Busting Up 5 Food Myths

Foodamentals, Keeping It Fresh By October 19, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments


Eating healthy can be challenging enough without having to weed through which diet advice is sound and what is a myth. We’ve done some myth busting for you!

Drinking more water can help you lose weight

Turns out there’s no evidence that water peels off pounds.  True, foods containing water – such as soup, can fill you up.  But just drinking water alone doesn’t have the same impact.  Our thirst mechanism and our hunger mechanism are two different things.  Best advice – drink water for health benefits and to make sure your body has the water it needs and not for weight loss!

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5 Foods You Should Be Eating Daily

Keeping It Fresh By October 13, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments



Research found that eating nuts on a regular basis may improve your longevity in large part due to all the healthy fats found in nuts. Nuts are also a great snack for maintaining blood sugar control since they’re naturally lower in carbs and a great source of protein and fats. Added bonus – one serving size fits so nicely in the palm of your hand!


Spinach is a popular green and for good reason! Spinach is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and magnesium. All of these vitamins and minerals are important for immune function and bone health. Plus, eating at least one cup of spinach a day may help keep your brain and memory sharp with age. Enjoy spinach steamed, sautéed, added to a smoothie, as the base of a salad, and so many other ways.

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30-Day Healthy Blood Pressure Challenge

Health Care Professionals, Keeping It Fresh By September 2, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

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Are you ready to shake things up? Join us for our Healthy Blood Pressure 30-Day Challenge and get ready to shake up the way you shop and think about food.

In this fast-paced daily challenge you’ll learn how to jumpstart your grocery shopping and your diet to help keep your heart healthy. We’ll show you how to reduce salt and sugar both at the grocery store and at home.
  • Receive daily recipes to inspire you (don’t miss our personal favorite, the  Morning Glory muffins) from our friends at EatingWell.
  • Enjoy our fun quick quizzes and earn $1 for every answer!
  • Read customized tips and videos for following a lower sodium diet
  • Participate in our twice-weekly LIVE chat with Lara, our ShopWell dietitian.
  • Get personalized food recommendations based on your previous grocery store purchases.
  • Scan each grocery receipt to find hidden sodium and sugar in the foods you buy — you could even win a FitBit!

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That was fun… let’s do it again!

Keeping It Fresh By August 31, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments


Congrats to those of you who participated in our first Healthy Blood Pressure Challenge. We loved all of your feedback and participation. Now that you’ve learned the basics on managing a healthy heart, we’re ready to offer you our next challenge: LEAN & GREEN!

In this next challenge, we’ll be showing you how to shop smarter at the grocery store with our Lean & Green 30-day challenge.

We’ve got lots in store for you! We’ll show you how to trim the fat and boost the veg both at the grocery store and at home.

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Healthy Burger Hacks

Keeping It Fresh By August 26, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments


Summer might be ending soon, but grilling never goes out of season! Take part in an American pastime by grilling up some burgers this weekend. We’ve got you covered with these hacks to make your burger even more healthy and delicious!

The Patty


Burgers are an American staple- however that doesn’t mean that the high cholesterol and processed beef is great for you. These protein choices are typically loaded with saturated fat and sodium. However, meat is full of heme iron, which is absorbed better in your body than non-heme (found mostly in plant sources). All in all, grilling meat is also a pretty healthy cooking method. So, to make it a little healthier, you can make your own patties or even change it up and use a lean protein like chicken or fish (they also are high in heme iron!).9269139981_890c2db20c_z

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Eating for When You’re Expecting

Chew on This, Health Care Professionals By August 19, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Are you pregnant, thinking about having a kid, or even just curious about staying healthy during pregnancy? Well, we took a look at the major nutrition-related concerns here and what you can do to have a healthy and complication-free pregnancy!


Folic Acid

One could argue that folic acid is the most important nutrient to pay attention to before or during pregnancy, so let’s start with it! Folic acid deficiency in the mother is associated with neural tube defects (NTD) in babies. This is where the neural tube in the spine doesn’t properly close up while forming and growing in the uterus and can cause numerous problems.  To prevent this, whether you’re trying to get pregnant, expecting, or even a woman of childbearing age, make sure your diet has lots of foods that are rich in folic acid. This includes fruits, vegetables, legumes, and many fortified cereals. You want to aim for at least 400 micrograms of folic acid a day whether or not you’re expecting since many pregnancies are unplanned (over half in the US!). If you’re already expecting, boosting your intake to 600 micrograms (which can be done by taking a prenatal supplement daily plus a healthy diet) starting as early in the pregnancy as possible is best to prevent NTD. 1

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