Go with your Gut: Probiotics and Optimal Gut Health

It is a common misconception that all bacteria = bad “germs.” In fact, having a healthy microflora (a fancy word for the collection of diverse microorganisms present in our gastrointestinal tract) is actually beneficial for our health. Imagine – your gut is “host” to a complex and diverse array of bacteria and microorganisms. How can we […]

5 Ways to Use More Herbs 2

Herbs are powerhouses in the kitchen. They can be used to add a punch of flavor to any food without adding a lot of calories or having to going heavy on the salt shaker. Herbs do more than wake up our taste buds and reduce added salt and calories in our diet – they are good for […]

Buying Local Foods: It’s Not As Hard As You Think

Now that spring is well underway, there is no better time to start thinking about where to get fresh, local foods. Most grocery stores offer a great selection of fresh, whole foods, but much of it travels thousands of miles before it even reaches the shelves. Although it’s not readily apparent, there are plenty of easy ways to get ultra-fresh, delicious, […]

Real Food for Real People: Sassy Cajun Bean Chili

This recipe marks the start of a series of posts called Real Food for Real People.  We want to help give you ideas for incorporating healthy eating into your daily routine.  Each entry will include fresh, new ideas for meals and snacks that are simple, flavorful, and won’t break the bank. Enjoy this flavorful dish inspired […]

You Are What You Eat Eats, Too

In my recent post explaining the rationale for why we are what we eat, I promised I would follow up with a post explaining why we are what we eat eats, too.  Here it is, my friends! In his book “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto,” investigative journalist and author Michael Pollan (one of my role […]

Make Real Changes in Your Life with SMART Goals

Is there a change you want to make in your life? Sometimes it seems like there is no way to fit our goals into our daily lives, and it can be really difficult to break away from routine and actually do that thing you’ve been meaning to do. It may be past the time of […]

Got Calcium?

I used to think the only way to get enough calcium was to have a couple glasses of milk and a cup of yogurt every day. I have the good marketing of the National Dairy Council to thank for that – “got milk?” I’ve realized throughout my schooling, though, that there are so many other ways to get enough calcium […]

6 Ways to Incorporate Good Fats into Your Life

Although many people worry about the amount of fat in their diet, they are forgetting that it’s just as important to focus on the type of fats you are eating. Here are some tips for choosing the best kind of fats for your body.   1. Eat more monounsaturated fats. Include foods rich in monounsaturated […]

All Fats are Not Created Equal

It seems like more and more brands over the years have released “low-fat,” “reduced fat,” or “fat-free” options for the foods many Americans love most – potato chips, candies, cake, yogurt, cookies, and even ice creams. Why then do Americans continue to get fatter? Why are so many people still afflicted with chronic diseases such […]

How to Make Coffee That’s Tasty and Guilt-Free

“I’d like one grande vanilla latte with artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and a touch of hydrogenated oils.” —um, no thank you! The lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and iced coffees from the coffee shop, as well as most of the creamers, syrups, and flavored coffee grounds from the grocery store, are loaded […]