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August 9, 2012 - 9:25am

It’s that time of year when many of us start thinking about back to school. And, as a nutrition editor and registered dietitian, that means lunch (and maybe even breakfast or snack). “What should I be packing for meals for my kid while they’re at school?” is a question I hear often.

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Here are a few suggestions to help you fuel your kiddo’s young brain and body.

For breakfast: oatmeal. Reams of studies show that fueling the brain with breakfast is important for thinking, acting and learning. And children who are undernourished perform poorly on cognitive tasks. But not just any breakfast will do: research shows that fueling your...

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August 3, 2012 - 3:26pm

If you’re juicing to slim down—a trend that is now back in vogue—lacking scientific evidence suggests that you should think twice. (Find out how many calories you should be eating daily.)

It is true that if your juicy diet delivers fewer calories than you need, you’ll lose weight, but you may not sustain it. Losing weight isn’t necessarily about depriving yourself of everything you love—it’s about eating fewer calories than you’re burning.

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Here’s another reason to think twice about juicing to lose weight: research shows that drinking your...

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July 27, 2012 - 9:43am

In recent years there has been an explosion of coconut water products available at grocery and convenience stores. If you’ve tasted it, you know that it’s pretty refreshing—even the plain, unflavored coconut waters (or so I think).

And because staying hydrated can make or break your workout performance, it’s not surprising that many athletes and weekend warriors are looking for an extra edge when it comes to their beverage of choice.

Related: 4 Natural Fuel Foods For Your Next Workout

But should you be reaching for coconut water, instead of just water? Is it any better—is it worth the splurge?

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July 19, 2012 - 10:50am

This summer, don’t let the smoke from the backyard grill cloud your good judgment when considering health advice from friends and family. When it comes to health and natural remedies it’s enticing to grab onto juicy half-truths and hearsay. Don’t get me wrong—as with any good story, a nutrition myth can offer a valuable lesson. The most persistent nutrition myths are those that contain at least some truth. Here are 5 common summer health myths to watch out for—as reported in EatingWell Magazine:

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1. Always wear sunblock. Thanks to our obsession with sunscreen—as well as a short list of vitamin-D-rich foods...

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July 2, 2012 - 2:16pm

We’re all starting to spend more time outdoors. And that warm summer sun feels oh-so-good—until I remember the damage it could be wreaking on my skin: 90% of skin aging is caused by the sun.

Protecting yourself from UV radiation can help prevent premature skin aging. Sunscreen is still the first line of defense against sun damage (experts say slather on an ounce—about a palmful—of SPF 30 or higher and re-apply every 2 hours). And there’s more you can do—the latest research suggests that three beverages may also deliver nutrients that protect your skin—as reported by Hillary Gilson in EatingWell Magazine.

Related: 6 Anti-Aging Foods for Your Skin

Green Tea. New research in the Journal of...

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