How to Practice Moderation This Holiday Season

By: Kristen Smith, MS, RD, LD The holiday season has officially arrived – a season commonly focused on parties and large quantities of food. Avoiding your favorite holiday foods is not the answer to watching your waistline this season. People who completely avoid their favorite foods typically end up overindulging at a later time. The…

Good For You Pumpkin Pudding

Surprise your guests this Thanksgiving with a healthier pumpkin pudding recipe. After a few simple ingredient substitutions, we were able to create this healthier dessert recipe. Now for the big question – will your guests be able to tell the swaps? Prep Time: 10 minutes   INGREDIENTS One 16 oz container silken tofu, drained well…

Some Fats Are Healthy

By: Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Over the past several decades, the philosophy on whether to include fats as part of a healthy diet has changed. Previously, it was thought that a lower fat diet would offer optimal health benefits. However, more recently, health experts suggest that certain types of fats actually offer health benefits and should be included…

Non-Scale Weight Loss Victories

By: Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. and Sue Wood, RN, BSN Have you ever attempted to lose weight by changing the way you eat and exercising more, yet the number on the scale does not go down? Know that you are not alone and many people undergo this same experience. The good news is the number on…

How to Choose a Healthy Meal Replacement

By: Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. The timing of when you eat a meal or snack is fundamental when trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Many weight loss experts recommend eating about every three to four hours while awake and within two hours of waking. With demanding work schedules and busy lifestyles, this…

Not All Calories Are Created Equal

By: Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. One of the first things most people do to initiate weight loss is start counting calories. Before you start counting calories, it is important to understand the nutrition content of different food groups, including protein, fat, fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates. Each food group has a different calorie content and…

10 Tips for Eating Healthier While Dining Out

By: Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Increasingly busy lifestyles are leading more Americans to eat out. Recent data suggest Americans are spending more money on food at restaurants than at the grocery store. Eating at a restaurant offers convenience and reduces stress for many, but choosing healthy menu items can sometimes be a challenge. Confusing…

Exercise Dos and Don’ts

By: Sue Wood, RN, BSN Exercise is key to maintaining fitness. In order to avoid making mistakes as you begin a total fitness program, keep the following in mind: Dos: Do check with your physician before beginning an exercise program Do always warm up and cool down with each exercise session Do perform light stretching…

Defining the Best Carbohydrates to Eat

By Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.  With the popularity of low-carbohydrate diets over the past few decades, many people choose to limit or avoid carbohydrate-rich foods in their diet. The truth of the matter is that carbohydrates are the preferred energy source for our body, and should be included as part of your daily diet….

Is Your Stomach or Head Telling You to Eat?

By Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. It’s 8:00 p.m., and you are feeling hungry as you watch television.  Just one hour ago you ate a dinner of grilled chicken, brown rice and green beans. Should you eat something at this time? The answer to that question depends on whether your head or stomach is telling…

Healthy Tips for Tailgating This Football Season

By Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. For many people, football season means the opportunity to tailgate with your friends and family before your favorite game. Typically, one of the main attractions at these events is the food. Not only is most of the food served at a tailgate higher in calories, but the amount of…

Don’t Be Caught Without a Food Plan

By Kristen Smith, M.S., R.D.N., L.D. Does this scenario sound all too familiar? You set out of the house to do errands, expecting only to be gone an hour. Each errand takes a little bit longer than you expected and before you realize it, your watch indicates you have been gone several hours. You are…