Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating
The Christmas holidays are fast approaching and you may find that your willingness to stick to a healthy diet is going to be tested. Fear not, if you have a Read more
Cold lunch ideas
We often rely on what we can get quickly or can make quickly. This could have a bad effect on our health if we aren't eating the right foods. Fortunately, Read more
close up of vegetables in market
The “DASH” diet refers to “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.” This diet is designed to promote heart health. The general recommendations are to consume fruit, vegetables and whole grains, select Read more
Vegan Fall Desserts
My latest blog post has ideas for desserts sweetened with items like dates, which provide a lot of vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber to help you on your Read more
vegan brands
More and more food companies are coming out with vegan products. But are they healthy? And, more importantly, do they taste good? We’ve looked at dozens of vegan brands on Read more
Tips for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet
We now know that  plant-based eating can vary a lot, and can be strict or lax. We also know that if you have a meat-heavy diet, there are reasons to Read more
Counting macros for beginners
Have you heard of macro counting? I have been seeing this pop up a lot on social media these days, as well as lots of conversation about how much carbohydrate, Read more
Lazy vegan recipes
If you’re on the vegan diet path already, or are looking to make a dietary change to benefit personal health and the health of the planet, you’ll find the recipes Read more
Vegetarian Alternatives To Meat
Whether you’re turning vegetarian/vegan or simply trying to cut down on meat, it can be worth exploring a few plant-based alternatives. These alternatives can help to capture the texture or Read more
healthy eaters
If you have trouble keeping with the diet you are shooting for, these tips will help you stick with it. They will also help you get started if you’re wondering Read more
In my most recent post, I mention 4 nutrients that are important to consume daily. All of these play important roles in maintaining health. Read more
Simple Ways to Get Nutrients in at Breakfast
A good quality breakfast can give you lots of important nutrients, such as heart-healthy fat, protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. Read more
3 Reasons Why You Need To Learn How To Cook
First of all, the more you know about cooking, the more you’re able to cook for yourself. Second, you can take better care of yourself... Read more
An In-Depth Look at Intuitive Eating
Diet culture instills false hope that we will lose weight quickly, easily, and permanently. But there is no perfect diet, and most diets go against what is best for your Read more
Exciting Healthy Ideas That Will Help You Keep Your Diet in Check
One of the key ideas that you have to work on is making sure you come up with ideas that will help you to stick to a healthy diet. It Read more
Motivate Yourself To Eat Healthy In Five Steps
Motivating yourself to eat well can be a bit of a challenge. There are lots of food temptations out there, and not all of them are good for our health! Read more
How Cooking Can Ease Stress
After a difficult day at work, it’s common to feel more like just ordering a takeaway or throwing a ready meal into the microwave. However, if you do cook for Read more
Vegan Chili Bowl
what is the best way to make the most of the hot, sunny days ahead if not organizing a BBQ or garden party?! And no, throwing a party and enjoying Read more
What are the vegan options at McDonald
McDonalds is a popular fast-food restaurant that may seem like an unlikely place for vegan food, but it surprisingly offers some options for people who have decided to cut meat Read more
Are bagels vegan?
Are bagels vegan? The short answer is no, they aren't always vegan. However, there's a way around it, so keep reading! One great thing about being able to make your Read more
Plant-based diets have some special characteristics. Plant-based diets have received a lot of attention recently, and this is for good reason! For ethical reasons or because they want to improve Read more
High-calorie vegan foods
The vegan diet is touted for being healthy for the body and the planet, and some of those who have gone vegan report weight loss, glowing skin, and lots of Read more
What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist
I’ve summarized some key points to keep in mind regarding the differences between a dietitian and a nutritionist. In this case, I use the term “nutritionist” to mean someone who Read more
French toast served with whipped cream, raspberries, hemp seeds, and cinnamon.
