March 16, 2016

Savor the Flavor Without Overloading on Sodium

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

National Nutrition Month: Why so saltySodium and salt are two words often used interchangeably. Sodium is a mineral that occurs naturally in foods or is added during manufacturing. Table salt is a combination of sodium and chloride.

Our body needs sodium to survive, however, when we consume too much of it, we may experience negative health effects.

Blood pressure increases when there is extra sodium in the bloodstream. High blood pressure is damaging to the heart and may injure blood vessels, increasing the risk for heart disease, as well as other life-threatening health problems.

Sodium Recommendations

The American Heart Association recommends eating less than 1,500 mg a day of sodium (less than ¾ teaspoon of salt a day) for ideal cardiovascular health. Read More …

March 9, 2016

Savor the Flavor WHEN YOU ARE CRUNCHED FOR TIME

Author: Guest Blogger

National Nutrtition Month 2016 Crunched for TimeIn this day and age, time is of the essence.

Kids are getting home from school later than usual. There is sports practice, and lots of homework. On top of their schedule, you may be working nights, long days, and feeling tired and overwhelmed from all that life brings.

Convenience stores and fast food restaurants are on every corner, with a wait time of less than 5 minutes. It’s tempting to give into the convenience. However, there is a bigger price to pay for convenience, and that is your health.

Most convenience foods are loaded with salt, sugar, saturated fat, trans fat, and preservatives. These types of foods can lack nutrients, and eating them too often can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

If you find yourself crunched for time, try these tips to avoid relying on convenience foods. Read More …

March 2, 2016

Savor the Flavor Together!

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

Written by Jamie Williams, Keiser University Dietetic Intern

NationalNutritionMonth2016Cooking doesn’t always have to be a chore. It can be creative, exciting, and fun for the whole family. Although our hectic schedules may not always allow, strive to prepare one meal a week together with your family, or simply make a goal of eating as many meals as you can together in the week.

Spending quality time together allows families to reconnect, talk about their daily lives, and develop a family bond. If you have children, cooking together can give them a sense of responsibility while allowing them to develop their self-expression through food.

Having family meals can help savor the flavor of your traditions. Passing on family values and traditions plays a huge role at meal time. This time together is perfect for conversing about old family memories and history—ones that may very well be passed on to future generations. Read More …

March 9, 2015

5 Ways to Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

Author: Maria Conley, RD, LD/N

5 Ways to bite into a healthy lifestyleDid you know that March 11th is  Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists Day? Don’t forget to wish them a “Happy RDN Day!”

March kicks off National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” Here are 5 ways you can do just that. Read More …