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How many times have you been told the importance of staying hydrated for your overall health and wellbeing? Likely so much that this piece of information seems more like common sense than complicated scientific fact. But why is water vital for everything from illness recovery to sports performance? And how can you make sure you’re actually reaching those hydration benchmarks? Here are some things to think about the next time you reach for a glass of water or feel yourself getting a little parched. Fitness and Why Hydration Matters If

Recipe: Fall Salmon Bake

Ingredients: salmon extra virgin olive oil balsamic vinegar cracked pepper dried basil garlic powder garlic (4-6 cloves) asparagus baby bella mushrooms sweet potato Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place salmon in glass baking dish and drizzle with EVOO.  Flip over and lightly drizzle the other side. Drizzle balsamic vinegar with a heavier pour, flip over and do the same to the other side. Season with cracked pepper, dried basil, and garlic powder to taste and top with minced garlic cloves. While the salmon is marinating, wash and chop the

When I’m asked to create a meal plan for clients, there are a few ingredients I always add. These are the items that can benefit anyone – regardless of their end goal. At the top of that list is something called hemp hearts. Haven’t heard of them? You aren’t alone. Unless you frequent health food stores or already subscribe to a healthy eating plan, they probably haven’t found their way into your diet. Hemp hearts – also referred to as shelled hemp seeds — are considered by some to be

If you’re anything like me, fall is the time to get back into the kitchen and whip up some delicious, seasonal recipes. After all, what better way is there to kick those end-of-summer blues? Here are a few recipes that will really get you into the fall spirit. Savory: Pumpkin Chili via Whether you’re a vegetarian or simply a pumpkin-lover, this chili is chock-full of delicious ingredients that just scream fall comfort food. Stuffed Sweet Potato via If you’re looking for a savory dish without a long list

For most, meal planning and grocery shopping are the biggest obstacles to eating healthy. The amount of energy it takes to think and plan ahead makes grabbing take-out seem so much more attractive. But you don’t need to settle for something that’s not great for your body or your bank account in the name of convenience. It’s all about streamlining the process and having certain go-to foods that are both healthy and satisfying. For me, this list is made up of eight essential items: Eggs: Packed with a variety of

Ingredients: organic chicken breast crumbled goat cheese organic fresh spinach fresh garlic fresh bell peppers fresh brussels sprouts pine nuts balsamic vinegar organic extra virgin olive oil cracked pepper sea salt Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Take your raw chicken breast, cut a pocket into the side of each chicken breast. Take 2 tablespoons of crumbled goat cheese and fill the pocket. Take a generous pinch of spinach and fill the remaining space. Note: I used a couple toothpicks to help secure the opening on the chicken breast and ensure all

It’s that time of year…pumpkin decor, pumpkin candles, the beloved pumpkin spice latte, and in my household, pumpkin recipes galore! Pumpkins aren’t just amazing for getting you into the fall mood, they have an array of health benefits as well. Here are a few: Pumpkins are rich in antioxidants, vitamins ( A, C, E), dietary fiber and minerals. They are a low calorie vegetable and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of fiber, mono-unsaturated fatty acids (which help with heart health) and protein.

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