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Letting Go Of The ‘All Or Nothing’ Approach to Nutrition

Why an ‘all or nothing’ mindset about nutrition may sabotage your health goals  We all have that friend who’s always making comments about their food intake such as, “I really shouldn’t be eating this,” or “I’ve been so good on my diet lately,” or maybe they might say, “I’ll get back on track Monday after…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 9, 2021
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How To Build A Delicious, Nutritious, And Filling Smoothie

  When done right, smoothies can make nutritious sense, packing satisfying ingredients and yummy flavors You may think building a healthy smoothie is easy. Grab a blender and throw together a bunch of fruit, added sweeteners, and milk or juice and call it good. But think again. When done right, smoothies can indeed be very…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 9, 2021
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Refreshing and Healthier Beverage Options Besides Soda

If soda has been your go-to drink for quenching thirst each day, it’s time to rethink your drink. Drinking sugary soda is simply a bad idea for supporting good health. Multiple studies have found time and again, that consuming soda, including artificially sweetened or “diet” soda, can be harmful to your health. This finding was…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 25, 2021

5 Snacks with misleading health halos

    Starting with rice cakes, for one…   Americans love their snacks and the snack industry knows this.  If you look at the global snacks market in 2018, it was valued at USD of 439.9 billion and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.2% from now to 2025. The…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 14, 2021
Dietary Guidelines 2020 2025

Bite by Bite, Benefits of Healthy Eating Add Up Over Time

  Make every bite count…towards your health. I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve used this mantra in articles over the years. While very few (if any) of us have perfected this statement, the foods and beverages you consume profoundly impact your health over time. Science has proven this time and again that…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 1, 2021
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7 Tips for staying healthy during the holidays

Keep your holidays healthy with good health habits   I think we can all agree on one thing – holidays can be stressful! There’s shopping, cooking, entertaining family and now, the unusual event of a viral pandemic showing few signs of slowing down. Yes, this holiday season, stress overload is at an all time high….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 24, 2020
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The Harmful Health Reality of Excess Belly Fat

Carrying extra weight – especially belly fat – can be risky.    If zipping up your favorite jeans or buttoning a shirt over your belly has become problematic, it’s time to face reality…you’re likely carrying excess belly fat. Whether you’re a man or woman, carrying an excess band of fat around your abdominal or midsection…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 27, 2020
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Fill your plate with fall produce enhancing heart health

As temperatures drop and winds pick up, heading into fall is a sure sign change is on its way. One healthy change you’ll see in your grocery store is the switch from summer produce to fall fruits, vegetables, and nuts packed with important heart healthy nutrients. Heart disease is the number one ranked cause of…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 1, 2020
Healthy kidneys

Are you being extra kind to your kidneys?

                              The extra TLC pays off in a lifetime of good kidney health   Let’s face it, countless articles have been written on safeguarding the health of your heart and brain. While heart and brain health are absolutely crucial for overall…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 25, 2020
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Here’s the scoop on adding extra PROTEIN POWER to your day

Some of your very best sources are likely in your kitchen already   From high protein shakes, high protein bars and high protein diets, protein continues to dominate as a super nutrient.  Yes, protein is an invaluable nutrient as it does a ton of various functions within our body. It’s needed for growth and maintenance,…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 4, 2020