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Pack Zespri, It Packs a Punch
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted July 18, 2014 at 10:48pm

Team Zespri I recently participated the #PackZespri kiwifruit event in NYC that showcased kiwifruit as part of our vibrant food culture. This year I am the official spokesperson for Zespri Kiwifruit North America. For those of you who are new to Zespri...more

Sorting Out Fact From Fiction: The Gluten-Free Diet Craze
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted July 16, 2014 at 8:32pm

Gluten free diets have become the latest weight loss “fad”. I think one of the reasons this trendy way of eating has evolved is that rather than working on incorporating balance and moderation into meals and snacks, it can be easier to cut som...more

Healthy Eating for Summer Barbecues
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted July 9, 2014 at 10:39pm

It’s that time of the year again – break out the grill!  Nothing says summer like a backyard BBQ or a picnic in the park.  It’s the perfect time to start flavoring up your favorite summer foods and drinks the healthy way! The k...more

Healthy Entertaining Ideas for the Fourth of July!
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted July 3, 2014 at 5:55pm

Nothing says 4th of July like watching fireworks and getting together with family and friends for a delicious barbecue!  I recently appeared on Let’s Talk Live with fun and healthy food ideas to make your Fourth of July celebration taste great....more

Cranberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce Recipe
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted July 2, 2014 at 3:04pm

  This recipe was create by the Cranberry Marketing Institute and I made it for my July Fourth TV segment. I highly recommend it for your next bbq-it’s worth the effort for this sweet and smoky sauce to compliment your gril...more

Festive Red, White and Blue “Stuffed” Burgers Recipe
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted June 30, 2014 at 10:17pm

Fire Up the Grill With the Fourth of July right around the corner you can show your patriotic pride with a full flavored burger dressed in red, white and blue! These burgers actually have a healthy twist with marinated grilled vegetables incorporated r...more

5 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruit and Veggies
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted June 26, 2014 at 7:52pm

We all need to eat more fruits and vegetables! Did you know over 2/3rds of Americans don’t meet the recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake?!  We typically throw away spoil fruits and vegetable two times a week on average, whic...more

Sleep Better with Food and Fitness
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted June 11, 2014 at 8:55pm

Just as sleep is important to our body, what we do with our body in terms of food and exercise plays a major role in the way we sleep (or don’t sleep).  Good nutrition and exercise can help you sleep, but poor sleep leads to poor eating an...more

Sleep Your Way to Better Health
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted June 5, 2014 at 9:31pm

I once heard a great Irish proverb that has stuck with me throughout my life, ‘A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.’ These days Americans are getting less and less sleep every year. Currently only 40 percent of th...more

Meatless Monday: Grilled Vegetable Lasagna
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted June 2, 2014 at 9:17pm

Happy Meatless Monday! We all know it’s sometimes a hassle to get dinner on the table. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to come home after a long day to a cooked meal waiting in the fridge?  This Grilled Vegetable Lasagna is that meal!&nbs...more

Meatless Monday: Broccoli and Cheddar Frittata
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted May 26, 2014 at 7:44pm

Happy Meatless Monday! Brinner (breakfast for dinner) is so much fun! It is an easy way to change up your meal routine a bit, or even to just enjoy that breakfast food you never have time to cook during the busy morning rush. This frittata doesn’t ...more

Fuel Your Active Lifestyle with Food and Recipe Ideas
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted May 13, 2014 at 7:16pm

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and National Bike Month! The weather is getting warmer so it’s time to get out and be more active.  You can walk, run, cycle, hike, swim – aim for about 60 minutes of movement a ...more

Watch What You Drink: Not All Bottled Water is Created Equal via @LashindaDemus
by Official Website of Lashinda Demus - Go Woman Go
posted April 18, 2014 at 11:13am

As an athlete, I am always trying to find ways to improve. And by improve, I don’t just mean get faster, although that is the ultimate goal. There are so many things that go into “getting faster” besides running faster on the track. As...more

Spring Clean Your Eating and Your Pantry
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted April 9, 2014 at 9:18pm

Spring reminds me of renewal and rejuvenation.  It’s a great time of year to give everything a little tune-up, including your eating habits.  When spring arrives, it inspires me to freshen up my menu with foods from the Earth. I love the ...more

Time for Happy Hour! (No, it’s not what you think)
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted April 7, 2014 at 7:41pm

A few weeks ago, I taped some interview segments for The OWN Show – web exclusives for the Oprah Winfrey Network (that’s right, Oprah!!). The host of the show and I talked about a variety of health and nutrition issues, but the one theme ...more

Exercise for the Health of It
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted April 3, 2014 at 8:40am

Spring is in the air which means its time to come out of hibernation and start movin’! During April I will be promoting the Exercise Attitude Adjustment Challenge! This challenge encourages you to focus on exercising for the health of it, rathe...more

Spring into Health
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted March 31, 2014 at 10:00pm

Now that spring is in the air it’s time to turn over a new leaf and shake off those winter blues! Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with CNN’s Karin Caifa to share my ideas on how to make some healthier switches as spring a...more

Produce of the Day: Parsnips
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted March 26, 2014 at 9:16pm

All this month I’m making it fun to eat better with my 30-Day Challenge “Half Plate Produce” in the spirit of National Nutrition Month’s theme “Enjoy the taste of eating right!” Tweet, Post, Instagram or Pin your favor...more

Flavorful Ways to Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right — Any Time of Day!
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted March 18, 2014 at 9:40pm

We’re still celebrating National Nutrition Month and I’ve had a great time spreading the word that we can all “enjoy the taste of eating right.”  You know, to “enjoy the taste of eating right” we want to focus o...more

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right with Flavorful Foods
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted March 13, 2014 at 7:47pm

It’s National Nutrition Month and all month long we’re sharing fun and delicious ways to “enjoy the taste of eating right.” To me, it’s all about making practical food choices, and about blending taste and nutrition. When we&...more

Meatless Monday Recipe: Okra Gumbo with Chickpeas & Kidney Beans
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted March 3, 2014 at 7:07pm

Another happy Meatless Monday! It’s also National Nutrition Month! The theme this year is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” I love that because I’m all about food tasting delicious – and being good for you! All month long yo...more

Fasting for Weight Loss is NOT the Answer
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted February 26, 2014 at 10:22pm

I was recently on WJLA ABC 7 to discuss the fasting craze that’s become a popular method for weight loss for many people. Unfortunately, most of what I discussed about it in the segment ended up on the cutting room floor. (I’m used to that exp...more

Salmon Salad Recipe: Quick, Convenient, and Healthy
by Balanced Health and Nutrition
posted February 25, 2014 at 8:39pm

If you’re like me you love all kinds of salads. Not just greens (which are FAB) but also tuna salad, egg salad, chicken salad and the like.  That’s why I can’t believe it took me so long to add salmon salad to the mix! Make Ahead M...more

Head injuries are keeping women out of the game
by They're Playing Basketball
posted February 23, 2014 at 7:13pm

As if the prevalence of ACL injuries wasn't enough, check out this thought-provoking piece about UCLA's Lauren Holiday, who's had six head injuries in her two years as a Bruin:Holiday thinks she has suffered at least six head injuries. Her coach and a mem...more

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