This fall feel great while looking great! Registered dietitian Carissa Bealert joins us in the studio to share small changes that will boost our health and wellness this season.
"It's a good time to talk about what cooking oil we're using because they're not all created equal. I brought Mazola Corn Oil and there was a study in the Journal with Clinical Lipidology that found that this corn oil actually helps lower your cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. The reason for that is it has plant sterols. They block the absorption of cholesterol in your gut and that's important because we know healthy cholesterol and heart health go hand in hand."
It's no secret that fall is flu and cold season. Acme has a signature care cough and cold line that is pharmacist recommended. It has all the same active ingredients as the national brands, but it's at a better value.
"ACME also has a great O Organics line. Stock up on the essentials. I amped up my chicken soup with garlic. Garlic is antimicrobial and antibacterial so if you are sick it's going to make you feel better. If you're sick, hydrate."
Bealert also works with House Foods Tofu. She says tofu is great because it's versatile and takes on the flavor of what you cook it with.
"What I like is it's 100% non-GMO, US-grown soybean so that's a great place to start."
House Foods is celebrating the country’s popular product with a series of new tofu recipes created specifically for each state. The “50 Plates of Tofu” campaign highlights the versatility and health benefits of tofu.
"Pennsylvania's is actually Beet Pickled Tofu and you can find all of those recipes on their Facebook page."
As we approach the holiday season, Bealert shares how we can avoid putting on holiday weight.
"One place to start is added sugar. Americans eat 20 teaspoons of added sugar per day. I recommend looking for lower calorie or no calorie sweeteners. Splenda Natural Stevia Sweetener has zero calories, no added colors, no added flavors, no artificial ingredients and no bitter aftertaste."
When it comes to snacking, the average American eats 2.3 snacks a day between the hours of 2-5pm.
"The average American also eats 570 calories more than we did in 1970. I don't want you not to snack, but pick smart snacks," said Bealert.
A great snack option is cottage cheese.
"Muuna Cottage Cheese is re-imagining cottage cheese because they've got melt-in-your-mouth creaminess with delicious pieces of fruit in awesome single serve cups. When you're looking for a snack, you want protein. This is a protein-packed snack. It's also a good source of calcium, which most of us aren't getting enough of and it doesn't have any artificial sweeteners or ingredients."
In addition to snacking, you need to think about what you're drinking.
"BODYARMOR has potassium-packed electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins. There's nine flavors of the traditional BODYARMOR. I have to be honest, I don't want all the calories. I pick BODYARMOR Light. It has the same nutrients, the same natural ingredients, but it's only 20 calories per serving."