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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

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

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

“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

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

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

How to practice mindful eating

How to practice mindful eating

What is mindful eating?  

It's based on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness. It’s the act of focusing attention on present moment experiences. Involves being fully aware of what is happening within and around you now, in the moment. Eating mindful includes noticing the colors, smells, flavors, and textures of your food; chewing slowly; getting rid of distractions (cell or computer) and learning to cope with guilt and anxiety about food.

Apply that to a meal, and mindful eating means paying attention to the food you’re eating, making you less likely to thoughtlessly plow through a bag of potato chips, for instance.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

How to Spot Added Sugar

How to Spot Added Sugar

We all know that too much sugar is bad for our health, however, we may not realize how often sugar shows up in our home.  It's the added sugar that's problematic. Not the natural sugars such as lactose in milk and fructose in fruit which are packed with nutrients and fiber, that help slow absorption. It’s the added sugar -such as corn syrup, corn sweetener, invert sugar.

Spotting added sugar in food should be easy, right? Just read the label. It can be a little tricky. Food manufacturers call sugar by more than 60 different names.

If you’re going to protect your family from the health risks (cardiovascular disease, fatty liver,  leaky gut, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers) of too much added sugar, you’ll need to outsmart food manufacturers.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

How to find Healthy Carbohydrates

How to find Healthy Carbohydrates

How to find Healthy Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet, yet it’s important to know that not all of them are created equal. Here’s everything you need to know about carbohydrates and making smart choices when it comes to incorporating them into your diet.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Misleading Food Labels

Misleading Food Labels

Here’s a few simple tricks at the grocery store: 1. If the front of a package has multiple health claims, the product is probably not all that healthy. 2. Manufacturers love to heighten the appeal of highly processed foods by waving around health claims that are false. Frustrated? You’re not alone. Nearly 60% of consumers have a hard time understanding nutrition labels.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

What to eat after a workout?!

It’s over. You gave 100% to your workout! Now you are STARVING! But what does your body need?! After a workout it’s important to refuel with the right foods to keep muscles strong and healthy. Finding the right foods can be a challenge when you feel like you could inhale EVERYTHING in your fridge.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Your guide to Spring Veggies!

Your guide to Spring Veggies!

Spring is in the air! As winter comes to an end, there’s nothing more exciting than warmer weather and the return of fresh Spring produce. Rather than worrying about what you should eliminate from your diet this Spring, focus instead on the seasonal Spring veggies you should be eating.

The warmer temperatures comes a host of vibrant, fresh, nutrient-packed vegetables that are waiting to grace your kitchen table. You also can feel good about purchasing seasonal produce — they’re higher in nutrients, less expensive, and good for the community!

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN