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It’s the latest social media rage, where you can daydream of being the most perfect person with a fantastic wardrobe, beautifully decorated home with a to die for lawn and bountiful garden. Not to mention, you can dream you are an amazing chef, party planner, hostess, housekeeper, exercise fanatic, and creatively thoughtful, loving parent. Perusing […]

Produce Playoffs: Oranges vs Brussels Sprouts

  March Madness brings out the best of the best teams to compete in head-to-head matchups on the basketball court!  In honor of the march mayhem, Skinny Gene presents the Produce Playoffs!  Just like the big dance, anything can happen on any given day as these super foods go head-to-head!  Whatever the outcome, all of these foods are winners! SEE […]

The Winner: Zucchini vs Sweet Potato

The winner of the third Produce Playoff, head-to-head matchup is….   SWEET POTATO Here’s how the Sweet Potatoes swept the Zucchinis.. The Sweet Potatoes – the Vitamin A powerhouse was just too much for the out of season zucchini.  Vitamin A had an outstanding game providing 438% of the daily value.  Lights out for Houdini! […]

Produce Playoffs: Zucchini vs Sweet Potato

  March Madness brings out the best of the best teams to compete in head-to-head matchups on the basketball court!  In honor of the march mayhem, Skinny Gene presents the Produce Playoffs!  Just like the big dance, anything can happen on any given day as these super foods go head-to-head!  Whatever the outcome, all of these foods are winners! SEE […]

Produce Playoffs: Eggplant vs Beets

  March Madness brings out the best of the best teams to compete in head-to-head matchups on the basketball court!  In honor of the march mayhem, Skinny Gene presents the Produce Playoffs!  Just like the big dance, anything can happen on any given day as these super foods go head-to-head!  Whatever the outcome, all of these foods are winners! SEE […]

The Winner: Pear vs. Asparagus Matchup

The winner of the first Produce Playoff, head-to-head matchup is….   ASPARAGUS   Great match up, but the antioxidant level and vitamin play of the Asparagus team dominated the Pears.  Fiber played great defense for both teams limiting spikes in blood sugars and keeping the hearts healthy! Gotta say, the Asparagus fans really showed up for this one! […]

Produce Playoffs: Pear vs. Asparagus

March Madness brings out the best of the best teams to compete in head-to-head matchups on the basketball court!  In honor of the march mayhem, Skinny Gene presents the Produce Playoffs!  Just like the big dance, anything can happen on any given day as these super foods go head-to-head!  Whatever the outcome, all of these foods are winners! SEE RULES […]

March Madness Produce Playoffs

March Madness brings out the best of the best teams to compete in head-to-head matchups on the basketball court!  In honor of the march mayhem, Skinny Gene presents the Produce Playoffs!  Just like the big dance, anything can happen on any given day as these super foods go head-to-head!  Whatever the outcome, all of these foods are winners!   HOW […]

Feed Your Family With Love

By Emily Barr, MS,RD,CNSC – V.P of Nutritional Services and Co-creator of Ignite Your Skinny Gene Program Love your mate Our instinctive nature tells us to shower our loved one with sweet treats or rich decadent meals, all of which are loaded with an unimaginable number of calories, heart stopping saturated fats, and sweetened with sugar that could […]

5 Love Languages For A Healthy Heart

“I love you with all my heart” one term of endearment you may hear or say this Valentine’s Day.  But how healthy is your heart?   Are you doing all you can to keep your heart beating strong for your loved ones?  This Valentine’s Day show your love to your heart by speaking these five “love […]

Stop the Insanity, Start Getting Results

By: Emily Barr, MS,RD,CNSC Your One Month Check-Up   We are approaching the 1 month marker into our new year, 2013.  The year we made ourselves promise that starting January 1st (or 2nd!) we would flip the switch to better health.  So here is the question, how are those resolutions  going? Most of us are probably […]

Seasonal Sabotage- Surviving the Holidays

Stop the Seasonal Sabotage! By Emily Barr, MS,RD,CNSC – Holiday gatherings bring out the best cookbooks filled with cheesy, oh-so-savory appetizers, creamed casseroles, and ooey-gooey desserts. By preparing these high fat, sodium, and sugar filled recipes, we are committing seasonal sabotage. And worse of all, we are committing it against our favorite people – our beloved family […]

Meal Planning Skeleton

Halloween time may bring the skeletons out of the closet, or change our adorable little kids into dancing little skeleton costumes, and there is skeleton décor hanging all around until the haunted night of October 31st! But what if the skeletons aren’t just for Halloween?   The Skinny Gene Project has been using a diet “skeleton” […]

Family Lunch Box

They say “the secret to someone’s heart is through their stomach”.   Show your child how much you love them by sending them to school with a lunch box full of an assortment of enjoyable (and healthy) foods! Let’s face it, the same old sandwich, chips, and apple can be rather boring to a child (or […]

Burning Calories with “No Time To Workout”

By Emily Barr, MS,RD,CNSC – The number one excuse for skipping a workout is (and I quote) “I don’t have enough time!”  Usually this line is followed by more excuses including your children’s schedules, your work schedules, house hold chores, or lack of sleep.  Time is valuable, in order to utilize every opportunity you have […]

How Fad Diets Get it Right

Fad diets make a lot of promises, but usually fail to deliver long-term success. Although they do a lot wrong, like promise rapid weight loss, limit food groups, and are too strict, there is a lot we can learn from fad diets that will allow us to live a healthy lifestyle.

