6 Comfort-Food Dinners to Make in Your Instant Pot — All Under 500 Calories
We're not into feeling guilty about any food indulgences — and comfort foods can absolutely have a place in a meal plan, even a healthy one, Mary Stewart, RD, LD, the founder of Cultivate Nutrition, reminds us.
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Coconut milk is rich in electrolytes, including potassium, iron and magnesium, plus it's an excellent source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are shown to increase your metabolism and aid in weight loss because your body uses these more quickly than other types of fats, explains Mary Stewart, RD, LD,
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"I’ve learned that when you tune into what your body needs versus listening to external factors or being trapped by what you have always done, you begin to feel a new sense of freedom and empowerment."
However, most Americans get too many omega-6 fatty acids in their diets, and not enough omega-3 fatty acids, according to a past review. “This imbalance can increase inflammation in the body and lead to obesity,” Stewart says.
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“When visualizing your entree after you heat and plate the meal, aim for half to be vegetables, one-quarter whole grains and one-quarter lean protein with a sprinkle of healthy fats that measure about the size of your thumb,” Stewart says.
6 Health Benefits of Coffee That'll Justify Your Java Obsession (and How to Brew the Best Cup)
"Seek out coffee with no added sugar, look for the organic seal and ask yourself if any of the additional ingredients support your personal health goals," says Mary Stewart, RD and owner of Cultivate Nutrition in Dallas.
Mary Stewart, RD, LD, owner of Cultivate Nutrition in Dallas, Texas is wishing for clearer air this year. “Research tells us that indoor air quality is up to five times—and in some cases, up to 100 times—more polluted than outdoor air,” she says.
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"Teas have been studied extensively and research shows teas are a good source of polyphenols," explains Mary Stewart, RD, LD, a registered dietitian and the owner of Cultivate Nutrition in Dallas. "Polyphenols are abundant micronutrients in our diet, and they can potentially help to prevent degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The teas most abundant in polyphenols include green, black, white and oolong."
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"Smoothies made with whole fruits and veggies are rich in essential nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and can support a healthy gut microbiome, lower inflammation and reduce your risk for diseases," Stewart says.
How to Start Eating Healthy, According to a Dietitian
"Do you think our ancestors counted calories or macronutrients? No! The next time you cook or plate your food, think about how colorful your plate is instead of how many calories you’re consuming, and aim for three different colors on your plate."