Category: HER Nutrition

Zinc and Your Immune System

Immunity and fighting illness is on the top of everyone’s mind right now. While we listen each day for health updates and follow COVID-19 prevention recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), let’s not forget about the simple, common-sense things we can all do at home to support our own immune system.

Food as Medicine

A healthy gut contributes to a healthy immune system.

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Is Soy Bad?

Soy has been commonly consumed for centuries. However, in recent years the phytoestrogen-containing plant has become a controversial topic in the cancer community.

In this post we explore the facts and myths of soy to help you decide if you would like to include soy in your diet.

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Grain Bowls

My 2020 Intention? Grain Bowls.

I’m not usually one for New Year resolutions. Some people love them, some people do not love them (there’s no right or wrong in my opinion). However, I do see the New Year as a time for me to press the “refresh” button. No specific expectations or goals, but a time to set intentions and try again.

So I’ve been asking myself,

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How to Enjoy Every Bite at Thanksgiving Dinner

As we head full force into the holidays, I can’t help but think of the advice coming at us about how to REALLY enjoy the holidays without all the guilt and added stress.  We are bombarded by things like, “How to not gain weight over the holidays”, “Make time every day to work out”, “Eat a salad or have soup before going to a holiday party so as to not over -eat”

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Cranberries

 

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to enjoy cranberries but you don’t have to stop at just one day!  Cranberries are antioxidant powerhouses. These ruby jewels are chock full of Vitamin C and phytonutrients that protect your body from free radicals and strengthen your immune system. Cranberries have a number of health benefits. They have been shown to prevent tract infections, protect against cardiovascular disease, fight inflammation, and have some cancer-fighting properties.

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Easy Veggie & Bean Dish

Good nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated. 

The best recipes are ones that you can make in big batches and then add different ingredients to change it up throughout the week.  A great example is this recipe for a “Basic Veggie and White Bean Dish”. It’s so versatile and super simple to make.

  

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Calcium 101

Think calcium only comes from diary? Think again! Calcium comes from several plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Foods can be fortified with calcium too. Our bodies need calcium to maintain bone health and to keep our heart, muscles, and nerves functioning properly.

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Smashed Chickpea Salad

I’m always on the hunt for something new to pack for lunch (aren’t we all?)! I personally love a sandwich, but that can get boring.  My new obsession is this chickpea “tuna” salad. Full of flavor, fiber and veggies, this quick dish will keep you satisfied for hours!

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The Truth About Juice

I have a glass of juice every morning with my breakfast.
That’s healthy, right?
It’s 100% juice!

I hear this quite a bit and understandably so – manufacturers make you think your favorite glass of juice is just as good as eating the actual fruit. True? Nope. In fact, recent study findings published in the journal, The BJM, found an association between consuming sugary beverages – which included 100% fruit juice – and incidence of both overall cancer and breast cancer.

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Summer Hydration Tips

As the weather really starts to heat up, hydration becomes more important than ever! Proper hydration helps to cleanse your body of toxins and waste and regulates your body temperature as well as your metabolism, digestion, heart rate and blood pressure. To say hydration is imperative is an understatement, considering.

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