Inflammation is our body's response to different stressors. Short-term inflammation is beneficial. For example, if you get a cut, the skin surrounding the wound begins to turn red and may swell slightly; these reactions occur to heal the wound. Long-term, or chronic inflammation on the other hand, can be detrimental to our health. This type… Continue reading 5 Foods that Fight Inflammation
I timed my Whole30 program just right so that I would be finished up by the Super Bowl - a friend- and food-filled day for most. Once you finish the Whole30 program, you are supposed to add certain foods back into your diet gradually, adding only one category (i.e. dairy) for one day, going back… Continue reading Chex It Out!
It's done, I've finished my first (maybe not my last) Whole30! If you aren't familiar with the Whole30, it is a program designed to reset your nutrition, stop unhealthy cravings, restore a healthy metabolism, promote healing of your digestive tract, and a slew of other things - in short, it's designed to change your life. The… Continue reading Whole30 Reflections
It seems like there is always a container of hummus in the refrigerator - and with good reason! I love hummus as a snack with carrots, snow peas, or cucumbers and even as a spread on a sandwich. Although original hummus is delicious, sometimes I want a little added flavor without making a special trip… Continue reading Halfway Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Everyone loves a good dip. Unfortunately, some of our favorite dips can be laden with butter, sour cream, or cheese - which can pack a TON of extra calories. And who gets away with just having one scoop of dip at a party? I know I don't! I was on a quest to find a… Continue reading Rosemary Garlic White Bean Dip
For many, December is a month of holiday parties, indulgence, and saying over and over to ourselves that we'll start to eat better come January 1st. But why wait? I decided to not "dump December" and made a commitment to eating healthy, nourishing foods during the most tempting time of the year. This weekend marks the… Continue reading Don’t Dump December! D.TOX Recap
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to spend a week in El Salvador through my dietetic internship at Missouri State University (MSU). It was the trip of a lifetime and such a rewarding experience! We worked with an organization called Convoy of Hope; a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization based in Springfield, Missouri. While in… Continue reading El Salvadorian Eats