It’s that time of year: the temperatures are down, the snow is falling (and here on the East Coast it may be 70 degrees the next day), and everyone is getting sick. The #flu and #strepthroat and #colds are everywhere! Besides washing your hands ALOT what else can you do to fight against and heal from sickness? Try keeping these foods in rotation all season long:
*Fruits and vegetables: the deep greens, bell peppers and berries for all the Vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber
*#Probiotics: found in fermented foods-yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi
*Bone broth: helps thin mucus when sick
*Honey: antibacterial and anti-inflammatory-soothes sore throats *Fresh, grated ginger in tea or cooked foods
*Shiitaki mushrooms: good source of zinc
*Eggs: zinc in the yolk helps prevent getting sick
Wishing you all a healthy winter!!! #staywarm



Who says tequila is just for Cinco de Mayo? It is one of my favorite drinks for summer (and all year round really!) If you would like to watch your calories and decrease the risk of a hangover, then try my favorite cocktail: tequila on the rocks with the splash of club soda and fresh lime juice. Tequila only has 64 calories per ounce, as well as zero sugar and zero carbs. (For comparison wine has about 120 calories per glass.) As long as you are not adding mixers (juices, liquor, tonic, etc) you can keep your beverage calorie consumption fairly low when you drink in moderation. Plus this recipe tastes clean and great to me! Try adding in a jalapeño slice or a salted spicy rim for even more and flavor. What’s your favorite tequila drink?

Back-to-School LUNCH

Back-to-School LUNCH

Here we go again!  The long, hot, lazy days of summer are coming to an end, and that means back to class, routine, crazy schedules, sports, carpool, and…packing countless lunches and snacks for school.  I must admit that I did NOT miss this prep work these couple of weeks that my kids were not in camp and school, so I can imagine many of you feel the same AND don’t always know what to give your kids to eat. 

Read on for some of my tips and tricks, as a Registered Dietitian AND busy working Mom of two young boys. 

  1. Keep the Kids Involved

Whether you take the kids grocery shopping with you, allow them to assist in making their own school lunch, offer choices, or include items you baked together, they will feel empowered and maybe even excited about what’s in their lunch box.  By taking my 6-year-old son with me to the deli counter in Whole Foods, we learned that he really enjoys turkey pastrami.  He (sometimes) likes helping me put popcorn in a Ziploc bag for lunch or picking out his snacks.   The kids love baking (healthy!) cookies and muffins and telling their friends about it when they eat them at lunch.  Even just asking my 4-year-old if he wants a banana or apple in his lunch makes him happy that he had a say in the matter.

  1. Offer a Balanced Meal

The goal of a healthy school lunch, as part of a balanced diet, is to enhance learning skills, thought processes, and school performance, while maintaining energy levels to fuel the remainder of the afternoon, which often includes after-school sports/activities.  “Balanced” means including a variety of foods from each food group with different sources of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.  Here are just a few examples:

Protein-helps keep little tummies full and kids grow strong.

Turkey (deli, ground, fresh)
Chicken  (tenders, grilled, sliced)
Fish (tuna, salmon, nova, fish sticks)
Eggs (scrambled, boiled, omelets)
Dairy (yogurt, milk, cheese)
Nuts and Seeds (nut butters, raw/roasted nuts, pumpkin/sunflower seeds)
Beans (hummus, black beans, chickpeas, edamame/soybeans)

Carbohydrates-great for energy and crunch is good for concentration.

Whole grain bread/muffin/bagel
Brown rice
Whole wheat, brown rice or whole grain pasta
Tortilla chips
Whole grain crackers
Potatoes or chips (made with avocado oil or olive oil are the best)

Fat-also helps keep kids more full, important for brain health

Found in:

Animal protein (eggs, chicken, turkey, meat, cheese, full or low-fat dairy)
Nuts and seeds

  1. Keep it Simple, Small, Easy (AND a little FUN!)

Easy lunches are the simplest for Moms (or caretakers) to make, and kids feel confident eating (mostly) familiar foods.  Bite-size, or cut up foods are just easier for little fingers to hold, or eat with a fork.  Most kids have limited time for lunch periods, so the easier to eat the better: smaller pieces and easy-open containers are helpful!  Making lunch colorful with fruits and veggies makes it more appealing.  If a cute smiley face made out of raisins or even chocolate chips and M&M’s will help, then go for it! 

  1. Include New and Non-Favorite Foods

Familiarity breeds liking:  it can take up to 50+ exposures (seeing, licking, tasting, biting) to new or different foods for a child to actually accept and eat it.   Definitely, include foods that you know your child to eat.  You DO want to keep their bodies and brains fueled for the busy school day.  But, you can also add foods that they sometimes or never eat:  when they are hungry and that’s all that’s in front of them they may just (surprisingly) eat AND enjoy it!

  1. Leftovers for Lunch

When cooking dinner (pasta, pizza, vegetables, chicken, burgers), make extra:  thermoses and other containers can keep this food warm for lunch OR kids may even enjoy some of it cold.  This also saves Moms times when making lunch.

