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How to Make A Healthier Soup

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, October 8, 2013

broccoli cheddar soup
As the cold weather sets in, bone-warming soups really hit the spot. But there’s no need to pack on the heavy-cream pounds when indulging in a delicious bowl of goodness.

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5 Signs You’re Over-Snacking

by in Healthy Tips, October 7, 2013

crackers
Snacking throughout the day is good for your metabolism and helps to prevent dramatic spikes in hunger, but it’s still possible to go overboard. So check your snacking habits: Are you an over-snacker?

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Canned Fruit: Good or Bad?

by in Healthy Tips, October 5, 2013

canned fruit
With the availability of fresh fruit dwindling as the cold weather sets in, canned varieties can be a healthy alternative. But not all canned varieties are created equal.

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Break Out of a Veggie Rut!

by in Healthy Tips, September 30, 2013

chard, sqaush, and tomatoes
Have the desire to eat more vegetables but find yourself always turning to the same familiar picks? Figure out which other veggies might be in your comfort zone with these comparisons.

If you like kale, try Swiss chard
This popular leafy green has an underappreciated relative! Pick up a bunch of Swiss chard and enjoy the succulent green leaves and delicate, crunchy stems.

Recipe: Chard, Squash and Tomatoes (above, from Food Network Magazine)

If you like apples, try jicama
Fresh, crunchy and slightly sweet–this lesser known root veggie is low in calories (45 per cup) and high in fiber.

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How to Choose a Healthy Yogurt

by in Healthy Tips, September 29, 2013

yogurt
These days, you can’t miss the yogurt aisle. Markets now have two, three or more cases designated to this creamy delight. But with so many choices, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and confused on which is healthiest.

Added vs. Natural Sugar
Before eyeballing any label, understand that you’ll find sugar in each any yogurt you pick up. Yogurt has natural sugar (called lactose) and unless it’s a plain variety it will also have sugar added for sweetness.  The nutrition facts combine both the natural and added sugar under “sugars.” The only way to know if any sugar was added is to look at the ingredients list.

To keep in line with the recommendations from The American Heart Association, women should limit their sugar to no more than 6 teaspoons per day (or 100 calories’ worth) while men should  eat a max of 9 teaspoons of sugar per day (or 150 calories). This means capping sugar to no more than 20 grams per serving, which would be about 2 teaspoons of added sugar.

Some brands use sugar substitutes instead of added sugar. This will help lower the total sugar amount–remember, you will still be getting natural sugar from the yogurt. I tend to shy away from those varieties and rather purchase a plain yogurt and flavor it myself with a touch of natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.

Probiotics
These good bacteria are found in most yogurts help keep your digestive tract in working order. You can find the actual bacteria names under the ingredient list—look for words like L. acidophilus, L. casei, B. bifidum and B. Longum.

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Coffee Creamer: Good or Bad?

by in Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, September 23, 2013

coffee and creamer
Do you start your morning with a splash of liquid coffee creamer? Find out if that’s a smart way to begin the day.

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New Twists on Pasta (A Guide to Alternative Noodles)

by in Healthy Tips, September 19, 2013

spelt pasta

Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free pasta, trying to eat more whole grains or experimenting with ancient grains, you can find all kinds of alternative pastas lining market shelves these days. Here’s a quick primer.

Quinoa Pasta
Quinoa is a high protein whole grain (technically, it’s a seed) that has become very popular. The grain provides hefty doses of B-vitamins, potassium, magnesium, selenium, iron and zinc. Quinoa pasta has a nutty flavor and a dense consistency. Although quinoa is gluten-free, the pasta can be blended with other flours, including whole wheat flour, so be sure to read labels carefully.

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5 Ways to Curb Sugar Cravings

by in Healthy Tips, September 16, 2013

sugar
Trying to reach for healthy snacks but the sugary treats are calling you? Use these strategies to help douse that sugar-fueled fire.

Kick the Artificial Habit
Research suggests that folks who consume large amounts of artificial sweeteners may increase their likelihood to crave other sweet foods and pack on the pounds. Trying to cut back on sugar? Then cut back on the faux sugars too.

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Chicken Nuggets: Which Are Healthiest?

by in Healthy Tips, September 12, 2013

chicken fingers

As a mom of two young kids, I certainly have the need to pop a batch of frozen nuggets into the oven from time to time. As a dietitian, I want to make sure those nuggets aren’t filled with junk! Here are some sensible options, three store-bought and one homemade.

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Granola: Good or Bad?

by in Healthy Tips, August 27, 2013

granola
Some view granola as an all-star health food, others think it’s belly fat in a box! Here are the pros and cons surrounding this crunchy breakfast staple.

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