This time of year the buzz is about what’s trending in the food world. I try to share with my clients how the trends around wholesome food choices can aid them in making the best choices for a healthy lifestyle. The recommended dietary guidelines issued every five years reflect some topical food trends along with recommendations for healthy eating. They are published by the United States Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and of Agriculture (USDA) and were issued
Back in the day most of the questions on coconut were all about using the pulp to shred or shave as an ingredient in a list of tempting desserts. Today clients are talking about coconut oil, coconut water, beverages, and their perceived health benefits. Now I’m always open to new news, but my mantra continues to be “all things in moderation and there is no one food that is the answer to all ills. “ Coconut oil is made from the fruit of the coconut palm tree. It is a saturated
It is great to see that Spring is definitely on the way. Now is the time to seriously focus on the Spring cleaning of the refrigerator and pantry. I agree with you–it can be a grungy job but it’s one that has to be done. It is a great chance to clear out the clutter of fossil foodstuffs beyond their date of optimum quality and nutrients. We’ve all looked into the ‘fridge and found a container that we were convinced was a science experiment! Some things probably need to go for
If it doesn’t taste good, then it must be what I need to lose or maintain weight, right? Nothing could be further from the truth! You do not have to sacrifice taste for nutrition. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to sacrifice any of your favorites in the name of a well-balanced diet. March is National Nutrition Month, and this is the perfect time to make sure that you can enjoy your tasty favorites in a responsible way. Taste and flavor are often thought to be the same,
The “freshman 15” is the name for the weight gain those incoming students often see during their first year of college. In this era when food has more “cred,” aka credibility, campus dining halls and restaurants offer more options than years ago. Research indicates that the “freshman 15” is both fact and fallacy. Incoming college freshmen do gain weight in the first year, but it might not add up to 15 pounds. Studies show that typically the students see a gain of four to ten
There is a trip on tap for most folks during the summer—whether it is an extended trip on public transportation or a road trip to regional attractions with friends and family, food comes into the picture. What and when are we going eat? Food for thought is the key to health wise choices when traveling. If you give thought to food options in advance, it helps keep you on a healthy course. When traveling keep the same guidelines you follow for good health when you are at home.