Health Tips by Tasneem Legohn, RD

Legume Who?

Legume Who? Legume is a funny word, but legumes are essentially plants that grow seeds in pods. Items that are considered legumes include beans, peas, lentils and peanuts. Legumes are an excellent source of protein and fiber, and they are generally low in calories. They are a great option for vegetarians and they can be used in a variety of dishes including stews and salads. So get your legume on!

Cucumber Love

Cucumbers are a favorite vegetable (or fruit, technically) of mine. It is versatile, refreshing, and has many benefits. For one, cucumbers have a high water content which is great for staying hydrated on a hot day, it can cool and soothe the skin of inflammation or sunburn, and cucumbers contain the anticancer nutrient cucurbitacins which may prevent cancers cells from multiplying and surviving. So add some cucumber to cool water, and salad, or sandwich to enjoy it's benefits!! Learn more by clicking photo below

Bust Visceral Fat

What is the best way to bust visceral fat? Exercise; especially aerobic exercise. The reason for this is because visceral fat is extra fat that becomes stored in the abdominal area and surrounds important organs like the liver and pancreas which can interfere with their functions. Visceral fat is also more metabolically active than adipose tissue (natural fat storage areas throughout the body and under our skin) so it is ready to be used for energy when exercising. So bust that extra abdominal fat with some abdominal focused cardio to keep your organs healthy. Read more by clicking the photo above

Probiotic v.s. Prebiotic; What's the Difference?

Probiotic v.s. Prebiotic; What's the Difference? As you may know, there are bacteria on and within our bodies--some of which are helpful, and others harmful. In our gut, there are bacteria that help keep our GI tract healthy, and one popular bacteria that you may be familiar with is Lactobacillus Acidophilus. This bacteria is considered a Probiotic because it is a bacteria that keeps the GI tract healthy by preventing the accumulation of harmful bacteria. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are not bacteria at all; they are actually food (in the form of fibers) for Probiotics. Food items with Probiotics: Yogurt containing live cultures of Probiotics Tempeh Miso Supplements Food items with Preb

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