For men under 45, trans fats leads to poor memory

My husband just turned 42 and I swear his memory has been getting progressively worse and worse. Some of it is probably selective hearing, some is probably due to age-related cognitive decline, a small bit may even be due to the 4 wars he served in (because he was around lots of blasts). But reading this new research, I'm going to put some blame on trans fats.This new study out of the University of California - San Diego has found that a higher consumption of trans fats was linked to poor memory in men under age 45....more

Spring Greens Shopping Guide

The long awaited change from winter to spring is finally here in the North East. I was hiking with my husband and children this weekend, and we were thrilled to see some early signs of awakening, from the blooms peaking out of the ground, to the bugs (my daughter Nadia’s favorite past-time), to the greening of the grasses....more

Hakuna Matata Frittata

 Frittatas are quick and easy dish to make.  They are great to have as a family style meal, entertaining guests and safe for picnics as well.  Today I have two recipes for you. One slightly different from the other and equally delicious....more

Meet the Expert: Emily Madsen, Certified Personal Trainer

Don't you love hearing from a trained expert in their field?  I sure do!  There's so much information (and misinformation) out there that it is often difficult to discern what is best and best for each individual.  Connecting with someone who is knowledgeable, skilled, practiced, and demonstrating high degrees of proficiency in their field is a must when it comes to making long-term decisions about your health....more

Escape the Food Rut

I love food.  I love sharing healthy meals with family and friends; I love experimenting in the kitchen to create easy and delicious recipes; I love that food really matters in how we look, feel and think....more

Why more vitamin E might help age-related cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer's

Did you know 96% of women (and 90% of men) in the U.S. don't get enough vitamin E in their diet? It's not a vitamin or mineral that gets talked about nearly as much as, say, iron, vitamin D, calcium or vitamin C. But researchers continue to learn more about its importance....more

The Incredible Benefits of Maca

Maca is a Peruvian root vegetable.  Root vegetables are, as the name implies, the root of a plant.  Roots like Maca give us a warming, grounding energy that’s perfect during the colder winter months.  Unlike all roots, maca has achieved superfood status in the nutrition realm, and here’s why…...more

Nutrition and Fitness Terms Cheat Sheet

If you’re pretty new to the whole nutrition and fitness world, you might not know what the heck some of the more common terms mean....more

Braving Beets (and their greens!)

Tom Robbins of Jitterbug Perfume called beets the “most intense of vegetables”. Likely he’s referring to the intensity of color in the red beet.  It has a bright pink flesh that will turn your urine or stool pink! The excitement of pink poop was how I encouraged my own daughters to try beets.  And, it’s definitely what brings them back for more. ...more

Collard Greens: The New Kale

Move over kale, collards are in! Collard greens, a staple in the southern United States, have become increasingly popular throughout the rest of the country.  A dark green member of the cruciferous family of veggies, collards are a bitter green that pack a nutritional punch not unlike their close cousin, kale....more