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Health Trend: Fat Balls

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on March 14, 2018
Have you seen those gooey tiny balls on Instagram that bloggers are raving about these days? For health gurus – fat balls, also known as protein balls, bliss balls, or energy balls are a fabulously efficient snack or possibly even meal replacement.  They are made from health foods such as coconut oil, nut butter, dried fruit, seeds, coconut, and protein powder. All you need are the ingredients and a food processor! Different recipes can be higher in protein or fat, but they all serve the same purpose, a great nutrient dense snack to take on the go or keep stocked in the kitchen. Fat balls are also a popular way to get in some quick nutrients after a workout when you don’t have much time. When enjoying, you must keep in mind that they are not just nutritionally dense in great proteins and fats, but they are also calorically dense so portion control is key! There are countless fat ball and protein ball recipes out there including whatever your vice: peanut butter, coconut, hazelnut, matcha, the sky is the limit! Below is one of my favorite combinations to get you started! Feel free to substitute the type of nuts for your personal favorite!
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Oh Ghee – Another Health Fad?

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on January 24, 2018

You may have noticed that on some diets, in particular the Whole30 diet, you are not allowed to have butter, but you can have Ghee. Why is that?

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Trending Now: Whole30

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on January 17, 2018

Chances are, someone in your office, neighborhood group, or exercise class has mentioned the Whole30 diet. Thousands of people have taken to the program, many after the holiday season. Wondering what it is? Here are your answers!

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Winter Detox Salad

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on January 13, 2018

Indulge a little too much this holiday season? You aren’t alone, it happens to the best of us. The plethora of decadent desserts and holiday treats are hard to resist. This salad is a great way to get back on the right track and jumpstart the New Year in better health!

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New Year, New Workout!

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on January 10, 2018

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution to get back in shape this year? Jumpstart your new fitness goals by trying a type of workout you haven’t in the past! Moving forward, it will be important to continue to switch up your workout routine to keep your mind interested and your muscles most active. If you continue to change your exercise routine, you will burn more calories as you continually challenge your body. If workouts are too repetitive, they can bore both your mind and your muscles. Below are a variety of different types of workouts to incorporate in your fitness plan!

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Seven Healthy Holiday Gifts to Give this Season

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on December 20, 2017

Looking for a last minute holiday gift for a friend or loved one? Consider gifting something that can help them jump start their New Year in better health! The New Year is the perfect time to reset your habits and find the motivation to change. The following seven gifts will be certain to help!  

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12 Quick and Easy Ways to Reset and Destress

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on December 20, 2017

Feeling overwhelmed at work? Stressed about your to-do list? Concerned about meeting deadlines? Use these 12 quick and easy ways to reset yourself during the day.

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on December 6, 2017

Vitamin D is not only essential for bone health, but could also protect against colds and help to improve your mood! The good news is that most people get enough Vitamin D, but it is always a great idea to make sure you are meeting your requirements.

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Five Ways to Think Positive for Good Health

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on November 29, 2017

 Positive thinking helps to control stress and improve overall health. Researchers continue to look into the effects of positive thinking on health, but as of now they believe it could increase life span, lower rates of depression, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Here are five quick ways to help you move towards more positive thinking!

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‘Better for You’ Holiday Baking Alternatives

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on November 22, 2017

 Trying to make your favorite, decadent baked good for family and friends this holiday season?  When making delicious cookies, gooey brownies, or even a nice crisp apple pie, you need all that butter, and heavy cream to make the dish worthwhile, am I right? Actually, this is not necessarily the case! Several healthy baking substitutions can be replaced with typical recipe ingredients to make your favorite dish healthier with the same, great taste.  You will have your family and friends speechless at the simple, healthier, baking substitutions!  Here are some of the most common recipe ingredients that can be easily replaced with more wholesome ingredients in your favorite recipe this holiday season.

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