Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN

Don’t fast to feast later. This only results in more calories eaten. Don’t skip breakfast. Not only will you have less energy to get through the morning but breakfast skippers eat more calories during the remainder of the day. If you are really dying for a hamburger and fries at lunch order a kid’s meal … Read More

We enjoy trying new kitchen gadgets.  Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Someone once told me that ingenuity was simply a twist on the ordinary. What could be more ordinary than paper towels? Ora is a round paper towel that stacks on a recyclable … Read More

Your gut bacteria may not be on your side when you switch to a healthier diet? All of us carry around trillions of microbial hitchhikers that interact with us every day. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, looked at how our human gut microbiota responds to diet. They found that those people who typically ate … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Pereg Kaniwa Baby Quinoa is related to red quinoa, but smaller in size. It is grown in South Africa and is Certified Gluten Free, NonGMO Project Verified, and certified kosher (OU). It … Read More

Simply squeezing a lemon wedge into your next cup of tea increases the levels of catechins, powerful antioxidants found in white, green and black tea. But drink tea the British way, with added milk, and casein, the main protein in milk, inhibits the beneficial effects of catechins. … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Just Spices, a company that is based in Germany, has just introduced their spice blends to the US market. The company’s goal is to offer spice blends that will make cooking … Read More

A whole, unpeeled apple is a perfect snack – it’s high in the fiber pectin which helps fill you up and lowers your cholesterol. Eat popcorn – low in calories (25 in a cup), low in fat and high in fiber (it’s a whole grain). It offers the satisfaction of chewing but go easy on … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. High protein snacks are a major trend. Meat snacks, like jerky have become the third largest snack category with women buying 45% of all jerky purchases. Lorissa’s Kitchen makes a jerky that … Read More

A USDA survey showed that more than one-third of our daily calories come from foods eaten away from home. If you eat out often you need to make smart choices. Recognize that portions are huge. Simply realizing this can help you eat less. Consider splitting a meal. Restaurants have become used to this and many … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. We have looked at Quinn snacks a number of times in the past. Once again, Quinn has expanded its brand line with gluten-free pretzels. The pretzels are Certified Gluten-Free and kosher certified … Read More