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Erin McCarthy, MS, RD
How to Build a Balanced Thanksgiving Plate
Fall
3 MIN READ | November 14, 2022
How to Build a Balanced Thanksgiving Plate
Tips for building a balanced Thanksgiving plate that will help you prioritize your plate real estate and practice moderation — in moderation of course...
10 Healthy Food Imposters
Healthy Diet
7 MIN READ | May 9, 2022
10 Healthy Food Imposters
With popular interest in health on the upswing, grocery stores are being inundated with foods marketed to sound healthy. In a number of cases, ingredients in these products are over-processed, artific...
Getting Kids in the Kitchen
Uncategorized
5 MIN READ | February 12, 2020
Getting Kids in the Kitchen
Getting your kids in the kitchen can be a pleasure and sometimes a challenge. That said, children are more likely to be willing to eat food if they've helped make it themselves. Maybe you have a picky...
Healthy Recipe Ideas for Two
Uncategorized
4 MIN READ | February 10, 2020
Healthy Recipe Ideas for Two
When you're cooking for one, cereal might be a legitimate dinner option. But cereal isn't going to cut it when you're eating with a spouse or friend. Here are some quick, tasty and healthy recipe idea...
Cooking with Alcohol
Uncategorized
4 MIN READ | December 10, 2019
Cooking with Alcohol
Alcohol can be a great addition to meals, and we're not just talking about beverages to accompany your meal. Cooking with alcohol can enhance the flavors in a dish without increasing its sodium or fat...
Trick or Treat: Healthy Tips for Halloween
Food & Cooking
4 MIN READ | October 4, 2017
Trick or Treat: Healthy Tips for Halloween
Halloween is a great time to introduce healthy holiday practices. Chances are there will be candy and sweet treats popping up at school and at home. Use this opportunity to practice moderation with yo...
Nine Top Heart-Healthy Foods
Healthy Diet
5 MIN READ | February 16, 2017
Nine Top Heart-Healthy Foods
Cardiovascular disease, which affects almost 85.6 million Americans, is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Approximately 787,000 Americans — that's about 1 in 3 — died from heart disea...
How Much Salt Is too Much of a Good Thing?
Heart-Healthy
4 MIN READ | November 16, 2016
How Much Salt Is too Much of a Good Thing?
Salt in our meals — when are we overdoing it, or should we avoid it entirely? — continues to be a source of controversy. The debate usually plays out like this: Too much salt is bad for me, but my tas...
How to Choose a Healthy Cereal
Healthy Diet
4 MIN READ | December 2, 2016
How to Choose a Healthy Cereal
The cereal aisle can be daunting. Row after row of brightly colored boxes plastered with bold claims and messages including those around whole grains. With so many options, it can be challenging to ma...
What’s the Right Portion Size?
Healthy Diet
3 MIN READ | January 4, 2017
What’s the Right Portion Size?
Here are a few ways to eyeball portion sizes that will help you keep slim and trim, as well as get in the right amount of nutrients from your meals...
How to Choose Better Bread
Healthy Diet
4 MIN READ | September 27, 2016
How to Choose Better Bread
When choosing bread, you'll want to keep in mind a few of the basics. First and foremost, choose bread that's 100% whole wheat/whole grain. As mentioned in our blog posts on Whole Grains and the Top 1...
Calcium-Rich Plant Foods
Nutrition 101
3 MIN READ | March 17, 2014
Calcium-Rich Plant Foods
You've probably heard or seen the ad, "Milk. It does a body good." Well, it's true — that is, low-fat or non-fat dairy is a great source of calcium, which is then stored in our bones and teeth, provid...
The Skinny on Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Nutrition 101
3 MIN READ | January 23, 2014
The Skinny on Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are types of fats that are essential for good health. Since our bodies can't make these fatty acids, we have to get them through our food. Omega-3s and omega-6s have op...
Salt – An Appetite Turned Addiction?
Nutrition 101
5 MIN READ | February 11, 2014
Salt – An Appetite Turned Addiction?
In our blog post, How much salt is too much of a good thing, we reviewed why we need salt, the role it plays in our body, and where you'll find it in your diet. What we didn't cover is why we love sal...
Are Preservatives in Food Bad for You?
Nutrition 101
4 MIN READ | January 24, 2014
Are Preservatives in Food Bad for You?
Natural food products are susceptible to decay and rot if left for too long after their peak ripeness. Preservatives, which are naturally occurring or synthetically produced substances, are added to f...
Cholesterol – The Good, the Bad and the Animal
Nutrition 101
5 MIN READ | March 4, 2014
Cholesterol – The Good, the Bad and the Animal
Did you know that every cell in your body has cholesterol in its outer layer? Cholesterol is a fat-like material in your blood that's vital to normal body function. More specifically, it's used to pro...
Paleo-Friendly Foods for Your Super Bowl Party
Healthy Recipes
3 MIN READ | January 31, 2014
Paleo-Friendly Foods for Your Super Bowl Party
Are you or any of your friends into Paleo? Well, if you're throwing a Super Bowl party, check out these Paleo-friendly dishes. They should help fuel you and your guests during your football — or reall...
Pros and Cons of Meal Replacements
Uncategorized
4 MIN READ | January 17, 2014
Pros and Cons of Meal Replacements
Ever think meal replacement drinks might be a whole lot easier than making a meal? It's true that meal replacements save time and make cutting calories much easier. However, there are some drawbacks w...
Our Guide to Easy Salads
Healthy Recipes
4 MIN READ | January 10, 2014
Our Guide to Easy Salads
What's in a tasty and nutritious salad? Plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits, a healthy fat, a helping of lean animal and/or plant protein plus a simple vinaigrette. Read on to see what the basic...
Cleanses and Fasts: Are They Healthy?
Nutrition 101
4 MIN READ | January 10, 2014
Cleanses and Fasts: Are They Healthy?
It's claimed that cleanses rid the body of toxins via dieting, fasting, consuming certain foods exclusively and/or avoiding specific foods. This might involve liquid diets, colon cleansing or chelatio...
Fermented Foods aka Probiotics
Uncategorized
4 MIN READ | January 16, 2014
Fermented Foods aka Probiotics
If “fermented foods” is a phrase that's sounding more familiar to you, we’re not surprised. Author Michael Pollan mentioned them in his latest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Stanfor...
Spread the Joy
4 MIN READ | December 19, 2013
Spread the Joy
Giving is one of the best ways to spread a little feel-good to those around you. For this holiday season, we've got some gift ideas that won't fail to put a smile on your face as well as the face of y...
Start Fresh in 2014
3 MIN READ | January 2, 2014
Start Fresh in 2014
Want to optimize your life in the new year? Start here with our two-week challenge to eat 2 cups of vegetables every day. This is an easy place to start if radically changing your diet seems like a da...
Zipongo Cheer
Uncategorized
4 MIN READ | December 20, 2013
Zipongo Cheer
Find out what the folks at Zipongo like to do during the holidays...