Winter Detox Tips

By Ashley Watson

juice-detoxWinter can be a tough time to stay motivated about maintaining a healthful diet and exercise regime. A mid-winter detox is one of the best ways to rejuvenate and improve your health. From skin and brain health to  more energy, detoxing can improve overall well being and help you feel your best even in the coldest weather.

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5 Simple Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

By Ashley Watson

2014-New Year We’re only two days into 2014, and there’s already been an influx of people commenting on Facebook and Twitter about starting new gym memberships and giving up junk food or other bad habits. Whether you’re trying to quit smoking or just want to eat healthier, New Year’s resolutions are not easy to keep. Whatever the reason that causes people to struggle with honoring New Year’s resolutions, you can make it easier on yourself with these five simple tips from FoodScience® of Vermont.

 

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Healthy Stocking Stuffers

By Ashley Watson

Stocking-stuffersGrowing up, my mom always knew exactly what to put in our stockings. No matter what filled those over-sized socks every year, we could always count on an orange or a few clementines tossed into the loot. It seems like a minor gesture, but this one healthy treat was always appreciated in the middle of a cold winter. Whether you are looking for last-minute ideas for stocking stuffers, or you want to give your loved ones a healthier choice this year, we’ve put together a list of healthy options for the stocking. Be sure to check out all of the supplements we offer at FoodScience® of Vermont.

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5 Quick and Easy Breakfasts To Start Your Day

By Ashley Watson

Oatmeal-blueberriesIf you believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you will appreciate the recipes in this week’s post from FoodScience® of Vermont. Studies show that people who eat a substantial, balanced breakfast tend to be more focused at work, less likely to eat unhealthy snacks, and have more energy throughout the day. But it’s not always easy to make a decent breakfast when you’re running late or distracted by getting the kids ready for school. Now you can make sure that you and the entire family get the power breakfast needed to give you energy and keep you going with these easy-to-make breakfasts. It may take a little prior planning, but the payoff is worth it when you have enough fuel to feel your best all day long.

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The Truth About Hydrogenated Oils

By Ashley Watson

Cooking-oilWhether or not you are familiar with hydrogenated and “partially hydrogenated” oils, you can certainly find a lot of conflicting information on the Internet. One of our goals at FoodScience® of Vermont is to educate consumers about health issues through our blog, but it’s always a good idea to do your own research and speak with your doctor about your diet and lifestyle. That said, this week’s post is intended to give you some basic facts about trans fats, the differences between fully and partially hydrogenated oils, and how to make healthier choices.

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How to Maintain Your Health During the Winter

By Ashley Watson

Woman-skiingAs we head into winter, staying healthy can become more difficult for a variety of reasons. The lack of sunlight makes it harder to get enough vitamin D and exercise, both of which can help alleviate feelings of depression. There’s also increased dry skin, poor eating habits, and generally feeling sluggish that can get in the way of feeling our best.

From finding the motivation to get outside and exercise to maintaining a healthy diet during the winter holidays, there are plenty of challenges to our health throughout the colder months. In this week’s post, we’ll give you some tips to help you stay healthy and happy this winter.

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Yoga for Newbies: Part II

By Ashley Watson

Office-yogaIf you read last week’s post, hopefully you feel more confident about going to your first yoga class. Maybe you’ve already signed up for a class or looked into classes at your gym. Regardless of how much yoga experience you have, this week’s post will cover some yoga fundamentals and describe poses you can try at home.

Before you try these, it would be a good idea to attend at least one class so that an instructor can show you first-hand how to do each pose correctly.

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Yoga for Newbies: Part I

Yog pose in a sunsetBy Ashley Watson

If you have never done yoga before, don’t worry. You are not the only one, even though you might feel that way. Yoga has become so pervasive in Western culture that it seems everyone is practicing yoga. While you may feel intimidated as a beginner, there’s no need to feel pressure.

Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, help you stay calm in stressful situations, build muscle strength, and a variety of other benefits. This week’s post will include tips from teachers and people who practice yoga regularly. Next week, Part II will cover some fundamentals and basic poses you can do at home to maintain your practice. Continue reading

Healthy Fall Recipes

By Ashley Watson

Fall Food CornucopiaAside from the vibrant colors of the changing leaves, there’s a lot to enjoy about autumn in Vermont. We’re fortunate to have a number of local farms to supply our tables with the cornucopia of the fall harvest. But you don’t have to be a Vermonter to enjoy dishes made from seasonal fruits and veggies.

For this week’s FoodScience® of Vermont blog post, we have scanned the web for appetizing and healthful recipes, and we also included a few of our own go-to favorites. These recipes are packed with flavor, as well as nutrients and essential vitamins. We also picked dishes that are lower in fat and carbs and higher in protein and fiber. From vegetarian dishes to pork medallions, we’re sure you will find a recipe that satisfies your palate and your nutritional needs. Continue reading