Nutrition Tips

Homemade Popcorn

This past weekend was a rainy one, which made it a good time to stay home and watch some movies. What goes better with movies than popcorn?! As I told you in November, movie theater popcorn is full of calories, fat, and sodium. However, if you make your own popcorn at home, it can be a filling, healthy snack. And since it’s a whole grain and so light and airy, you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck — 3 cups of air-popped popcorn (1 serving) have only 90 calories, 1 g fat, 18 g carbs, and 2 mg sodium, aread more »

How to Enjoy Grapefruit

Yesterday I told you about the benefits of grapefruits. Now it’s time to find out different ways you can enjoy this nutritioulicious™ fruit! Eat a grapefruit half with some cottage cheese or yogurt for breakfast. Add grapefruit sections to a salad for lunch. Add grapefruit slices to a marinade for meat or fish. A couple of weeks ago, Andy and I marinated beef with different citrus fruits. Add grapefruit to a fruit salsa. Roast grapefruit halves for dessert. Top with brown sugar and carameli… read more »

Calcium Supplementation

Yesterday I told you why you need calcium, how much to get, and how to get it. I often get asked about calcium supplements, either because people don’t like dairy or they find it difficult to take in the required amount from food. While I believe that nutrients should come primarily from food, I do think that calcium is one of the few nutrients that need to be supplemented. It’s very rare for people to get all the calcium they need from food sources. There are a few things to consider when takin… read more »

Calcium, It Does a Body Good

A couple of weeks ago I told you about vitamin D and the role it plays in calcium absorption. Even though calcium can’t do its job in the body without vitamin D, it’s still important that you get adequate amounts of calcium in your diet every day. Here’s a brief rundown on why you need calcium, how much you need, and where to get it. Calcium Functions in the Body to: Support the structure of bones and teeth Contract muscles Expand and contract blood vessels Secrete hormones and enzymes… read more »

Chocolate Valentine

This Sunday, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day — a day for people to express their love for one another, which is done most often on this “Hallmark holiday” by sending cards, flowers, and chocolates. The thought of chocolates is enticing, but it can also wreak havoc on your waistline. A typical chocolate truffle contains over 70 calories and 6 grams of fat (4 of which are saturated), and who stops at just one when you have a whole box in front of you? Those calories and fat add up fas… read more »