Helpful info for a healthier lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy EatingAlmost everyone wants to live a healthier lifestyle, but sometimes figuring out what that really means can be tough, and making major change can be intimidating. The truth is that often living a healthier life is not about making massive changes, and even simple changes to your daily routine can pay big dividends in the long run. The SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog is giving real, simple, tangible advice to make living a healthier lifestyle an attainable reality. Check out our latest posts below, including information about healthy eating, exercising, and how SPLENDA® Sweeteners fit in with a healthy eating plan!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 9:19am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Research shows kids are snacking too often and the foods they choose are too often salty snacks, candy, sweets and sweetened beverages, foods with too many calories and not enough nutrients. Pair this with the knowledge that children need to eat more fruit, vegetables, legumes, low fat dairy foods, and substitute whole grains for refined grains. Unfortunately too much snacking and too many calories from less-than-healthy snacks is one reason that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, about 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese.

It’s time to get a knack for healthy snacks. Here are some tips for healthy snacking for kids, smart snack ideas and recipes to whet your kids’ appetites.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 4:01pm  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

To cut through what can be a confusing topic, let’s define a few important terms on the topic of cholesterol in your blood and in foods, as well as how fat travels in your body. Then let’s explore how to interpret these new cholesterol and fat recommendations as you make efforts to eat more healthfully. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 11:12am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Have you tallied the calories from your favorite homemade cocktails? The average mixer in a cocktail adds about 100 to 200+ calories per serving.

If you’re trying to limit calories, particularly from cocktails, I’ve got good news. But, before I whet your whistle with recipes for lower calorie cocktails made with the new SPLENDA ZERO Liquid Sweetener, let’s discuss the upsides and downsides of drinking alcohol, daily limits, and the calories in different types of mixed drinks and liquor.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 3:51pm  |  POSTED BY: Sylvia Meléndez Klinger

We can all agree that nutrition and life events play an important role in nourishment and development for optimal health. How to achieve optimal health, however, is where it can be a bit challenging. Quite often good nutrition is associated in people’s minds with tasteless foods, drastic life changes, and deprivation of everything satisfying. But, nutritious food doesn’t have to be tasteless, and it definitely doesn’t have to be boring. With some willingness, creativity, and patience, healthy eating can be both interesting and satisfying!

To give you a more descriptive idea, I’ve created a list of my top tips for making tasty healthy recipes. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 9:28pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Today more than ever, it’s a scientific certainty that incorporating physical activity into our lifestyles is essential to maintaining optimal health. And no, running a marathon or running 5 miles a day is not essential. Undertaking some very basic activities will work to your health’s advantage in the long “run.” Whether you’re trying to maintain your good health and healthy weight, or lose weight to get healthier, there are recommendations available for everyone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Regular physical activity is important for good health, and it's especially important if you're trying to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight.” CDC continues: 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 8:19am  |  POSTED BY: Sylvia Meléndez Klinger

From family events, to career meetings and all the way to meal planning, every day we are driven to make all sorts of decisions. Despite how challenging it is to have to make these choices, it’s important to recognize that making decisions doesn’t have to be a difficult and tiring, especially when it comes to meal planning.

Additionally, it’s equally important to be aware that better food choices can result in more nourishment for our bodies. The trick is to find satisfaction without going hungry or feeling deprived. We know it can be difficult to exercise a level of control over a box of favorite cookies or a pint of ice cream, which could result in an overload of calories at the end of the day. However, we need to remember that not just cookies, but anything eaten in excess can result in too many calories.

Does this mean we can’t have cookies and milk anymore? Of course not, ...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 11:08am  |  POSTED BY: Maureen Conway

A recent study has confirmed previous research findings that the consumption of beverages sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners is associated with healthier diets and overall lower calorie consumption. The study, by Gibson et al., recently published in Nutrientssuggests that using low-calorie sweetened beverages can support a healthy eating pattern. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:24pm  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Break the word breakfast into its two parts: break and fast. Eating breakfast breaks your fast after hours of sleep. Breakfast is often the first meal of the day. It’s a nutritionally important one. Nutrition experts have touted the benefits of breakfast for years, especially for children of all ages. However, according to William Cochran, MD, a past member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition, “Approximately 8 to 12 percent of all school-aged kids skip breakfast. By the time kids enter adolescence, as many as 20 to 30 percent of them have completely given up the morning meal.

Do you struggle to get your children to make time to eat this oh-so-important first meal of the day? Let’s discuss why breakfast is such a vital meal for children and get quick and easy-to-fix healthy breakfast ideas for when neither time nor inclination are in your favor.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 2:28pm  |  POSTED BY: Sylvia Meléndez Klinger

You are probably wondering if there will ever be a diet plan that can honestly help you lose weight without making so many sacrifices. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me to create for them a diet plan for weight loss or give them personal nutrition advice. The reality is that according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), millions of people struggle not only with weight issues, but also with many other serious chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer or heart disease. The struggle is real and it continues to affect us in many areas of our lives, which is why I am going to share with you a few “tricks of the game” that I believe can help you deal with the weight loss battle, while at the same time keeping your sanity.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 3:05pm  |  POSTED BY: Sylvia Meléndez Klinger

How can we overcome our daily obstacles and accomplish at least a fraction of what we dream about every day? As a dietitian and mother of two college students, I am here to share a few healthy eating tips that have worked not only for my own family, but also for many of the individuals I encounter every day.

Let’s face it, you may not become the next domestic diva, but by starting with some simple steps today, you can actually make some impressive and lasting improvements for your tomorrow. Before anything else, take a deep breath and relax; remember that anything that is valuable takes time and patience for it to be established. Now that we are calm and collected, let’s get started with some healthy planning tips so you can make some of those dreams happen today!