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Recipes to Celebrate National Blueberry Month

    July is National Blueberry Month! Eat ‘em fresh, frozen, preserved or in a smoothie or recipe, these berries pack a punch of disease-protective antioxidants + fiber. Get creative with some of these fun blueberry recipes: Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes from Dietitian Debbie ... READ the POST

Why is Fiber Important?

Fiber is one of those nutrients you constantly hear about but may not be entirely sure what it is, where it’s found, and what it does for you. What is fiber? Fiber is a type of carbohydrate, but since your body cannot digest it, you don’t absorb calories from it. If someone with diabetes ... READ the POST

Did the FDA Ban Trans Fat?

Big nutrition news today: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told industry to phase out the use of artificial trans fat, with complete removal from the food supply within three years. The FDA is taking trans fat off of the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) list and declares that ... READ the POST

What is an Antioxidant?

You have probably heard of these powerful chemicals--they're frequently praised in the media as anti-cancer and anti-aging miracles. So what's all the hype about? Here's the low-down on antioxidants: Antioxidants are free radical scavengers. A free radical is a chemistry term for a molecule ... READ the POST

Healthy Vegan Travel Snacks

I write this as I pack for a weekend trip, with a variety of snacks laid out nicely on the counter, ready to be packed away into my carry-on. If only I had done this for another recent trip during which I was unexpectedly stuck at the airport for 17 hours sans good dining options. Lesson learned: ... READ the POST

3 Simple Strategies to Stay Well at Work, Springtime Edition!

It's about that time of year when we all get a little antsy. The weather is warming up, the sun is coming out, and we long to be outside as much as possible. For those of us in the Midwest, spring + summer are treasured blessings that we must take advantage of! At last, we can take our fitness ... READ the POST

Recipes for National Asparagus Month

  I'm not kidding--asparagus has its own month! And you can bet I am going to dedicate a whole post to this delicious spring vegetable! I will confess, I don't get too fancy when it comes to asparagus. I usually stick to my favorite methods of preparing asparagus, which I will ... READ the POST

5 Nutrition Powerhouses for Cinco de Mayo

Hola amigos, Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner! Whether you have big fiesta plans or will be staying in and laying low, there are plenty of healthful choices to choose from when it comes to Mexican food. In fact, many Mexican dishes are comprised of nutritious plant-based ... READ the POST

The Single Most Eco-Friendly Change You Can Make

In honor of our beautiful Mother Earth, I'm sharing some changes we can make to lessen our impact on the environment and help ensure that our earth is as beautiful for our children as it was for our parents. It's no secret that real, devastating change is happening to our environment right before ... READ the POST

6 Reasons to Drink More Water

How many little "ailments" do you experience that can't be improved by taking a few deeps breaths and drinking a nice tall glass of water? I'm not claiming water is a miracle cure-all, but staying hydrated can help optimize our day-to-day functioning. Here are a few of the incredible powers of ... READ the POST

How to Build Strong Bones

What's the first thing you think of when you think of strong bones? If it's milk, you're not alone. In fact, billions of dollars have been spent to achieve exactly that - get Americans to think they need milk to build and maintain strong bones. Is it true that your bones require dietary ... READ the POST

How I Fell in Love with Yoga

Happy Friday and  Happy First Day of SPRING! This was my second winter in Chicago and it felt way harsher than last winter, even though technically it wasn't. My theory is that I hadn't yet experienced the glory of summer in Chicago when I first moved here in November 2013, so winter was all I ... READ the POST

Food-spirations: Easy Asian-inspired Slaw

I'm not typing this up as a recipe because sometimes we just don't want to follow recipes. This is more along the lines of food-spiration. I am a pretty right-brained, science-nerd, analytical type of person. I often don't find myself possessing the creativity that others have when it comes to ... READ the POST

Homemade Vanilla Extract

I honestly never knew how easy it was to make homemade vanilla extract until I saw the idea a couple of years ago and ended up making a bunch of cute little bottles to giveaway for the holidays! A surefire way to ensure purity + quality of your vanilla extract is to make it yourself! All you need ... READ the POST