Spaghetti Squash Tacos with Sweet and Spicy Pepper Salsa

by Nikki Dinki of the Cooking Channel’s Junk Food Flip Serves 4, makes 8 tacos I promise that your kids will really like the spaghetti squash filling, just make sure to use a chili powder that isn’t too spicy. And instead of the salsa top tacos with whatever are their favorite toppings. Sweet and Spicy Pepper Salsa The pepper salsa can be made ahead of time and is great on everything includi... »

Don’t always assume that you’re eating healthy

Courtesy of Independent Health’s Corporate Wellness Department March is National Nutrition Month®, which is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The annual initiative is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits. As such, we want to make sure you’re eating wisely. W... »

Family Living

Tips for Families to Get Healthier Together (StatePoint) Want your kids to eat right and get moving more? With childhood obesity being a major problem in this country, this sentiment is top of mind for many parents and guardians. But you have more power than you may realize to steer them in the right direction, say experts. Parents have more potential than anybody else to influence their children&... »

Would you take dieting advice from a friend?

Researcher finds success trumps popularity in persuading others to eat right and exercise.   BUFFALO, N.Y. — Is a new diet or exercise program working for a friend? If so, there’s a good chance that you will try it, too. A person who finds success in a wellness program is more influential in getting friends to sign up than a charismatic, but less successful pal, according to a study by University ... »

Chocolate – Historically More Than Just Food

Chocolate is delicious to eat, but has served many other purposes over the years Many cannot resist chocolate, that beloved creamy, sweet confection derived from cocoa beans, milk and sugar. All over the world people love to indulge in chocolate, especially come Valentine’s Day. According to data from Leatherhead Food Research, Switzerland consumes more chocolate per capita than any country ... »

The Paleo Diet

Top Googled Diet for a Reason by Courtney K. Moskal Now that 2014 is a year in our past, Google was able to reveal the most “searched for” nutrition plans. This year I am excited to announce that I would actually support some of the “diets” that made the 2014 cut. Of course there are others that made the list that I am not so enthusiastic about (ahem, the “Juice Cleanse Diet”). Coming in as the to... »

Tips for Families to Get Healthy this New Year

New Year’s resolutions often focus on personal improvement. This year experts are encouraging entire families to consider making a pledge to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle. Parents have more potential than anybody else to influence their children’s behavior — including their eating habits — according to a study by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In fact, pare... »

Turkey Talk: Leftovers Beyond a Sandwich

Tips from Tops After spending hours roasting your turkey to perfection, it (and you) deserves more than a sandwich the day after. With a little creative pre-shopping, you can take your day-two turkey from boring to amazing – and make it nutritious. Enjoying delicious meals doesn’t have to mean blowing the bank on calories. Simple, fresh ingredients full of nutrition and flavor can take leftover tu... »

Your Skin and the Food You Eat

by Joseph B. Neiman, M.D., F.A.A.D. Did you know that the food you eat has a direct correlation with the overall health of your skin? It can influence the tone, texture, and clarity of your skin. That’s right! The secret to healthier, more beautiful skin may lie in your diet. Here are some foods that can improve the appearance of your skin. Berries. The rich antioxidants found in berries hav... »

Nuts: A Healthy Option in a Small Portion

  By Linda Leising, RD A Harvard study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in November 2013 found that the more often nuts were consumed, the less likely participants were to die of cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease. This observational study, “Association of Nut Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality,” adds to the increasing amount of research that shows ... »

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