Sourdough bread has become more and more popular amongst bread lovers. Wondering what to do with your stale sourdough loaf? Try this tasty and nutritious Sourdough French Toast with Homemade Read more
Breakfast ideas without eggs
Protein is an important component of breakfast. While eggs are an “egg-cellent” choice for breakfast, you might be looking for alternatives as well. Did you know that you can consume Read more
high fiber smoothie
A great way to ensure you are meeting your fiber needs is to start your day off with fiber-rich plant foods. Smoothies are a great way to add in a Read more
Salad Meal Prep
Meal prepping refers to preparing your meals in advance to help save yourself time during the busy week. This can include preparing the individual components of the meal or putting Read more
Blended juice
With the summer quickly approaching, smoothies are a popular drink on a hot sunny day. It also means that a lot of fruits will come into season, blueberries being one Read more
banana coconut milk bread
I love desserts with little to no added sugar, so I decided to experiment with some ingredients I had on hand to create this delicious banana bread! You can enjoy Read more
Low FODMAP Breakfast Ideas
In a low-FODMAP rut? I’ve got your next 9 days covered. Check out the newest blog post about different breakfast ideas that are low-FODMAP acceptable! Read more
How to Choose a Salad Dressing
Salads can be transformed from drab to flavorful with just a simple splash of dressing. Not only do dressings have an endless array of flavor and spice possibilities so you Read more
Hand holding ice cream cone
Have you ever looked at the nutrition facts on all of that ice cream in the supermarket? If you have, you might know just how much added sugar, artificial flavors Read more
Rye Bread
Whole-grain rye bread has an impressive amount of dietary fiber, as well as the minerals selenium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, zinc and iron. Rye bread is also rich in B vitamins, Read more
Watermelon Banana Smoothie Recipe
Smoothies are great ways to incorporate healthy ingredients into your diet, while being the perfect drink for a hot summer day. This banana and watermelon smoothie is a refreshing and Read more
Oat milk smoothie
This pineapple oat milk smoothie is the perfect way to start your day! It’s sweet, healthy and simply delicious! Read more
Weight gain smoothies
Whether you enjoy a smoothie for breakfast or as an afternoon snack, this refreshing mango protein smoothie offers a quick, tropical escape during your daily routine! Smoothies offer a quick Read more
eating healthy at college
College students, do you find eating healthy to be a struggle? Healthy eating in college has just been made easier! In this blog post, I share budget-friendly tips on healthy Read more
Vegan Breakfast Meal Prep
Save time!!! Put a pep in your step with vegan meal prep! If you choose to be vegan, it’s important to plan your diet carefully to be sure you are Read more
healthy meals prepared for the-week
Meal prep for the week can seem so overwhelming. We’ve simplified how to enjoy healthy prepared meals + included 15 easy recipes in this blog so that you can become Read more
Fruit and granola in a bowl on a table, healthy late night snack
Whether it’s a pick-me-up during late night studying or simply a sweet tooth before bed, late night snacking is something most of us do. There is a growing stigma around Read more
Diversity in dietetics
Diversity in dietetics has been in the news lately, and the lack of awareness of diverse diets and body types has been highlighted. In this article originally published in the Read more
Plant-Based Protein
When the New Year hits, you know New Year resolutions begin! So, let’s add plant-based protein to your diet as 2021’s New Year Resolution. Before we explore plant-based protein, I Read more
Breakfast on the go ideas to start your day
There are 2 types of morning people: Some enjoy breakfast, and some can live without it. Here we'll show you some easy breakfast on the go ideas tailor suited to Read more
Healthy Salty Snacks
Snacking is a controversial topic among health professionals. Have you ever thought about snacking and your health? Do you know how you can enjoy your salty snacks and maintain your Read more
foods containing no added sugar
Sugar can sneak its way into just about any processed food item you find at the grocery store. Find out which of your “healthy” foods might be full of added Read more
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Jinan Banna, PhD, RD, is an associate professor at the University of Hawaii and the owner of Jinan Banna, LLC. When she isn’t working she is usually found hiking or sampling food from around the world.