Eating seasonally is certainly not a new concept, however it should become more common. Shopping for your produce while it’s in season is not only more beneficial for your health, but your wallet as well. In terms of your health, foods that are in season are better tasting + more nutrient dense; and the reason you save money is because the cost of growing/distributing the produce is cheaper, and are generally grown more locally. Produce that is out of season is more likely to be coming from other countries, which means they are harvested before they are fully ripened so they don’t spoil by the time they reach the store or your kitchen (Henry, 2014).
Improving gut health doesn’t have to be a difficult feat if you keep gut healthy foods in your kitchen. We all know that gut health is important, but many of us don’t realize just how much of an impact the foods we eat play a role in how we feel, think and behave. Before you plan your next shopping list, read more about the foods that can improve your life in more ways than one.
The holidays are such a fun time to bake and eat tons of goodies. And if you haven’t tried Vital Proteins’ new delicious Collagen Creamers, you need to. These diverse creamers can be incorporated into any recipe your heart desires, so naturally a holiday loaf needed to be created.
Gingerbread cookies and loaves are a time-honored tradition for many cultures, including here in America, where the soft-baked loaves are more popular than the stiff variety used to make gingerbread houses. Ginger root was considered by many ancient civilizations as a valuable commodity, as it helped disguise the flavor of preserved food. It has been used in different forms and various tonics to help support digestion and the immune system.
ONE WEEK!!!! One week until we get to put on our stretchy pants and eat all day long. This is that time of year moderation kind of goes out the window. So if portion control goes, make sure your favorite Thanksgiving sides are as healthy as they can be! Here’s a compilation of some great healthy, clean twists on classic Thanksgiving sides! Hopefully this is just in time for any Friendsgivings or any other pre-Thanksgiving festivities you might have!
Meal prepping has become quite a popular trend. I personally started getting more into it at the beginning of this year, the start of my last semester of college. I was working two jobs and taking 12 hours of classes – my days started at 6:00 AM and didn’t end until 10:00PM Monday through Thursday. I would go to my internship with OU sports nutrition, go to class, go home for an hour or two, and then go to my tutoring job. My schedule was exhausting and did not leave much room for cooking healthful, complete meals.
So, if any of you have been on the fence about meal prepping – as in if it’s for you, if it’s worth it, what’s in it for you versus cooking every day – here are some of my most noteworthy pros and cons to the meal prepping fad.
Fall obviously means pumpkin everything. My inner basic white girl (which really isn’t quite so inward) loves a good PSL from Starbucks, despite how unhealthy it may be. But there are some healthy ways to enjoy pumpkin, as well (even if they’re not quite as fun as pumpkin flavored coffee). Pumpkins have tons of health benefits, so make the most of your fall snacks by making them festive and healthy!
The school year is well underway and it’s about that time that you’re starting to scramble and get your life organized. When you’re a student this can be especially hard when you’re zipping between one side of campus to the next in 15 minutes or having to plan to spend nearly the entire day on campus. I know when I was a student (and excuse me as I tear up a little bit because I have to talk about my college days in past tense now…) one of the hardest things was trying to figure out my diet. What do I want to have around the house? What’s going to be convenient to bring with me?
I know more than anyone it’s easy to start off the semester with good intentions. But as the school year picks up, it’s not uncommon to fall victim to comfort and convenience foods. In the world of classes, homework, work, having a social life, going to events… it can be hard to get a good routine with your meals and stick to it. But while I was in school, I did come across several foods that became regular purchases and items I consider must-haves to keep around the house.