7 Things You Need to Know About Calorie Counting

7 Things You Need to Know About Calorie Counting

For a long time, calorie counting seemed to be the gold standard for determining the nutritional value of a food. You’ve probably heard that our diet can be summed up in one simple equation: calories in equals calories out. This equation has been reinforced time and time again, especially in grocery stores and fast food chains. You often see our favorite snack food available in lower calorie varieties, with exciting claims such as “now with 20% fewer calories!” printed on the front of the package. Also, it’s probably not difficult to cite calorie counts of our favorite fast food menu items. Since calorie labeling isn’t going away anytime soon, I’d like to make sure you’re armed with some sound “calorie” education, that can hopefully help you feel more confident when making food choices. Here are 7 things you need to know:

Intuitive Eating: What is it and How do I Get Started?

Intuitive Eating: What is it and How do I Get Started?

Working as a Registered Dietitian, a lot of people think I help my clients measure portion sizes, count calories, and drop pounds quickly. I have to say, I’m really happy that’s not the case! Instead of putting my clients on diets and strict meal plans, I spend most of my time helping them tap into their internal cues by practicing Intuitive Eating. If right about now you’re thinking, “what in the world is Intuitive Eating?” you’re going to love this introduction!

Moving Meditation: Practice Mindfulness on Your Bike!

Moving Meditation: Practice Mindfulness on Your Bike!

If you’re like us, you love the idea of meditation, but just can’t sit still long enough to really reap the benefits. Most of us here at CYCLE Kids just can’t sit still. Most of us sit on exercise balls just to incorporate more movement while we are working at our desks! If this sounds like you (or your child), we have some good news. You actually don’t have to sit still in order to meditate.

Sure, there are benefits to sitting still, turning off all distractions, and spending a few moments with your thoughts, but you can actually achieve a lot of the same feelings of calmness, peacefulness, and rejuvenation from simply practicing mindfulness throughout your day, even when riding your bike.

4 Dietitian Approved Spring Inspired Meals

4 Dietitian Approved Spring Inspired Meals

This week marks the first full week of spring, and here in New England, we couldn’t be more excited! Not only does it mean warmer weather, but it also means local, fresh vegetables that normally hide out in the cold, winter months. Today we’re excited to share four dietitian approved Spring inspired recipes that are packed with our favorite, seasonal produce.

Should I Let My Kid Eat Sugar?

Should I Let My Kid Eat Sugar?

While you might have read a lot of media scares telling you to avoid sugar at all costs, unfortunately there’s not a whole lot of research to support those claims. Before we get into the ins and outs of sugar, let’s have a quick (and simple) nutrition lesson.

Carbohydrates are a macronutrient, made up Carbon + Hydrogen + Water (hence the word, carbo-hydrate). It’s common to see this word and the term “sugar” used interchangeably, as carbohydrates are made up of a variety of sugar (chemical term: saccharide) molecules. In short, carbohydrates are the building blocks of most plant-based foods.

All carbohydrates are made up of sugars. Examples of these are things like grains (rice, breads, pastas, flours), beans, fruits, even vegetables and milk. These foods contain naturally occurring sugars, meaning they don’t have any “added sugar”. Foods like cookies, candy, and cakes contain added sugar, which can be in the form of table sugar, honey, maple syrup, and corn syrup. For the sake of this article, we are going to use the term carbohydrate as an umbrella term for all of these foods.

Now that you know the basics, we have some simple tips when it comes to navigating sugar in the house:

The Secret to Getting Your Kid to Eat More Vegetables

The Secret to Getting Your Kid to Eat More Vegetables

After surveying some readers of the CYCLE Kids Family Hub, we learned a frequently asked question among parent readers is: “How can I get my kid to eat more vegetables?”

If you’ve read some of our previous posts, you know that we’re veggie-pushers. But, the surprising truth is that children actually will eat their vegetables with little intervention or interference if you use this one simple tool: variety.

As kids are growing, their taste preferences are constantly growing and changing. They might never swoon over steamed broccoli, but by offering variety, they have the opportunity to discover their favorite colors, flavors, textures and cooking methods, so they can enjoy those nutrient-dense veggies well into adulthood.

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…