4 Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

Your week is full of play dates, soccer games and after school music lessons, right? So you're probably not too concerned about how active your child is. Most days, if it wasn't for your thermos full of coffee and priceless 5 hours of sleep, you would barely keep up with them. However, there's more to raising healthy kids than enrolling...

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How to Build a Healthy Salad

As I recall from my childhood, my very first salad was not a very healthy salad. Smothered in Ranch dressing, croutons and bacon bits, it would appeal to most 8 year olds (like myself). Both my sister and I agreed to eat broccoli and cauliflower at dinner time, but only under these conditions. Who wouldn't love the creaminess of a...

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4 Tips for Smarter Snacking

It's 3pm. Your stomach is rumbling as you sit through your team meeting, anticipating the Italian dinner you'll be eating at 7pm. You consider the idea of snacking once the meeting ends. After all, the vending machine is around the corner and you won't be eating for another 4 hours. A bag of candy will hold you over until dinner,...

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Beating the Bloat

You step on the scale and see that you’re up 3-5 pounds since the day before. “How did this happen??” you ask yourself, as you recall the pasta dinner you ate the night before and wonder how many miles on the treadmill you’ll have to log in order to drop the pounds. Is bloat to blame? Before you lose your...

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The Pros of Probiotics

If you were to tour my kitchen a couple of years ago, you would have found shelves lined with tubs of protein powder. Quest bars. Multivitamins. Fish oils. NeoCell collagen. Apple cider vinegar. The benefits of these products (and the oh-so-good flavor of a Quest bar!) makes them a staple in my diet. As a vegetarian, I do my best...

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Timeout Tuesday: The Benefits of Healthy Fats

Do you find yourself drawn to foods labeled, "Fat Free! Reduced Fat! Low Fat!"? After all, if a food is high in fat, it must make you fat. Seems logical, right? Years ago, this theory resulted in a plethora of foods with additives and higher amounts of sugar, meant to replicate the taste and textures only fats can provide. I...

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It’s OK to Crave Comfort Food

  "Stay away from the buffet table! Avoid second helpings! Say no to the cookies and cake!" How often do you hear these voices? Whether they're shouting out loud or whispering in your ear, these thoughts are often self-imposed and, while meant to keep us healthy and accountable, can do more harm than good. Sure, over time, repeat helpings of...

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5 Back to School Lunch Ideas

By the time August has arrived, you’re probably eager to send your kids back to school. Not only does the start of school mean more time to yourself, but the kids can no longer complain of being bored, the front door will stay shut and bugs will stop flying into the house. You will no longer have to hear arguments...

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4 Reasons to Go Caffeine-Free

As I sit here now, writing this blog, I am on my second cup of tea. I am trying to focus on the flavor. I am embracing the cinnamon, warm and spicy, while visualizing the kava root sprinkling fairy dust on top of my anxious thoughts...watching them fade away. A picture of Yogi Bhajan, an inspirational teacher of holistic living,...

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Post Workout Nutrition

Most of us go to the gym, take a fitness class, or head outdoors for a run with a specific goal in mind.  We want to increase our strength, decrease body fat and improve our well being without spending our lives at the gym and our nights preparing meals for hours on end. Over time, we learn that various formats...

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