As a dietitian, I’m always working to get my clients (and my friends and family!) to eat more vegetables. Many don’t realize the recommended daily serving size for fruits and vegetables is 10 servings per day. I know, double digits! It sounds like a lot, and it is, especially if you’re not a natural veggie-lover. But here’s what a serving really looks like:
We know now that dogs are more than just man’s best friend, they can also greatly improve your mental and physical health. But as it turns out, having a dog might provide even more health benefits than meet the eye. Many families with young children might shy away from inviting a dog (or any other pet) into the family in an effort to keep everyone at home from getting sick. After all, dogs do attract dirt and bacteria! In fact, according to recent research, just the opposite is true.
Almost 100% of the clients I work with have struggled, at one time or another, with committing to a regular workout routine. The most common excuse? Lack of time. Skipping a workout (or many) often left them feeling guilty and shameful. When I asked why they felt that way, more often than not, they did not have a specific reason. They just knew they “should” be exercising and they weren’t.
If you’ve been following us here at The Family Hub for a while, you might know that we’re a little tyrannical when it comes to hydration. Water is the essential medium for all of your metabolic processes, and without it, your organs and cells fail to run efficiently. While having fun in the summer sun is great for your mental health, the extra heat causes you to lose water more rapidly through sweat, sometimes faster than you might be able to replace it! That’s why we recommend hydrating at every opportunity, not only by drinking water, but by eating hydrating foods.
Nothing says summer like a popsicle-stained tongue! Frozen treats, while delicious all year round, are never more satisfying than in the hot heat of July and August. Unfortunately, if you take a close look at the ingredients label, you’ll realize that while most popsicles have a fruity flavor, very few of them contain actual fruit. Luckily we’ve found 24 dietitian approved popsicle recipes that you can make yourself!
Is cereal your breakfast of choice? If yes, it might be difficult to determine which cereal is the healthiest if you’re still a little bit confused as to how to dissect that nutrition label on the back of the box. Luckily, we’ve created a little cheat sheet for you so you can become a label reading pro! Check these five spots on the package to start your morning right!
Aside from the ripe fruit, outdoor swimming, and walks to the ice cream shop, one our favorite things about summer is family vacation. But, with vacation comes disruption in our daily routine, making it more difficult to stick to our already-hard-to-stick-to healthy habits. Check out our five simple tips for staying healthy on your summer vacation.
If you read our previous post on hydration, you know that smoothies are a great way to stay hydrated (and cool!) in the summer months. Not only are they delicious and easy to make, they are also a great way to squeeze in a few extra servings of fruits and veggies. Check out our favorite dietitian-created smoothie recipes and their unique health benefits below!
Summer has officially started. That means weekends spent out in the sweet summer sun. Unfortunately, that also means putting ourselves at higher risk for sunburn. While sunscreen is a must to protect our skin, it’s not the only thing we can do to keep the largest organ in our body (yup!) healthy. The food we put in our body, affects what happens on the surface. The foods you eat can affect everything from sunburns to wrinkles, and everything in between. See our tips for protecting and preserving your skin below.