Jinan Banna

Jinan Banna, PhD, RD is the founder of Jinan Banna LLC and an Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of Hawaii. Her research interest is in obesity prevention. Jinan helps working women to lose weight so that they can feel confident and energetic by offering free information on her blog, as well as nutrition coaching. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Nutritional Biology. She is also a registered dietitian.

Healthy Chocolate Bars

Healthy chocolate bars

Chocolate is a treat packed with compounds such as antioxidants and magnesium. However, some chocolates are much healthier than others! While some are sugar-laden and low in actual cacao, others are packed with beneficial nutrients and low in sugar. Read on to discover the treats I suggest that can satisfy a chocolate craving, without sacrificing nutrition.

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High-fiber snacks

Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? Given the easy access to processed foods these days, many are not meeting the requirement. You need enough fiber to stay trim, have a healthy digestive tract, and keep your blood cholesterol where it should be. Here are some ideas for high-fiber snacks.

Healthy Crackers

Healthy crackers

Crackers can be an appealing snack, especially since your options for dressing them up with sliced veggies, spreads and condiments are endless!

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Healthier coffee creamers

I’m a coffee lover, and enjoy it when it’s a bit creamy. While I often enjoy it with 2% milk, I have also tried various creamers. I’ve read the ingredients carefully on these, as they are often filled with artificial ingredients and lots of sugar. Here, I provide some considerations for your selection and share a few of my favorites.

Is microwave popcorn bad for you

Is microwave popcorn bad for you?

A bag of popcorn is a treat, and makes movie-watching special. However, microwave popcorn has had some bad press lately. Questions have been raised as to whether consuming microwave popcorn is linked to cancer, lung damage, and other issues. Consumers may also be wondering about the nutritional content given the often high fat content. Let’s explore some of these concerns.

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Benefits of reducing intake of added sugar

I don’t know about you, but I certainly enjoy my dessert (yes, dietitians eat dessert too!)!
One of the important
considerations in selecting your sweet treat (as well as selecting other foods) is to pay attention to the quantity of added sugar. Reducing intake of added sugar has a number of benefits.

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Is trail mix healthy?

Trail mix is an excellent snack, if you make a good choice. Here, I’ll give you some tips on general things to consider about trail mix, as well as possible healthy and not-so-healthy qualities of this food.

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Healthy nutrient-packed breakfast cereal

Breakfast is a great time to get in some nutrients, but if you’re not careful, this meal may be filled with empty calories and high in sugar, salt and fat. Choosing a cereal can be overwhelming with all the options–here, I share some I have enjoyed.

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Is sourdough bread healthy?

This post will provide a brief synopsis of what sourdough is, how to make it, how it differs from your typical loaf of wheat-based bread, and who should eat sourdough (hint: everyone). We’ll also take a look at some interesting tidbits about why you might want to eat more sourdough. And finally we’ll cover some common misconceptions people have about this type of fermented dough that may lead them to avoid trying out this amazing food. Let’s delve into nutrition as it relates to sourdough bread.

how to cut out sugar

Tips to cut out sugar

How’s your diet? Think you’re doing a pretty good job, but wondering how to cut back a little on sweets? In considering things to cut out of your diet, sugar is definitely an important one. While it’s OK to have some, this is part of the diet that doesn’t do us much good and can be harmful in excess. Here are a few useful tips