Do you find yourself frequenting the kitchen more often, skipping meals, or eating while watching TV? Afterwards feeling full, frustrated, maybe even somewhat hopeless? You are not alone. We are all going through a very unusual, stressful time. Overeating and snacking may be filling a void of boredom or other emotions. There are many factors that lead to over indulging. Whatever your reason is, there are solutions.
Strive for Five is a 40-minute course that focuses on developing five new habits: getting adequate hydration, adding a healthy food to your day, moving more, a daily gratitude or stress reliever, and sleeping better. Five things that are super important for all of us right now! The mini course was recorded April 3, 2020.
This quick video blog gives great tips on creating healthy, balanced meals that are quick to make and the whole family will enjoy. Katie covers alternative ingredients for recipes like Chicken Parmesean that up the nutritional value and keep calorie counts lower.
Spring sunshine and warm weather often bring about spring cleaning, and your pantry or food cupboard is a great place to start. Pantry cleaning is helpful to identify outdated food and expired condiments. Expired doesn’t always mean bad, we’ll provide some guidance on that. If you have food that is sitting in in the back of your pantry, it will likely remain unused unless you bring it to the forefront, or remove it. Over time, unused food will lead to clutter and food waste. Spring cleaning your pantry is a great way to review your inventory, and a clean pantry makes better use of available space, reduces stress, and helps you keep it stocked with great ingredients!
Do you ever feel like you’re constantly feeding your toddler and somehow never have time to eat yourself? Or you end up eating food you prepared for the kids, but they didn't eat it? Why not make something you would enjoy, whether they eat it or not. Try one of these easy toddler-approved snacks that are great for adults too!
After having my son, I fell into a cooking funk, even as a dietitian! I had the tools, but the motivation and desire had diminished. In addition, I live in a rural setting, which makes grocery shopping even more daunting. Hoping to spark my cooking interest again, I decided to try a couple of different home delivery meal kits.
We just celebrated Thanksgiving, and for me that signals the start of what I refer to as “The Season of Eating.” From Thanksgiving clear through Easter there is at least one big eating opportunity each month: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, the Super Bowl, Valentines, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter.
Flax and chia seeds have become popular over the last several years. You may have seen products like chia seed pudding or flax-infused baked goods popping up on the internet or social media. What is all the hype behind these two little seeds? Is one better than the other? We’ve put together some basic information about these seeds, and compared them for nutritional value, research, and health benefits.
“Meal prep” is the process of planning and preparing meals in advance. It is an excellent way to save time, money, and effort while accomplishing your healthy eating goals by preparing nutritious meals ahead of time. To start doing meal prep, it is important to find a realistic method that works for you, in terms of your goals and schedule. There is no one size fits-all approach! Some people prefer to set aside a chunk of time on one day to prep for the week, while others prefer to prep a small amount each night for the next day.
When you’re trying to eat healthy, meal planning is probably the most important activity you can do to achieve success. Planning is bothersome, and can feel overwhelming. When you’re busy with work, family, and obligations it seems there is no time to do one more thing. It’s like packing for a trip – how will you know what you will want to wear? With meals, how will you know what you will feel like eating on Wednesday? Planning is an activity that is hard to get started, but after you’ve completed it, it feels great. Just like accomplishing any goal – when you set your mind on success, the tedious steps to get there can be enjoyable.
Fermented foods are all the buzz lately. Even though they’ve been around since ancient times, their popularity in the U.S. has been increasing in recent years. They’ve been popular in Asian countries for centuries. They are becoming popular because of new studies surrounding gut health, the gut biome, and digestion. Researchers are beginning to link the bacteria in our intestines to health conditions, including obesity, our immune system, mental health, skin conditions, and cancer. The focus on improving gut health has led to the popularity of fermented foods. Fermented foods to consider include: kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, cheese, kombucha, miso, kimchi, salami, yogurt, sourdough bread, and olives. Sauerkraut, cheese, salami, yogurt, and sourdough are probably familiar to you, so following is an explanation of the other foods, and how to try them.
Our culture can be very alcohol-centric, each season, occasion, and event seem to include drinking. You’ve made the commitment to yourself to get healthy, and reducing alcohol intake can play a large role in that success. Can you drink alcohol and still hit your goals? The answer is yes, but with some strategies.
Pregnancy is a funny thing; one minute you are craving chocolate ice cream, the next minute you can’t stand the smell of it. This is true especially during the first trimester where multiple episodes of fatigue, heartburn, nausea, food aversions, and cravings can occur. Many women in their first trimester experience morning sickness, which can make it significantly more difficult to eat. Although there is no simple answer to combat this, there are a few strategies that may help alleviate symptoms.