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What's the Deal with Collagen?

What's the Deal with Collagen?

What’s the Deal with Collagen?

There is no denying that collagen is HOT right now. Instagram is loaded with bloggers and influencers promoting it as this miracle powder that can basically stop the aging process, reduce wrinkles and give you goddess level locks and the dewiest skin and it can now be found in just about everything from creams to powders to pills.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Prebiotics 101

Prebiotics 101

Probiotics are your gut’s best defense in the world of the microbiome. They’re the “good” bacteria that fight off inflammation and disease and boost your immunity.

But what about Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are non-digestible fiber compounds or carbohydrates that help feed the probiotics and help them grow. There are plenty of excellent ways to get prebiotics — you might already be eating them — garlic is one!  I’m breaking down how prebiotics and probiotics work together to help you stay healthy and keep your immune system strong. 

WHAT ARE PREBIOTICS? 

Why is fiber important for gut health?

Why is fiber important for gut health?

Fiber is found in most whole foods we eat from vegetables, fruits, to legumes and grains. But why is fiber important for gut health, digestion, and our overall health?

Read more about this important part of your diet.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

How to eat healthy during Passover

How to eat healthy during Passover

Passover is a challenging time of the year for the health conscious! This Jewish religious holiday often brings with it bigger meals, later mealtimes and sweet treats. The holiday socializes eating with loved ones and requires less physical activity. Rest assured, there are ways to stay healthy during Passover despite its food restrictions.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Fruits for an improved Digestion

Fruits for an improved Digestion

Your digestion plays a dynamic role in your health! It’s responsible for absorbing nutrients and eliminating waste. Unfortunately, many people suffer from digestive problems like bloating, cramping, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea/constipation and among other reasons.

One of the common themes I discuss with my clients is all about digestion. I talk about ways to improve digestion, tips to decrease bloating, how to have regular bowel movements, and much more.

It’s a topic I love talking about! I wanted to share some fiber-rich fruits for digestion so you can start incorporating into your diet to help aide in bowl movements.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Quality matters.. don't skimp on these!

Quality matters.. don't skimp on these!

A handful of ingredients deserve the splurge. We’re talking quality over quantity. Not all ingredients are created equal. Some are nutrient dense ingredients, specifically, these are the ones you don’t want to skimp on.

Most would agree that they want the most nutrients for their dollar when they’re grocery shopping. That’s why it’s important to know which foods are worth splurging on.

Your body will thank you!

Crispy Tofu

Crispy Tofu

Tofu: Some people love it, some people hate it. I believe, however, that the people who hate it just haven’t had it prepared the right way!

Properly cooked tofu, is positively PACKED with flavor. Its texture is lightly crispy and satisfying. Tofu is an inexpensive lean source of protein and it’s worth trying. Here’s how to make crispy tofu that actually tastes great!

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Spirulina the Superstar!

Spirulina the Superstar!

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae considered a superfood due to its excellent nutritional content and health benefits. Spirulina has a high protein and vitamin content, which makes this popular among the plant-based communities. Research suggests that spirulina has antioxidant and inflammation-fighting properties.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101

Meal planning 101

A fundamental tool for healthy eating!

Try this tip so you never get bored with meal planning. If you’re new to meal planning or a pro, then you know there’s a possibility that you can get bored. Meal planning is one of several tools I use as a dietitian with my clients to keep them on track with their health goals. It’s a simple system, yet it can be overwhelming to start.

I understand!

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Blueberry Hemp Seed Pudding

Blueberry Hemp Seed Pudding

Blueberry Hemp Seed Pudding:

This recipe is very simple and only requires 6 ingredients and a food processor!

The idea is simple: Kind of like a smoothie with hemp seeds and chia seeds. The result is a naturally-sweet “pudding” that’s perfect for snacking or a lighter dessert.

