All posts by
Sydney Wills

May is International Mediterranean Diet Month (or #MedMonth) which highlights the Mediterranean-style eating pattern. The Mediterranean Diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and lean meats. It’s not only backed by research, but it is also delicious and satisfying which makes it a popular eating pattern for many. There are several Med-inspired recipes on our website as well as our sister website MEDinsteadofmeds.com, but if you want to “dip your toes” in the pool of the Mediterranean diet, the… Continue reading »

Whether you are self-quarantining or following your state’s stay-at-home order, many of us are probably home more than we used to be. In some ways this can be a good thing as we now have the chance to do some projects such as deep cleaning the kitchen, reorganizing a closet, or trying new recipes. Maybe you are working from home now and are establishing new routines (read more about Best Practices While Working from Home).  With any major change there can… Continue reading »

I’m a big fan of weekend meal prep and I’ve found that meal prep is especially important for my lunches. Most mornings, I’m usually rushing out the door to work or school so having a ready-to-go lunch helps to keep me on track with my healthy eating. However, it’s easy for me to become stuck in a rut when it comes to packed lunches so I’m always on the hunt for new lunch ideas. When I’m looking for recipes, I have a… Continue reading »

Weight management is a complex topic because food is complex. From a nutritional standpoint, the goal of food is to provide the necessary nutrients to perform our everyday tasks. But, food is so much more than simply a means to an end. Food has the ability to trigger a memory, bring people together, provide comfort, and even explore different cultures. For these reasons and many more, weight loss can be difficult. Researchers in the field of nutrition have been trying… Continue reading »

Lately, I have been trying to dedicate time each Sunday to meal prep for the week ahead. The level of meal prep may vary from week to week and some weeks I may only be able to chop a few vegetables and throw a salad together for my lunches. But, I have found that even a small amount of meal prep on the weekend goes a long way towards staying on track all week.  When I’m really prepared, I try… Continue reading »

For many of us, Black Friday shopping is as much a part of our Thanksgiving tradition as the turkey is. Whether you are out at 5 AM shopping on Black Friday, or online shopping from home on Cyber Monday, take advantage of the sales and buy an Instant Pot! You may have heard of the Instant Pot or seen it advertised, but what exactly is an Instant Pot? The Instant Pot is a countertop pressure cooker with multi-function options such as slow… Continue reading »

With the holidays fast approaching, it usually means that schedules become busier with less time to make meals at home. Around this time of year, I turn to my trusty slow cooker-both as a time saver and for a warm, comforting meal. For me, it doesn’t quite feel like fall until I bring out my slow cooker and make something involving pumpkin or butternut squash. This chicken and butternut squash dish is my go-to recipe not only for the savory… Continue reading »

Pomegranate Kale Salad Servings: 6 to 8 Ingredients: 1 bunch of kale, stemmed and leaves julienned 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped Garnish with Parmesan cheese Dressing: 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Place washed and stemmed kale in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper. Pour dressing over kale… Continue reading »

This fall, I returned to graduate school and to say that my life has changed would be an understatement. Aside from papers, projects, and exams, something else that has changed has been my grocery budget. I’m pursuing a degree in nutrition, so eating healthy, fresh food is not only a priority for me, it’s my passion. Sometimes I can get carried away with unnecessary food purchases (looking at you dark chocolate covered almonds) and spend well over my allotted grocery… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Eric: I have been hovering around 250 lbs. for several years. My doctor was concerned about metabolic syndrome and my A1C was in the pre-diabetic range. I am fairly active, but I had never really dieted or tried very hard to lose weight. I had read and knew a lot of tips but never really put anything into action. I signed up for the Eat Smart, Move… Continue reading »