Health Benefits of Hemp

I am a huge fan of hemp products and since they are gaining in popularity I thought I would dispel some myths, state some facts and share my personal experiences. I first got turned on to hemp products over a year ago when I was searching for another vegan alternative to soy protein powder. I wanted a product that was organic and free of harsh chemicals like the hexane that is used when processing … [Read more...]

July is Blueberry Month!

I love berries – all sorts of berries, but since July is National Blueberry Month I want to highlight the benefits of this nutritious fruit. July was proclaimed National Blueberry Month in 1999 by the United States Department of Agriculture. Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America and were introduced to the pilgrims by Native Americans. This miniature fruit is chock full of … [Read more...]

February is Heart Health Month!

As an athlete you may think that you are immune to heart disease since you incorporate physical activity on a regular basis. However, do you really know what an optimal heart-healthy diet should include? There is so much misinformation available that I thought a review of some dietary habits and facts pertinent to heart health were in order.Let’s start with a quiz! 1. Is it more important to … [Read more...]

Are the new “natural-cut fries with sea salt” recently unveiled by Wendy’s a healthy choice?

If you know me then you know I am not a fan of fast food at all. Fast food items are generally loaded in calories, contain lots of fat, and have far too little vitamins, minerals, and fiber. But I am one of those realist dietitians and I know people sometimes resort to fast food on those hectic days and want to provide some guidance on whether these new spuds count as a good choice in a sports … [Read more...]

The 12 Days of Christmas Redone

Thanksgiving is over and depending on your level of indulgence you may already be worrying about holiday weight gain. You may also be feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list and looking for some smart ways to stay on track this season. Before the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone, take stock of your current nutrition and exercise habits and get a plan. I have this quote on one of my computers that … [Read more...]

Corn is in season!

Corn is in season and whether fresh off the cob, frozen, or canned, corn often gets overlooked as a nutritious part of a healthy diet. I have often heard people say they avoid it since it is so “starchy”, but it is this starch, which is actually a complex carbohydrate, that makes corn a great addition to a sports diet. Health benefits of cornCorn is a rich source of phytochemicals and it is the … [Read more...]