Alyssa Ardolino's blog

Mindful Snacking

The buzzwords “mindful” and “intuitive” eating are gaining popularity in the media, and you may be wondering what all the hype is about. Though they may sound a little like fads, these strategies are backed by a small but growing body of research. Mindful and intuitive eating may help you build a relationship with food and prevent unhealthy behaviors, like binge eating.

#CenterYourFocus: 5 Foods to Include in Your Shopping Cart

You know that first day of school feeling, when you walk into a large, new room and suddenly don’t know where to sit? Unsure if it’s safe to dive into a center aisle, you choose to sit along perimeter because you’ll be less confused on the outside. That’s how I used to feel when I entered a grocery store. Scared of the unknown center aisles and their supposed “hidden dangers”, I only scanned the outside perimeter of the grocery store. I mean, that is what I was hearing on my social channels and in the news.

6 Tips for Mindful Eating [VIDEO]

With the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, sometimes it seems nearly impossible to eat intentionally (especially when some of your meals are on the go!). Nevertheless, research shows that mindful eating can lead to greater awareness of how and why you are eating. This enhanced awareness may reduce “mindless eating” and subsequently help with weight management. Mindful eating may even help you have a more satisfying eating experience.

Fresh vs Frozen Foods: Let’s Talk About Corn

OK, so you’ve recently jump-started a health kick, and you’re ready to grocery shop for healthy foods. You know you need some whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, fruits, and veggies. Great. But where do you start?

Vote for Chicken [INFOGRAPHIC]

Want a candidate that everyone can get behind? Chicken is the answer for this election season. Not only is chicken an easy centerpiece for any meal, there are so many different ways to prepare it. Whether roasted on its own, as part of a sandwich or salad, or used as the main protein in a recipe, you can certainly support the health benefits it provides.

Vote for Whole Grain Crackers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Whole grain crackers deserve to be elected as the healthy hero of snack time. Eat whole grain crackers on their own or pair with dips, spreads or proteins like meat and cheese to make easy and delicious snacks. This candidate also happens to come with health benefits like fiber for digestive health and whole grains for weight management.

Vote for Cocoa [INFOGRAPHIC]

Just in time for fall, one of our favorite candidates, cocoa, has stepped up to the platform. Whether it’s a small piece of dark chocolate, a cup of hot cocoa as a satisfying treat, or using cocoa in oatmeal, yogurt, or recipes, pick this versatile ingredient for a ton of health benefits.

Mythbuster: Negative Calorie Foods

Imagine you consistently meal-prep, set aside an hour each day to workout, and regularly get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Sounds great, right? You’ve been doing this for about four weeks, but the scale won’t change like you want it to. You’re annoyedand pressed for time. So you Google the latest weight-loss tactics and see the idea of "negative-calorie" foods. “I can eat foods that burn more calories than I take in? Hmm, this could work.” But could it?

Protect Yourself from Foodborne Illness: 3 Myths, Busted

Food Safety may not be at the forefront of your priorities right now, but one bad experience could suddenly change your mind. Why should we care? Because rotten food from foodborne pathogens can make you extremely sick. The CDC estimates that roughly 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year.

Try It Tuesday: Proper Hydration, Less Fatigue?

For this "Try It Tuesday," I decided to experiment with my fluid intake. I love being active, but I often find myself feeling tired or suffering from a dull headache in the middle of the day. Sometimes I attribute the discomfort to sleep or stress, but it almost always has the same common denominator: I forgot to drink enough water today.