  1. Contain it!

Let your kids select and get excited about their lunchbox or bag.  Include a note or a sticker to add a little more fun.   Try new and different containers. 

I found these, which are PERFECT for dressings, hummus, sauces, etc.

And I like these for fruits and vegetables so they don’t get a sandwich and other items wet:

The containers in the lunch photos are similar to these.

None of these above containers are perfect or magic.  I use a combination of these and Ziploc bags depending on the day, what’s clean, available and easiest at the time.  Find which works best for you and your kids!

Below are FIVE different ideas for lunches. 

Feel free to mix and match and swap in your kids’ favorite foods.  These are just suggestions, and may not work for all kids, but hopefully will spark some lunch creativity in your house!

  1. Almond butter and strawberry jelly on whole grain bread with strawberries, cucumbers, and popcorn
    • Choose any nut (or seed) butter that is made ONLY from the nut and maybe salt.  There should be no added oils, sugars, or additional ingredients.
    • Select a jelly that has no added sugar.  Fruit juice is so sweet on its own.  Try this one from Trader Joe’s.  I also like the brands: St. Dalfour and Polaner All Fruit.
    • Choose bread that has the first ingredient as WHOLE wheat flour (just “wheat flour” means WHITE flour).  Also make sure there are no added sugars, preservatives and/or ingredients you cannot pronounce.  This is Bread Alone brand.  I also like Ezekial bread and English muffins. -I recommend using ORGANIC produce as much as possible.  See my blog to learn more:
    • Try selecting air-popped popcorn that is homemade or made with ONLY olive oil or coconut oil and a pinch of salt.
  2. Siete chips with guacamole, carrots and ranch, turkey pepperoni
    • These grain-free Siete chips are made with cassava flour, coconut flour, avocado oil, and chia.  Not only are they healthy, they are delicious and a great alternative to regular corn chips.
    • The organic guacamole single packs are made by Wholly Guacamole.
    • This is Applegate Farms turkey pepperoni made without added nitrates.
    • I use Primal Kitchen ranch dressing made with avocado oil.
    • For the younger kids, I recommend slicing the carrots into thinner strips so they are easier to eat.
  3. Pizza, steamed broccoli, red grapes, Simple Mills almond flour crackers.
    • For pizza I like both Amy’s Organic and Trader Joe’s organic, both which are frozen.  I also love Cali’flour Foods cauliflower pizza and Cappello’s brands for gluten free options.  Or you can make your own by following my recipe:
    • Simple Mills makes single packs of their plain and cheddar crackers, which are great healthy, gluten-free alternatives for traditional Wheat Thins or Cheeze-Its.
  1. Turkey and cheese roll-ups, red peppers, cantaloupe, veggie chips
    • This is organic honey-roasted turkey breast and organic cheddar cheese slices from Whole Foods.  You can try other types of turkey (pepper, smoked, pastrami, etc.) and chesses to switch it up.  Or try cucumbers or peppers in the roll up.
    • I use either the 365 Whole Foods brand or Good Health Veggie Chips.
  2. Siggis vanilla yogurt, veggie sticks, watermelon, edamame
    • I love this yogurt because it’s thick and great for dipping, high in protein with 15 grams per cup and low in sugar.
    • My kids like to use these Veggie Stix (Whole Foods or Good Health) to dip in the yogurt.
    • I keep frozen edamame in the freezer.  Both shelled and in the pod versions are available at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and most other markets. 



All my best to you and your families!

****For additional individual or family Nutrition Counseling, contact me via the phone number or email address below.  Check out my website and social media for additional recipes and ideas!

 ****None of these recommendations or products are sponsored.  They are simply items that I like and use for my kids and clients. 

Robin Barrie Kaiden, MS, RD, CDN, CSSD
Registered Dietitian, 
Certified Personal Trainer

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Is Hummus Good for Weight Loss?

Is Hummus Good for Weight Loss?

Hummus is a staple in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. It is a dip that is typically made out of mashed chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini (ground hulled sesame seeds), olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt. Other variations can include herbs and spices such as paprika, basil, or turmeric.

Aside from being a delicious dip or spread for vegetables and bread, hummus has been gaining recognition as a healthy food that can aid in weight loss. Turmeric is a great spice for joint pain, it also has other great health benefits visit to learn more. In fact, a recent study cited by Women’s Health indicated that people who have incorporated hummus into their diet are generally healthier than people who don’t. The study also showed that despite having the same calorie intake, they have smaller waists and weigh less overall. Another thing is when you have addiction, you should go to addiction marketing services.

Take a look at why it might be time to go on a grocery run for hummus and chickpeas.


One of the main components of chickpeas that has a slimming effect is fiber. An NCBI study on the nutritional value of chickpeas found that the legume has a high content of dietary fiber which promotes gut health. It facilitates bowel movement, relieves constipation, and helps maintain weight. Fiber is often found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, and legumes. The next time you’re feeling a little bit bloated or “blocked”, snacking on some fiber-rich vegetables and hummus is a tasty solution.

