5 Reasons You Should Eat More Watermelon

Watermelons are a quintessential summer food, and nothing is as refreshing as biting into a slice on a hot summer day and letting the juices drip down your chin. Consisting mainly of water, about 92%, this succulent fruit is soaked with loads of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Very low in calories, research shows that making watermelon a regular part of your diet will give you a … [Read more...]

2 Healthy Strawberry Muffin and Smoothie Recipes for Mother’s Day

Looking for healthy and delicious recipes for Mother’s Day? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Strawberries are in season, so today I am sharing two healthy strawberry recipes I created for Mother’s Day.   An extremely versatile fruit, strawberries go great in salads, smoothies, muffins, savory dishes, and even salsa. They are in season late April through August, so there is no time … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy High Protein Guacamole Recipe for Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo, which according to the California Avocado Association is the largest avocado consumption day of the year. An estimated 87.3 million pounds of avocados will be consumed today, or about 175 million individual avocados or 349 million servings of guacamole! Satisfy your guacamole cravings while building lean muscle with this quick and easy high protein guacamole recipe for … [Read more...]

What You Need To Eat For Breakfast To Lose Weight

What did you have for breakfast today? Coffee? A mini market muffin? Nothing? For many people, fixing breakfast takes up precious time that’s in short supply. But there’s ample research showing that the simple act of eating a nutritious balanced breakfast, every day, is a big part of losing weight. Here are some tips for what you need to eat for breakfast to lose weight.   Benefits of … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Add Protein to Your Smoothies Without Using Protein Powder

Protein powders are an easy and convenient way to boost the protein content of your smoothies and there is no lack of options to choose from. However, sometimes you want to go au natural and focus on using whole foods. Good news! Here are 10 ways to add protein to your smoothies without using protein powder.   Protein-Rich Bases   Starting with a protein rich base is a foolproof … [Read more...]

Olympic Nutrition and Nutrition for Us Mortals

The summer Olympics are my favorite, have you been watching? I love it because I get to live vicariously through the athletes and imagine myself running as a Team USA marathoner or as one of the tri-athletes. Ah, one can dream right? So you know when it comes to excelling at athletics 3 things must align: genetics, nutrition and training. There’s nothing you can do to change your genetics, so when … [Read more...]

Help Your Kids Eat Right With Color

In my earlier post I focused on ways to put this year’s National Nutrition Month® theme “Eat Right with Color” into practice and in this post I want to share some tips that parents can use to make sure their children are eating healthy meals.The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee reported that kids (and adults) are deficient in dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium and potassium. I also just … [Read more...]

March is National Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month® and today is actually Registered Dietitian Day! Wahoo! I say that because I am a Registered Dietitian, and while I didn’t get the day off from work or anything I am still going to celebrate my profession in this post. National Nutrition Week started in 1973 in response to a growing interest in nutrition by the general public and by 1980 it turned into a … [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...]

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...]