For the record, I also think that shoes, chocolate, vacations and flowers are a nice way to say, “I love you", but if you are looking for a nice DIY approach, try one of the following mindfully decadent brunch options. Banana split: A twist on the traditional creamery favorite. Cut the banana in half long ways and top with light yogurt, nuts, fruit salsa and slivers of dark chocolate for an antioxidant kick. Turkey bacon.....but in a heart. Because every brunch needs bacon..
The creative folks at Starbucks have finally wised up. Finally, a new drink without the standard four pumps of yellow syrup flavoring or mound of whipped cream. The coffee giant now offers the Flat White. A drink with "expertly steamed milk poured over ristretto shots of espresso and finished with a Starbucks signature dot". Since ristretto espresso is naturally sweeter than its standard espresso counterpart, there is really no need for added sugar. Imagine that! This calcium
While it is ultra convenient to grab a box of granola bars off the grocery store shelf, I can't help but get super skived out by the ingredient list. If you are looking for a healthier snack or breakfast option for you and your family, try making your own bars. I usually start with my own base of quick oats, mix in a few tablespoons of flax seed (for some heart healthy omegas and fiber), toss in some dried fruit, a squeeze of honey or agave and a dash of brown sugar. I have s
Even with the popularity of the Atkins diet dying down, I still get tons of questions from clients and patients about how much protein they need each day. For the average person, we need about 0.8 grams of protein per kg of body weight. If you don’t live in the metric system for a living, like myself, divide your weight in pounds by 2.2. Boom! Weight in kilograms! For example: A 180-pound male should consume about 65 grams of protein each day. (180/2.2 X 0.8) If you consider
I know, I know! Everything in moderation is ok....but it should really be moderation in moderation. I really do believe that there is a time and place for everything, but I can't help but turn my nose up at the following foods: Soft Pretzels: It may be a Philly thing, but these sodium laden treats can be found in every break room from Allentown to AC. With a whopping 70 grams of carbohydrates, this snack option is equivalent to eating over 4 slices of bread!!! I normally wo
I love pancakes...or anything sweet in the morning but tend to feel super guilty (shocker!) if my breakfast is lacking in some serious and satisfying nutrition. I had some extra time on my hands Tuesday morning, thanks to a certain toddler waking up at 4:50 am, and thought it would be extra special if I whipped up a hot breakfast. I recently picked up some chia seeds and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to mix-em-in. And since I love to use seasonal produce, I kn
It's fall ya'll! Which means pumpkin everything....or at least pumpkin flavored (sorta) everything. There are now end units upon end units at the grocery store trying to capitalize on our obsession with all things pumpkin. I have to be honest, I was tempted to load up and taste test everything myself, but after sampling just a smidget of what was out there I came to a conclusion that it was not worth the calories since nothing seems to taste like actual pumpkin anymore. I kne