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6 Healthy Habits Straight from the Blue Zones

By Sarah Garone / May 17, 2024 / Comments Off on 6 Healthy Habits Straight from the Blue Zones

On the surface of things, it might not look like people who live in the six Blue Zones (Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; and Nicoya, Costa Rica) have much in common. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find that people living in these locations bear some striking similarities in lifestyle…

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Tacos

9 Slow Cooker Recipes That Harness the Power of Beans

By Sarah Garone / March 26, 2024 / Comments Off on 9 Slow Cooker Recipes That Harness the Power of Beans

Whether you’re a vegetarian or just want to incorporate more plant-based protein into your diet, beans are a natural go-to ingredient. And when you whip up these slow cooker bean recipes for set-and-forget cooking, you can enjoy their creamy texture and ample nutrition even more conveniently. If it seems like beans are having a moment…

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The Best 8 Foods for Your Mental Health

By Sarah Garone / February 9, 2024 / Comments Off on The Best 8 Foods for Your Mental Health

We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat,” but it might be more accurate to say, “you feel what you eat.” The more we learn about diet and mental health, the more it seems these two critical elements of well-being are interconnected. A growing body of research shows that what we put on…

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plant based bean stew with tomatoes veggies and grilled bread

The 6 Best Plant-Based Protein Sources To Add to Your Diet

By Sarah Garone / December 18, 2023 / Comments Off on The 6 Best Plant-Based Protein Sources To Add to Your Diet

Looking to eat more plant-based protein sources? You’re in good company. According to the International Food Information Council’s 2022 Food and Health survey, plant-based diets are the fourth most common eating pattern among Americans, with 12% of us striving to go veg. There are tons of benefits to a plant-forward lifestyle, including reduced risk of…

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pantry lentil marinara

9 Pantry Dinner Ideas When You Need Something Quick

By Sarah Garone / December 13, 2023 / Comments Off on 9 Pantry Dinner Ideas When You Need Something Quick

It’s 5:30 on a weeknight and you’ve just crashed through the door after a stressful day. So…what’s for dinner? Will it be takeout (again)? Or the package of Top Ramen that’s been hanging around the back of your pantry like a lonely, salty ghost? Or maybe, just maybe, could there be a way to toss…

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6 Eating Habits That Might Be Increasing Your Stress

By Sarah Garone / December 7, 2023 / Comments Off on 6 Eating Habits That Might Be Increasing Your Stress

When you think about the connection between stress and eating, your thoughts probably drift to the pint of ice cream down in a single sitting after a difficult day or the greasy cheeseburger crammed between errands. Though it’s true that the pressures of life can drive us toward less-than-healthy eating habits, the link between stress…

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I Started Shopping at Aldi Two Months Ago and Have Saved Hundreds. Here’s How.

By Sarah Garone / November 25, 2023 / Comments Off on I Started Shopping at Aldi Two Months Ago and Have Saved Hundreds. Here’s How.

Like most American families, mine has been hit with the sticker shock of rising grocery prices in the last few years. (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve texted my husband from the store with photos of the latest most eyebrow-raising price on frozen pizza or nuts.) For awhile now, I’ve been searching for…

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I’m a Nutritionist and These Are My Favorite Frozen Lunches

By Sarah Garone / November 23, 2023 / Comments Off on I’m a Nutritionist and These Are My Favorite Frozen Lunches

As a child of the ‘80s and ‘90s, I’m no stranger to frozen lunches. I was raised on Stauffer’s frozen lasagnas and Marie Callendar’s frozen Salisbury steaks (served on TV trays in front of Family Feud, of course). Now, though, as a nutritionist, I tend to view frozen meals with a bit of skepticism. Convenient…

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10 Frozen Foods at Costco Nutritionists Love To Buy

By Sarah Garone / November 21, 2023 / Comments Off on 10 Frozen Foods at Costco Nutritionists Love To Buy

Besides the allure of low price and high quality, Costco is also a surprising source of good-for-you foods, especially in the freezer cases.

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The 7 Best Foods for Your Brain Health, Say Dietitians

By Sarah Garone / October 26, 2023 / Comments Off on The 7 Best Foods for Your Brain Health, Say Dietitians

Your brain is, arguably, your most important organ. The gray matter inside your head not only controls all your other organs, it’s the source of your personality, memory, and intellect. Within your body, there’s nothing that doesn’t happen under its watch! Yet, in our pursuit of a healthy diet, we often focus on other goals…

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Low-Carb Chicken Fajita Casserole

8 Diabetic Dinners Low in Carbs That Are Still Super Tasty

By Sarah Garone / October 23, 2023 / Comments Off on 8 Diabetic Dinners Low in Carbs That Are Still Super Tasty

Despite modern advances in medication, much of managing diabetes still comes down to limiting the carbs you eat. Sticking to a low-carbohydrate diet helps your body keep blood sugar in a healthy range, preventing the sky-high spikes that can be so damaging to your health. If you’ve been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2…

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leafy green salad with nuts and fruit

Is The Green Mediterranean Diet Healthy? Experts Weigh In.

By Sarah Garone / October 22, 2023 / Comments Off on Is The Green Mediterranean Diet Healthy? Experts Weigh In.

