5 Ways to Add More Vegetables into Your Diet (Recipe Ideas Included)

A common question I get is, “How many fruits and vegetables do I need in a day?” A good rule of thumb for most adults is to aim for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. This is the optimal amount that scientists have found an association with lower risks of many health conditions.Continue reading “5 Ways to Add More Vegetables into Your Diet (Recipe Ideas Included)”

Seasonal Winter Vegetables to Add to Your Diet Today!

While we are in the midst of winter, take advantage of buying some of the best winter produce in season right now! What are some reasons to buy produce in season? They tastes better. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are grown at its preferred climate and when they’re picked for consumption, they are more likely toContinue reading “Seasonal Winter Vegetables to Add to Your Diet Today!”

Understanding Different Cooking Oils

Nutrition enthusiast and recipe curator, Nicole Smolen*, explores different cooking oils in this guest blog post. Learn which cooking oils might be best for your daily use or for cooking certain dishes. Our ancestors prized rich flavoring agents including tallow, lard, and poultry fat. In ancient Africa, around 8,000 B.C., dairy products yielded animal fatContinue reading “Understanding Different Cooking Oils”

8 Benefits of a Plant Based Diet

In this blog, guest blogger, Nicole Smolen, discusses plant based diets. Nicole is a nutrition enthusiast as well as an avid recipe developer. She is a self described foodie who enjoys creating plant-based recipes with a cinematic twist (utilizing her background in cinema, she combines it with her interest in food and nutrition to createContinue reading “8 Benefits of a Plant Based Diet”

Celebrating National Nutrition Month with tips to keep your diet on track

March is National Nutrition Month and as we are approaching the end of the month, I teamed up with CSUN undergraduate nutrition student, Sierra King, to share some of her favorite ways to stay motivated and on track with eating healthy throughout the year. In addition, here is a list of apps that could helpContinue reading “Celebrating National Nutrition Month with tips to keep your diet on track”