Complex Carbohydrates

There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates—found in sugar, cereals, white bread, etc.—are easier to digest. Medical News Today explains that since they are used up faster, it means that you also get hungry quicker and end up overeating. Chickpeas are rich in complex carbohydrates or slow-digesting carbohydrates that provide the body with energy over a longer period of time. Unlike the bad carbohydrates, complex carbs generally have a low glycemic index. This means that it will not elevate your blood sugar which can cause your weight to fluctuate as the excess energy gets stored into fat.


As you may know from my recent post on Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Build a Butt Challenge”, protein is an essential element of bodybuilding. When you start to work out, it is easy to get carried away with running on the treadmill. The more miles you log, the more weight you lose, right? But, the body also eats up muscle along with fat which often frustrates people as they don’t see a toned body in the mirror. This is why strength and conditioning should also be part of your workout and protein is the main macronutrient that will help build and repair the muscles. Hummus is packed with protein that can help burn fat and sculpt muscles.

You can combine it with certain kinds of meat to increase protein. Entertainment Daily claims that hummus can be paired with lean proteins such as chicken or turkey and whole-grain bread for more slow-digesting carbohydrates. You can use hummus as a spread to replace mayonnaise, which is one of the most unhealthiest of foods out there. A healthy drug is this instant knockout for men that helps you sleep.

For vegetarians looking for a quick light snack, you can dip celery, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers or any other vegetable you like into hummus. Enjoy hummus, and also enjoy losing weight!

Eat Your Way To A Slimmer Stomach

Eat Your Way To A Slimmer Stomach

When it comes to achieving a flat stomach or “six pack,” strength training like classes, abdominal work, and cardiovascular exercise are only part of the must-do’s for toning up your midsection. Those abs will remain hidden unless you’re also eating the right foods (and drinking an optimal amount of water, too). While we should all avoid eating white flour, sugar, and fried and salty foods when trying to lose weight or lean out, incorporating certain foods into your healthy eating plan will help blast belly fat.

Besides food and diet changes you can also try using a weight loss supplement. It may feel overwhelming looking at the market and finding so many fat burners I have one I recommend personally! Try using leanbean, a one of a kind fat burning supplement. Don’t believe me? Check out these leanbean reviews! The results will shock you!

*Food suggestions are below, but as with any diet, always consult your physician or Registered Dietitian on your individual health and/or nutrition needs and goals.”

Asparagus: Not only is asparagus low in calories and high in fiber, it’s full of filling protein and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains a prebiotic called inulin. which supports digestion and the growth of “good bacteria” in the GI tract to decrease bloating. Enjoy it steamed or roasted a few times a week to experience these benefits.

Cucumber: Another low-calorie. high-fiber veggie, cucumber also has a high water content, which can positively support weight loss (as you’ll see in the “water”
section below). With only 45 calories in one whole cucumber, as part of a healthy meal or snack, it decreases bloating and exhibits anti-inflammatory effects in the GI tract.

Greek Yogurt: Since this thick version of yogurt is strained, it has double the tummy-filling protein while being lower in la than regular yogurt It also contains “good bacteria” or probiotics to aid digestion and decrease bloating. Those with lactose intolerance are often able to tolerate Greek yogurt (unlike other dairy products). Plus, it’s a great source of calcium and slows the body’s production of cortisol, which can increase belly fat.

Good Fats: Olive Oil & Avocado: Both olive oil and avocado are healthy sources of monounsaturated fats. Healthy fats in moderation not only support the feeling of being satiated, they may even help burn more fat while storing less fat in your midsection. They also help control blood sugar and improve overall cholesterol levels, and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to support digestion and a flatter stomach.


Protein: Wild Salmon & Eggs: Salmon is high in Omega 3’s or “good fat.” Both protein and fat take longer to digest in the body, thus helping you feel satiated longer – less hungry = less munching on extra calories. Research has shown that the Omega-3’s found in salmon and other fish may help the body burn, not store, fat. Also, wild salmon has 4x the Vitamin D as farmed salmon. Insufficient consumption of this vitamin (via foods and/or the sun) has been linked to obesity. Eggs are also a great source of protein and Vitamin D. Studies have shown that those who start their day with eggs feel more full and eat fewer calories throughout the day.

Almonds: High in protein, fiber, and monounsaturated fat almonds are a great snack to battle cravings and keep you satiated. They lower blood sugar and cholesterol, help reduce the risk of weight gain, decrease weight and body fat and aid in building muscle.

Apple: Apples aren’t just high in water and fiber, they’re also a “slow food” It can take 20 minutes for the stomach to signal the brain that it’s full so by consuming foods that take longer to eat this realization occurs before we overeat. Crunching and chewing keep your mouth busy (and happy!). Apples also keep you feeling full, improve blood sugar and hormone levels, and aid “good” GI bacteria and digestion.

Along with these belly-slimming foods, don’t forget to drink plenty of water!

