Category Archives: Healthy Habits

Men and women are alike in many ways but when it comes to our health there are several differences. As women age hormonal changes occur at several life stages and nutrition can help at each of those stages. A healthy diet plays an important role in boosting fertility, preventing PMS symptoms, easing pregnancy and breastfeeding, and combating the symptoms of menopause. Laura’s Lean Beef was founded on Laura Freeman’s desire to change her health and save her family farm. She … continued…

Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Jenny Kramer, RD

Back in October we talked about the importance of getting up and moving throughout the day, even for people who get the recommended amount of exercise each week. Studies show that being sedentary for most of the day has poor health consequences. Check out the Get Up and Moving! post. For many people, the amount of activity they can get at work is seemingly limited by having to get most things done at a desk or on a computer. Here … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen

A common misconception is that healthy food is tasteless but that is far from the truth! Healthy food not only tastes good when prepared right but it also makes us feel good.   The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annually declares March as National Nutrition Month® and this year the theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” This theme could cover a variety of topics but I want to focus more on the process of enjoying our food by … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

It may not be a surprise that February is “Creative Romance Month.” This is obviously perfect timing with Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, so why not be creative with how you spend the day? I would love to encourage you to be creative with your romance on Valentine’s Day by planning an active date with your significant other. There are lots of benefits of active dates on Valentine’s Day and as a regular occurrence throughout the year. The obvious benefit on … continued…

Healthy Habits Holidays Judy Eggebeen

Do you crave something crunchy to snack on? Potato chips are generally not a great choice because as we all know it’s hard to stop at just one! Popcorn is a great alternative as long as it’s prepared the right way and not drenched with butter.   It’s a pretty cool scientific experiment each time you make popcorn if you stop and think about it. The kernel has moisture sealed inside of it and when it is heated that causes … continued…

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DIY Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Snacks Tips, Tools & Techniques

I thought I’d avoid a resolution type post, but I couldn’t help myself. We all just think this way as the New Year begins, don’t we? So I thought I’d resolve some things about what I will EAT this year. Here are five things I resolve to eat more of:   1. Kale. I resisted kale salad because I was sure it was crazy! In fact I was so late to the salad bowl, that other food writers were calling … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits

Are warm drinks calling your name this winter? Once the weather gets cold and the evenings get dark, I struggle with wanting to just stay cozy in my house with good food and warm drinks. But before you make your next mocha, you may want to consider how many calories come with that. Sometimes warm drinks are not a lower calorie option. Use these tips to choose the best winter beverages.   1. Use skim milk. If milk is used … continued…

Cool Weather Cooking Healthy Habits Holidays Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

This holiday season don’t forget to leave time for some healthy, new traditions. Here are some great ideas for gifts, spending time with family and friends, and tips for staying active.   1. Give gifts that promote healthy eating: • Cooking tools • Water bottle • Cooking class • Fruit basket (with good fruit!)   2. Choose gifts that encourage physical activity: • State park entrance pass • New shoes • Gym membership • Pedometer • Yoga mat and DVD … continued…

Healthy Habits Holidays Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

I am sure if I took a poll about whether exercise is “good” for you, the majority of people would answer with a resounding “yes!” And they would definitely be right. Exercise has been shown to decrease the risk of many chronic diseases, can improve mental health, and can help with weight loss. What some people may be surprised to hear is that although exercising for an hour comes with lots of benefits, the other 23 hours of the day … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen

In the last few years, researchers have spent a lot more time focusing on mushrooms. They are the only plant source that naturally contains Vitamin D and they are one of few plants that contain selenium, a nutrient generally found in meats. Despite having these 2 super nutrients, mushrooms contain very few calories and are rich in fiber so they are perfect for helping us get full without promoting weight gain. It’s often recommended to make sure your plate is … continued…

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Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD