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​Easy Nutrient-Rich Items We Can Grow at Home

Did you ever wish you could grow your own food? Maybe you’ve tried and failed, or you just don’t have the space. I'm going to share some easy nutrient dense items that are easy to grow and require minimal space.Broccoli Sprouts have a slight radish flavor and look like alfalfa sprouts. One 3-ounce serving contains 60 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin C and 2 grams of protein with 4 gram…

Antioxidants That Help Boost Eye Health

We typically don’t think about our eye health until we begin having problems with it. What we should be doing is supporting our eyes along the way with the right nutrients they need to keep them working and focusing properly. Various nutrients such as: carotenoids (like lutein and zeaxanthin), beta carotene, vitamin C with citrus bioflavonoids, bilberry, NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), and minerals (like…

Superfoods we should all Add to our Diets

The term “superfoods” is very popular these days. Often times you see it on protein powders and supplements. They are labeled as such because of the many health-promoting qualities they provide. Superfoods often contain higher levels of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Your mind may think of Goji or acai berries, but superfoods are not so mysterious. Many are easily found in grocery st…

The Top 5 Smoothie Ingredients

If you are planning your weight loss strategy for the beginning of the year or are just looking for a quick meal replacement or an easy breakfast, smoothies can help you fill that order. There are a ton of powders on the market, but choosing the right one can be daunting. Others may opt for convenience and buy pre-made smoothies in a bottle, but those can be pricey. What if you could make your own…

Alternatives to Our Kids' Favorite Junk Foods

Fast food restaurants on almost every corner, vending machines in every school, junk food that lines store shelves and is stacked by registers... what chance do our kids have to be healthier and make better food choices? This has led to an "overfed, undernourished generation."When I had my daughter Lily 11 years ago, as a dietitian I knew I was going to be strict about her food choices. At a young…

Fresh Fall Vegetable Dishes with Olive Your Heart®

With autumn upon us, what better time to enjoy seasonal fall vegetables? Beets are one of those vegetables many people shy away from. They seem intimidating. While the preparation calls for a little work, they're worth it for their exceptional nutrient benefits. Beets are an excellent source of folate and potassium. They're also low calorie, with 1 cup of beets coming in at only 75 calories. Here'…