It almost goes without saying, but this dessert is packed with antioxidants thanks to the bluberries,  potassium from the bananas, omega 3 fatty acids and protein from the chia seeds, and all 20 amino acids (including the 9 amino acids our bodies can’t produce) from the hemp seeds.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

The Power of Hemp

The Power of Hemp

Hemp is now a bonafide superfood: Hemp is super-nutritious and although tiny, quite mighty. Hemp seeds have become popular because they are exceptionally nutritious and rich in healthy fats, protein and various minerals. They are from the same species as cannabis but a different variety. They contain only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. There's a distinct difference between psychoactive and non-psychoactive forms of hemp, according to the journal Nutrition and Metabolism. Hemp seeds contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—which is insignificant.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Tastiest Layered Strawberry Dessert

Tastiest Layered Strawberry Dessert

You won’t believe this layered strawberry dessert is totally sugar-free, made with healthy ingredients, and packed with nutrients. Made with ONLY 5 ingredients! Strawberries + Cashews + Date + Coconut Milk + Almonds!

Dairy free + gluten-free + delicious and creamy.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Mistakes when going Vegan...AND how to avoid them

Mistakes when going Vegan...AND how to avoid them

Mistakes when going vegan….and how to avoid them

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to eat. Each of us are unique. Our dietary needs, caloric requirements, lifestyle, etc. are all highly individualized and can change depending on what you're dealing with at the time.

It’s clear that we would all benefit from eating more veggies/fruits—more whole foods. For some people that means eating 100% plant based or vegan and for others that just means trying to get to your servings in a day. Whatever you are, there are a few issues when people transition into a more plant-based diet.

The goal is to help make it as easy as possible for you to incorporate more plants into your diet and find a balance that is realistic for you!

Note that these recommendations are also relevant if you aren't plant-based but struggle with low energy and healthy eating.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Seven Ways to Help you Stay Hydrated!

Seven Ways to Help you Stay Hydrated!

Our bodies are around 60% water, give or take.

Staying hydrated is important. Just because it’s cold and you may not be sweating as much, doesn’t mean we can’t get dehydrated in the winter! Beginning stages of dehydration can make you feel a little lethargic, may cause headaches, cause a feeling of “hunger” yet it’s thirst, dry skin, chapped lips, and constipation. When too much water is lost from the body, the organs, cells, and tissues fail to function, which can lead to dangerous complications.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Tempeh Burger with Vegan Pesto

Tempeh Burger with Vegan Pesto

Tempeh Burger with Vegan Pesto

Nutritious, protein-dense, vegan tempeh burgers. Topped with and a vegan pesto spread. Tempeh is nutritionally dense. Highly nutritious because of the fermentation process, and is packed with protein. The fermentation process binds soybeans into a cake form. It has a strong nutty flavor, holding its shaped when cooked, but absorbs other flavors easily. This fermented soy product is high in probiotics and wide array of vitamins ans minerals. Tempeh and other fermented foods help increase the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which has huge effects on health!

We combined the tempeh in a food processor with sauteed vegetables to form a nutty delicious patty, you will thoroughly enjoy!

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Health Trends for 2019

Health Trends for 2019

Hello, 2019! While many trends come and go, these ones are here to stay in our book.

A fresh new year brings a host of buzzworthy health and nutrition topics that are important to Nutrition Connections (NC). The healthy eating movement has transitioned from a diet to a healthy lifestyle. Health food trends only continue to gain momentum.  So what’s new for 2019?

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

New Year..New you!

New Year..New you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR…Or happy *almost* New Year!

As 2018 ends, one thing is for certain, 2019 is going to be all about setting ourselves up for emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical success. So why not try the following ways to make 2019 your year!

 By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Bright autumn dairy-free butternut squash soup is simple and inexpensive to prepare. Not only is butternut squash beautiful and vibrant, but also has a thick and creamy flesh which is perfect for using in soups, dips, salads, and more. Butternut squash is one of many plant-based foods high in beta-carotene which is converted in the body to vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant. This is where food is medicine, consuming nutrient-dense foods high in antioxidants that our bodies need for healthy immune function. Vitamin A helps with immune function, anti-cancer properties, cardiovascular benefits, protects against inflammation and helps our vision and eyesight stay healthy.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Nutrition & Marathon Training Tips

Nutrition & Marathon Training Tips

Marathon & Nutrition Training Tips:

Nutrition has always been a crucial player in my own running victories and failures (so many failures). My experience over the years has helped me form a few nutrition do’s and don’ts during training. Keep in mind that nutrition is very individual and there will always be exceptions but overall, I think this list is applicable for most runners.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN