These days, it may seem that you can get any produce at any time of the year—grapes from Chile in December, strawberries from Florida in February, tomatoes grown year-round in hot houses. Eating seasonally, though, can help you eat local foods, reduce your carbon footprint, save money and the biggest bonus of all—fresh food is more nutritious and tastes better! Produce starts to lose nutrients and flavor after picking so the sooner it is eaten, the more nutritious and tasty, plus when produce travels long distances there is the chance of quality degradation and spoilage.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be healthier, to lose weight or to change your diet? If you saw our previous post on 10 Healthy New Years Resolutions, you may have gotten some good ideas to kick off your New Year in a healthy way. Many of us charge into the new year with ambitious goals to change our lifestyles; in fact almost 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but less than 8% are actually successful keeping them longer than a month. Now that’s a bleak statistic! But fear not, below are some tips to help you harness that enthusiasm and help you succeed in 2015!
It’s the 11th hour and you’re scrambling to finalize your gifts and preparations for the holidays. Ah the holidays – a time of family, food, gifts, parties and fun. And if you’re a human being, all of those things probably also have some pretty stressful aspects to them too. These can come in obvious forms as well as very subtle forms. Holiday gatherings and parties can be occasions where people who normally don’t spend a lot of time together or really understand eachother get together and spend hours and hours on end together. Then there’s the shopping and the crowds, the cold weather, the party-planning and the list-making, and a lack of time to get it all done to the level of perfection we desire, all while messing with our normal daily routine. Sound familiar?
Holidays are a great time to spend time with family and friends and share some amazing meals. So many of our holiday traditions and family memories center around the food! On average, a person will gain approximately 2 pounds during the holiday season, and many don’t shed it once the season is over. But these celebrations don’t need to mean that we shove aside our healthy nutrition goals and indulge in all rich foods, overeating and all the consequences. Remember, during the holidays the only two things that need to be stuffed are birds and stockings!
As the holiday season approaches, many of our social calendars are being filled with holiday parties and family get-togethers. Good food, drinks and company always make for a festive atmosphere, but what happens if we have food allergies or intolerances? So many of the typical party foods are laden with gluten, dairy, you name it…which has the potential to stop us from enjoying the same refreshments that are on offer, especially if you are at a work function and don’t want to come off as the picky eater or play 20 questions with the party organizer about ingredients. And what if the party is after work and before dinner, and you’re HUNGRY? Here are a few tips that require a bit of proactive-ness and pre-planning on your part, but really could pay off at the end of the day and help you enjoy the festivities.
Happy Thanksgiving! We’re so on the ball that we’re already planning your Thanksgiving leftovers for you – and yes, in a healthy way! Even if your Thanksgiving table was filled with fatty sugary carb-y options (basically unhealthy), I’m guessing you also had some nice veggies on the table too, right? Green bean casserole anyone? So use those green veggies, and add a few of your own at home after the big day and treat yourself to some leftovers that will be good for your taste buds and your waistline! Here are our favorites:
Whether you have a specific fitness goal or are just trying to stay healthy, exercising regularly is an integral part of any healthy lifestyle. Experts recommend working out 45 minutes to an hour a day (30 minutes for beginners) for weight loss and fitness. The best way to do this is to make exercise a part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth. If you’re like most people and find it hard to motivate yourself to get to the gym, find a class that sounds fun or enlist a family member or friend as a workout buddy. Finding that external support not only makes it more fun, but creates a sense of accountability that really works!
It’s approaching that time of the year again, where friends and family gather to eat, drink, and tell embarrassing stories about eachother 😄 These days it seems like more and more people have dietary restrictions, whether they’re in the form of food allergies, intolerances or just strong preferences. As a host or hostess, if you’re inviting a big group over, chances are you’ll have at least one person with some sort of dietary restriction. So here are some tips to manage such a varied group stress-free!
It’s the countdown to the end of summer, but there’s still time to get outside and enjoy a lovely outdoor picnic! Picnics are a great way to relax and unwind, while eating delicious food and taking in nature with friends and family. They typically include doughy sandwiches, crackers and cheese, and a piece of cake for dessert… but that doesn’t cut it for us! Whether you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, you know that something like this takes a bit more effort that just ordering a sandwich from a deli. But lucky for you, we’ve put together the perfect gluten free menu to follow for your next picnic or adventure!
It’s that bittersweet time! Your son or daughter is finally old enough to start school. Sending your child to school for the first time can be an emotional and hectic experience, especially if they have food allergies. The same goes for sending your child back to school for the second or third time. Releasing your child into the care of others and outside of your full supervision is already a huge change that can feel groundless, and if your child has food allergies, there are that many more things to worry about. 1 out of every 13 American children suffer from food allergies, on average that’s 2 per classroom. The silver lining in that fact is that food allergies are not a completely foreign concept to most schools and many have guidelines in place for dealing with food allergic students.