National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to explore better ways of getting nutrition and actually enjoying healthy food.
February 26 is National Pistachio Day and a great time to experiment with new recipes using this ultra-healthy nut! Pistachios help fight heart disease and improve circulation. Phytochemicals found in pistachios reduce oxidative stress that can damage arterial walls and help decrease total cholesterol.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in those 65 and older. More than 2 million Americans, ages 50 and over, have AMD, a 25 percent increase from the last decade. Symptoms of AMD include…
The “January slump”, February “funk”, the “winter blues” – whatever you call it, serious mood changes can be the result of seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.). The lack of sunshine in the winter is one factor that can contribute to SAD. Decreased exposure to natural light adversely effects your circadian rhythms (sleep-wake cycle) and can decrease serotonin production.
Healthy Weight week is a time to focus on adopting healthy lifestyle habits and stop focusing diets and and the numbers on your bathroom scale. “Diet” implies a temporary change that lasts only until you lose those unwanted extra pounds. Sadly, 95% of those who diet regain their weight within three years. During healthy weight week, the goal is to identify habits that you can change or add to permanently impact your health, and body weight. Start with three key factors:
Most cultures around the world celebrate the New Year by enjoying foods that are thought to bring health, wealth or long life. Surprisingly, many of these food traditions are healthy options also. Check out these New Year’s food traditions from around the world.
Holiday baking should be fun – not stressful! Use these tips to help take the stress out of holiday baking, and to sneak in a few healthier baking alternatives as well!
Be Realistic: Maintain, don’t gain weight. Plan Ahead to reduce stress, save money, save time. If you’re hosting—serve healthier options: Offer foods that emphasize more fruit, vegetables and fiber (i.e., whole grain crackers). Watch your portions sizes and use small plates
Don’t nibble while preparing – all calories count! Have low calorie cocktail and mocktail options available. More tips and great recipes inside!
Holiday shopping season is in full swing and mall dining can add to your holiday stress while wreaking havoc on your waistline. Take along healthier snacks that travel well. Those nutritious snacks that can easily fit into a purse or shopping backpack will help you stay energized while providing beneficial nutrients that fight stress.
Cooking for a crowd can be challenging, especially figuring out how big of a turkey to buy that will feed all of your guests! Don’t guess; use this guide and remember to factor in extra servings if you’d like to have leftovers.