The One Vitamin You Are Low In

  By: Elizabeth Somer, M.A.,R.D. Unless you’re supplementing daily with vitamin D, it’s likely you are deficient and don’t even know it. Up to three in every four people tested are low in this vitamin. What’s the risk? Until recently, vitamin D’s sole job was to support calcium absorption and deposition into bone, thus lowering osteoporosis…

Common Misconceptions about Supplements

In our last article, we talked about the difficulties of meeting recommended guidelines for essential nutrients. “Even if you follow a healthy diet, a busy lifestyle can make it difficult to obtain the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals from food alone,” says Elizabeth Somer, a leading registered dietitian and author of several books, including…

Four Lifestyle Factors that Affect Brain Health

What’s the most important thing we can do to maintain brain health as we age? According to a new study, it’s not one thing but a combination of several things that may help slow cognitive decline in older adults. A recent study was done over three years with nearly 1,700 older adults who had mildmemory…

Eat Right: Spicy Thai ‘em Up Sweet Potato Soup

This warming, spicy soup,from Eat Your Way to Sexy by Elizabeth Somer, features nutritional powerhouse sweet potatoes, which contain vitamins B6, C and D and iron, magnesium, potassium and carotenoids. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped yellow onion 10 cups sweet potato (peeled and cubed, approximately 3 1 /2 to 4 pounds of whole potato)…

Throw Out Your Resolutions

We are more than a month into the new year, so how are you doing with those resolutions? If you’re struggling to keep up with your 2015 goal, you’re not alone. “So many of us look to the start of a new year to make big changes,” says Elizabeth Somer, nutritionist and author of ‘Eat…

Eat Right: Food should make you feel good

Food is a big part of our lives. We celebrate with special meals, we connect with friends over lunch, we plan a week’s worth of dinners for our families. But at it’s root, food is fuel to help our bodies work. We need the energy, nutrients and vitamins food provides. “The foods we eat should…

Nutrition Tips for Expecting Moms

Nutrition plays a major role in the health of expectant mothers and their babies prior to and throughout pregnancy. It is important to focus on real foods to ensure you are getting the proper nutrition to help your baby grow and develop. Colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nonfat milk are staples in…

On-The-Go Healthy Snacks

Healthy eating does not happen without a little planning and dedication. Avoid rushing around in the morning or having to grab take out for lunch and take a few minutes before bed each evening to plan your meals and snacks for the following day. You can rest easy knowing you’ll be all set to make…

Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank

Registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer has some great tips to eat healthy without breaking the bank on groceries. Her advice recently appeared on MainStreet.com and we’ve shared some highlights below: Blueberries: Blueberries are high in antioxidants and vitamin C and are readily available frozen, making them an easy addition to a smoothie. Walnuts: Walnuts are chock…

Back-to-School Lunch and Snack Recipes

With the school year in full swing, are you looking for ideas for healthy and tasty school lunches? Sarah Hasselbeck, mother of three active school-aged children, all-American collegiate athlete and wife of NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, has teamed up with Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D. to create these nutritious lunch and snack recipes for kids. Try…

Healthy foods to take on the go

Registered Dietitian Elizabeth Somer has some tips on how to eat right and get all the nutrients you need when you’re on the go: Pack your own snacks. When travelling, bring along some cut up fruit or pack yourself a small salad for an easy and nutritious snack. A spinach salad with some strawberries and…

How To Eat Right for Eye Health

Registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer recently presented some thoughts on how to eat right for eye health on the TV program AM NorthWest in the Portland, Oregon area. Check out the full segment here. Elizabeth says: One in every four Americans suffers from one of the two leading causes of blindness: cataracts or age-related macular degeneration….