Mother’s Day Special: Mediterranean Diet in 8 Simple Steps

Celebrate Mother’s Day (and National Mediterranean Diet Month) with delicious meals made with love, that love mom back!

Mediterranean Diet Food Pyramid by Oldways Preservation Trust

Mediterranean Diet Food Pyramid by Oldways Preservation Trust

Do it because more women need to take care of their heart health. In fact, more women than men have died of heart disease each year since 1984, and it’s still the number one cause of death among both men and women in the U.S. and around the globe.

Great news: It’s largely preventable. A heart-healthy diet is a good place to start. …

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Spring into Shape! 3 Smart Ways to Fuel Fitness

Well friends, if recent weather is any indication, it seems that it’s starting to feel a lot like Spring (finally)! And if winter’s lingering melancholy weather kept you out of the parks and out of the gym (and who could blame you), then welcome to a new day!

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

The sunshine and kinder temperatures are perfect for jogging, rekindling a relationship with a hula hoop or jump rope or simply skipping across a field.

Along with a balanced diet, regular exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy weight, strong muscles, joints, and bones and for lowering your risk of the big three chronic diseases in America: heart disease, cancer and stroke. (Plus, it just feels good!)…

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My Top Two Family-Friendly Fish

Looking for ways to serve up seafood the whole family can appreciate? Look no further than mild, approachable white fish.

Royal Dorade

Royal Dorade

My two favorites are Australis Barramundi and Local Ocean Royale Dorade.

The Barramundi is even on sale at my Healthy Living for Less page right now (through May 3rd). It’s also in my refrigerator waiting to be made into dinner tonight (had the Dorade last week).

What makes these two fish top picks in my book? A lot. They’re budget-friendly, great for the whole family, are simple to prepare, and they provide healthy omega-3 fats.

You won’t have to worry about mercury with these fish, and they’re ocean-friendly, too.

Already convinced? Head on over to the seafood market to try them for dinner tomorrow. Want to learn more? Keep reading….

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Eat Green, Get Lean!

Happy Earth Month!

In addition to a month of homage to our shared planet, April also signals the turn of the season from winter to glorious spring — ripe with the promise of fairer weather and fresh foods.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

What a perfect time to appreciate “eating green” by eating greens (and reds, blues, oranges, blues, and… you get the idea).

For the planet, eating green could be a great thing, since plant foods don’t typically require copious natural resources to grow.

For your health, eating green is consistent with the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommendation to eat a plant-based diet….

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Alcohol & Health: News That May Surprise You!

Hooray — that glass of red wine you just drank is good for your health! Oh wait, no, drinking that bottle of wine is actually pretty risky business. Confused yet? You’re not alone.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

In this week’s post, the fifth and last in the series of National Nutrition Month coverage of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 (DGA-2010), I’ll try to set the record straight; or at least, to provide a review of what the official state-of-the-science research says about it.

First off, drinking too much has well-known health consequences, and nobody is advocating overdoing it. Abstaining is always an important option.

That said, there are nuances for responsible adults of legal drinking age who enjoy a drink now and then. Namely, there is strong evidence for heart health benefits, and there are also ways for breastfeeding moms to responsibly enjoy a drink, too….

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5 Highly Effective Health Habits

Maybe you’re convinced that eating right is important, but are unsure of where to start. You’re not alone. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the nutrition news “noise” and lose sight of simple, yet powerful, ways to eat right and feel great.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

This is week four of National Nutrition Month, and the fourth installment of how to use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 in real life to go from expert recommendations to everyday healthy habits. This week’s focus is on five highly effective healthy habits. …

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4 Nutrients You Should Know & Love

Learn more about four nutrients you should know and love… and two you should give the cold shoulder!

This is week three of National Nutrition Month, and the third installment of how to use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 in real life to go from expert recommendations to everyday healthy habits.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

While “everything in moderation” is a mantra you may have heard, like most things — there are exceptions. Nobody likes to be the food police, but truth be told, of course there are good and bad foods (and good and bad habits), and most people know the difference.

I’m not talking about the artisanal champagne truffle or dry-aged steak dinner you enjoy once a year; but I am talking about everyday choices that can make a big impact on your everyday sense of wellbeing.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 feature four superstar nutrients most Americans need to be eating more of, and two that most of us could do with less of — all in the interest of living healthy, vibrant lives. …

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Seafood Twice a Week: Easier Than You Think!

Welcome to week two of National Nutrition Month, and the next installment of how to use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 in real life to go from expert recommendations to everyday healthy habits.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Regularly enjoying a variety of seafood is one of the best (and tastiest) ways to benefit from their heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. That’s the main reason health experts from the likes of the American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 all promote eating fish twice a week. There’s also emerging research linking omega-3s to improved mood and brain function.

Maybe you’re convinced that you should eat seafood, but you think fish is a kitchen challenge. You’re not alone!

To help, I talked with our Director of Research and Development, Chef Tina Bourbeau, who knows a thing or two about preparing seafood from her days working in New York’s finest kitchens. She’s also a tried-and-true New Yorker, which means she values a quick, delicious, no-mess dinner as much as the next person. …

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Enjoy National Nutrition Month!

Every five years, our friends over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services bring together a committee of top nutrition and health experts to review new research findings about food and health.

The result is a state-of-the-science Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) to help us eat right for wellness, to help us reach a healthy weight, and to help prevent disease.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

The most recent set of guidelines were just released, and they’re full of exciting new findings we’ll all be hearing a lot more about in the upcoming months.

March happens to be National Nutrition Month, so each week I’ll feature news you can use from the new Dietary Guidelines along with smart ways to go from expert recommendations to everyday healthy habits.

For a sneak peak at what’s to come, here are some of the more surprising and new recommendations in the 2010 edition….

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally

According to a recent American Heart Association presentation, top sources of added sugar in the American diet are sodas and other sugar-sweetened soft drinks, sugars, candy, cakes, cookies, pies and fruit drinks.

Their recommendations add up to no more than 100 calories from sugar each day for women and no more than 150 calories from sugar each day for men. (That’s about 6 teaspoons of daily sugar for women and 9 teaspoons for men.)

Americans of all ages add too much sugar to their diets, but it’s easy to sate your sweet tooth by watching the portion size of special treats and choosing foods that have naturally occurring sugars.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Need a few ideas? I’ve selected some of my favorite alternatives that will satisfy your sweet tooth naturally. …

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