Author Archives: Mary Cate Eklund, RD, LDN, LMNT

Mary Cate Eklund, RD, LDN, LMNT

What can color do for you?


Weight Management

Spring has sprung! We can start to move on from gloomy winter weather and look forward to more color. Spring is the perfect time to take a look at the color on your plate as well. Adding more pigment to your plate increases the variety of foods you eat and the nutrients your body receives, including phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are a group of naturally occurring compounds found in plant based foods that can provide positive health benefits. One of the most common names for phytonutrients are antioxidants. These compounds can provide protection against cancer and support many of our body’s functions. Here are some of the common phytonutrients we find in colorful fruits and vegetables: LYCOPENE- You will find lycopene in … Continue reading

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Mary Cate Eklund, RD, LDN, LMNT

Turn Your Goals into Habits


Weight Management

As the glamour of the “new year, new you” starts to fade, don’t give up on the goals you made for yourself. If you feel like you have started to slack on your goals, remember that lifestyle changes are not like fad diets with a start and end date. They take time, consistency, and even failure to be successful. Don’t focus on being perfect and doing everything right each day. Instead, focus on showing up and trying. It can take 1-2 months to build a habit, so don’t let those goals fall to the back of the line. Here are some ways to stay mindful of your goals: Make a visible list for yourself Life gets busy and your everyday … Continue reading

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Mary Cate Eklund, RD, LDN, LMNT

Celebrate Healthy Habits this Holiday Season


Nutrition, Weight Management

The holiday season is often seen as a tricky time of year to stay on track with lifestyle goals, but it doesn’t have to be! Participating in holiday celebrations doesn’t mean throwing your nutrition goals out the door and eating whatever is offered.  Bring your healthy lifestyle to the party this year with these tips and tricks. Offer to bring an appetizer or side dish. This way, you can relax knowing there will be something delicious to munch on while you visit with friends and family. Some ideas include: Mixed vegetable platter in the shape of a favorite holiday item (i.e. Christmas tree, ornament, menorah, etc.). Pair this with a ranch dipping sauce made with low fat Greek yogurt. This … Continue reading

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Mary Cate Eklund, RD, LDN, LMNT

Keep Your Fall Drinks in Check


Nutrition, Weight Management

As the fall season rolls in, it brings relief from the sweltering heat and a season full of beautiful colors and fanciful flavors. From cinnamon and pumpkin, to sea salt and caramel, coffee shops around the country have our mouths watering. However, if you’re not careful, these delicious drinks will have you packing on the layers, and I’m not talking about your favorite fall jacket. Listed below are some popular seasonal drinks and what you’ll find in each: Starbucks 16 oz Salted Caramel Mocha- 470 calories, 16 grams fat, 59 grams sugar Starbucks 16 oz Pumpkin Spice Latte- 380 calories, 14 grams fat, 50 grams sugar Scooters 16 oz Turtle Latte- 245 calories, 7 grams fat, 30 grams sugar Scooters … Continue reading

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