Water helps with weight loss and a flat stomach a few different ways. First of all, note that 75% of the times you think you’re hungry, you’re actually thirsty. So before you reach for a snack, make sure you are well-hydrated Sufficient water intake also prevents dehydration · dehydrated bodies retain water. While water needs vary among individuals (climate, activity level, etc.}, you’ll know you are drinking enough and you’re not dehydrated when your urine is clear or light yellow in color· eight cups a day is just a guideline, also, make sure your water is coming from a good source, it is better if you drink water from a filter like the lg refrigerator water filter, it helps take the all the impurities away while keeping all the nutrients.

Water also aids in digestion: It moves food through your GI tract to prevent constipation and bloating. But please note, seltzer water can cause increased gas and bloat, so stick to flat water. Try “infused water” by adding cucumber and mint or lemon/lime/grapefruit/orange slices to a glass or pitcher of water to keep it interesting and refreshing! Both men and women should follow these tips. It is an important topic that has been on the news lately so keep it up everyone out there and if anyone want some of the best tips on health we recommend going to for the latest information on it!


Healthy Foods For Super Summer Skin

Healthy Foods For Super Summer Skin

Along with hot, sunny weather, summer also means increased sweat,Resultado de imagen para healthy skin salty ocean water, pool chlorine, and tans and sunburns – which all take a toll on your skin and should be solved with the effectiveness of cream you use, but with the biolabs pro products you can find a great cream for your skin to maintain it healthy and hydrated. However, the seasonal foods we love to eat can also help rechiverse the damage and nourish your skin! Try incorporating these foods into your summer meals and snacks:

Water: Water is essential for your skin, digestion, metabolism, hormones, and all of your body’s other systems. Having the best water filtration system is important. You should View Pricing and the different systems offered to make sure you get clean water to maintain hydrated and healthy. It maintains hydration for moist, plump, and blemish-free skin. As a digestive aid, it rids the body of toxins, waste, and impurities while supporting regularity. For a refreshing summer drink, add cucumber and mint or strawberries and citrus fruits to a pitcher of water and keep it refrigerated or in a cooler.

Protein: Protein builds and repairs tissue, and is essential to skin, hormones, enzymes, and the immune system. Your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes protect against oxidative stress. Nuts, seeds, Greek yogurt, turkey slices, low fat cottage cheese, fish, chicken, and lean chicken, turkey, and beef burgers are all great sources of protein.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Foods high in monounsaturated fats, like extra-virgin olive oil, fish oil (omega-3’s, or EPA and DHA), avocado, tarVsour cherries, and blueberries, decrease and prevent inflammation. Avoid saturated and trans fats (found in fried and processed foods) and refined sugars, which increase inflammation.

Lycopene: A Vitamin A precursor, this cartenoid has been shown to decrease UV damage, inflammation, and oxidative stress. It’s highly concentrated in tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, and guava, and is most bioavailable in heat­processed or oil-based tomato products like canned tomato juice, tomato paste, and sun-dried tomatoes.

Cocoa/Chocolate: Cocoa contains flavonoids, which act as antioxidants and can improve skin quality, according to research. Flavonoids increase blood flow and skin oxygen saturation while smoothing skin texture.

Antioxidants: Vitamin C is found in oranges, broccoli, bell peppers, strawberries, watermelon, grapefruit, and other fruits and vegetables. Vitamin E is found in sunflower seeds, almonds, olives, spinach, and papaya. Polyphenols are found in green tea, grape seeds, and pomegranate. These skin antioxidants all fight against free radicals, increase sunscreen efficacy, and help protect skin from UV light and free radical damage.


AVOCADO High in Vitamin E for anti-aging; antioxidants promote clear, glowing skin and healthy hair (similar to the effect one gets using the best hair fibers made of keratin), in many cases they can also help you stop alopecia hair loss.
OLIVE OIL Healthy fat is anti-inflammatory, promotes healthy skin, and protects against UV rays
ALMONDS High in Vitamin[, and protect against UV rays and free radical cell damage
BRAZIL NUTS One nut meets 100% daily selenium, protects against skin stress, and can improve acne
OMEGA-3s Anti-inflammatory for skin health; found in fatty fish like Salmon says Dr. Matthew Galumbeck
COCONUT OIL High in Vitamin E and antioxidants for great skin and hair; improves digestion and metabolism


BERRIES High in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber
TOMATOES High in lycopene, decreases UV damage and inflammation; most bioavailable with added oil
CARROTS High in antioxidants like beta carotene (a Vitamin A precursor)
CELERY High in water content and fiber to aid in digestion and help keep you full for weight loss
CUCUMBER High in water; anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits
POMEGRANATE Contains polyphenols, anti-aging skin antioxidants that improve sunscreen efficacy
PINK GRAPEFRUIT High in Vitamin A, carotene, lycopene, and Vitamin C; can help with weight loss and increase metabolism
WATERMELON High in water content, lycopene, Vitamin C, and potassium
RED PEPPERS More Vitamin C than citrus fruits and high in fiber; great for digestion and the skin

Summer Yogurt Parfait

This recipe makes a delicious breakfast, lunch, or even a healthy snack. It’s packed with protein, antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber – sweet, satisfying, fill in , and is great for people that want to be healthy and you can also burn fat with Premier Keto diet as well.


