Journalist turned recipe developer, ACE-certified health coach and yoga teacher (RYT 500). (Additional training in nutrition, herbalism.) I share stories about making the world healthier and happier.
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If you’ve ever done an extra hard leg workout or spent the night out in stilettos, chances are you’ve woken up the next day with sore calf muscles. But what about those times when you seem to get sore calves for no reasons? And more...
Aluminum foil might be your go-to for ease and convenience when cooking (and cleaning up!), but if you’re using it, it’s time to make the switch to parchment. Like margarine and plastic containers, aluminum foil has overstayed its welcome in the kitchen and there’s now a much better option. Next time you’re making a baking sheet dinner or roasting up your winter farmers’ market finds, reach for parchment paper instead. Here’s why.
We’ve been using tomato paste all wrong. But now we know better, so we’re going to let you in on a culinary secret that will change the way you cook with it forever. This little tip will not only boost the flavor of your recipes (especially any that start with a can of tomatoes), but it’ll also give you a quick way to impress your dinner guests and step up your homemade pasta game. We’re sharing this as a culinary public service, because once upon a time we also made this mistake.
We’re huge fans of chia, flax, and hemp seeds, but you need to know how to use them correctly. All three of these super seeds provide fiber, protein, and a plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, though they require unique storage and preparation. Here’s how to use chia, flax, and hemp the right way to maximize taste and nutrition (and avoid wasting money).
Beyond the superfoods trending in your state, there are plenty of other foods with major nutritional and health benefits that won’t break the bank. We love matcha lattes and mermaid-inspired spirulina recipes, to name a few. And you don’t have to go out of your way to hunt them down when so many superfoods can be found at a regular grocery store. Here are 10 everyday superfoods that you can easily work into your weekly meal plan, no matter what your budget is.
Is bread dead? Gluten-free and low-carb diets are now mainstream, but now there’s another diet to add to the list: the no-wheat diet.
Devotees of this diet cut out bread, crackers, and pasta to control their appetite, support gut health, and lose weight; some swear off grains entirely.
What is a no-wheat diet — and does it work? Do we really need to put grains on the chopping block and stop eating wheat?
What’s essential to a healthy diet? While you might consider chocolate or avocado an essential “nutrient,” the word “essential” has a particular meaning when it comes to nutrition, one that’s not quite as subjective.
“Essential” means that you need it, but your body can’t make it. “Essential nutrients cannot be synthesized by the body so they need to be consumed through food or dietary supplements,” says Krista Haynes, R.D., C.S.S.D., and nutrition manager at Beachbody.
So what are the essential nutrients? And how much do you really need?
You may have seen a new meat substitute alongside vegetarian proteins like tempeh, tofu, and seitan: jackfruit. (Yes, you read that right: meat. substitute.)
Jackfruit is a weird-looking but delicious fruit that’s popping up on store shelves and restaurant menus alike. Fans say it’s the perfect swap for pulled pork, shredded chicken, and even beef brisket.
It has a mild flavor that melds well with a variety of seasonings, and it’s stringy (in a good way) so it shreds easily. New to jackfruit? Get the scoop on this tasty faux meat.
Contrary to what you might see on Instagram or in your local yoga studio, stretching exercises aren’t just for the human pretzels among us. Stretching is essential for improving flexibility, which is an important component of overall fitness, along with mobility, strength, power, and endurance.
If they’re not already a part of your workout regimen, read on to learn which stretching exercises are best for warming up, cooling down, and improving overall fitness.
Pregnancy is a joyous time, but it is also a time of constant change. Your favorite foods may be off-limits or unappealing, you frequently experience new sensations and emotions, and your body changes quickly — sometimes overnight. That's one reason why yoga can be so beneficial during pregnancy.
If you don’t eat meat and you’re trying to lose weight, you might worry whether you’re getting enough protein to keep your muscles strong and aid recovery. Not to worry: “All plants contain protein in their whole form,” says Whitney English, M.S., R.D.N., and Los Angeles-based certified personal trainer.
Plant-based proteins have some advantages over animal sources. They provide more fiber and less saturated fat, and they’re also less calorically dense. So even if you’re not a vegan...
You’ve probably seen #IIFYM or #flexibledieting in your Instagram feed, with photos of fit people showing off before-and-after pics, meal prepping, and treats like pizza, pancakes, and even peanut butter Oreos. Sign us up, please!
If It Fits Your Macros (or IIFYM) is a popular diet strategy that balances the accountability of tracking your food with the flexibility of eating whatever you want — as long as it “meets your macros,” aka, the macronutrients of carbs, protein, and fat.
When you head to the ballpark, it’s practically a given you’ll want to eat. Baseball games average about three hours, so chances are good your stomach will rumble at some point.
No other sport rivals baseball’s concession stands. Every year, stadiums try to one up each other with creations like taco dogs and chicken funnel-cake sandwiches. If you’re working toward a weight-loss or health goal, ballpark eats might seem off-limits, but you can find plenty of healthy options. Here are 10 dietitian-approved tips to help you navigate ballpark eats.
When it comes to getting healthy — losing weight and getting fit and strong — you’re probably thinking of the visual benefits: “I’ll fit into smaller clothes! No more belly pooch! I’ll finally have muscles!”
But the benefits don’t stop there. No matter how far away your “After” feels, regular exercise and losing weight — even a small amount — can positively impact your overall health and well-being.
You may notice changes in your sleep patterns, energy levels, and even your mood, just to name a few. So, if you’re ever tempted to throw in the towel, keep these benefits front of mind...