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When it comes to eating healthy, these days it can be tough to keep your head above water. The sea of diet terms, trends—and even “facts”—changes every day. Grain-free? Gluten-free? The Paleo Movement? If you’re curious about whether these options are right for you, I’m going to break down the Paleo Movement into easy-to-digest information.
You see, the grocery stores you and I walk through every week are very different from our grandparents’ grocery stores. Foods laden with refined sugar clog the aisles and package labels tout extraordinary health claims at every turn. Even health-conscious shoppers think they’re doing the right thing by filling their carts with instant oats, whole grain breads, and non-fat yogurts…but are they? Well, not according to the PaleoRead More >
Paleo. If you haven’t heard the word before you’ve likely been living under a rock (a pretty big one too) for the past five years or so as this diet has seeped out of the small fitness niche it lived in and pretty much taken over the world. Okay, slight exaggeration maybe but seriously, I hear it everywhere.
As someone that does CrossFit regularly, I’ve of course dabbled with it myself from full out Whole30 months (omg, give me the chocolate!) to where I’m at now which is eating paleo-ish a good chunk of the time. Here’s thing, I don’t believe peanuts and beans and are going to kill me, but I also believe we eat far too many carbohydrates. And then there’s the whole dairyRead More >
Coloring eggs for spring celebrations is a time-honored tradition that crosses many cultures and faiths. According to Farmers’ Almanac, the ancient Egyptians gave each other colored eggs to celebrate spring’s arrival. So did the Persians before them.
The egg is often viewed as a symbol of rebirth. According to the Feasts of Feasts website, “It was customary in ancient times to go and gather different colored eggs from the nests of a variety of birds. Some suggest that may be what gave rise to egg hunts and dyeing of eggs, for people were imitating the tinted eggs of wild birds, and mimicking the colors of spring with its array of pastel flowers and blossoms in bloom.”
Farmers’ Almanac says the Pennsylvania Dutch carried the egg-coloring tradition to America in theRead More >
This March, we again join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in celebrating National Nutrition Month®. The theme for 2015 is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” which encourages everyone to adopt healthy nutrition choices and a routine of physical activity. This powerful combo can help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent chronic disease, and feel great!Fitness + nutrition can help you maintain muscle mass
Most people start losing some muscle after age 30. But you can tackle this trend. Says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Men and women should participate in muscle strengthening activities that work the major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders and arms) at least two times each week. Examples of strength training include liftingRead More >
February is hot breakfast month but with the record breaking cold temperatures across the country I doubt anyone needs a national food month to want to start their day with something warm and hearty. It’s getting closer to the end of winter (hopefully!), so if you’re like me you might need some new hot breakfast ideas for inspiration. Below, I’ve rounded up of five hot and delicious breakfasts from the Safest Choice Eggs’ recipe center. It’s been cold here in Chicago for awhile now so I’ve been making these recipes a lot lately.Buttermilk Pancakes
Pancakes have always been a favorite of mine. Especially on a lazy weekend morning when it’s cold outside and I all I want to do is stay home in myRead More >
Did you know that eggs can help you meet the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and be part of a healthful diet that may help you maintain a healthy weight?
The Dietary Guidelines recommend choosing nutrient dense foods to meet your nutrient needs, while balancing calories. Here are their nutrition tips:
- Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups
- Eat less of nutrient-poor foods
- Limit the amount of fat you consume to no more than 25-30% of your total calories in a given day. For good health, the majority of that fat should be monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
- Consume less than 1500 mg of sodium/day
It’s important to recognize that fat delivers nutrition and you don’t need (or want) to avoidRead More >
It’s February. And I didn’t even need to pay any attention to the frigid temperatures or piles of snow on the ground here in NY to figure it out. Nope, all I have to do is take one step in any store and I’m plastered with heart shaped boxes filled with mediocre (at best) filled chocolates, overpriced roses, and a general overload of anything red and pink. Hello Valentine’s Day.
And attention all my guys in the room. Sure, we could just take the easy way out and grab one of those $9.99 boxes of chocolate and quickly pick out one of the few Valentine’s Day cards left on the shelves (because, duh, of course we waited until the very last minute to secure saidRead More >
From trans fat to saturated fat to polyunsaturated fats – it can be confusing to know which you should eat and which you should avoid.
Own the Yolk
One food people used to avoid for heart health is egg yolks. The tide has changed, as nutrition research is unscrambling the dietary cholesterol myth. The American Heart Association now recommends that an egg yolk can be part of a healthy eating plan every day. In fact, 43% of the protein in an egg comes from the yolk. So, too, do many other nutrients, like iron, choline, vitamin D, and healthful omega-3s. The American Heart Association announced in 2012 that egg yolks can help prevent stroke due to their vitamin D content. Get egg recipesRead More >
Ever wonder why monounsaturated fats are considered good fats? Discover the health benefits.
Good fats in a healthy diet
How can you incorporate more good fats in your diet? Try our avocado smoothie recipe. Good fats + protein = nutritious pick-me-up. So drink to your health!Read More >
My husband and I have two very different opinions on eggs. He’s a “scrambled or over hard” kinda guy and I’m a “if it ain’t runny, don’t even bother” kinda gal. I can’t even watch him make breakfast half the time because it pains me to see him cooking the eggs to death. He’s also a medium-well steak kinda guy, don’t even get me started on that…
These mushroom bakes, however, can go either way. Want them runny (Safest Choice Eggs are perfect for this!) so that creamy yolk drips into the ricotta spinach mixture? You know I do! Follow the recipe as written. Want to deface the egg and practically eat it hardboiled? Don’t tell me you’re doing it, but just cook it a little longer in theRead More >