  • 6 oz plain yogurt (Greek or coconut)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries and 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds or walnuts
  • 1 tbsp apple butter or all natural (no sugar added) fruit preserves

Add yogurt to a small bowl or cup. Layer and/or arrange the remaining ingredients, mix as desired, and enjoy!

Fall/Winter Foods for Healthy Skin

Many factors are involved in decreased skin quality and aging. Hormone imbalance, inflammation, infections, and free radicals (oxidative stress) are internal mechanisms that can exacerbate skin deterioration and aging. To take good care of your skin you can use the best collagen supplements. Foods can help us improve skin quality. It is extremely important to start from the inside out. If our skin does not have all necessary fuel (vitamins and minerals), it cannot be in top shape. Ingesting and digesting these nutrients ensure they get into our blood stream and get delivered to our skin. By the way, for those of you who wish to own a skin care business product, private label skin care can help you. Just fill out the forms on their website to get started.

Fall/Winter Foods for Healthy Skin

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PUMPKIN SEEDS are a good source of zinc, which can help protect against oxidative stress and improve acne. It is used in skin building and repair. It also improves immunity. They are also a source of protein, which is required for tissue, or skin, building and repair. Find out The Guys Shaving Club, the best shaving care.

CRANBERRIES are a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E, and selenium. Selenium helps protect skin against sun damage and improves skin quality and elasticity. Furthermore, you can also achieve a healthy looking skin if you consider the facial treatments of Andres Bustillo, a board certified fellowship trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Cranberries are great at fighting acne, since selenium, combined with Vitamins A and E, is a great anti-acne nutrient combination before you go to rhinoplasty specialist in Washington DC.

BRUSSELS SPOUTS are great sources of Vitamins C and K. Vitamin K helps promote healthy blood and circulation to the skin. It helps heal skin discoloration, improves healing and appearance of scars, fights against skin imperfections and spider veins in the face.

Try this healthy recipe:

Lime Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pumpkin Seeds
(makes 4 side dish servings)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or olive oil cooking spray
  • 16 ounces Brussels sprouts, halved
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepperhar
  • 4 tablespoons dried, no sugar added cranberries
  • 4 tablespoons roasted, shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9×13″ baking dish with olive oil or cooking spray. Add Brussels sprouts in a single layer, mixed with dried cranberries. Mist lightly with spray or oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven, and mix in lime juice. Sprinkle evenly with pumpkin seeds. Return to oven for 5 minutes, remove, then serve! When you want to take the best care for your skin, go to Waldman Schantz Plastic Surgery Center.

Lime Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pumpkin Seeds

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil Or Olive Oil Cooking Spray<br /><br />
  • 16 Ounces Brussels Sprouts, Halved<br /><br />
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt<br /><br />
  • 1/4 Tsp Pepperhar<br /><br />
  • 4 Tbsp Dried, No Sugar Added Cranberries<br /><br />
  • 4 Tbsp Roasted, Shelled Pumpkin Seeds<br /><br />
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice<br /><br />
  1. Preheat Oven To 400°F.

  2. Coat A 9×13″ Baking Dish With Olive Oil Or Cooking Spray. 

  3. Add Brussels Sprouts In A Single Layer, Mixed With Dried Cranberries.

  4. Mist Lightly With Spray Or Oil, And Sprinkle With Salt And Pepper.

  5. Bake 20-25 Minutes. Remove From Oven, And Mix In Lime Juice.

  6. Sprinkle Evenly With Pumpkin Seeds. Return To Oven For 5 Minutes

  7. Remove, Then Serve!

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

Should we wine while we dine?  According to recent research, a glass (or two) a day may be more than just fine!  Past studies have shown that resveratrol, the antioxidant found in red grape skins and therefore in red wine, helps to promote: anti-aging effects, strong bones, healthier blood vessels in the elderly, cleaner arteries to prevent stroke, lower heart attack risk in men with high blood pressure, killing of cancer cells, decreased ovarian cancer risk, and reduced ulcer-causing bacteria. So go to Oddbins now and start ordering a couple bottles of the best wine! Even the antioxidants in white wine have been linked to health improvements, including better lung function.

A study conducted in Spain and published in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that both red and white wine may lower women’s risk of heart disease.  (Prior studies had only observed this effect in men.)  After 4 weeks of adding two glasses of wine per day to a heart-healthy diet, the female participants had higher levels of the good (HDL) cholesterol and lower levels of an inflammatory substance (C-reactive protein) in their blood.  The red wine showed a more substantial effect than white wine, likely due to its higher level of resveratrol.  (Red wine has a higher amount because it is the grape skin that gives the wine its red color—just a Wines 101 tidbit.)

