High blood pressure, or hypertension, is unfortunately very common, affecting 1 billion people worldwide. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 American adults have hypertension (about 75 million people!), and only about half of them (54%) have it under control. Having high blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart
We all know that vegetables are good for us and there are literally thousands of studies over decades of research that tell us this. And many of us know that we don’t eat enough of them. Full of antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and fiber- things your body NEEDS!- vegetables are
Vitamin D (technically, a hormone) plays a role in just about every aspect of our health. It’s not only important for bone health, it also plays a role in blood glucose regulation, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, brain function, thyroid health and even conditions such as ADHD, Autism and depression. Several
We’ve known for decades that certain chemicals in our food supply could be damaging to our bodies. With more and more evidence accumulating, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) finally put out an official policy statement pointing out these dangers, especially for infants and children.
When it comes to feeding our children many of us feel lost. Maybe you’re just starting to introduce solids to your baby or maybe you are having all out wars with your 5 year old at dinner time. If meal times stress you out, you might be making some of
With Valentine’s Day just a week away, many of you might already be thinking about the treats that tend to come along with this holiday. Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day, we all love a little special treat now and then. While I don’t believe that you have to
Non-dairy milks are becoming more and more popular. Have you seen all the options at the grocery store lately? There are so many! Unfortunately, many of those options contain ingredients we may not want to have on a regular basis, like added sugar, gums, stabilizers or other fillers. Plus they
It’s that time of year again! Time for colds and runny noses and sniffles and sneezing. With an 11 month old in daycare, I am very aware that it is cold and flu season. Luckily there are plenty of things that can be done to help prevent colds and other
If you have recently had a baby you’ve likely heard of baby led weaning (BLW). The concept has been around for centuries, but it has become much more popular in the last few years. Baby led weaning is one way to start solids. Basically, it means that baby is allowed
By now most of us have heard about grass-fed beef and dairy, but you may still be confused about what that really means and if the benefits are worth the extra cost. First let me point out that “organic” has nothing to do with whether an animal product is grass
As some of you might know, I have recently had a baby. This means that everything about my life has changed! Including how I go about making dinner. Currently, I have very limited time to prepare meals on most nights. For a while it was whatever I could make with
Have you ever wondered why your friend lost weight on a specific diet and you lost nothing, even though you did exactly what he or she did, or why your spouse’s cholesterol is better than yours even though you eat the same foods? It’s because we are all different and
Just by looking at a plantain it’s easy to see that it’s a member of the banana family. Plantains are a very common food in tropical climates all over the world such as South America, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. While not quite as common in the U.S., they
If you are new to eating real foods or are just trying to eat less processed foods, you may have initially thought that real food is bland. But I promise, eating real food doesn’t have to mean plain chicken breast and steamed broccoli. There are plenty of great, easy
I recently returned from my annual family beach vacation. It’s my family and my husband’s family, so around 35 or 40 of us in all. As you can imagine, there is a lot of beach time, huge dinners, and a lot of drinking.
We are so lucky here on SAS’s World Headquarters campus to have many wonderful food options! Many of us take advantage of the cafés and food-to-go stations on a daily basis too. As you can imagine, we get questions about what the healthiest options are in the cafes and food-to-go
I admit, I’ve always loved beets! I can remember eating beets right out of the can as a kid. My grandma would also pickle them. YUM! I love beets! I actually never had a fresh beet until I got a little older and was cooking for myself. The difference between
September is Fruit and Veggie Month! What better way to celebrate than to learn more about what’s in season right now! Here in North Carolina it’s time for all the winter squash recipes to start floating around again! Winter squash is a great fiber rich, nutrient dense carbohydrate that’s loaded
The foods we eat play a huge role in how well our body functions, positively or negatively. If you are training for a sports event or competition, you want to make sure your body is functioning at its peak! This could be a 5K, 10K, Triathlon, Spartan Race, or any
Vinegar has been around for thousands of years, and it’s been used medicinally for likely just as long. We've all heard the “wives tales” about what vinegar can do (and seen the crazy claims on the internet). But does it really work? Vinegar has been researched for a while now,
I love avocados! The creamy texture seems to go perfect with just about anything! My favorite combo is avocado and egg, they are a match made in heaven! But avocados are great on salads, in sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, soups, and even desserts! Luckily avocados are also a nutritional powerhouse!