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As a Dietitian I Learned the Hard Way Not to Ignore Your Bone Health

By Lauren Harris-Pincus / November 3, 2023 / Comments Off on As a Dietitian I Learned the Hard Way Not to Ignore Your Bone Health

Did you know that one in five women will develop osteoporosis by age 70 and one in two of those will break a bone due to osteoporosis? When thinking about all the prevalent health concerns in our society including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, how often do our bones top the list? As a dietitian,…

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The Healthy Trader Joe’s Shopping List You Need When You Shop

By Lauren Harris-Pincus / October 31, 2023 / Comments Off on The Healthy Trader Joe’s Shopping List You Need When You Shop

Trader Joe’s is my happy place. Ever since I discovered their treasure trove of unique food finds, I’ve been hooked. Even though the store is generally small and manageable, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when sifting through approximately 3,400 yummy looking products. Allow me to help you out with the ultimate healthy Trader Joe’s shopping…

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11 Low-Sugar Sweet Snacks Dietitians Love Without Artificial Sweeteners

By Lauren Harris-Pincus / September 29, 2023 / Comments Off on 11 Low-Sugar Sweet Snacks Dietitians Love Without Artificial Sweeteners

Do you have a sweet tooth while also trying to reduce or avoid your added sugar intake? If so, you are in good company. Low-carb, sugar-free, and keto products are all the rage, yet they often contain substantial amounts of sugar alcohols and sugar substitutes, both artificial and naturally derived. While that’s not necessarily a…

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The Best High-Fiber Foods to Buy at Costco According to a Dietitian: a collage of high fiber foods

The Best High-Fiber Foods to Buy at Costco, According to a Dietitian

By Lauren Harris-Pincus / August 17, 2023 / Comments Off on The Best High-Fiber Foods to Buy at Costco, According to a Dietitian

These Costco choices are excellent sources of fiber, meaning they pack a minimum of 5 grams per serving, aka 20% of the recommended daily intake. 

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8 Low-Sugar Snacks at Target Nutritionists Love

By Lauren Harris-Pincus / August 4, 2023 / Comments Off on 8 Low-Sugar Snacks at Target Nutritionists Love

Sugar is continually a hot topic in the media, with many influencers calling it “toxic” while pushing keto/low-carb diets. According to the American Heart Association, “diets high in added sugars have been connected to heart risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and unhealthy cholesterol levels.” However, it’s not necessary to avoid all sugar,…

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8 Foods That Support Your Immune System, Says Dietitian

By Lauren Harris-Pincus / June 25, 2023 / Comments Off on 8 Foods That Support Your Immune System, Says Dietitian

A strong immune system is critical for our overall health and well-being, especially given our fast-paced and demanding lives. As we face various environmental challenges, it’s essential to provide our bodies with the necessary nutrients to support a robust immune response. While there’s no magic pill for a bulletproof immune system, certain immune system foods…

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7 High Protein Meals for Muscle Gain Nutritionists Recommend

By Lauren Harris-Pincus / June 24, 2023 / Comments Off on 7 High Protein Meals for Muscle Gain Nutritionists Recommend

It’s no secret that exercise plays a vital role in the pursuit of building a strong, lean physique. However, that’s only one piece of the puzzle. Adequate nutrition plays a critical role in achieving optimal muscle gain and protein is particularly important as an essential macronutrient for muscle growth and repair—and these high protein meals…

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7 Immune-Boosting Breakfast Recipes Nutritionists Love

By Lauren Harris-Pincus / May 20, 2023 / Comments Off on 7 Immune-Boosting Breakfast Recipes Nutritionists Love

No one likes being sick. As a teenager, I remember attempting to cure an unwanted cold with a tall glass of refreshing orange juice or to soothe a stabbing sore throat with hot tea loaded with honey and lemon juice. In the many years since, nutrition research has come a long way in establishing the…

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8 Vegan Frozen Meals Nutritionists Love

By Lauren Harris-Pincus / April 5, 2023 / Comments Off on 8 Vegan Frozen Meals Nutritionists Love

Vegan frozen meals are a life-saving convenience for busy people, especially when following a plant-based diet. Considering that only 10% of Americans consume the recommended servings of fruits and veggies and only 5% meet their recommended fiber goals, veggie-packed heat-and-eat meals are an excellent vehicle to boost nutrient intake. Fortunately, more vegan frozen meals are…

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8 Complete Protein Combinations for Plant-Based Foodies

By Lauren Harris-Pincus / March 15, 2023 / Comments Off on 8 Complete Protein Combinations for Plant-Based Foodies

If you follow a plant-based diet and worry that your protein intake might be lacking, there’s great news for you! As a dietitian, I was originally taught that complete protein combinations were key for anyone following a 100% plant-based or vegan diet. Why? There are 20 amino acids which are the building blocks used to…

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