8 plant-based foods surprisingly packed with protein

Mention the word, “protein,” and images of cattle, chicken or fish come to mind. But are animal sources our only supply of this vital nutrient? The answer to this is “no.” While nutrition information keeps pointing to the importance of protein, animal sources are not our only and best source of this nutrient. Many plant-based…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 30, 2019

Simplicity key to lasting dietary and exercise changes

Life is complicated enough.  Why makes things more difficult when “keep it simple” applies to so many aspects of our lives and is a good mantra to follow. That’s why healthy eating and exercise efforts should be straightforward, accessible, natural, and simple.  In fact, simplicity is your key word for long-lasting health changes. If you’re…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 15, 2019

Top 10 heart-friendly foods for lowering cholesterol

The amount of cholesterol in a day’s time can add up quickly.  But when we pay attention to our food choices, we can amazingly keep cholesterol levels in check. Most of us would rather treat high cholesterol naturally instead of relying on cholesterol lowering medications, if at all possible.  But depending on various circumstances and…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 24, 2019

Get lucky with black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day

Looking for a great way to get your New Year off to a healthy (and lucky) start?  Try a dose of black-eyed peas. Black-eyed peas, also known as black-eyed beans, are one of the most nutrient-packed legumes around. Best known for bringing good luck, when you look at a black-eyed pea, it’s very apparent how…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 26, 2018

Six Great Reads on Food & Nutrition to Give This Holiday Season

Let me guess – some of you are pulling your hair out over what to get a friend or loved one for Christmas.  You need IDEAS. How about a book? A gift of a book is good any time of year but getting a really good book around the holidays is especially nice.  I personally…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 9, 2018

Expert advice on avoiding holiday weight gain

The season of holidays is almost here beginning with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Valentine’s Day. Even the best intentions of staying on track with your healthy lifestyle habits can be derailed during this time. One of those healthy lifestyle habits at risk of derailing may include watching your waistline. How do you get…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 19, 2018

5 strategies to curb late-night snacking

You know the routine.  You eat dinner, clean up the kitchen and then settle in for the evening.  After a little while, you’re back in the kitchen, impulsively raiding the refrigerator searching for something to eat. But wait, you just ate not that long ago – why are you already seeking food only to take…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 8, 2018

8 So-called ‘Healthy Eating Rules’ you can ignore

Let me begin by saying I love my jobs and my profession.  However, one of the most frustrating and annoying things about being a registered dietitian is listening to flat-out bad advice from people with little nutrition knowledge. Everyone believes because they eat food, they must be a nutrition guru.  But when plain bad ‘healthy…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 8, 2018
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Your proactive plan for reversing prediabetes

The numbers keep rising.  Just three years ago, 79 million adults in the U.S. were estimated to have prediabetes. Today, that number has ballooned to a disturbing 84 million American adults with this condition. Even more disturbing is that out of that number, only 12% have been given their diagnosis. That means about 70 million…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 24, 2018
Mom and child eating breakfast

Why school days are better with a balanced breakfast

It’s that time of year when schools will soon be opening their doors for a new season.  Parents and kids alike eagerly anticipate a fresh start to a new beginning of a successful school year. And one way to spell success for your child begins first thing in the morning by feeding them breakfast.  No…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 9, 2018