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Riley is from sunny southern California where she grew up doing adventurous activities with family (archery, jet skiing, kitesurfing, & scuba diving). She earned a bachelor's degree from California Polytechnic State University in pre-medical nutrition science with a minor in biology. She is currently on track to become a Registered Dietitian and is really loving her work at Shopwell as part of her internship experience! Her favorite hobbies include hula hooping, yoga, grocery shopping, cooking, and of course...eating!

Sugar Swaps

Health Care Professionals By November 14, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

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Trying to shake off the sugar in your diet but wondering how you’re going to satisfy your sweet tooth? Here’s the truth about sugar alternatives:

Artificial SweetenersΒ (Splenda, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal)
Many people turn to sugar substitutes as a calorie-free way to add a taste of sweetness. The possible benefits of artificial sweeteners include weight management and blood sugar control. However, they are synthetic sugar substitutes, so be cautious not toΒ consume too much! Animal studies have linked artificial sweeteners with increased risk of certain types of cancer and some health effects have been noted in humans. Another caveat- the taste of sugar stimulates appetite, but artificial sweeteners do not stimulate the brain in the same way that sugar does, so these substitutes can cause cravings and lead to overeating. read more

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What to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

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

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Halloween candy is a tempting treat, but snacking on the fun size bars quickly adds up calories and sugar. Here are 5 tips to help you put away the candy bowl.

Freeze it
Out of sight, out of mind. Putting treats in the freezer will limit mindless snacking but will be a nice surprise when a sugar craving strikes.

Unwind with wine
Pair a piece of dark chocolate, a fun size Twix, or a bite size Snickers bar with a glass of wine. Take little nibbles in between sips and savor the moments of relaxation. read more

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