Happy, Healthy Fourth of July!

The fourth of July is quickly approaching, and Americans are getting ready for annual barbecues, picknicks, parades, and pool parties! It feels as though every holiday revolves around food! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great way to celebrate with our family and friends. And you’re allowed to splurge without derailing your health goals. Check […]

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June 28, 2022

Peas, tomatoes, and swiss chard on a wooden table

Picking a Probiotic

If you’ve been to the vitamin and supplement section of your local store at some point within the last few years, you’ve probably seen various products called probiotics. Maybe you know of someone who has taken them, or you may have even taken them yourself. Probiotics are an often misunderstood product. Like everything else, there […]

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February 15, 2022

Bag of crunchy roasted peas and a bag of bada bean bada boom beans are held by dietitians Alex Harris and Jen Lyman

Eating well while traveling

One question I get asked all the time is “what should I do about food while I’m traveling in the car?” Let’s face it, you either love road trips or absolutely hate them – no in between. Especially when you’re driving in the Midwest. There’s only so much corn and soy I can look at […]

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February 3, 2022

Eat Like My Dogs

That title may feel a little bit rude to you but rest assured that I love my dogs more I love than a lot of things (and people). Case in point: I’m taking them next week to go get professional doggy portraits done and could not be more excited about it. Mackenzie is going to […]

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May 21, 2020

Citrus fruit cut and squeezed on a white background

How to Grocery Shop during a Pandemic

When I walked through my local grocery store a month ago it literally felt like a zombie movie. There was no pasta, no bread, and hardly any meat. Lots of shelves were nearly empty and that was pretty scary—the idea that my family might become food insecure is something I’ve never had to worry about […]

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April 23, 2020

Jen Lyman, New Leaf Nutrition's dietitian, standing in the kitchen typing on her laptop

We’re-All-Just-Doing-Our-Best Pasta

I am so tired of cooking.  I normally prepare most of the meals for my family, but since the option of going out to eat has been removed it feels a thousand times more exhausting to feed Tony and myself… and I’m only making food for him once a day! I also feel the need […]

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April 16, 2020

Man from Ancel Keys's Minnesota Starvation Experiment licking his plate

Minnesota Starvation Experiment

Today I want to tell you, my precious sweet potatoes, about the Minnesota Starvation Experiment. The experiment was held at Minnesota State University in 1945. Men were asked to volunteer so that Ancel Keys, a physiologist who did research on how food changes the body, and his colleagues could learn how to best re-feed people […]

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April 9, 2020

Hand placing grapefruit into a pile of fruits and vegetables

Ten Ways to Support Your Immune System

Okay, first I want to say a disclaimer that supporting your immune system is not the same as boosting your immune system. There aren’t significant ways to “boost” your immune system, because that’d mean that you’re making it better and stronger than is naturally possible. We’re not going for superhuman, it’s not possible, but we ARE trying […]

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April 2, 2020

Gabe Wilkinson, before and after losing over one hundred pounds

Gabe’s Story

“At my heaviest I was 315 pounds and I felt trapped.”  This is from an interview I did with Gabe, a friend who has not only lost 135 pounds, but has kept it off for three years. I haven’t personally experienced large weight changes, so I was really thankful to Gabe for very patiently explaining […]

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March 19, 2020

Jen Lyman stands in a well-lit kitchen reaching for a muffin

Is Sugar a Drug?

Have you ever had a meal that just doesn’t live up to your expectations? It seems like it should be amazing and the description sounds really satisfying and then it’s just…not. That’s how I feel about cake. It’s beautiful and everyone else seems to really like it, but it just always falls short of my […]

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March 7, 2020