Food for the Future: Local and Sustainable Food

by Sabra Leomo, RD

Think about the last thing that you ate. Do you know where it originated? For most of us, the answer would be “no”.

Imagine eating an apple banana and knowing exactly what farm it came from. The locally-grown food movement does just that. It connects consumers with food grown in their communities, food that is distributed over shorter distances than those common in industrial food systems.

Whole Foods vs Processed Foods

by Sabra Leomo, RD

What do you think of when I ask about whole foods? The whole foods that I am referring to are foods that are in their natural state with little or no processing and no artificial ingredients. Like many things, food falls on a spectrum. At one end you have the healthiest options such as whole foods and at the other end are highly processed foods. Let’s take a look at what types of foods fall along the spectrum and how to find balance along the way.

Whole Grain Oats and Heart Health

by Sabra Leomo, RD

What if I told you that your kitchen cabinet may hold an amazing heart-healthy ingredient? If it isn’t in your cabinet already, this ingredient is easy and accessible to buy. Oats, yes oatmeal, packs a punch of heart-healthy benefits. Oatmeal may not be the most glamorous food that generates a ton of buzz but it deserves some love this February as we talk about heart health.

Resolutions for Life

by Sabra Leomo, RD

How many years has your New Year’s Resolution been to lose weight? If year after year you make the same resolution, try incorporating these 10 tips based on behavior and nutrition into your weight loss plan.

10 Tips for Healthier Holiday Parties

by Sabra Leomo, RD

‘Tis the season for holiday parties which usually include seasonal treats. With all of the extra treats, the average American gains one pound over the holiday season. This may not seem like much, but considering that most Americans don’t ever lose that pound, it can add up over the years. Healthy eating habits don’t have to be put to the side this holiday season. Here are 10 easy tips to make holiday parties healthier.

Spice Up Your Holiday Cooking

by Sabra Leomo, RD

Is there anything quite so comforting as the smells and flavors that come with holiday baking and cooking? Herbs and spices play a major role in fragrant and delicious holiday food. Beyond the smells and flavors, herbs and spices provide amazing health benefits that make them stars of the holiday season.

Decreasing Inflammation with Diet

by By Sabra Leomo, Registered Dietitian

Women are multi-taskers; if we are doing one thing we are doing six things. We are wonderful at getting things accomplished but we often put our own needs and health on the back-burner. Insufficient sleep, stress, obesity and busy lifestyles that lack self-care can all contribute to inflammation in our bodies.

Back to School Fuel: Healthy Nutrition for the School Year

by By Sabra Leomo, Registered Dietitian

How does summer always slip by so quickly? August brings us back to school with busy mornings and activity-illed evenings. Today I will share some easy tips to help ease you back into the school routine. With the start of school we often focus on pencils, binders, and other neatly packaged school supplies. While school supplies are important (who can resist a new pack of crayons?) let’s take a minute to talk about nutrition. Feeding your children healthy meals and snacks helps them focus in school and aids in their growth and development.

Oodles of Zoodles

by By Sabra Leomo, Registered Dietitian

Zoodles are an easy way to increase vegetable consumption in some of your favorite recipes. The average diet in the United States falls short of the recommended daily serving of vegetables. These recommended servings depend on a few factors such as age and gender. Two to three cups of vegetables per day is generally recommended for adults.

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