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  1. Spring Cleaning Your Diet

    *By: Amanda Hernandez, MA, RD During the winter months, it is easy to choose heavy and rich foods over healthier options. Less fresh vegetables are available and it is cold outside, so hot and comforting foods sound delicious. As the weather starts to warm up, many of us start to realize that it is time to get our diets back on track. Here are some tips on spring cleaning your diet: Stock up on spring produce: Fresh produce becomes more readily available once the weather starts getting nicer. Foods that are seasonally available in the spring include asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, leeks, peas...

  2. How Balance Bars Help Stabilize Blood Sugar*

    I was recently at a party when a neighbor heard that I write articles on the Balance Bar website. She enthusiastically proclaimed that she felt Balance Bars were the best tasting nutrition bars and that they worked better than any other bar to help stabilize her blood sugar. She asked me why they work so well. That’s usually all it takes for me to break into a mini-seminar explaining the nutrition science behind the many benefits of the Balance Bar. I explained that Balance Bars were designed to help manage the hormonal response of food. The unique 40-30-30 ratio of 40% carbohydrates, 30...

  3. 40-30-30 Taco Soup - A Family Favorite One-Pot-Meal

    When you’re looking for a nutritious and new dinner recipe that’s easy, quick, and likely to please your whole family, look no further than one of our all- time favorite recipes, Taco Soup. It’s the perfect hearty winter meal that will leave your family full, satisfied and—just like many of my friend’s kids—asking for it often. My Taco Soup recipe puts a balanced spin on Mexican food with the ideal 40-30-30 ratio of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Even on busy days, you can throw it together in minutes, turn it down to simmer for 30 minutes and it’s ready...

  4. Spring Into Balance: Welcome the Season with a Fresh Start in Your Kitchen

    Every year around March and April, we all get that urge to start “Spring Cleaning” our houses. Maybe it’s the longer days or warmer weather, but whatever it is, spring often signals a time to start fresh. And while people traditionally consider Spring Cleaning to mean window washing, shower scrubbing and more, I look at it as a time to set the refresh button and clean up some of our bad eating habits and start introducing some healthier, more balanced, ones. The best way to begin eating healthier is to look at your kitchen, and more importantly, your pantry. People’s pantries...

  5. The Best Green Smoothies for St. Patrick's Day

    Is there a better time to raise a frothy glass of delicious, nutritious green smoothie than St. Patrick’s Day? Whether you’re a green smoothie addict or just looking for nutritious snack ideas, you’re in luck because we’ve compiled our best tricks and favorite recipes just in time for your March 17 celebration. First, let’s cover the basics. If you’ve never had a green smoothie, you may wonder why anyone would ever ingest something that looks like that. Stop wondering. It’s because they’re not only a great way to enjoy a nutrition-packed snack (or...

  6. High Intensity Interval Training

    When you’re short on time for your workout or you’re ready to up the intensity, consider a HIIT workout. High intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts combine intense periods of exercise with short recovery periods that increase the overall intensity of your workout and can take your fitness to the next level. Gene and I often use it with our own training programs. HIIT workouts are cardiorespiratory training techniques done at an exertion level of at least 7 on a scale of 1-10 intervals of 20 seconds or more. The short, intense workout can help improve aerobic capacity, VO2 max...

  7. Avoid The Non-Fat Trap

    What do breakfast choices like non-fat Greek Yogurt with fruit, cereal with non-fat milk, and an egg white, veggie omelet have in common? They are all missing an essential nutrient - fat. Fat is still the most misunderstood essential nutrient. In the past we were told that fat is bad and to avoid it. Now, you hear that there are good fats that we should eat and bad fats we should avoid, yet many dieters are still reaching for fat free meals. Fat has always gotten a bad rap when it is possibly one of the most powerful essential nutrients needed to help you burn fat and eliminate hunger. But it’s...

  8. Chicken Soup - The Ultimate Comfort Food

    When you’re looking for healthy, easy, balanced meals for your family, nothing can be simpler to make than a pot of homemade chicken soup. You’ve probably heard that chicken soup is as an effective way to stay healthy (especially in the cold winter months) but a delicious bowl of homemade chicken soup can be so much more. Chicken soup is the ultimate, low-calorie comfort food, packed with good for you protein and vegetables. It provides amino acids, vitamins, minerals, water for hydration and fiber to keep you feeling full longer while helping keep you and your family’s diet on...

  9. Winter Citrus

    You may have noticed that your local grocery store produce department is packed full of beautiful, winter citrus fruits. Winter brings a wide variety of juicy, tangy oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, lemons, limes, and even kumquats, making it the perfect time to feast on citrus. Citrus fruits are some of the best sources of Vitamin C and can play a powerful role in providing seasonal immune support. They’re also a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent inflammation and neutralize the free radicals that damage healthy cells. Vitamin C is essential for building collagen, an important body...

  10. Staying on Track in the New Year

    *By Julee Morrison from Mommy’s Memorandum It's a new year and for many of us there's a resolution or goal that is focused on weight. According to Statistic Brain , “Losing Weight” was the top New Years Resolution for 2014 and "Staying Fit and Healthy" number 5. Weight-related resolutions are the second most popular type of resolution, second only to "self-improvement". For many, we lose our commitment before the first month of the year has passed. Much of this may be contributed to the fact that we tend to try and make it all happen immediately and...

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