This all great news. . . . So bottoms up right?  Not so fast.  Wine’s benefits result from moderate consumption, meaning ONLY one to two glasses per day.  But if we don’t get a chance to have some wine during the week, we can save it all up for the weekend, right? Absolutely not.  Just one bout of binge drinking can do a lot of damage.  My clinical nutrition professor in college made sure we’d never forget this fact—during our last class before homecoming weekend, she showed us the up close and personal detailed photos of a fatty liver after one episode of binge-drinking.  Allow me to spare you the details by just saying it was not pretty.  With that in mind, my advice is that if you already drink in moderation, you can continue to enjoy sipping your favorite vintage.  For the above health benefits, consider choosing wine over beer or hard alcohol, and red wine over white wine.

If you do not drink, neither I nor doctors or other health professionals would recommend that you start.  Those of you who dislike the taste or can’t tolerate the alcohol need not fret—these benefits may soon be available in an effective pill form!  Pharmaceutical companies have been observing the effects of resveratrol-like compounds, which are actually 1,000 times stronger than resveratrol, in animal studies.  Since these studies have shown such promise in treating type 2 diabetes and other age-related diseases, researchers highly expect success in future human studies as well.  In the meantime, I will rhyme, and remind you that it is fine, to enjoy a bit of wine while you dine! On the other hand, if you need insurance company for coverage purposes, Pacific United Insurance offers Texas Contractors affordable general liability coverage.

Better Together

Better Together

Food Combos for Optimal Health


Like peanut butter and jelly or chips and salsa, some foods are just meant to go together. But unlike these combos, some foods pair well not just for taste — but for better nutrition. I had recently filled out a wic application and have been able to get fruit and vegetables.

When specific components in food interact, they have a synergistic effect, producing health-promoting benefits that surpass eating either food alone.”Each food brings different properties and compounds to the table that, together, pack a bigger punch,” says Robin Barrie Kaiden, a registered dietitian.

Food can even help you as a cleaner supply to be more natural and healthy at your home, and you will feel your house more fresh. With citrus from lemon you can zap grime from your microwave,remove stains from linens, and shine brass. 

Image result for food and cleaningKetchup, believe it or not can make you shine copper and get your car gleaming again, Powdered lemon or orange drink with its citric acid  you can banish rust and stains from you dishwasher, this tips will make you have a greener and safer home, and you can look for more Green Home Consulting to get more tips on how to use baking soda, vinegar and cream of tartar as a cleaning supply !! 

Tomato & Broccoli

If you’re concerned about your prostate health, consider having a bowl of homemade tomato soup with a side of steamed broccoli for lunch.

These vegetables are known for their cancer-fighting properties — and, according to a University of Illinois study funded by American Institute for Cancer Research and the USDA, the broccoli-tomato combo is better at shrinking prostate tumors than when you eat either vegetable alone.

“Scientists currently believe that the two foods contain different compounds that work on separate anticancer pathways, using separate mechanisms to ward off cancer,” Kaiden says.

And cooking your vegetables may be more beneficial than eating them raw. A study published in 2008 in “The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry” found that cooking increases the total antioxidant capacity of certain vegetables — including broccoli and tomatoes.

Spinach & Oranges

Popeye may have found his strength from simply eating his spinach right out of the can, but you may want to consider having a little vitamin C along with yours.

Your body needs iron — found in dark, leafy greens such as spinach, as well as beans and lean meat — to transport oxygen to your blood cells. But the fact is that the average healthy adult only absorbs about 10 to 15 percent of his dietary iron intake. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption — and eating foods rich in iron and vitamin C together can help your body absorb iron to the max.

Try adding 1/2 cup of bell peppers to a corn and black bean salad, or 1 cup of strawberries to a spinach salad, suggests Barrie.

For a quick boost, squeeze vitamin C-rich lime or lemon juice on your iron sources. Use 3 tsp. of lemon or 4 tsp. of lime juice to aim for 10 percent of the Daily Value of vitamin C, suggests Jackie Newgent, a registered dietitian and author of “Big Green Cookbook” and the award-winning “The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook.”

Yogurt & Oatmeal

Jump start your day with a P&P — prebiotic and probiotic — parfait. Layer sliced bananas, cooked oatmeal and Greek yogurt — then drizzle with a little maple syrup or honey.

Prebiotics are indigestible nutrients found in a variety of foods — especially high-fiber foods — and include bananas, oatmeal and honey. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that live in your gut — and are also found in fermented foods like yogurt. The pairing of the two contributes to healthy digestion and immune function.

According to the National Institutes of Health, when probiotics and prebiotics are mixed together, they form a symbiotic bond. “They have a synergistic relationship because prebiotics feed the probiotics,” says Nancy Clark, a registered dietitian and author of four books geared toward athletes’ nutrition needs, including “Sports Nutrition Guidebook.” If you don’t have time to prepare some good healthy food then visit, they will send you portion controlled precooked diet meals to weight loss.

To avoid the post-lunch bloat, include prebiotics and probiotics in your midday meal. Opt for a spinach artichoke dip made with yogurt, chopped spinach and artichoke. Add lemon, garlic, sea salt and pepper to taste — and serve with buckwheat crackers or bread.

