Healthy Easter recipes that add a delicious twist

{shared with permission from Essentia Health press release} Try a healthy twist on your Easter feast By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health Easter is on the horizon and this Christian Holy Day has many food traditions. Common meats are roasted lamb…

The truth about energy drinks

  Guest post by Bonnie Brost of  Essentia Health in Duluth.   Energy drinks have become popular, especially with young adults. Marketing campaigns proclaiming improved performance and concentration feed the popularity of these products. Just the word “energy” in the name gets people interested. And…

What’s a Flexitarian?

By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health. Only 1 in 10 Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vegetarians should be making the grade, so there’s plenty of opportunity for the rest of…

Serve up a healthy nachos bar for the Super Bowl

{guest post from Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health} Super Bowl Sunday is America’s second largest day for food consumption, surpassed only by Thanksgiving. Pizza, chicken wings, pretzels, potato chips and dips are some of the top-selling foods. Domino’s Pizza estimates its Super Bowl Sunday sales are five times greater…

gluten free eating

The scoop on gluten-free eating

{shared with permission from Essentia Health} Gluten-free has achieved “health halo” status. Celebrities tout their gluten-free diets as healthier and a survey found many Americans believe such a diet improves both physical and mental health. In 2014, Consumer Reports’ National Research Center surveyed more than…

Feed your brain by making better food choices

By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health. For decades, we’ve heard how to take care of our hearts. Eat healthier. Stay active. Control blood sugar, blood pressure and blood cholesterol. We’ve heard little about how to keep our brains sharp as we…

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The Mediterranean Diet

Happy Bellies | Eating the Mediterranean Way

By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health. Eating the Mediterranean Way | The Mediterranean Diet There are plenty of diets and eating plans that profess to help you get to better health. Research consistently emphasizes the same foods: vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts,…