Is a Calorie a Calorie?

“Is a calorie a calorie? A calorie may be a calorie when people talk about weight loss and nothing else, there are other factors involved. And once you get past my perhaps lame “Is a calorie a calorie” question, you can begin to see something approaching the truth.
For one thing, says Nestle: “There are dozens of factors involved in weight regulation. It’s hard to lose weight, because the body is set up to defend fat, so you don’t starve to death; the body doesn’t work as well to tell people to stop eating as when to tell them when to start.”

GETTING YOUR KIDS TO EAT THEIR VEGGIES

Pin It By Emily Barr, MS,RD,CNSC  A recent post in Medical News Today highlighted the practice of hiding veget ables in our children’s foods to help them reach their goal of 5+ servings of vegetables per day.  Their conclusion was “that it is more important for parents to openly feed their children a variety of vegetables […]

Good Greens That Benefit Every Body

Pin It By Emily Barr, MS,RD,CNSC    Green represents a lot of terrific things, like “being green” is good for the environment and “making the green” is good for your wallet.  And if you like Saint Patty’s day, you will be sporting some green attire for good luck.  What about eating your greens?  You never felt […]

It’s National Nutrition Month And Registered Dietitian Day!

It’s Registered Dietitian Day! What a perfect time to say THANK YOU to our very own Emily Barr, MS,RD,CNSC!
Emily is the brilliant mind behind all of our nutrition programs, including our Boost Your Metabolism program, which has helped educate over 119,741 people in the last year alone.
With so much misinformation out there, we’re lucky to have our own metabolism expert to help us focus on the right information, and turn it into easy action plan for living a healthier lifestyle.

Boost Your Metabolism

Metabolism – the thing that most of us take for granted until we reach our 30’s, then we start noticing that the food we’re eating is lingering a little longer on our butts, hips and thighs. Gone are the days that you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Adding to the frustration is […]

Preventing Vacation Weight Gain

 Are you counting down the days to your long deserved summer get-away?  Whether you are going to an exotic beach destination, traveling abroad, camping in the great outdoors, road tripping, or taking the family to Disneyland, try not to let this year’s summer vacation be a free pass to indulge in high calorie and fat […]

20 foods in 1 Metabolic Boosting Day

For the last several weeks, we’ve been sharing our favorite everyday foods that can boost your metabolism. (Click here to see the original BOOST YOUR METABOLISM article).  Now we want to show you how you can put it all together for 1 metabolic boosting day! The top 20 foods (below) can easily be included in your everyday metabolism maximizing meals!  Here is […]

Boost Your Metabolism- Garlic

We are providing a 10-part series on our TOP 10 FOODS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM. This is the 10th post. To learn more about the Boost Your Metabolism series, please click here! BOOST YOUR METABOLISM The secret to boosting your metabolism is FEEDING your body what it needs. You must eat the right foods, in […]

Boost Your Metabolism- Cinnamon

We are providing a 10-part series on our TOP 10 FOODS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM. This is the 9th post. To learn more about the Boost Your Metabolism series, please click here! BOOST YOUR METABOLISM The secret to boosting your metabolism is FEEDING your body what it needs. You must eat the right foods, in […]

Summertime Recipes: Frosty Tropical Pops

 http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/frosty-tropical-pops-113465.aspx total time:  4 hr 10 min prep time:  10 min servings:  6 servings What You Need 4 cups strawberries 1 tsp.  KOOL-AID Sugar Free Tropical Punch Flavor Low Calorie Soft Drink Make It BLEND ingredients in blender until smooth; pour into 6 paper or plastic cups. Freeze 1 hour. INSERT wooden pop stick into […]

Summertime Recipes: Grilled Rosemary-Salmon Skewers

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/grilled_rosemary_salmon_skewers.html From EatingWell:  August/September 2006, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008) If you can find (or grow) them, use sturdy rosemary branches, stripped of leaves, as skewers for these Italian salmon kebabs; they’ll add a subtle, smoky flavor that hints of pine. Oil your grill well to prevent sticking, don’t move the kebabs around […]

Summertime Recipes:Romaine Salad with Orange, Feta & Beans

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/romaine_salad_with_orange_feta_beans.html From EatingWell:  March/April 2007, The EatingWell Diet (2007)   Adding canned beans is a quick, convenient way to make a salad into a meal – they boost the protein to make the salad more satisfying. We call for kidney beans, but other canned beans like cannellinis or black beans would also work nicely. 2 […]

Boost Your Metabolism Series- Yogurt

We are providing a 10-part series on our TOP 10 FOODS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM. This is the 8th post. To learn more about the Boost Your Metabolism series, please click here! BOOST YOUR METABOLISM The secret to boosting your metabolism is FEEDING your body what it needs. You must eat the right foods, in […]

Boost Your Metabolism Series- Tomato

We are providing a 10-part series on our TOP 10 FOODS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM.  This is the 7th post. To learn more about the Boost Your Metabolism series, please click here! BOOST YOUR METABOLISM  The secret to boosting your metabolism is FEEDING your body what it needs.   You must eat the right foods, in the right […]