Prebiotic vs Probiotic: Everything You Need to Know

Prebiotic vs Probiotic: Everything You Need to Know

Prebiotics and probiotics continue to receive praise for their potential health benefits. So you may wonder how they stack up when you look at prebiotic vs. probiotic foods and supplements. In short, prebiotics support the work that probiotics do. So they’re more like teammates than competitors. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of each, the best food sources, and whether you need probiotics or prebiotics. What’s the Difference Between Prebiotics and Probiotics? First up: What are prebiotics? These are fibers that feed probiotics in our gut, explains Angela Lemond, R.D.N., national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Since prebiotics are fibers, they provide some of the same benefits as that macronutrient, particularly when it comes to digestion. “We know that fiber is beneficial to our health,” says Natalie Wallace, M.S., R.D.N., Container Program Nutritionist at Beachbody. “It can help support weight loss and maintenance, lower cholesterol levels, and keep us... Read More
These Foods Seem Healthy But Aren’t Actually That Good for You

These Foods Seem Healthy But Aren’t Actually That Good for You

Sometimes certain foods—especially those currently trending or popping up on Instagram and Pinterest—get that “health halo,” where people assume they’re just as good for you as they are beautiful to take a photo of. Think: acai bowls or frozen yogurt, for example. Some can take you back hundreds of calories depending on size, the ingredients and those toppings (galore). Plus, preparation is key. Nuts are great for you when unsalted and raw or simply roasted, but if they’re glazed with sweet ingredients, super salty, or are packaged where you’re eating too much at once, then you’re not enjoying a healthy snack but rather one that contains hidden sugar, carbs, sodium and calories. And since you believe it to be healthy, you might think you can eat as much as you like—and that ‘s definitely not true, as those calories (even from foods that are packed with nutrients) will add up!... Read More
How Long to Cook Frozen Chicken in Instant Pot

How Long to Cook Frozen Chicken in Instant Pot

You just got home from a busy day at work, only to find that you forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer in the morning to thaw. Time to ditch your healthy meal plan for a takeout dinner, right? Not necessarily — you can actually cook frozen chicken in the Instant Pot! This multi-cooker appliance makes cooking faster and easier, and it can handle just about anything (even yogurt!). As it turns out, that also includes a frozen-solid chicken — and it only adds a few minutes to your usual cooking time. How Long to Cook Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot There are a few different variables that can affect how long frozen chicken takes in an Instant Pot. It depends on the size of your Instant Pot, the cut of meat, the size of your chicken pieces, and the recipe you’re using. “Chicken pieces like breasts, thighs, and... Read More
The Ultimate Guide to Turnip Nutrition

The Ultimate Guide to Turnip Nutrition

We kicked off fall by taking a deep dive into fun facts about pumpkins, and now we’re digging right into turnip nutrition. Turnips are good for you, and they make a tasty substitute for potatoes. If you haven’t tried turnip fries yet, they’re seriously amazing! Even cooler? “You can eat all parts of a turnip, from the crunchy root to the greens made up of the stem and leaves,” says Tamsin Jordan, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., a New York-based registered dietitian specializing in women’s health. Turnip Nutrition Facts We’re tempted to call them “faux-tatoes,” but turnips are awesome in their own right. In fact, the nutritional value of turnips is pretty impressive: A cup of cooked turnip cubes has 34 calories and 3 grams of fiber compared to 200 calories and 2 grams of fiber in a cup of potatoes. If you’re eating the stems and leaves, a cup of chopped turnip greens has only 29 calories but... Read More
7 Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

7 Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

You’ve been hearing the advice to “eat more fruits and vegetables” for as long as you can remember — and for good reason. Produce is a key part of a balanced diet — in fact, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, fruits and vegetables should fill up half your plate. But there are even more reasons to eat your greens (and reds, and yellows, and oranges) than you might realize. Here are some of the biggest benefits of eating fruits and vegetables: 1. They’re Full of Nutrients For most of us, this is probably the first benefit that comes to mind: Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. A diet rich in fruits and veggies can help you get the nutrients your body needs, including (but definitely not limited to) vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, folate, and potassium. Different fruits and veggies are nutritional powerhouses for different reasons, so... Read More