Spinach as a superfood: It worked for Popeye…or did it?
After 20 years, manufacturers are gearing up to roll out of a much needed change to the Nutrition Facts label in summer 2018. The new look is more than a cosmetic facelift. The changes are designed to help Americans with healthy eating decisions to lower risk for chronic disease. Why is the Nutrition Facts label change … Continue reading FDA Nutrition Facts label gets a major makeover
Since the dawn of the 1950s, the war on sugar has left more confused than enlightened as the FDA approved the use of saccharin as the first artificial sweetener. After 65 years of evolving science, one might think a clear answer would emerge. But even the recent New York Times article has the pot stirring with … Continue reading Sugar or artificial sweetener? Pick your poison