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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


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


How do I make almond milk?

Uncategorized By January 26, 2016 No Comments




Going to the grocery store for milk can be an overwhelming experience nowadays. We are bombarded with different types of milk, percentages, and brands. How can we be sure of what we are getting? Is it pasteurized? Is it organic? Are there additives? What type of milk is best for you and your family?

I am a HUGE advocate of almond milk, and what’s really great is you can easily make it yourself! Almond is also super good for you and has tons of extra benefits that you may not be getting from other types of milk. read more


The 10% Rule

Uncategorized By January 14, 2016 No Comments




I am sure by now you must have heard what happened to sugar. Last week the federal government released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). This document, published every 5 years, helps inform and shape the fed’s ideas on topics of interest in diet, nutrition, and health. The new kid in class so to speak, for this round of DGAs is the recommendation that added sugars be limited to less than 10% of your total calories for the day. This is big news.

Added sugars are the sugar sweeteners and syrups added to foods to provide a sweet taste and inevitably calories. What they don’t add is nutrients. The World Health Organization (WHO) made a similar recommendation in March 2015. Exempt from the 10 percent are the natural sugars found in fruits, vegetables, and dairy. A growing body of research is finding that we eat way too much foods with added sugars which contribute unnecessary calories to our daily diet and may increase our chance of developing obesity, cardiovascular disease, and a host of other diet and lifestyle diseases. read more


Love With Food discount on subscription

Uncategorized By December 26, 2015 No Comments


Welcome to the 12 Days of ShopWell! Every day, for the next 12 days, we have some awesome new things to tell you about ShopWell.

Starting it off, we’ve partnered with our friends at to bring you a holiday gift that didn’t quite fit in the stocking:

 Discover junk-free, natural snacks delivered to your door for as low as $10/month. Gluten-free boxes are also available. For every box delivered, at least one meal is donated to fight childhood hunger in America. To date, more than 700,000 meals have been donated.  read more


Sneaking a peek! What’s In A Dietitian’s Shopping Cart?

Uncategorized By December 8, 2015 No Comments


As dietitians we're suppose to have all the answers to any food-related questions and be the perfect eaters all the time. We probably never overindulge on ice cream and stick to proper portions at every meal, right?! Um, not really … We try to eat healthy the same as everyone else but ice cream and other treats do find their way into our shopping carts (which is totally fine!). So, I wanted to start a new series on the ShopWell blog were you get to peek at what a dietitian actually buys at the grocery store.  read more


What Foods Can Help Reduce Holiday Stress?

Uncategorized By December 2, 2015 No Comments


To help reduce stress from Thanksgiving through the New Year, look for foods like these in your refrigerator, on the buffet table and at your favorite restaurants.




Q: What Foods Can Help Reduce Stress During the Holidays?

A: There is no doubt that during the holiday season, things are crazy, and stress can be high.  The good news is that stress, even during these busy holiday months, is manageable both through lifestyle and diet.  To help reduce stress from Thanksgiving through the New Year, add regular activity to your schedule (even if it’s just 10 minutes here and there throughout the day) and look for foods like these in your refrigerator, on the buffet table and at your favorite restaurants: read more


Prediabetes – What Does that Mean?

Uncategorized By November 19, 2015 No Comments




November is National Diabetes Month. I have mixed emotions about entire months devoted to awareness of chronic diseases like diabetes. On one hand it’s great to build awareness and education and on the other, the disease is so prevalent we actually need a month devoted to awareness.  According to the CDC, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes and 1 in 4 people don’t even know it. Scary right? That basically means next time you are dinner with friends, it’s possible someone at the table has diabetes and doesn’t even know it. Even more startling … an additional 86 million have prediabetes (that more than 1 in 3 adults in the US). Not great odds.  read more