Fast Facts: Dietary Fiber

Also spelled dietary fibre - gotta love English! Dietary fibers encompass a vast array of digestion-resistant components found in plant-based foods. They fall into two basic categories: Soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, which have different benefits for the digestive tract. Soluble fibers are found predominantly in fruits, vegetables, legumes like beans and lentils, and plant … Continue reading Fast Facts: Dietary Fiber

Very Veggie San Choi Bao

If there's one thing I love, it's delicious food. If there's one things I love even more, it's delicious food that also happens to be healthy! San choi bao has long been a family favorite. The traditional recipe is a flavored mince (ground pork) served in lettuce cups, which makes it perfect for low-carb and … Continue reading Very Veggie San Choi Bao

Perfect Portions Made Easy

Calorie counting to manage meals and portion sizes? We've got a handy trick for you! Counting calories or points, keeping a food diary, or otherwise painstakingly tracking food intake is a chore, at least for most. While it can certainly be effective in bringing awareness to your portion sizes and meals, the time and effort … Continue reading Perfect Portions Made Easy

Food Friday: Instant “Overnight” Oats

I'm a big fan of oatmeal for both enjoyment and health reasons, but in the middle of summer a hot breakfast is less... enticing. Overnight oats are a good solution for this. Mix them all up and stick them in the fridge, and in the morning you have a great cold breakfast. ...Except that I … Continue reading Food Friday: Instant “Overnight” Oats

Fast Facts: Magnesium

While present in only small amount in the body, magnesium is nonetheless one of the most important dietary micronutrients. In over 300 of the chemical reactions required to sustain life, it acts a co-factor – essentially a “helper molecule” that is needed for an enzyme to carry out its function. Many of these reactions have … Continue reading Fast Facts: Magnesium

Fast Facts: Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the best known micronutrients. However, the average daily intake is often lower than expected. You might not be getting as much as you think. Vitamin C is perhaps best known for immune system support. Interestingly, while some immune cells need vitamin C to function (and you may be more susceptible … Continue reading Fast Facts: Vitamin C

Food Friday: Chickpea and Feta Salad

This is one of my FAVORITES. Not your normal lettuce or spinach-based salad, this salad is packed with flavor thanks to the punch and crunch of parsley and celery, set off by creamy feta cheese. It’s also quick to put together and keeps well – I like to make a big batch and take it … Continue reading Food Friday: Chickpea and Feta Salad

Label Reading 101: How To Pick Healthy Foods

Flip a packaged food over and have a look at the nutrition information on the back. Lots of numbers, big words, tiny print. Is it any wonder people get confused? Reading labels can be an effort – at least when you aren’t used to it. But they are also a treasure trove of information about … Continue reading Label Reading 101: How To Pick Healthy Foods

Three Protein-Packed Snacks

Quick and easy, once the prep is done these snacks are pretty much grab-and-go. Protein is really important. From helping to maintain muscle mass, to keeping you full and preventing not-so-great food choices, to ensuring your immune system is running on all cylinders, protein is a critical component of your day to day diet. Your … Continue reading Three Protein-Packed Snacks

Science Answers: Will Vitamins Keep Me Healthy?

Each winter, millions of people come down with the common cold, the flu, or another respiratory illness. Taking vitamins is a traditional remedy, but how well do they really work? Science actually has a lot to say about this. Whether you are a fan of big pharma or not, vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplementation for health … Continue reading Science Answers: Will Vitamins Keep Me Healthy?