Almond Crusted Orange Chicken

Ingredients: 1 orange 2 egg whites ¾ cup sliced almonds coarsely chopped ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup all-purpose flour 4 skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced cooking spray Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. 2. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. 3. Finely zest the orange and set … Continue reading Almond Crusted Orange Chicken

National Almond Day

February 16th is National Almond Day. Did you know that this nutritious snack has been popular for the past 6,000 years? Originally from Asia, 80% of the world’s almonds are now grown in California. Packed with Vitamin E, protein, magnesium and fiber, almonds are a heart healthy food. Studies suggest that eating 1.5 ounces of … Continue reading National Almond Day

The Science Behind Intermittent Fasting

You may have heard of intermittent fasting, which essentially is starvation done in a strategic manner. People who follow this practice take periodic breaks from eating, for up to 24 hours, once or twice a week. This popular diet touts intermittent fasting as an effective way to lose weight and to improve health. But is … Continue reading The Science Behind Intermittent Fasting

Should I be taking a Dietary Supplement?

Americans spend billions of dollars on vitamins and dietary supplements annually, but are they good for you? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans states that your nutrition needs should be met primarily through a well-balanced diet. Some people, however, may need to take a supplement in order to get nutrients they may otherwise lack if they … Continue reading Should I be taking a Dietary Supplement?

National Popcorn Day

January 19th is National Popcorn Day! Did you know that Americans consume 13 billion quarts of popcorn annually? Packed with whole grains, fiber and antioxidants, this delicious treat can also be healthy and low in calories. Plain, natural popcorn is full of health benefits, but be careful of added butter and sugar. A large sized … Continue reading National Popcorn Day

Dietary Fats 101

For years, fats have gotten a bad rap, but fats are essential for your health. Fat is a concentrated source of energy and helps your body to absorb some vitamins and minerals. They help to build cell membranes and are necessary for blood clotting and muscle movement. Some fats are better than others, so it’s … Continue reading Dietary Fats 101

Maintaining a Healthy Weight During the Winter Months

During the month of January, many of us are working on keeping the extra pounds off. You may have gained a bit of weight after the overindulgence of the holidays, and it can be challenging to get back to a healthy routine. Shorter days and cooler temperatures tend to make us more likely to eat … Continue reading Maintaining a Healthy Weight During the Winter Months

Mediterranean Diet named “Best Overall Diet”

Are you going on a diet as part of your New Year’s Resolution? You may want to try the Mediterranean diet. A panel of nutrition experts through the U.S. News & World Report recently rated the Mediterranean diet as Number One in its “Best Overall Diet Category,” tied with the DASH Diet. Unlike fad diets, … Continue reading Mediterranean Diet named “Best Overall Diet”

Wholesome Holiday Platters

Would it really be a family gathering without a party platter? Veggie trays, pretzels and dip, and sausage, cheese and crackers: perhaps these have become your go-to appetizers as well. Platters are versatile and can be easily adapted to accommodate for friends' and family's dietary needs. A platter is an easy way to appease your … Continue reading Wholesome Holiday Platters

Calories In, Calories Out

You may have heard of the newest diet fad called CICO, short for “Calories In, Calories Out.” The premise is that you can eat whatever you want, junk food included, as long as you expend more calories than you consume. This simplified diet approach does not take into account the nutritional value of the food … Continue reading Calories In, Calories Out