National Nutrition Month! 10 Ways to Put Your Best Fork Forward

National Nutrition Month! 10 Ways to Put Your Best Fork Forward

March is National Nutrition Month! The theme for this year, as announced by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” This theme was chosen to serve as a reminder that taking even the smallest of steps when it comes to nutrition can lead to long, lasting health benefits. To help you get started in putting your best fork forward, we have 10 simple actions you can take to celebrate National Nutrition Month with your family.

How to Help Your Child Have a Positive Relationship with Food

How to Help Your Child Have a Positive Relationship with Food

In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we wanted to offer families a simple guide to helping your child develop a positive relationship with food. With conflicting health messaging at your child’s fingertips and confusing media messaging promoting elusive “ideal” body types, it’s more important than ever to help your children feel good about their bodies and their food choices. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

Black Beans 5 Ways

Black Beans 5 Ways

Beans are often an underrated food group. You’ll rarely find them on a restaurant menu, and it’s likely if you do eat them, they’re often served as a side dish. We want to encourage you to make beans the start of your meal, so today, our featured ingredient is black beans.  With a little help from our Registered Dietitian friends, we are going to show you how to make them four totally different and unique ways. But first, here are a few reasons to add some black beans into your diet.

5 Unexpected Health Benefits of Chocolate

5 Unexpected Health Benefits of Chocolate

It’s Valentine’s Day and that means everywhere you look you see… Chocolate! And seriously, what better way to tell someone you love them with a delicious, and unexpectedly healthy treat. Over the years chocolate has developed a poor reputation. Not here! This Valentine’s Day, we want you to indulge without guilt on your favorite chocolate treat. Here’s why…

Creamy Curried Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Curried Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Winter is almost over, and as we make that final push towards spring, let’s savor the cool weather with this simple soup recipe that is sure to warm up any room. It’s only five ingredients (not including water), and takes less than 30 minutes to make. If you don’t have 30 minutes, you can also make this in your slow cooker and let it cook while you’re working!

This soup is high in vitamin C (from the squash) and loaded with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory spices from the curry powder. The coconut milk adds a creaminess to the soup without the addition of butter or cow’s milk, which makes this an excellent dish for those suffering from a dairy allergy. 

Navigating Food Allergies in Children

Navigating Food Allergies in Children

Having a child with a life-threatening food allergy can certainly make normal “kid” activities (like school, birthday parties, and playdates) seem extremely stressful. It’s important to know that you’re not alone. One in 13 kids in the U.S. has a food allergy, so you’re sure to find at least a few parents in your circle who can relate to what you’re going through. 

The most common allergens include milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. And while some allergies don’t last forever (many children grow out of them as they get older), some might stick around for life. So, how can you make sure your child, family, and community knows how to address food allergies? Follow these simple steps.

Weight Gain in Adolescence: How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Changing Body

Weight Gain in Adolescence: How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Changing Body

As talk about our nation’s “Obesity Epidemic” is on the rise, it’s only natural many feel compelled to make weight gain and body fat the enemy. But what if we told you weight gain and fat is a good thing? Puberty in girls typically begins between ages eight and 13, and can last as long as four years. While you might think that your daughter is fully grown, it’s perfectly normal for her body to continue to change, and yes, gain weight, well into her teens. During this time, a girl’s body will increase in fat, muscle, and bone, as she begins to transition to womanhood. 

Winter Wellness: Support Your Family Through Cold & Flu Season

Winter Wellness: Support Your Family Through Cold & Flu Season

It seems to be that time of year where everyone you know and their dog is sick. Whether it be a cold, the flu, or something even worse, it’s hard to talk to anyone without feeling like you’re going to become infected. While hand washing and sanitizers might shield against germs passed through physical touch, what can we do to keep our bodies strong to fend against airborne germs, like those passed through sneezing and coughing? The first step is prevention. While there is no guaranteed method to preventing a cold or flu, these methods can certainly be helpful in strengthening your family’s immune system. 

The Most Important Step to Take to Change A Habit

The Most Important Step to Take to Change A Habit

Let’s face it, we all have “bad” or “unhealthy” habits we’d like to break. And, healthy habits we’d like to implement, like eating more nutritiously or exercising regularly. But as we all know, turning a simple action into a daily habit is no easy feat. So, what is the most important step to take in order to change a habit? The first one.

Often, when we think of a habit we want to implement we think about the big picture. Let’s use “exercising regularly” as the example. It’s going to be really hard to implement regular exercise into your life because although this might look like one habit, it’s actually the culmination of many individual steps. Let’s break them down:

You're Dog is Cold Too: Keeping Your Pup Warm This Winter

You're Dog is Cold Too: Keeping Your Pup Warm This Winter

You might be thinking… but, my dog has so much fur! He can’t be cold! Well, the truth is, your dog’s fur doesn’t protect against cold anymore than our pants and long sleeved shirts. Believe it or not, even if you dog has a thick, heavy coat, he still might get cold (especially if he’s living here in New England!). Dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, just as much as we are! Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your dog stays warm this winter.