Making Healthy Choices
Natural Sweeteners, Sugar Substitutes

Are Natural Sugar Substitutes Healthier?

If you look back on human history, our diets have become increasingly sweeter. Today, people simply expect their food to taste sweet. The result: We’re all eating too much sugar. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American gets almost 20 percent of his …

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Making Healthy Changes
How to Start a Heart Smart Diet

How to Get Started on a Heart Smart Diet

Who says a healthy diet should be boring or leave you feeling unsatisfied? If you think a eating healthy translates to a little more than ho-hum salad greens or bland food, you’ve got it all wrong. In fact, learning how to take the first steps to eating better might be …

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Healthy Start to Your Day
Anatomy of a Good Breakfast

The Anatomy of a Good Breakfast

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it is usually the meal that people are most likely to skip. Starting your day off with a healthy meal is the perfect way to jumpstart your metabolism and give your body the energy it needs to …

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Healthy Pregnancy
Eating for Two

Eating for Two: Healthy Choices for Baby & You

When eating for two (or more), it’s where the calories come from that matters most. Extra baby-building calories need to come from a well-balanced diet that is high in protein, low in sugar and refined carbs, loaded with fiber, and rich in the right kind of fat—omega-3 polyunsaturated fat. You …

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Healthy Holidays
How to Recover from a Sugar Binge

How to Recover from a Sugar Binge

Steering clear of sugar this time of year is an ambitious goal. Between pumpkin patch visits, Halloween parties and trick-or-treating (and the holidays that are right around the corner), you’re bound to come face-to-mouth with your favorite sugar fix. Despite what most folks believe, however, it’s actually okay to indulge …

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Tips for Eating Healthy
Hold the Butter? Your Guide to Healthy Spreads

Hold the Butter? Your Guide to Healthy Spreads

For many Americans, bread is a dietary staple. We eat it in the morning (in toast form), in the afternoon (to hold together a sandwich) and with the evening meal (for dipping). While the whole-grain variety of this tasty staple boasts plenty of vitamins, minerals and other healthful nutrients, it …

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Healthy Snacking
Protein Bars

How To Choose A (Truly) Healthy Protein Bar

Walk down any grocery store aisle, and you’re bound to find a product that looks much healthier than it is in reality. Example: protein bars. Despite the marketing lingo touting their nutritional value (Organic! All natural! Packed with protein!), some varieties can contain more sugar than a candy bar. Still, …

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Healthy Eating
Fresh Ways to Use Fresh Herbs

Fresh Ways to Use Fresh Herbs

If you grow herbs in your garden or buy them fresh from local farms and farmers’ markets, there are limitless ways to enjoy them in foods and beverages. They are a great way to add flavor without adding fat, salt and added calories. “Herbs add bright flavor to just about …

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Heart Health
5 Ways a Plant-Based Diet Helps Your Heart

5 Ways a Plant-Based Diet is Good for Your Heart

It seems there’s always a new diet or food trend out there advertising ways to help you lose weight fast, look younger or have more energy. But dieting is more than just what you eat – it is how you live your life. I view a person’s eating habits as …

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Health Trends
Alkaline Water: Help or Hype?

Alkaline Water: Health Drink or All Hype?

We all know that drinking plenty of water each day can help your body thrive and keep illness at bay. In fact, proper hydration is necessary for nearly every bodily function. Now, though, a product dubbed alkaline water is making waves, with proponents claiming it can balance your body’s pH, …

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