Beat the heat with nutritious treats

by Lauren Hannibal, RD, CDE, Clinical Dietitian Summer is off to a sultry start. Temperatures hitting the high 90’s and snow cones, ice cream and other summer treats sound better than ever! Before grabbing a high sugar snack this summer, though try some of these refreshing alternatives to cool down on hot afternoons. Often, snow cones and popsicles are loaded with […]

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Folic Acid

by Lauren Hannibal, RD, CDE, Clinical Dietitian      Have you ever wondered what folic acid was or what it does for the body? Folic acid is an essential nutrient for women who are pregnant because it can prevent neural tube defects from occurring, but it is also an important nutrient throughout the lifecycle. Folate and folic acid are the same compound. Folate […]

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss

by Lauren Hannibal, RD, CDE, Clinical Dietitian I am sure that you have heard about the magic of apple cider vinegar and its power to help people lose weight. But have you wondered if there is any truth to those stories about drinking apple cider vinegar? Researchers have been studying the effects of apple cider and its possible benefits in helping […]

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Putting Your Best Fork Forward

by Lauren Hannibal, RD, CDE, Clinical Dietitian March is National Nutrition Month and it is time to put your best fork forward. Making changes in your diet can be challenging and sometimes even stressful. Putting your best fork forward is about making small changes in your diet that can make a big impact on your overall health. Using the USDA’s […]

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Tea, an easy way to improve your wellness

by Lauren Hannibal, RD, Clinical Dietitian Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, and sales continue to rise for good reason. Early on tea was thought to have medicinal properties and recent research indicates that it does have potential in preventing diseases. Tea comes in multiple varieties. Green tea, black tea, white, yellow, oolong, and a variety of […]

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Taking care of you over the Holidays

Lauren Hannibal, RD Clinical Dietitian Christmas and New Years can be a magical time of year, but if we aren’t careful, they can be an overwhelming time of year. Last month’s article focused on enjoying our food,  but this article is going to focus more on enjoying holiday magic. It is easy to see how the holidays can be stressful, we […]

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Holiday Horrors: Learning to be mindful this holiday season

Lauren Hannibal, RD Clinical Dietitian   For some the holidays are a time of joy, excitement, and fun, for others the holidays are a time of stress, anxiety and fear.   It’s easy to see why weight gain can happen during the holidays; Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to eating! After Thanksgiving it is holiday party time, and no holiday […]

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To Detox or Not to Detox

Lauren Hannibal, RD Clinical Dietitian   Detoxification or “detox” has been a big buzz word in the health and fitness realms for a few years now. Before the detox craze began, detoxification was the medical procedure that rids the body of dangerous, often life-threatening, levels of alcohol, drugs, or poisons and was usually done in a clinic or hospital setting. […]

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Are You Afraid of Carbs?

Lauren Hannibal, RD Clinical Dietitian    It seems like Carbs, or carbohydrates, have been a dieters enemy for the past decade. Many diets focus on limiting carbs or doing a no carb diet to lose weight. Others avoid carbs because they are known to affect blood sugar, but are carbs really something to be fearful of? Carbs are a macronutrient  produced […]

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Where’s the Beef?

Lauren Hannibal, RD Clinical Dietitian The possibilities of beef seem to be endless. Ground beef can be transformed into burgers, stuffed peppers, tacos, and even added to pasta sauces, and don’t forget about all the other cuts of meat. Beef is graded, and consumers are becoming more aware of how cattle are raised so multiple categories are being seen more […]

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