Guest Post: 6 Easy Breakfasts That Are Healthy, Too

[Note: It’s July, the month that we go a little crazy over breakfast at Project Angel Heart! We’re getting towards the end of our Summer Cereal Drive and we’re hoping to collect 8,000 boxes of cereal (through donations of both “virtual” and physical boxes) to help fill breakfast bags for people living with life-threatening illnesses. Don’t forget…a healthy breakfast is an important part of your day, too! Check out this guest post from Whole Foods Market, presenting sponsor of our Summer Cereal Drive, for simple, good-for-you breakfast ideas you can try at home. And, yes, there’s still time to help us reach our cereal drive goal!]

Portobello and Asparagus Egg Strata Breakfast, image courtesy of Whole Foods MarketGetting everyone out the door on time can be a struggle. Grabbing important papers, getting dressed, making sure the kids brush their teeth, packing lunches — it all adds up. And of course you can’t forget about breakfast! Continue reading

7 Ways to Avoid Overeating During the Holidays

Guest post by Jihan Boughman, dietetic intern at Metropolitan State University of Denver

1. Put Healthy Food Front and Center

Avoid snacks before dinner or put out only healthy, low calorie snacks like fresh fruit and a vegetable tray with hummus. Position yourself out of reach of food while socializing to avoid mindless snacking.

2. Drink Water Before Eating

Even though water contains no calories, it fills up your stomach, helping you to feel full with less food. Continue reading

Should I Go Gluten Free?

Guest post by Vivian Schemper, human nutrition & dietetics student at Metropolitan State University of Denver

Gluten-Free Movement: Fad or Fact?

Does “gluten-free yogurt” sound healthier than simply “yogurt?” Many consumers think so, and are dropping extra dollars at the grocery store to buy gluten-free versions of common foods. Yogurt is one of many foods that is naturally gluten-free, but has been advertised as a gluten-free food in order to lure consumers.

The gluten-free movement has become wildly popular in recent years with many of its proponents claiming that a gluten-free diet has the potential to cure all sorts of ailments—stomach pain, gas, bloating, acne, and inflammation. Some claim that eliminating gluten can help with weight loss, prevent cancer, and cure psoriasis. All of this sounds promising- but is there any truth to these claims? What’s the deal with gluten? Is it actually harmful? Should you eliminate it from your diet? Continue reading