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Kyla grew up on the island of Maui before going on to graduate college from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Exercise Science. She is currently completing her Dietetic Internship with Wellness Workdays to become a Registered Dietitian, and is enjoying working with Shopwell for her community rotation. In her free time she enjoys biking, surfing, reading, discovering new music online and seeing how much food she can eat in one sitting.

Healthy Burger Hacks

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

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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

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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 read more

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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!

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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 read more

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Fueling Up for your Sport

Around the Table, Keeping It Fresh By August 9, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

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With the Summer 2016 Olympics about to start, we all might be feeling a little extra motivation to get extra involved and active. But are you making the right choices nutritionally to fuel your workouts? Let’s break it down here.

First, an important thing to note about eating for exercise is that it depends on what you’re doing. This may seem obvious, but if you’re participating in endurance, high calorie-burning activities such as swimming, long distance running, or rowing, you need a lot more energy than lower calorie intensive exercises like yoga, walking, or leisurely biking. Both types of exercise are great, but you need to fuel differently for them. read more

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4 Ways To Love Watermelon

Keeping It Fresh By August 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Today is National Watermelon Day, so celebrate by eating some watermelon! Watermelon is full of nutrients like vitamins A and C, B vitamins and potassium as well as lycopene, the antioxidant that gives fruits and veggies a distinctive red hue (like tomatoes). Lycopene is also known to reduce your blood pressure and risk of stroke. Plus it’s hydrating and low in sugar (per gram) compared to other fruits. So … now that you know how great it is, let’s get to eating it!watermelon

Slices or Cubes It

Watermelon cubes are one the easiest and most common ways to eat watermelon! Watch this video on an easy way to cut up watermelon. read more

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What’s the Deal with D?

Foodamentals, Health Care Professionals By July 27, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Vitamin D has been the superstar of the vitamin world for the past several years and for good reason, it’s pretty dang awesome! Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and plays a big role in helping you have strong and healthy bones. This vitamin is special though. Your body, more specifically your skin, can produce vitamin D when you get some sunshine. Curious what else vitamin D is good for? Read on!

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Benefits of Vitamin D:

Osteoporosis_LocationsYou might know that calcium helps keep your bones healthy, but did you know that vitamin D is just as important? It increases calcium absorption in your bones by helping deliver calcium to the bones, helping the bones “remodel” and become stronger. This helps prevent osteoporosis, a condition common in populations over 40 that causes bones to become weak and brittle.  Brittle bones are easily broken, and many people show no symptoms until their first bone fracture, making this a dangerous condition. read more

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Fun in the Sun! Let’s Talk Hydration

Chew on This, Keeping It Fresh, Uncategorized By July 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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Something great about the summer is the number of things you can do outside when it’s nice out. Whether you’re at the beach, hiking in a park, or any other fun activity your town might have, proper hydration is still key. The average American drinks around 4 cups of water a day. While recommendations have changed over time and the once-standard 8 cups a day may longer apply, staying hydrated is vital to your overall health and needs, especially in the hot sunny summer months. Fun fact – adults are composed of around 60% water, while children can be up to 78% water. When you’re dehydrated your whole body is affected, leading to a whole range of uncomfortable and possibly dangerous symptoms. read more

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