Improving Health


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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‘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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Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $30

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on December 20, 2016

Looking for the that last minute gift? Give the gift of health this holiday season. 

You probably have a holiday event coming up that includes a Pollyanna. The dreaded question is always, "What gift should I bring?"  Instead of an unhealthy treat or momentary trinket, center your giving around health and wellness this year. Here are gift ideas under 30 dollars to get you thinking!

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The Perfect Heart Healthy Dinner for Your Valentine

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on February 11, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, serve the perfect, heart healthy meal from start to finish.

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The Perfect Holiday Nut: How to Roast Chestnuts

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on December 22, 2015

Chestnuts are the perfect holiday snack that no one seems to think of! 

If you have never tried a chestnut, it is a starchy, slightly sweet, chewy, delicious treat.

There’s a lot of great nutrition packed into the holiday nut everyone loves to sing about.

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5 Simple Tricks to Eat Healthy Throughout the Holiday Season

Posted by Marla Richards, MS, RD, LD on December 17, 2015

Christmas is, in my opinion, the most joyous time of year. Everywhere you look there’s some type of Christmas cheer around. 

Ribbons and lights are wrapped around every pole and building, reds and greens are staple clothing colors, and food is constantly being placed in front of you.

Although fun and joyous, even if you want to avoid them, holiday parties are a must — and are sometimes even placed on your calendar without your consent.

Parties are fun, but are always linked to food. Holiday food can be linked to enjoyment, which often leads to overeating and weight gain.

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Keeping Trim During Holiday Travel

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on November 24, 2015

The busiest travel season of the year is just around the corner. Long layovers, endless traffic, and delayed flights are practically inevitable, so be prepared!

If you are sitting in the airport with a growling stomach and nothing to eat, you will be much more inclined to give in to those enticing aromas emanating from the food court.

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Avoiding Food Temptation During the Holiday Season

Posted by Marla Richards, MS, RD, LD on November 19, 2015

Every day we have air to breathe is a day that food temptations exist. Whether we’re at an event or in our home, unhealthy foods are accessible. Our surroundings are filled with toxic foods that stimulate the mind.

Foods that we crave are often available, making it close to impossible to pass up. If you are trying to make a food change in your life, but your surroundings are filled with unhealthy restaurants, ice cream joints, and bakery shops, don’t cave into your cravings.

It’s easy to always do what you’ve always done, but that will only result in the same type of progress. If the food that you love the most is unhealthy, but it’s the food that’s most available, then you have no choice but to challenge yourself and say no.

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7 Tricks and Treats for a Happy and Healthy Halloween

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on October 27, 2015

Whether you are getting the kids ready for trick-or-treating or having a couple of friends over for some Halloween fun, chances are you are looking for some healthy treats to serve. 

We've got some festive ideas to get guests of any age in the Halloween spirit without sacrificing healthy eating!

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How to Have a Healthy Ending to Your Holiday Party

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on December 22, 2014

Going to a holiday dinner party? Or a cocktail party with tempting holiday appetizers?  These occasions can be a recipe for disaster... So prepare yourself!

“I’m not going to eat all day so I can have my favorite treat later.”  Some people get the idea in their head that they are going to treat themselves later, so they starve themselves all day. What happens in this situation is the person arrives at the party overly hungry and over-indulges on what they were going to have as a “little treat.”

Avoid this path to overeating and plan to eat small, balanced meals that day, including whole grains, fruit, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free dairy or protein. 

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