How to Make Dietitian-Approved Smoothies

Smoothies are delicious (and of course photogenic) but are they healthy? That depends. Be extra careful about smoothies you buy from a juice bar, cafe or restaurant.  They may be adding juice or other ingredients that will leave you with a lot more sugar & calories than you want. For example, a Kale Kolada smoothie has 465 [...]

By | November 13th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on How to Make Dietitian-Approved Smoothies

Top 5 Nutrients for Staying Healthy this Season

Symptoms of the common cold can last up to two weeks. Who has time for that?! No one does! Fortunately, there are ways to keep your immune system in tip-top shape, and reduce the likelihood of illness getting you down. Below are the top five nutrients to include in your diet to stay healthy this [...]

By | November 3rd, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Top 5 Nutrients for Staying Healthy this Season

Spices for Good Health

It’s no secret that adding plant-based meals to your diet is important for good health. But, did you know that adding spices to your meals can be equally as important? Spices come from the seeds, roots, bark, or other parts of a plant. This means, they can carry similar health benefits to fruits, vegetables, and [...]

By | November 2nd, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Spices for Good Health

The Amazing Chia Seed

How much nutrition can fit in a teeny tiny Chia Seed? A LOT! This modern-day superfood has ancient roots. It grows natively in South America, where the Aztecs and Mayans traditionally relied on them as an important part of their diets. Let’s look at the important nutritional qualities of the Chia seed, and how you [...]

By | October 23rd, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on The Amazing Chia Seed

Nourish Your Skin with Healthy Fats

An avocado a day keeps the dermatologist away! Okay… maybe not exactly. But your best skin ever may be just a few delicious dietary changes away. Often when it comes to skin care, we are most concerned about what we are putting on our bodies: creams, serums, foundations, etc. But what we put in our [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Nourish Your Skin with Healthy Fats

Are You Feeding Your Skin?

Are you feeding your skin? Did you know that you can eat certain foods to help discourage premature aging? We can’t prevent the natural chronological aging process (though many try!), but there are a few vitamins that have shown promise in keeping our skin healthy and vibrant. We often think about the nutrients in our [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Are You Feeding Your Skin?

Fall Harvest: What to Look for at the Market

What’s more beautiful than the vibrant colors of the leaves in autumn? Why, the colorful variety of fall produce in the market, of course! Often times, people think of summer as being the best time for fresh produce. And summer does yield a bounty of delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, but there are many crops [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Fall Harvest: What to Look for at the Market

How to Get Comfortable in the Kitchen

How many of your meals are made at home? If you’re like a lot of Americans, the answer is, “fewer and fewer.” According to market research firm The NPD Group, fewer than 60% of dinners eaten at home are actually homemade. And that number has slowly dwindled since the early 80’s, when it was closer [...]

By | September 13th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on How to Get Comfortable in the Kitchen

Is Gut Bacteria Getting You Down?

Feeling a bit moody? Maybe getting sick more often than you would like? Struggling with food cravings? You might need to take a closer look at your body’s beneficial bacteria. That’s not a play on words; I’m referring to the complex colonies of bacteria that reside in our gut, known as our microbiome. They have [...]

By | September 2nd, 2017|Lifestyle, Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Is Gut Bacteria Getting You Down?

Pregnancy Nutrition – What to Know

According to recent research by the CDC, nearly half of American women are gaining too much weight during pregnancy. Between the cravings, nausea, and (ahem) mood swings, it can be difficult to keep healthy eating on the radar. But good nutrition habits can go a long way in reducing pregnancy risks and keeping some of [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Pregnancy Nutrition – What to Know