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What Makes a Food Nutrient-Dense

Food is information for your body, providing energy in the form of calories. The body also needs macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, protein), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and water, among its most basic nutritional needs. We asked Registered Dietitian, Olivia Wagner (MS, RDN, LDN, IFNCP) to break down exactly what it takes for a food to be classified as “nutrient-dense.”


The Power of Food: How School Lunches Can Impact School Performance

Food is powerful. It impacts how we feel, our energy levels, our happiness and our overall health. For adolescents, or those between childhood and adulthood, what they consume is even more impactful. Registered Dietitian, Olivia Wagner (MS, RDN, LDN, IFNCP) explains the power of food and school lunches’ roles in adolescent performance.


What are Adaptogens?

Our bodies undergo a lot of stress all the time. Adaptogens have the ability to raise our bodies’ abilities to fight the stressors, aiding in hormonal health, mood and immune function. Registered Dietitian, Olivia Wagner (MS, RDN, LDN, IFNCP) breaks down what adaptogens are and how we can incorporate them into our day-to-day lives.


Mindful Snacking for Satisfaction

When working from home, we wind up in front of the fridge or shuffling through the pantry a lot more than usual. Choosing these snacks mindfully will lead to greater satisfaction and greater nourishment for your body, keeping you energized all day long. Registered Dietitian, Olivia Wagner (MS, RDN, LDN, IFNCP) gave us four tips to snack for satisfaction.


Why Eating Seasonally Matters

Purchasing food in season is not only beneficial to your health and the environment, but when it is farmed locally, it also benefits the community and local economy. By directly purchasing food this summer from local producers, you can play your part, as well as reap the benefits of eating seasonally. 


Foods to Help Keep You Cool During Summer

The summer months include backyard BBQS, cookouts with family and friends, picnics in the park, road trips and warmer weather. Although summertime sunshine can be enjoyable, heat indexes, higher temperatures and increasing humidity levels can leave us searching for ways to beat the heat. One of the best ways to stay cool is by staying well hydrated, but you can also beat the heat through food. 


The Importance of Personalized Nutrition

In order to understand what diet and lifestyle works best for you, you may want to consider personalized nutrition. To better understand the idea of personalized nutrition, we partnered with Registered Dietician, Olivia Wagner (MS, RDN, LDN) to further explain what personalized nutrition is and what’s important to consider when creating a personalized nutrition plan.


Ingredient Labels 101: What to Look for and Why

When shopping the center aisles of the grocery store, you may encounter an array of foods that contain an overwhelming amount of information on their labels. Avoid shopping woes with these eight tips from Registered Dietician, Olivia Wagner (MS, RDN, LDN) for deciphering ingredient labels so you can shop for your favorite foods with confidence and ease.


Intuitive Eats Tips from an RD

Food is fuel, but food is also an emotional experience. Think about your favorite foods from childhood or a classic holiday recipe. With one bite, you can be transported back in time to a laugh, a moment or shared experience with family, friends and loved ones. We partnered with Registered Dietician, Olivia Wagner (MS, RDN, LDN) to explain how having an emotional connection with food can help us eat mindfully and maintain balance in our approach to food and body image.


Summer Produce: What’s in Season!

This summer, make the switch to eat more seasonally and locally. Fruits and vegetables grown in their natural season are picked ripe and at the peak of their flavor. With adequate time to ripen, a higher percent of nutrients can be retained, increasing the overall nutrition of the produce. The wide array of fruits and vegetables that are offered naturally by the season are worth exploring new recipes to incorporate them into your meals.