Health Tips by Tasneem Legohn, RD

Healthy Tips for Summer Festival Outings

Summer is the season of State fairs, carnivals, and festivals. The food choices at these events may not be the best, but you can make better choices by following the tips below: 1. Avoid deep fried anything! Deep fried foods are obviously full of fat, but they are also often full of added sugar as well (queue the deep fried twinkies and oreos). 2. Sharing is caring: Instead of eating that whole funnel cake with all those extra toppings on your own, cut the calories by sharing with your family or buddies. 3. Bring your own food and drinks: You can save some cash and you will know exactly what you are consuming. 4. Balance it out: If you do decide to indulge in a giant turkey leg, a mountian o

Go nuts for nuts!

In my opinion, one of the best food additions to your day is nuts. Nuts contain unsaturated fats, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals (especially manganese, magnesium, and potassium). So get nutty, and add some nuts to your snacking routine, salads, and cereals.

Feels Like Summer!

Although Summer has not officially started, it already feels like it is here! I love everything about summer: beach trips, BBQ's, summer nights hanging out with family and friends. But when considering food, my favorite thing about summer is the abundace of fruits. From melons, to cherries, and exotic fruits like logan and lychee. Fruit are a great choice for snacking since most have a high water content, to keep you hydrated and feeling full, and of course they are high in vitamins like C, A, and most contain a bit of fiber. So visit yourlocal markets and enjoy these fruit at the peak of their season!

Top 5 Behavioral Risk Factors You Should Manage

According to the CDC, the 5 key health-related behaviors for preventing chronic disease are: - never smoking (cigarettes in particular) - getting regular physical activity - consuming no alcohol or only moderate amounts - maintaining a normal body weight - getting enough sleep daily (at least 7 hours) Recent studies have shown that most Americans do not meet the above recommendations which may increase their risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and cancers. Are you following the above recommendations? If so, great! If not, what realistic improvements can you make to prevent your risk of developiing chronic diseases? Read about the st

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