Understanding the New Nutrition Label

By Erin McKenna, RDN, CDN

New nutrition labelsIn 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. This new label will make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices. The current label is more than 20 years old.

The changes are being made to make sure consumers have access to the most recent information about the foods they are eating.  They are based on updated scientific information, new nutrition and public health research, recent dietary recommendations from experts, and input from the general public.

Here’s a list of some of the changes you may start seeing in the next few months. Continue reading

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Pump up your Brain!

By Daphne Baldwin Kornrich, MS, RD, CDN

Zumba_We know that exercise and activity are so beneficial for our health. Exercise helps with weight control and maintenance, helps decrease blood pressure and risk of heart disease, improves glucose control, strengthens our bones, and helps with stress and sleep.  Most of us know these benefits, but still we don’t make the time to include enough exercise or physical activity into our lives.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get at least 2.5 hours of moderate cardio every week and do muscle strengthening 2 days a week. However, any amount of exercise is better than none.

How would we feel if we knew that by exercising we can improve our brain power at any age? Would we be more motivated to increase our activity? Continue reading

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Kitchen Gadgets to Help with Healthy Cooking

By Nicole Zaybak Drepaniotis, MS, RD, CDN

spriralizerCooking and prepping your food at home can help you eat more nutritiously and wisely. When you can control the ingredients, it is easier to decrease calories and unnecessary fats in meals. But have you ever felt overwhelmed in the kitchen and said to yourself, “I wish I had a gadget that could do that?” Well, if so, here are some kitchen gadgets and tools that can help make your experience with cooking and prepping a bit easier and healthier. Continue reading

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Pre and Post Workout Nutrition

By Erin McKenna, RDN, CDN

Imacon Color ScannerIt should come as no surprise that fueling your body with proper nutrition before and after working out is very important. You work so hard, so why not maximize your efforts by giving your body the nutrients it needs to thrive?

Here are some tips to help you achieve your goals. Continue reading

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Using Fitness Trackers Effectively

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By Helaine Krasner, RD, CDN

Fitness trackers have become a very common accessory.  The trick is to use them effectively to help you achieve your goals.

It has never been easier to monitor and track your physical activity, and other lifestyle habits such as diet.  From the many wearable devices or smartwatches on the market to the health tracker app embedded in your smartphone, there are many options available today. You can even sync multiple devices together to organize your data in one location. Some habits you may want to track include food and fluids, number of steps, minutes of exercise, and hours of sleep.   Continue reading

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The Wonders of Water and Hydration

By Daphne Baldwin Kornrich, MS, RD, CDN

water glassWater composes about 70% of our body and is so vital that we cannot survive more than a week without it. We know it’s important to drink water, and we have all heard that we need to drink at least eight glasses a day.

So why is water so important to consume? Continue reading

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Creamy Blueberry Chicken Salad

Creamy Blueberry Chicken SaladBlueberries are great because they are packed with antioxidants, arugula is great because it has so many vitamins, and chicken is great because it’s loaded with protein. Combine these sweet and savory ingredients and you can make a great meal! Salads don’t have to be boring or drowned in ranch dressing to be enjoyable. Get creative; add fruits, dress with fresh squeezed lemon, add spices! Treat yourself the healthy way with our Creamy Blueberry Chicken Salad! Continue reading

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