Alyssa Ardolino's blog

Vote for Whole Grain Crackers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Whole grain crackers deserve to be elected as the healthy hero of snack time. Eat whole grain crackers on their own or pair with dips, spreads or proteins like meat and cheese to make easy and delicious snacks. This candidate also happens to come with health benefits like fiber for digestive health and whole grains for weight management.

Vote for Cocoa [INFOGRAPHIC]

Just in time for fall, one of our favorite candidates, cocoa, has stepped up to the platform. Whether it’s a small piece of dark chocolate, a cup of hot cocoa as a satisfying treat, or using cocoa in oatmeal, yogurt, or recipes, pick this versatile ingredient for a ton of health benefits.

Mythbuster: Negative Calorie Foods

Imagine you consistently meal-prep, set aside an hour each day to workout, and regularly get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Sounds great, right? You’ve been doing this for about four weeks, but the scale won’t change like you want it to. You’re annoyedand pressed for time. So you Google the latest weight-loss tactics and see the idea of "negative-calorie" foods. “I can eat foods that burn more calories than I take in? Hmm, this could work.” But could it?

Protect Yourself from Foodborne Illness: 3 Myths, Busted

Food Safety may not be at the forefront of your priorities right now, but one bad experience could suddenly change your mind. Why should we care? Because rotten food from foodborne pathogens can make you extremely sick. The CDC estimates that roughly 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year.

Try It Tuesday: Proper Hydration, Less Fatigue?

For this "Try It Tuesday," I decided to experiment with my fluid intake. I love being active, but I often find myself feeling tired or suffering from a dull headache in the middle of the day. Sometimes I attribute the discomfort to sleep or stress, but it almost always has the same common denominator: I forgot to drink enough water today.

4 Nutrition Tips To Make Your Next Taco Truck Trip Muy Bueno

We’ve seen taco trucks in the headlines a lot lately, and all the buzz has us thinking: Can tacos fit into a healthy diet? If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of ordering a nutritious yet delicious taco, don’t fret. We created this simple guide to help you navigate everything from the type of taco shell to the toppings and everything in between.

Beans, cheese, and guac, oh my! Let’s get started!