Five Reasons to Add Berries to Your Grocery List

When it comes to summer produce, it’s hard to beat berries in terms of both taste and nutrient density. So now is the perfect time to pick up a basket of these gems. This handout covers five of the top reasons for promoting berries, especially during the summer months when they taste sweetest. My favorite…

Why You Need Leafy Green Vegetables

Pretty much anyone who’s ever read a book about nutrition has come across the term “leafy green vegetables.” You might even be tired of hearing the term so much, but there’s many good reasons for why it comes up in almost every conversation about nutrition and health. Here’s a quick rundown of what a leafy…

Citrus Fruit and Vitamin C (free handout)

On a cold winter’s day, the sunny taste of citrus fruit might be some consolation. Considering that an orange only contains 62 calories and a small clementine packs only 35, these nutritional gems sure pack a powerful punch of nutrients, including potassium and magnesium. This handout provides information on vitamin C and citrus fruit, specifically.

Breathe Easy – COPD and Diet

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the umbrella term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma. These conditions result in stiffening, inflammation, and airway damage, limiting airflow and making breathing much more difficult. Symptoms include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, excessive phlegm production, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. COPD is one of those diseases…

The Good Mood Grocery List

Foods That May Alleviate Depression Several B vitamins, including folate, B1 (thiamin), B6, and B12, are essential to emotional wellness. The best sources of these vitamins are animal-based foods, including meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. These vitamins are also found in a wide range of beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, especially dark…

When Water Became More Than Water

At least there was one thing that dietitians didn’t have to spend too much time thinking about – water. That was an easy one, and all advice could be summed up in two words: “drink more.” If you feel tired, a little irritable, less willing to work, and forgetful, you might be dehydrated. End of…

32 Foods That Improve Sleep

Salmon, halibut, and tuna, chickpeas, fortified cereal – The vitamin B6 in these foods aid the manufacture of melatonin. Tart cherry juice – In one study, two cups of tart cherry juice each day improved melatonin levels and improved chronic insomnia. Milk, yogurt, cheese, green leafy vegetables – Foods that contain calcium might make it easier to fall…

The Link Between Lifestyle and Kidney Disease

One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Some of the risk factors are out of your control, but there are several that you can do something about: Not Controllable: family history of kidney failure being age 60 or older being African American/Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific…

Worry More About Magnesium and Potassium

 People tend to be most concerned with nutrients that most younger people aren’t at risk of being deficient in, like vitamin B12 or protein. If you eat animal protein or a very well-planned vegetarian diet and are under the age of 60, you’re likely OK on these two. What you’re probably not OK on is…