Whole Grains & Garlic/Onion

For a mineral boost, try snacking on hummus made with fresh garlic and onions spread on a slice of whole grain bread.

A study published in 2010 in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” found that combining garlic or onions with whole grains may help boost the absorption of iron — which is needed for healthy red blood cells — and zinc, which aids in energy metabolism, immune function and protein synthesis.

According to Kaiden, cysteine, an amino acid found in garlic and onions, increases iron absorption by 70 percent and zinc absorption by 160 percent in whole grains. “After adding 1 to 2 chopped cloves to your recipe, allow it to sit for a few minutes before cooking to maximize your health benefits,” she says.

Toss in fennel for an added boost. It not only has its own anti-cancer properties — fennel also neutralizes garlic breath. Chew on couple of teaspoons after a garlicky meal.

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The ‘Healthy’ Choices That Are Costing You

The ‘Healthy’ Choices That Are Costing You

“We’re easily sold by the gimmicks of marketing and celebrity endorsements,” says Tony Nakhla, a Los Angeles-based dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon. For instance, a lot of women are searching for the best Miami facial plastic surgeon to achieve perfect facial features. And when we think something’s good for us, we’re ready and willing to pay the up-charge. Yet, everyday Nakhla sees patients spending hundreds and even thousands of dollars a month on products and treatments that don’t live up to the claims. Whether it be food, exercise equipment or any other product, you can find all and anything using the WordTree Amazon Keyword Tool; this refined search engine allow you to search for any product needed, as well as monitor your own niche. On here, you can find any product or food, like soy mil, almond milk, skin creams, organic peanut butter, ab rollers and many other health products.

In the current cult of health, anything that’s easy and purported to help us lose weight, stay fit, feel better or look younger goes in the shopping bag. Yet often these “healthy” choices are not so healthy after all and cost much more than the alternatives, although there are other issues that people can have like hearing problems, but there are sites where you can find solutions for this from sites as Medical experts weigh in on what not to buy for your health and wellbeing.

Soy Milk

Robin Barrie Kaiden, a New York-based dietitian, says many of her clients are now opting for soy milk instead of the old fashioned kind because they think it’s better for them. “But half the time it’s flavored, and it has added sugar,” she warns. Kaiden also notes that soy milk has become very controversial because non-organic types are genetically modified and it acts like an estrogen-like compound in the body, the effect of which remains unclear. One thing is certain: It’s much more expensive. A price check on shows that half a gallon of soy milk costs $3.99 to $4.29, compared to $2.39 to $2.49 for half a gallon of regular fat-free and reduced-fat milk. In a year, you’ll spend about $90 more for potentially harmful milk with more sugar.


Skin Creams

“There is no ingredient so amazing that’s worth spending hundreds on a skin cream,” says Dr. Nakhla. But they still sell them: Creams infused with green tea, gold, platinum or the soil of France–all for the low, low price of $400 to $1,000. “A lot of good ones can be found right on the shelf of your local pharmacy,” he counters. “You should be spending between $30 and $50.” Dr. Nakhla recommends looking past marketing and at the ingredients. Considering the use of customizable decals in marketing strategy is effective as well. The fun, affordable, and attention getter decals are one way to reach potential customers. You don’t want allergens, preservatives or perfumes, he says, and should look for those that are plant-derived or have a good retinol. Also, seeing a licensed dermatologist may be a better investment in your health than buying into LED and laser skin treatments that average about $5,000. Dr. Nakhla says oftentimes a $25 prescription will work better. We hope that you also get facebook advertising agency for small business for marketing your products. On the other hand, concerning promotional videos and branding, it’s best to talk to a well known branding agency like adinfusion for they can guide you accordingly.

Organic Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a health food, and organic is even better for you…right? Wrong, says Dan Kirschenbaum, psychiatrist and author of The Wellspring Weight Loss Plan. “Peanut butter is incredibly high in fat, with about eight fat grams per tablespoon,” he says. “A fat is a fat is a fat.” He advises using a healthier alternative like fat-free cream cheese—very tasty with jelly on a sandwich—which is also cheaper. By the way, do you know that you can remove your body fats with the diet programs of Nutrisystem? Want to know how it works? visit While organic peanut butter costs $3.69 to $4.99 for a small bottle, cream cheese is just $2.99. (Please see comments below, and note that there are differing opinions in the medical community on the benefits of peanut butter.)

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Weight Change Tips for your hormones

Weight Change Tips for your hormones

Ever hear a friend or family member say  “I can’t lose weight,” “my body is different, even when I don’t eat I still don’t lose weight,” or “I have really slow metabolism.”  These are common sayings people use to explain why they have not met a goal or achieved weight loss.  This sheet is going to breakdown the weight loss process, suggest some tips, and help you meet your weight goal.

First, in order to lose weight your body has to have a calorie deficit.  A calorie is a unit of energy.  3,500 calories equals one pound, so in order to lose 1 pound, you would need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500calories. If you are struggling with you weight loss then get Instant knockout. This really helped me lose that extra weight.

