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Unlock the Disease-Fighters in Your Food

Get more health-boosters in every bite. Here’s how to boost nutrient absorption. And availability and absorption of those phytonutrients too. We sure don’t want to forget about those thousands of tiny disease-fighters hiding in our food. 10 Ways to Boost Nutrient Absorption If you’re like many, you’re…

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What are Phytochemicals? Boost Your Health Today!

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The word phytochemical literally means plant chemical, and there are thousands of them in the diet. What are phytochemicals? They’re compounds that give plants color, flavor and aroma. They help protect the plant from attacks by insects and diseases. But they are also a treasure…

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Farro Waldorf Salad

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In this version, the Waldorf salad gets a much-needed flavor and nutrient makeover with whole grain farro as a base, the brightness of orange and some pizazz from cinnamon and cardamom. Just like my red quinoa tabouli, this healthy farro salad is perfect for a…

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Do You Know the Numbers that Can Help You Prevent Heart Disease?

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Here are 5 numbers that can save your life! If any of these numbers indicate that you’re at high risk for heart attack, take action! Even small changes can go a long way to help prevent heart disease. First a few statistics: Heart disease is…

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Are Berries Good for Diabetes and Prediabetes?

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Clients and readers often ask me what fruits are good for diabetes or prediabetes. It’s really a simple answer: All of them! Every single fruit has a unique array of disease-fighting nutrients and phytonutrients like beta-carotene, lycopene, polyphenols and more. Research suggests that berries have…

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Very Berry Smoothie Recipe: Easy and Delicious

This berry smoothie recipe nourishes the body and pleases the taste buds! Let’s hear it for easy, fast, delicious and nutritious. I’ve been whipping up this berry smoothie recipe for years. It’s so simple and comes out perfectly with any favorite berry. During the summer,…

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Surprisingly High Sodium Foods + Tips to Reduce Sodium Intake

citrus zest to lower sodium in food

It’s not what many people think. The saltiest foods are not the salty-tasting peanuts and popcorn. In fact, these are often surprisingly low in sodium. You simply can’t use taste to determine the amount of sodium in food. Salted peanuts, popcorn and chips taste salty…

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Award-Winning Healthy Dessert: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cereal Nachos

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This nutrient-packed, sweet and delicious healthy dessert recipe is a winner! Literally! Call me lucky! I was invited to spend a couple days at the General Mills headquarters in Minneapolis with a small gathering of colleagues. We were treated to a fun and informative event…

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5 Weight Loss Diet Strategies Worthy of New Year’s Resolutions

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Is a weight loss diet part of your New Year’s plan? If you’re making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, you can up your chances of success by creatively and purposefully making a plan. Willpower is way over-rated. So are very restricted diets. Here are…

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Diabetes Recipes: A Round Up to Boost Your Health with Fruits and Vegetables

Diabetes-friendly recipes should be loaded with health-shielding ingredients that protect the body without jacking up blood sugar levels. And, of course, the dish should taste fantastic. You’ll love this diabetes recipe round up during National Diabetes Month and every month! Thanks to colleagues and others…

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Welcome to my Blog

Like most of my patients and clients, I lead a busy life. You probably do too. Fortunately, you don’t need weeks, days or even hours to start living better and healthier. This blog offers timesaving strategies and bite-sized nutrition and health information. Come by often for tips and inspiration to healthy living – no matter how busy you are. I am a registered dietitian nutritionist offering credible, practical nutrition advice to keep busy people healthy. Yes indeed, we can be both busy and healthy.

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