Is fruit really good for you?

I can eat as much fruit as I want because it’s healthy, right?

Not so fast. Everything in moderation- even fruit.

What are the pros?

  • Fruit is delicious!
  • Fruit is a healthier way to satisfy a sweet tooth (vs. cookies, candy, etc.)
  • Fruit is high in nutrients (vitamins and antioxidants)
  • Most fruit is high in fiber, which makes you feel full/satisfied and helps you poo!

What are the cons?

  • Fruit typically has a decent amount of sugar…that delicious flavor has to come from somewhere…Some fruits have more than others
  • Fruit can be expensive if you don’t live in warm climate (A Boston Winter can set me back $10 for two small pints of strawberries)
  • It’s easy to overindulge on fruit. One piece of fruit may equate to multiple servings.

So what’s the right way to eat fruit?

The USDA recommends 1.5-2 cups of fruit per day. To give you an idea of what that looks like, here are a few examples of the fruit I’ve had over the past couple of days…


So enjoy your fruit, but keep an eye on those serving sizes ??????????????

 

 

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What should we do after overindulging?

With the holiday’s wrapping up, I think all of us are feeling a little bloated from those mashed potatoes and cookies. (These are some of the cookies I made and you can bet I “taste-tested” all of them. Twice.)

How do we feel better after a big splurge?

DON’T PANIC.

Don’t weigh yourself, don’t start working out excessively, and don’t fast. None of these things will make you feel better and will likely lead to an another binging episode later on.

One cheat meal won’t kill your physique, but cheats can start to impact your health if you continue it for multiple days. Focus on getting yourself back into a routine of healthy eating and try to stay away from the leftovers.

Get a good night’s sleep, drink plenty of water, and move on.

 

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Is your coffee making you fat?

Where are my coffee addicts out there?

Coffee is my jam. We can jazz it up in so many unique ways- with some cool flavors, milks, creams, sweeteners, and maybe even some whipped cream. If we add enough it can taste as good as dessert! But that’s because it is…

Once in awhile, I splurge on a fancy latte (especially with all the cool holiday flavors). BUT the key is in realizing that it is a splurge, and not just a twist on a morning coffee.

3 Tips to keep your morning java in check:

1. Avoid the fancy drinks:  It’s no secret that a grande Frappuccino at Starbucks is not good for you. It ends up being around 250-300 calories! What is surprising is that some of the lattes are even worse. If you ring in the holidays with a Grande White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha, you’re adding almost 500 calories to your breakfast!

Image result for white chocolate peppermint mocha

2. Watch the add-ins:

  • Sugar:  How much? Are you using processed white sugar, raw sugar, or a sugar substitute?
  • Milk/cream:  Do you take your coffee black? Do you add milk (non-fat, 1%, 2%, whole milk, cream)? How about a non-dairy milk substitute (soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, etc.)?
  • Syrup flavors:  Is it high-calorie or sugar-free?
  • Toppings:  Adding whipped cream, chocolate/caramel sauce, etc?

3. Use your resources:  It’s easy to look up calories and nutrition online for places like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. While you wait in line, open up your phone and do a quick search before you order.

There are so many options for coffee nowadays, so we just have to be aware of what we put in our cups.

My usual:  Iced coffee (even in the winter…) with almond milk and a little stevia

 

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