The Benefits of Pineapple

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Pineapple is the summer gift that keeps on giving.

Pineapple packs goodies for your metabolism that can temper appetite, encourage fat burning and calm down inflammation. Not to mention it can eliminate acne while the skins can strengthen (and thicken) hair and nails – even aid with digestion. Try making tea or juice from the skins to reap these rewards, but for a few more ready-to-use options, see our product picks below.

I was interviewed for Huda Beauty on the benefits of pineapple. You can read the full article here.

Eat healthy! Be happy! Xo Nicolette

 

Shocking Things You Never Knew About Grocery Store Produce

cut-fruit-760x506.jpgThe rainbow of colors will seem a little less dazzling when you read these surprising facts.

If you want the freshest fruits and veggies—that is, the ones that were set out for customers most recently—you may have to do a bit of work. Newer expiration dates are placed in the back of shelves, so if you need a longer shelf life, check the back of the shelf.

I was interviewed for Reader’s Digest about grocery store secrets. You can read the full article here.

Eat healthy! Be happy! Xo Nicolette

Typically Meat-Heavy Keto Diet Is Going Vegetarian

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By now, you’ve probably heart of the ketogenic, or “keto,” diet.

It’s a very restrictive regimen of low carb, high fat foods with some similarities to the Atkin’s diet.

But what if you don’t eat meat? Now, a plant-based keto is catching on.

That’s right, keto is going vegetarian.

Typically, when we think of the wildly popular diet, we think heavy on the protein and animal fats, making it appealing to meat eaters.

The strict combination of “low carb, high fat, high protein” will force the body into a state of ketosis, meaning it burns fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. The end result: You can lose more weight, faster.

Enter the ketotarian diet, which is now a refangled version of the ketogenic diet. Avocados, olive oils, nuts and olives… are your fat choices in ketotarian.

Learn more about the Keto Diet by watching my interview in the full TV segment for CBS New York here.

Eat Healthy! Be Happy!

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Decoding Food Labels

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While you may think you’re making some healthy choices at the supermarket by picking products that say “all natural” or “lightly sweetened,” such claims can be misleading.

One thing is for sure: Consumers seem confused when it comes to food labels.

Marketers are very, very clever. What they do is catch trends… and they know what sells.

According to a recent survey by the International Food Information Council, 80 percent of grocery shoppers say information on packaging seems conflicting.

It’s really the front of the box versus the back of the box.

The front of the box is all marketing. The back of the box is “where the real nutrition information is.

Learn more about how to decode food labels by watching my interview in the full TV segment for CBS New York here.

Eat Healthy! Be Happy!

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What You Need To Know About Doing Yoga To Lose Weight

young-woman-doing-yoga-twist-mat-healthy-lifestyle-royalty-free-image-820933744-1555512374Practicing yoga can be a wonderful way to relax and recharge, but it can also be a great way to lose weight. I was interviewed for Women’s Health Magazine about how to drop extra weight while doing yoga and why nutrition is a key component. You can read the full interview here.

Eat healthy! Be happy! Xo Nicolette

How I Keep My High-Profile Clients in Shape

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I’ve helped all type of clients tweak their diet and get in shape, including models and real housewives to Broadway stars and TV anchors. I shared my tips and tactics in my latest interview with She Knows on how I keep my A-list clients fit. Read the full article here. Eat Healthy! Be Happy! Xoxo Nicolette

Juice it up

Drink warm lemon juice with water in the morning. Take the juice of half a lemon and add a pinch of cayenne pepper to strengthen the body and detox. “It wakes up the digestive system, and contains Vitamin C for skin and immunity and to balance the pH of the body,” Pace says. “It flushes out the system and rehydrates the body — a fluid break-fast!”

Get served

“Plate food out away from the serving area to limit the potential to pick and eat seconds,” Pace advises. “Family style is a no-no for celebrities who need to be slim for performing on camera or stage or modeling.”

Take measurements

“Measure volume in serving utensils like a favorite ladle or serving spoon as well as glasses, cups, mugs, bowls, and plates that you use frequently with water if liquid or solid food to see how much they hold and how full you generally make it,” Pace says. “This is an easy, failsafe way to measure once for portion control ease.”

Buzz in

Caffeine can perk you up in more ways than one. Take some before a workout since it is a clinically proven ergogenic aid, which means it acts on the central nervous system, reduces fatigue, and allows for greater exertion as feelings of work load and pain are reduced. “It’s great for endurance performance, and an easy and inexpensive way to boost your athletic capabilities,” Pace says.

Go with your gut

“Eat probiotic-rich foods to enhance your good gut bacteria, which in turn will keep your weight down,” Pace says. “Look to work in fermented foods by choosing kombucha tea, kefir, yogurt, lebne, miso and fermented vegetables.”

Skip processed foods

Eat minimally processed foods as much as possible. “Uncured meats (naturally done with celery juice), organic poultry and other meat, foods without labels, in season fruits and vegetables, and seafood (preferably locally or regionally grown) will give max nutrients for energy, vitality, and anti-aging and beauty inside and out,” Pace says. “I tell my clients to eat protein and veggies if they need to drop a few pounds quickly before a big event or photo shoot. But this shouldn’t be your go-to. Eat whole foods and avoid processed foods as your long-term diet.”

Sip smart

Lighten up on caffeine and replace sugary beverages, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol with nutrient-rich green tea, white or black tea, yerba mate, or cocoa. Drink citrus-, fruit-, or herb-infused waters; herbal tea; and mineral water for daily hydration.

Workout wisely

“Before exercising, avoid large volumes of fluid or food, especially when toning core muscles, to avoid cramps and digestive upset,” Pace says. “However, be sure to take at least 12 ounces of fluid an hour and a half before so you have adequate hydration. Dose protein and slow carbs one to four hours before to enable sustaining energy.”