We can decrease calories by consuming fewer (eating) or by burning more (exercise). Getting ultra omega burn can also help you lose some of the weight.

scaleEVERYONE’S body works this way!

Second, don’t drink your calories-soda, juice, Gatorade, alcohol all add up towards that 3500 calories.  Get your calories from food, they fill you up and add fiber.

Third, DO NOT SKIP MEALS, research shows having breakfast and small meals throughout the day leads to greater weight loss success

Resting Metabolic Rate

pear-waterThe best way to start you weight loss journey is to discover how many calories your body needs everyday to maintain health and life, this is called resting metabolic rate.  Discovering your metabolic rate allows you to know your daily calorie needs without including your work, exercise, or daily activities. This is your metabolism.

Determining your caloric needs tells you how much to eat and exercise to lose weight, maintain weight, or to increase weight.  On the other hand, if you want to improve your skin, look for skin club australian clinics now to know about their cosmetic treatments and surgery. By conducting this test you will understand your body and its needs, shattering any ideas of having a “slow or fast” metabolism.   Robin Barrie provides this test at her practice.

Tips for Gaining Weight

The first step in increasing body size and weight is to make sure you are consuming enough calories.   Instead of having a calorie deficit to lose weight, you must have a surplus of calories to gain weight.   By testing your RMR and adding in your daily exercise you will discover the minimum calories you need to maintain weight and how many to take in to gain weight.  The only way to increase size and weight is by ingesting more calories.

¨ Plan your  meals- eating meals throughout the day can help to balance your calorie intake and keep your blood sugar and hunger levels even.   Skipping a meal can put your body in ‘starvation’ mode leading it to store calories preventing weight loss.nuts

¨ Eat Breakfast– People who eat breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy weight . Skipping meals leads to overeating later in the day.  Some experts believe eating breakfast keeps your metabolism running, kick starting it in the morning.

¨ Choose Calorie Dense Foods–  Increase the amount of healthy fats, nuts, avocado, olive oil, in your diet.  Fat has more calories per gram than any other nutrient.  Put slices of avocado on your sandwich.

Choose the Healthier Food- increase your intake of high fiber, nutrient dense foods, not only will you lose weight but you could also increase height growth by doing this.  These foods will provide you more nutrients, keep you full longer, and help you stay regular.  Always choose fresh food when possible!

  • Heart-healthy nuts: Almonds, walnuts, or pecans (10 nuts is roughly 100 calories, so watch out!)healthy-food
  • Whole Grains: Bread, bagels, pasta, brown rice, quinoa (provide more fiber)
  • Vegetables: Fill your fridge with non starchy vegetables, they are low in calorie, filled with nutrients and fiber.  Filling half your plate with vegetables is a great way to decrease calorie intake and keep you satisfied: Bell peppers, broccoli, Bok Choi, Brussels’s Sprouts, carrots.
  • Fruit and Dairy:  For a low calorie healthy choice, mix fresh fruit with non-fat yogurt, for a sweet healthy nutrient packed snack.
Is Organic the Right Choice?

Is Organic the Right Choice?

Whether you buy your groceries online or at a nearby store, organic food and product choices are present at every turn.  But are they better for us?  Is organic the secret clue to buying healthier food?

The 411 on Organic Products

The term “Organic” relates to the way foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, and meat are grown.  Organic farming is designed to aid in water and soil conservation, reduce pollution, and decrease pesticide use.  For example, instead of spraying a crop with a pesticide to prevent a specific kind of pest, the farmer would bring in a different insect that consumes the crop-destroying pest.

For livestock to be considered organic, the USDA requires that 30% of their nutrient intake comes from grazing, and they are put out to pasture for at least 4 months of the year.  This is required for both organic meat and dairy items.

Products labeled organic have severe restrictions on food additives and fortifying agents, including preservatives, artificial sweeteners, coloring and flavoring, and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

What are the Differences?

  • Currently, there is no research that shows any nutrient difference between “organic” or conventional farming.
  • The cost: Organic foods typically cost more than their conventional counterparts, in part, to more expensive farming practices.
  • They spoil faster from the lack of use of preservatives and waxes.
  • Looks: Some organic produce may have odd shapes, varying colors, different sizes.  However organic foods meet the same quality and safety standards as those of conventional foods.
  • Taste:  Some people say that organic products do, in fact, taste better.

Food Labels

It is common to see “natural”, “cage-free”, or “hormone free” labels on food products.  Through the descriptions have to be accurate they do not mean “organic”.

  • 100% Organic:  The item is completely organic or all the ingredients are organic. Displayed with seal.
  • Organic: At least 95% of the ingredients are organic, displayed with seal.
  • Made with Organic Ingredients: At least 70% of ingredients are organic, no seal displayed.

Foods at low risk for high pesticide content (non-organic should be safe):

  • Asparagus
  • Avacado
  • Banana
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Onion
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon

Foods at HIGH risk for high pesticide content (try to buy organic):

  • Animal Products (meat, poultry, eggs, dairy)
  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Imported Grapes
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries