Nicolette on The Nationally Syndicated “Morning Beats” Seen On The Family Channel

Morning Beats airs on RetroTV and The Heartland Network every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 AM E/P. Starting on September 29, every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 AM E/P on The Family Channel. You can also stream it live or watch On Demand on The Heartland Network FREE Roku App!
Grab a cup of coffee and find a comfortable spot to join host Ashley Larsen and explore the rhythms of living a healthy and inspired life! Ashley, along with experts in a variety of fields, will delve into everything from health, exercise, and organizing your life with informed conversations covering music, art, books, movies, and so much more

Healthy Meal Hacks for Hectic Households

iStock-180837057.max-784x410Imagine life with three or more kids, all involved in extracurricular activities well into the evening — and maybe one spouse travels. It’s unlikely there’s much time for meal prep and family dinners during the week. The reality for many families is that some nights there is barely a half-hour for dinner. Luckily there are some easy hacks to help provide healthy meals and snacks anyway.

Variety is key to keeping meals healthy and fresh, so look for ways to update the classics to make them healthier and keep them easy. Peanut butter and jelly can use different nut butters, whole fresh fruit slices, and nutritious bread. Mac and cheese, which can be packed with calories, can take a variety of cheeses and and sneaked-in vegetables such as zucchini or broccoli, and chicken for protein.

Salads are never easy to get a kid to eat, but if you deconstruct them with the components that they do like, this is the perfect way to turn them on to eating healthy and trying new things. For example, a bento box approach using fruits, vegetables, or nuts kids already enjoy as snacks.

Several snacks add up to one delicious and nutritious meal. Think small portions of olives, carrots and celery with dip, berries, nuts, hummus and crackers, cheese, tuna, avocado, dark chocolate. Your children can guide you or even help you create this lunch option.

Read the full interview on the Cheapism Blog on healthy meal hacks here.

Eat healthy! Be happy! Xo Nicolette

5 of the Best Recovery Drinks to Fuel Your Sweat Sessions

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These days, everyone is looking for water that has super powers. Sure, H2O is fine and delicious on its own, but this humid heat wave—combined with the fact we’re getting workouts in—calls for a little something extra: recovery drinks that have added benefits to just hydration.

Drinking traditional sports drinks—for the sake of electrolytes—isn’t the only way to get the good stuff that you need. Now, the recovery drink market is filled with plant-based electrolyte and magnesium tablets, more bioavailable hydration powders you swirl into your water, hydrogen water packets, and more. The end game of each of these is to fuel your body, without the added sugar.

Read the full interview on Well + Good on recovery drinks here.

Eat healthy! Be happy! Xo Nicolette

Unusual Snacks for Weight Loss

190630-HealthSnacks-1068x534.jpgAre you bored of hummus and carrots? Yeah, us too. Healthy snacking is tough when your cravings hit, but it’s possible to get creative with your taste buds and keep trim.

The key is to give your tastebuds a trip while keeping the calories in check. Add a healthy dose of protein to the mix, and you’ll not only be satisfied, but you’ll curb hunger pangs and cravings. While it may seem counterintuitive to snack when trying to lose weight, it can often lead to quicker pounds shed if done right.

So girl put those potato chips down and let’s get real for a second. We need to fuel your body right. And hey, when the occasional craving hits, you’re welcome to a cookie or two, but we’re going to bet on the fact that you’re not going to be craving unhealthy snacks after fueling yourself with these healthy bites.

I recommend the usuals like baked kale, sweet potato, and zucchini chips, but I’m also a big fan of lupini beans. If you haven’t heard of these yet, try them out in your snack routine, just make sure to prep them properly by rinsing them well. Traditionally, they’re eaten pickled in the Mediterranean basin and Latin America. Another favorite? Popcorn with hot sauce!

Read the full interview on YouBeauty.com on unusual snacks here.

Eat healthy! Be happy! Xo Nicolette

Summer Nutrition & Type 3 Diabetes

3378675+ThinkstockPhotos-589415708.jpgLearn summer nutrition tips, the benefits of eating pineapple, why juicing is overrated, and what exactly IS Type 3 Diabetes (hint: it involves your brain health) in my latest interview for iHeartRadio. I speak with Fearless Fabulous You Host, Melanie Young on these topics and more to help you make informed choices about the foods you eat and how to enjoy them.

Listen to the full interview 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

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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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

Living a Healthy Life with Diabetes

IMG_6384Happy New Year, friends!

Did you know that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes? In my latest interview for Nexus TV, I discuss diabetes in depth including the risks associated with the disease, what to eat and what to avoid and surprising lifestyle changes. Watch the full interview here.

Eat Healthy! Be Happy!