MUS Wellness is once again partnering with nutrition expert Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, aka the Nutrition Diva, to offer the 30-Day Nutrition Upgrade to MUS Benefits Plan members! And, as an added bonus, our own Cristin Stokes will be assisting with this year's Nutrition Upgrade, so if you've been missing Cristin, this is a great … Continue reading 30-Day Nutrition Upgrade is Back!
It's Cristin's turn to answer a question that was recently sent in as part of our Ask-a- Wellness-Question challenge: Are there foods that will help in preventing dementia? In short, yes! Our understanding of the connection between nutrition and brain health is still growing, but what we know so far is best summarized in the recommendations … Continue reading Brain Food
The first Montana Meals challenge of 2019 challenged you to "Expand your Spice Horizons!" In the words of Cristin, "An excellent way to boost your nutrition and wake up your cooking is to cook more often with herbs and spices. Be brave, try some new flavors, and have fun." We wanted to check in and … Continue reading Spice it Up!
MUS Wellness again has the honor of hosting a dietetic intern for two weeks from the Montana Dietetic Internship program. This year's intern is Steph Tarnacki. Steph earned her Bachelor's degree in Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado, and aspires to work as a dietitian in the public school system to improve the National … Continue reading The Incredible Edible Eggplant
It's mid-August -- the days of hot temperatures, smoky skies, the approach of fall semester, and...loads of zucchini. Sadly, the zucchini plants in my garden didn't fare so well this year, but I'm lucky to have generous in-laws who recently brought over a bag of zucchini and summer squash for my family, and then I … Continue reading Oh Zucchini!
In Episode 2 of the Montana Moves and Meals podcast, we discussed my first nutrition tenet: the 80/20 rule of moderation. This principle is meant to allow for some flexibility in one’s diet to include foods that we enjoy but that may not be great for us (the 20%), while maintaining a focus on eating … Continue reading How do you figure what is 20%?
Happy Friday! Here's the latest in our Power Bite Video Series: Cooking with Greens! This video will be featured on our Incentive Site soon, but we like to give our Montana Moves & Meals followers the first peek! Happy Eating! http://www.vimeo.com/190133163 Montana Meals Power Bite: Cooking with Greens! from Montana University Sys. Wellness on Vimeo.
Cristin shows us how to roast delicious vegetables in this Montana Meals "Power Bite". Roasting vegetables is an excellent cooking method to have in your repertoire. Here are a few pros of roasting: Roasted vegetables taste naturally sweet. Roasting works with a variety of vegetables. Roasting is a simple preparation method. For those of you … Continue reading Roasting Veggies! Power Bite Video
This month marks the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month. In honor, here’s the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Simple 7 ways to reduce heart disease risk: Get Active Control Cholesterol Eat Better Manage Blood Pressure Lose Weight Reduce Blood Sugar Stop Smoking We often talk about these items on our blog, during our webinars, and … Continue reading Celebrating American Heart Month!
When it comes to good nutrition, sometimes the way we eat is more important than what we eat. Last month, I decided I wanted to read again one of my very favorite books, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. In the book, the author goes through a difficult divorce, and decides she wants to spend a year … Continue reading Enjoy Your Food!