Even if you live nowhere close to the Mediterranean Sea, by now you’re probably familiar with the basics of the Mediterranean diet. This anti-inflammatory eating plan has earned justifiable accolades for health benefits like lowering cholesterol and helping with weight loss. But just when you thought you knew all about the world’s healthiest diet, another…

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I’m a Nutritionist and I Always Buy These 9 Trader Joe’s Products

By Sarah Garone / October 3, 2023 / Comments Off on I’m a Nutritionist and I Always Buy These 9 Trader Joe’s Products

When I moved to a new house 11 years ago, I was thrilled with its location near freeways and good school — but possibly even more excited at its proximity to the closest Trader Joe’s. A mere two miles were now all that stood between me and the iconic California grocery chain. And believe me,…

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9 Ways to Make the Mediterranean Diet More Convenient

By Sarah Garone / September 29, 2023 / Comments Off on 9 Ways to Make the Mediterranean Diet More Convenient

The Mediterranean diet reigns supreme as the healthiest eating plan around, sitting atop U.S. News and World Report’s 2023 rankings of the best diets overall. This eating plan’s top-dog status is largely due to its focus on minimally processed foods. Research shows that a Med diet’s whole food focus reduces inflammation—a sinister culprit behind numerous…

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I’m a Nutritionist and These Are the 7 Healthy Snacks I Always Keep in My Purse

By Sarah Garone / September 18, 2023 / Comments Off on I’m a Nutritionist and These Are the 7 Healthy Snacks I Always Keep in My Purse

Like any busy mom, I’m constantly running around from errands to appointments to football practice (my son’s, not mine!). In the hustle and bustle, it’s a near guarantee that my kids or I will find ourselves hungry at snack time. And since we usually don’t have time to stop off for a nourishing mini-meal, I’ve…

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7 Diet Habits Derailing Your Skin Health

By Sarah Garone / August 25, 2023 / Comments Off on 7 Diet Habits Derailing Your Skin Health

Skincare is about so much more than finding the right acne wash. Among other factors, diet can play a significant role in the appearance of your skin. While the American Academy of Dermatology Association cautions against putting too much emphasis on diet for skin health (as in, removing a single ingredient like gluten probably won’t clear up…

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Italian Tomato and Red Onion Focaccia on a counter with tomatoes shallots and oil

7 Trader Joe’s Frozen Meals That Fit in a Heart-Healthy Diet

By Sarah Garone / August 15, 2023 / Comments Off on 7 Trader Joe’s Frozen Meals That Fit in a Heart-Healthy Diet

Eating for heart health involves sticking to a few basic principles: cutting back on sodium and saturated fat, upping your fruit and vegetable intake, focusing on lean protein, and opting for whole grains, to name a few. Heart-healthy eating patterns like the Mediterranean and DASH diets emphasize choosing whole, minimally processed foods as much as…

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8 Canned Mocktails To Take to the Beach

By Sarah Garone / August 14, 2023 / Comments Off on 8 Canned Mocktails To Take to the Beach

A visit to the beach isn’t complete without a cooler of cold drinks. Kicking back with your feet in the hot sand practically requires something cool to sip on! But whether you’re the designated driver or are just trying to cut back on alcohol, you might prefer to pack zero-proof beverages for your beach day.…

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Quick Hummus Bowls

8 No-Cook Mediterranean Diet Dinners for Easier Weeknight Meals

By Sarah Garone / August 7, 2023 / Comments Off on 8 No-Cook Mediterranean Diet Dinners for Easier Weeknight Meals

Following a Mediterranean diet is totally worth putting in some time and effort. This anti-inflammatory eating plan centered around whole grains, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and healthy oils has benefits galore, from reducing your risk of heart disease to possibly extending your life. But in the summertime, you might not feel like heating up the kitchen…

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The Leading Supplement for Healthy Inflammation Response

By Sarah Garone / July 25, 2023 / Comments Off on The Leading Supplement for Healthy Inflammation Response

If you live with discomfort in your joints, your body might feel like a rusty door hinge that just can’t seem to get enough oil. That’s because, as we age, the cartilage in our joints begins to break down and the underlying bone begins to change.

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9 Costco Snacks That Actually Help You Slim Down 

By Sarah Garone / July 9, 2023 / Comments Off on 9 Costco Snacks That Actually Help You Slim Down 

Healthy, sustainable weight loss is usually a slow process made up of tiny little choices we make every day — even as little as our snack choices! Though snacks might seem like small potatoes compared to the content of your meals, choosing the right items to munch on contributes to weight loss in some important…

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moment spiced mango drink with healthy ingredients to feel relaxed

7 Healthy Ingredients That Make You Feel Relaxed

By Sarah Garone / June 14, 2023 / Comments Off on 7 Healthy Ingredients That Make You Feel Relaxed

Between work pressures, family commitments, global political drama, and climate woes, it’s fair to say we live in a stressful world. Just getting through your everyday life can easily run you ragged. Sometimes, don’t you just want to step back and feel relaxed?

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7 Best Drinks For Your Immune System, Say Experts

By Sarah Garone / May 31, 2023 / Comments Off on 7 Best Drinks For Your Immune System, Say Experts

These days, there’s no shortage of immune-supporting supplements to choose from, and Americans are reaching for them in droves. About 58% of people over age 20 say they take supplements in general—and the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements reports that sales of immune-targeted supplements markedly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as folks…

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Vegan Risotto with Miso and Spring Vegetables

7 Spring Dinner Ideas That Make the Most of Vegetables

By Sarah Garone / April 29, 2023 / Comments Off on 7 Spring Dinner Ideas That Make the Most of Vegetables

People love to joke that spring is the shortest season: one day you’re shivering in freezing temps and a week later, you’re scorching at 90 degrees. The seemingly fleeting nature of this beloved season is one more reason to enjoy the tasty produce it has to offer — like veggies! Asparagus, radishes, peas, leeks, beets,…

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