The Perfect Gluten-Free Picnic

GF-picnicIt’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!

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Diabetes Myths and Facts

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If you live in the US, it’s likely you’ve come across someone in your life who has diabetes or for whom high blood sugar is a concern. It is estimated that over 29 million or 9.3% of the American population has either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and that 86 million are pre-diabetic, meaning they have higher than normal blood sugar levels. That’s a lot! The good news is that although a component of many diabetes cases is genetic, for many, changes in eating and lifestyle can make a significant impact.

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Films About Food And Its Impact

In the spirit of last month’s Golden Globes, Oscars, Spirit awards, and the awards season in general, we thought we would look at some food and nutrition related films. There are many debates and politics around how the food we eat impacts our bodies as well as the environment, and each of these movies presents their own view while also providing some entertainment value. So if you’re interested in what all the hullabaloo is about, check these out and enjoy!

Super Size Me
This is original gross-out food movie. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock eats only McDonalds for an entire month and examines the health impacts of doing this.Super_Size_Me_Poster

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Quick & Healthy Meals in Under 20 Minutes

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You know those days where you feel like just about everything is going wrong? You stepped in a puddle while walking to your car, work was so busy you didn’t even have time to eat lunch, and every machine was taken at the gym? Yeah, we know how you feel. We also know that on days like this, you just want to come home and eat a quick dinner and relax…and with technology you can order a pizza with just a few swipes on your phone. This is what we want to avoid!

There’s nothing that we regret more than a bad food choice that could have been completely avoided just by having the right tools – and those right tools are healthy ingredients with quick (and easy) recipes to follow that you will enjoy!

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Revamp Your (and Your Kids’) Lunchbox!

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It’s not hard to admit that lunch is one of the hardest meals to eat when keeping your diet on track. It’s also difficult to pack a lunch for your kids in a hurry that’s not the boring (and sugar-laden) peanut butter and jelly. It takes preparation and scheduling, and let’s face it – we all don’t have that kind of time on our hands!

Sure, picking up a salad on your lunch break is great and all, but it gets old quick! We want to eat healthy, but we’ve definitely lost the battle against our minds a few times to a slice of pizza during lunch. But we’re done with that! It’s time that we bring something for lunch that we look forward to, not dread eating. Remember everyone, eating is one of life’s greatest joys – so why not enjoy every meal?

We’ve rounded up a bunch of quick “recipes” and ideas for you to bring (and enjoy!) for lunch. There are also a few ideas for your kids as well!

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Dear Lea

Dear Lea: I am reasonably health conscious but when I get hungry, I crave sugary snacks that leave me dissatisfied about half an hour after consumption (low energy, tired, irritable). What types of snacks should I be looking to consume between meals so I don’t have this craving? Also, do you have an opinion on which sweeteners are better than others (e.g., Spelnda vs. Stevia, etc.)?  –JH.

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Dear Lea

Dear Lea: I have been trying to cut body fat since summer is coming up. One of the main tips I got from online is weight training burns more fat than cardio exercises due to muscle building. As a vegetarian, what snacks do you recommend that would help me get to my goal?  –GL.

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