Getting the Most out of Salads and Salad Dressings

Don’t ruin a healthy salad by adding unhealthy or excessive calories. Many “store bought” dressings contain significant amounts of salt and some include saturated fats (think blue cheese or creamy type dressings). Additionally, like labels for other foods, the manufacturers of salad dressing can make some claims that don’t quite stand up to scrutiny. Reading the label is important. Always check for added sugars – it is surprising how many dressings contain added sugars! Having said that, it is difficult to ascertain how much sugar has been added to a dressing that contains fruit.

Food of the Month - Portobello Mushroom

Why Eat Portobello mushrooms:
Portobello mushrooms are a good source of 15 different vitamins, minerals and antioxidant phytonutrients including copper, selenium and B vitamins. The phytonutrients found in mushrooms provide a powerful immune boost by charging up our white blood cells. Mushrooms also contain high amounts of antioxidants which can help reduce inflammation, improve cardiovascular health and may be protective against cancer!

Grow the Philanthropist in You

Before beginning – what does philanthropy even mean? You might be thinking – can I even do it, could I make a difference? Philanthropy means giving of one’s self, donating time/money/energy to a charitable or good cause. Don’t let the big word or thoughts of high profile philanthropists, such as- Angelina Jolie or Warren Buffett for example, scare you away. Philanthropic gestures all count, big or small, and DO NOT require that you have a big name or reputation to be able to do it.  It all starts somewhere and even a little bit can go a long way in making someone’s life better. 

"Low Calorie Boneless Buffalo Wings for Any Occasion" from VeryWell.com

Find this step-by-step guide for low-calorie boneless buffalo wings at VeryWell.com

Even if it's not Super Bowl Sunday or March Madness, you can always find a football or basketball game on some TV station. Why am I suddenly a sports fanatic? Because watching sports is the number one excuse for eating boneless buffalo wings. Those crispy, spicy, juicy little nuggets are too tasty to resist, but be careful. Traditional BBWs have about 100 calories and 5 grams of fat per wing. Yup, they're pretty much always calorie bombs.

Let's Play a Game!

When was the last time you played a game?  And no, I don’t mean watched a game.  When did you last play a game?  The point I am trying to make is that somewhere between childhood and now, we forgot how to play.  Did you ever stop to think of why that is?  When did you stop?   For me, play probably faded in between adolescence and adulthood.  With the demands of daily living and other adult responsibilities, I forgot what it was like to play without any fear of judgments.  Let’s play a game!  Who were you like at the age of 5?  At the age of 10?  How did you sit and run and laugh before you

"5 Foods That Promote Colon Health" from VeryWell.com

Want to learn more about which foods to eat to keep your colon healthy? Read the article below from VeryWell.com

Although you may already be thinking about your dinner menu for the evening, you may not be considering the fact that everything you eat has an impact on your health. We are bombarded with hype saying what -- and what not to -- eat daily. Step away from the fancy pills and shakes intended to help your colon and consider the natural, and less expensive, regular food options.

Whatever Is In My Fridge

Healthy eating can feel like an extremely daunting and expensive task.  There is a perception that to eat healthy you have to be able to shop at expensive natural foods grocery stores and buy the latest and greatest healthy inventions.  Well, as a grad student living off of loans, this is definitely not possible for me.  Both money and time feel non-existent.

"Top Fish for Omega-3 Fatty Acids" from VeryWell.com

Want to learn which fish are the best to eat to get your Omega-3s? Check out this article from VeryWell.com

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Your Health

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain and nervous system function, plus they're good for your heart because they decrease the risk of arrhythmias, lower triglyceride levels and blood pressure, and they help keep plaque from clogging your arteries.

Making Changes

The  start of a new year prompts reflection and encourages fresh starts.  Promises we have only thought about making, are now inspired to come to fruition.  So we say things to ourselves like, “I am going to work out at least 3 times a week” or “This is the year I am going to really quit smoking” (or drinking, or overeating, or overspending).  And so we start afresh, motivated and hopeful, certain that the changes we make will stick… and then something flips.

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