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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

6 Tips for a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving

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”

 “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

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

SuperFoods

SuperFoods

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!

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

How to choose the best Protein Powder

How to choose the best Protein Powder

Protein powders are a quick way to help ensure that your body is nourished and satisfied. We use them for a variety of reasons such as for weight loss, to improve sports performance and build muscle mass, and for overall wellness. See what criteria should be on your checklist before buying.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Probiotics 101

Probiotics 101

What are the benefits of taking probiotics? Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of consuming a few billion a day for your health might seem hard to swallow. A growing number of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Sweet Potato Black Bean Taco's

Sweet Potato Black Bean Taco's

This smoky, hearty vegan tacos with black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and kale! The perfect simple, 9-ingredient meal for Mexican night! This is the perfect meal when you have a little extra time on your hands and want to make something extra hearty and flavorful. Top with whatever sounds delicious! I went with a simple avocado sauce.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

12 Foods and Drinks with surprising amounts of Sugar

12 Foods and Drinks with surprising amounts of Sugar

Eating too much sugar is really bad for your health. It's been linked to an increased risk of many diseases, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Many people are now trying to minimize their sugar intake, but it's easy to underestimate how much you're actually consuming.

One of the reasons is that many foods contain hidden sugars, including some foods and drinks that you wouldn't even consider to be sweet.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Sesame Crusted Tofu with Broccoli and Whole Wheat Orzo

Sesame Crusted Tofu with Broccoli and Whole Wheat Orzo

Tofu a completely blank canvas for whatever you want to season it with. There are so many possibilities. For this recipe, I used a pretty basic marinade that packs a lot of flavor with just a few ingredients by using things like soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. Sesame seeds add a nice nutty flavor dimension. The broccoli adds a nice crunch with whole wheat orzo! Ready in 35 minutes.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN