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Nutrient Spotlight: Sodium

Sodium is probably the most controversial nutrient.  For decades it has been closely associated with table salt (sodium chloride) and used interchangeably in everyday conversations.  Often vilified, sodium is usually portrayed as harmful and bad for human health.   However, sodium is a necessary part of a balanced diet.  It is needed for survival, and in… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Sodium

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Immune-Boosting Breakfast Bowl

Weekday breakfast is known for its quick grab and go mentality.  Pop something into a toaster, nuke food in the microwave, perhaps cold fare that requires no cooking.  It is rarely about sitting down and enjoying a stick-to-your ribs meal.  Yes, it may be challenging to think of preparing breakfast when so many competing obligations… Continue reading Immune-Boosting Breakfast Bowl

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Tuna Noodle Niçoise

Canned tuna can get a bad rap. It is often associated with gloopy tuna salad sandwiches or flavorless casseroles. Its tinned vessel is looked down upon, labeled as a last-resort staple or that thing you have on hand for emergencies. But canned tuna can be very flavorful and tasty, given the right accompaniments. No disrespect… Continue reading Tuna Noodle Niçoise

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Nutrient Spotlight: Selenium

Selenium is one of those nutrients we don’t hear about often, but boy does it play a major role in our bodies.  It is an essential nutrient, which means we have to get it from the foods we eat. What is Selenium? Selenium is a vital mineral that plays a significant role in many areas… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Selenium

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Nutrient Spotlight: Magnesium

It is estimated that only 20% of the US population is getting enough magnesium. There are several reasons why this number is so low, including a diet lacking in whole foods, as well as an increase in chronic illnesses that deplete magnesium from the body. Add to that the fact that most blood panels test… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Magnesium

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Nutrient Spotlight: Potassium

The need for potassium can be easily overlooked.  It is not talked about as much as other minerals, nor is potassium deficiency (hypokalemia) diagnosed as often as other vitamin or mineral deficiencies.   It is the third most abundant mineral in the body (behind calcium and phosphorus), yet approximately 98% of Americans do not meet daily… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Potassium

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Mocha Smoothie

It’s starting to warm up (yay!).  As the day starts earlier and the mornings aren’t as chilly, I declare that smoothies can make it back into rotation again (if they were ever out).  Smoothies make for a quick meal or snack.  Easy to take with out and about or sip while lounging around.  This one… Continue reading Mocha Smoothie

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Mexican-Style Picadillo

Picadillo.  So many versions exist.  Every country makes it differently, but at its core it is a dish of ground beef, tomatoes or tomato sauce and raisins.   The Mexican version includes potatoes and can be served inside tacos, on tostadas, or as a filing for gorditas.  It is a versatile dish that is quick to… Continue reading Mexican-Style Picadillo

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Bacon Burger Salad

I created this out of necessity. I normally do lettuce-wrapped burgers, but they can get messy. I mean burger juice running down your arm, pile of soggy napkins littered on the table, sauce on the cheek messy. So I improvised and turned it into a salad -- fries and all. And. I. Haven’t. Looked. Back.… Continue reading Bacon Burger Salad

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Chocolate Hazelnut Chia Pudding

By now most people have heard (and eaten) chia pudding in some form or another.  This blended version offers a smoother texture – more similar to a traditional pudding.  This can be a light meal, especially if you pick some hearty toppings, or a quick snack.  The chia seeds are filled with fiber, keeping you… Continue reading Chocolate Hazelnut Chia Pudding