Mind your morning meal

Don’t eat if you’re not hungry when you wake up. Just make sure that you eat within four hours of waking up.

Flush it out

Pace recommends doing a potassium and nutrient flush. “It will infuse your body with energy and vitality to help keep your belly flat for a big day,” she says. “Choose grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and berries, and combine with ice and whey or hemp powder for a between meal pick-me-up.” Or, you can use silken soft tofu, kefir or yogurt for a meal replacement. Chilled or savory hot soups can also be great — try gazpacho, herbed cucumber, carrot and turnip puree, creamy guacamole, or butternut ginger for amazing flavor and concentrated nutrients.

Do a detox

“Detoxing will help with bloating if you do not go overboard on fiber or dairy (if you’re sensitive), which can actually make bloating worse,” Pace says. “As it targets digestive and endocrine organs (including the liver, pancreas, abdomen, bowel, and lymphatic system), fluid balance and relief from bloating is a natural and desired benefit. In addition, by placing restrictions on portions and volume it helps to retone the stomach to be more receptive and satisfied earlier with less food. Large meals and frequent overeating leads to excessive stomach stretching and belly bloat. Cut down, if not eliminate, all foods and beverages that sap your energy and lead to bloating, such as processed starches and sweets, which have a high glycemic load, as well as fatty foods and excessive sodium in prepared foods.”

Recharge Your Body for Spring

Screen Shot 2019-03-12 at 9.55.24 AM.pngWinter’s almost over and it’s time to look forward to warmer weather.

Before we hop into spring, your body may be in need of a recharge.

What can we do for our diet?

“You need to clean out your winter sludge,” said nutritionist and chef Nicolette Pace. “This is the very best time to get a jump on spring.”

Pace says there are three key seasonal foods that will get your ramped up for spring. Dandelions are supposed to help detoxify your kidneys.

“Because they are a natural diuretic, they will eliminate bloating and puffiness,” Pace said.

Spring onions are full of sulfur which help lower blood pressure and improve joint health. Then there are beets, which contain betalains.

“It’s anti-aging. It acts directly on the liver for detoxification, helps you to cleanse out your entire body,” Pace said.

Those are some simple ways to put a spring back into your step before the season even begins.

Learn more about how you can get ready for spring by watching the full TV segment for CBS New York here.

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Get a Head Start on Travel Planning

Screen Shot 2019-03-08 at 1.49.23 PM.pngGetting ready for a vacation is super exciting – but often also rather overwhelming. Take the stress out of your vacation planning by reading some advice I gave to Weight Watchers here, when I was interviewed on the topic. It’s never too early to start researching and preparing for a trip and doing things in advance that can keep your health and nutrition goals on track.

Eat healthy! Be happy! Xo Nicolette

7 Healthy Chia Recipes That Go Beyond Pudding

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailYou’ve probably heard a lot about chia in the past few years. The black, white, and gray edible seed of the Salvia hispanica plant, it seems like the superfood has quickly popped up everywhere, from smoothies and muffins to pudding and cookies. Read the full article on Chowhound where I’m interviewed on the topic.

Eat Healthy! Be Happy! Xo Nicolette

Winter Recipes To Help With Your ‘Holiday Detox’

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January is the perfect time to reset after the indulgent holidays with my holiday detox hot smoothie. This recipe will keep you warm and healthy and on track with any of your cleansing goals in the New Year. Watch the full episode on CBS New York for my myth busting nutrition tips and find the full recipe below. Eat Healthy! Be Happy! xoxo Nicolette

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds beef, chicken, veal or fish bones, preferably a mix of marrow bones and bones with a little meat on them, such as oxtail, short ribs, or knuckle bones (cut in half by a butcher)
  • 2 medium unpeeled carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium leek, end trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 garlic head, halved crosswise
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

 

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place beef bones, carrots, leek, onion, and garlic on a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees, toss the contents of the pan and continue to roast until deeply browned, about 20-40 minutes more.
  2. Fill a large (at least 6-quart) stockpot with 12 cups of water (preferably filtered). Add celery, bay leaves, peppercorns, and vinegar. Scrape the roasted bones and vegetables into the pot along with any juices. Add more water if necessary to cover bones and vegetables.
  3. Cover the pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to a very low simmer and cook with lid slightly ajar, skimming foam and excess fat occasionally, for at least 8 but up to 24-72 hours on the stove top. With a slow cooker time frame is approximately 6-8 hours. Instant pressure cookers slash the time down to 2 hours.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and let cool slightly. Remove bones, strain broth and let cool/refrigerate so fat on surface can be easily skimmed. Discard bones and vegetables. Broth can be stored for up to 5 days in the refrigerator and up to 6 months in the freezer.

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Super Detox Veggie Blend

Chef Pace says these super charged seasonal winter gems are jam packed with detoxifying, slimming, anti-bloating, anti-inflammatory, digestive remedies that gives your body the medicine it needs.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cubed celery root (celeriac)
  • 1 cut up medium sliced leek (washed thoroughly)
  • 1 medium size kohlrabi bulb cubed
  • 3-4 sliced Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes)
  • 1-2 carrots chopped
  • Large handful fresh spinach chopped
  • 2 Tbs chopped parsley
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika

How to make it:

  1. Place approximately 4 cups cut up vegetables and seasonings into a 4 quart pot. Add 3-4 cups homemade bone broth to cover. Bring to a boil then simmer until vegetables are tender (30-45 minutes). Pressure cooker 10-15 minutes. Slow cooker 60 minutes.
  2. Blend your hot smoothie right in the cooking pot with a wand (immersion) blender for about 30-60 seconds