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

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

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

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!

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

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

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!

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

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

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

Tips for eating out

We have all been there. We want to enjoy our healthy meal and still be able to socialize. Follow these easy 10 tips! These healthy tips will help you steer any situation while eating out. You can enjoy your meal and enjoy the moment!

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN


6 Tips for a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving comes once a year, so why not go ahead and splurge? Most pack on a few pounds during the holidays and keep that extra weight permanently. However, Thanksgiving does not have to sabotage your weight. A little know how can satisfy your desire for traditional favorites and still enjoy Thanksgiving festivities.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

“What I eat in day”

Are the “What I Eat In A Day” Posts Promoting Healthy Relationships With Food?

As the holiday season rolls around,diets and stressing about what foods you're eating can bring upon unnecessary anxiety. What matters is that you're eating whole foods that nourish your body and are meeting your unique nutritional goals and needs. Read More.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Whole Foods lifestyle 101

Staying nourished!

 If you’re new to a whole foods lifestyle and don’t know where to start or just need a refresher, start with these food principles for better health and well-being.

 Keep reading to learn all about the Nutrition Connections (NC) food philosophy!

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN


Super Foods:

I’m all about making nutrition as simple as possible and one easy way to boost your nutrition is to simply add more of the good stuff! I’m sharing 4 of my favorite common superfoods that are probably already in your kitchen. You can easily incorporate into your favorite meals, snacks, or smoothies to boost the nutrition content.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Ways to combat Stress during the Holidays or Any day!

Ways to combat stress during the Holidays or any day!

The shopping and crowds. The back-to-back diet-busting parties. The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. We understand how easy it is to feel not so wonderful at this most wonderful time of the year. Stress is not a bad nor good thing, it just IS. The way we react, handle, manifest, and manage stress is where the typical trouble associated with stress will occur. Stress impacts our health and bodies in a multitude of ways including:

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Vegan Shakshuka

This savory, flavorful shakshuka with chickpeas made in 30 minutes! A hearty and healthy dish made for either for lunch or dinner! It is the perfect meal for a weeknight meal for busy fall nights!

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN