Get the JUICE on Juicing

Different colored juices in cups

Juicing has officially joined the ranks of other popular diet trends. Proponents of juicing suggest if can help with anything from weight loss to “cleansing” the body. Before you spend a fortune on a fancy juicing machine, make sure you’re aware of the potential health risks and benefits of juicing. On the positive side, juicing is a good way to …

Health(ier) Mountainside Meals

Healthier mountainside meals

Chicken Fingers. Clam Chowder. French Fries. Not to mention hefty price tags. Ahhh, lunch time has arrived at the ski lodge! This winter weather in New England and beyond means families are out and about on the slopes more than ever. How can you make sure your meals mountainside don’t go downhill? Plan Ahead: Your ability to plan ahead depends …

3 Quick and Healthy Meal Ideas for Moms and Dads on the Go

Girl not wanting to eat healthy food

The “witching hour” as many parents call it; the time when baths need to be had, homework must be done and kids are tired. The last thing you want to worry about is what’s for dinner? Finding dinner ideas that are quick and easy but also healthy can be a challenge. Here a few meal ideas for families on-the-go!  Healthier Pizza …

Substituting Recipes with Healthy Ingredients You and Your Family Will Love

Kid with batter all over his hands

Did you know that making small substitutions can help you and your family stay healthy? Here’s how: using avocados, greek yogurt, spaghetti squash, apple sauce and black beans in place of common options like butter, oil, sugar, flour or cream not only allows you to experiment in the kitchen, but also makes some recipes more nutritious. Check out some of my favorite …

New Year. Healthier You (and your family)!

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It’s that time of year, where many make resolutions related to diet and health, and unfortunately, some impossible to keep. Research has shown that although 45% of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution, only 8% succeed. How do we make resolutions for ourselves and our families that are realistic but also those we can stick to? Keep it SIMPLE. While …

Foods to Watch: Matcha Tea

Green matcha tea in a bowl

Matcha, also called Macca, may just follow in the footsteps of other trend setters in the food world much like pomegranate, coconut water, Acai berries and the list goes on. So what do we need to know about this up and comer tea and will it live (or leave) up to the hype? Matcha has been part of Japanese culture …

Unconventional Ways to get Kids to Eat Veggies!

Girl not wanting to eat her Brussels sprouts

“Yuck!” “Ew.” “What is that?” These are typical responses I get from many of my pediatric patients when I ask them to try new vegetables. Generally following their responses I ask, “When was the last time you tried “X” vegetable?” The response is almost always, “I don’t remember.” Getting kids to eats veggies is no easy task, but a vital …

The Skinny on Sugar Substitutes

Sugar alternatives

Perhaps one of the most commonly asked questions I receive as a dietitian is regarding sugar substitutes (any sweetener that you use instead of regular table sugar a.k.a sucrose), their safety and ways they can be used. Today’s post focuses on 4 different sugar substitutes and how sweet they are…or aren’t?  Artificial sweeteners: Synthetic sugar substitutes that may be derived from naturally occurring …

5 Superfoods to Keep you Well this Holiday Season

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It’s that time of year, when families come together for Holidays meals, parties, and occasions. Keeping your immune system healthy is important during this wonderful time of year. Here are 5 Superfoods easily incorporated into your diet to make sure you stay sniffle-free this holiday season. 5. Garlic: Healthy for your heart, not so good for your breath.      …

The Season’s Sweetest Vegetable: Squash

Butternut squash gord

It’s that time of year, when the farmer’s markets and grocery stores fill with a variety of squash, but what do we do with this vegetable and why is it so healthy? Squash is a nutrition powerhouse, loaded with potassium, fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Better than that, children might be more willing to try it thanks to its naturally sweet …