Author: Ivette Lopez

Tips for Eating Nutrient Dense Foods

Written by UConn Dietetic Intern Katrina Pruitt Americans eat significant amounts of calories, saturated fats, added sugars, and sodium in fast foods like burgers and fries, and frozen foods like pizza and ice cream. Canned foods can also supply high amounts of added salt. While these foods are okay to enjoy once in a while, […]

Strength Training: 7 Reasons to Lift Weights

Written by UConn Dietetics Intern Jami Pliego Let’s talk strength training! There is a common misconception that only body builders or those looking to gain weight need to practice strength training. However, this is not true! Regular strength training is important to keep your muscles working properly and maintaining body strength. Anyone can strength train, […]

Strength Training Benefits for Aging Bodies

Written by Kaleigh Sullivan As people age, activities that at one time were reasonably easy now take more effort. While it may seem like this is a natural part  of getting older, there are ways to prevent this. Exercise at any period of life is beneficial for the heart, muscles, joints, and mood, but movement and physical […]

“Go-To” Healthy Food Swaps

Written by Dietetic Intern Kathryn Murphy There are so many varieties and types of food on our planet! Some foods fall into healthy categories and others into less healthy categories. A lifetime of eating the less healthy foods can potentially increase risk for developing chronic diseases like heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and contribute to […]

What are artificial sweeteners? And should I use them?

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Natalie Cyr What are artificial sweeteners? Artificial sweeteners are synthetic, or man-made sugar substitutes, and can be made from naturally occurring substances, such as herbs or sugar itself. These types of sweeteners are known to be more intense versions of sugar — meaning, they tend to be 50-200x sweeter than […]

Outdoor Food and Grilling Safety

Written by UConn Dietetics Student Sarah Anderson As the days get longer and the warmer weather is approaching, grilling and outdoor dining is right around the corner! Food safety is especially important when considering the warmer temperatures which provide an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. It is key to keep food out of the […]

Planning for a Patio Garden: Tips for Growing Easy Veggies in Pots

Written by UConn Dietetic Intern Aylin Kavgaci Growing your own food can be both joyful and rewarding. If you’re looking for a way to easily grow vegetables but don’t have a ton of space or gardening experience, setting up a patio vegetable garden in pots may be perfect for you! You can grow just about […]

Food or Supplements? Do we Need Expensive Supplements?

Written by UConn Dietetic Intern Alicia Farris Supplements can be beneficial for our health but can also pose risks according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)1. Doing your research on the supplements that you are taking is important since many are not regulated by the FDA. FDA is not authorized to review dietary supplement […]