Planning Ahead for Stress-Free Meals

Most Americans understand basic healthy nutrition. Eat lean meat, vegetables and fruits. Drink water. Limit sugary foods and beverages. However, it seems that our busy lifestyles get in the way of putting this knowledge to use. One of the most common statements I hear in my office is, “I know what to do, I just need to find the time to do it.”

Quality Over Quantity

Burn more calories than you eat. How often have you heard that? Although, this mathematical equation is not completely false when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight for your body, it is very misleading. A calorie is a measurement of energy. Your calorie needs depend on your age, height, muscle mass, physical activity levels, and mostly, your genetics. A common myth is that your nutrition and activity goal should be to create a calorie deficit. If it were that simple, we could eat our calorie needs per day in candy and then exercise for a few hours.

Fall into Health this October

The delicious fruits and vegetables that summer brings are slowly fading away as we enter the fall season. But, did you know that fall has its own bountiful supply of nutritious and yummy produce? Fall can be a perfect time to add some vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables to your diet! Here are a few of fall foods that you can enjoy this season:

Fall Sports Nutrition for Kids!

Fall is a busy time as school starts, but it also hallmarks many fun sports seasons—such as soccer and football. Your youth athlete needs power for quick, strong moves and endurance for practices and games. But how do you make sure that your active child gets the necessary nutrients to fuel both? Here are four nutrition tips to keep in mind.

Food Is Fuel

Farmers Markets for Families

What's your family’s biggest obstacle to healthy eating? Do you think fruits and vegetables are too expensive or just don't like the way they taste?  You know fresh produce is a perfect way to meet the recommended servings of fruits and veggies daily, so you and your family may be able to overcome these obstacles by checking out a local farmers market. Not only is the food in many instances cheaper at a farmers market, it may taste better too. When food is picked at its peak ripeness, you optimize the produce’s nutrients and flavor as well. 

Talk to the Farmer

Making the Grade at Lunchtime

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day, but lunch also plays a critical role in children's overall health and school performance. When children skip lunch, they are likely to have trouble concentrating in the classroom, lack energy for sports and overeat on low-nutrient, after-school snacks.

Tips for Healthy Family Dinners

Did you know that kids in families who eat together are more confident, have better vocabularies, and score higher on tests? It can be tricky to schedule regular meals together, but the stronger bond your family will share is worth the effort!

Make time to eat with your family using the following tips from Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs)-the food and nutrition experts!

Quick Guide to Nutritious Meals