Mediterranean Diet Month

The Mediterranean diet has been a favorite of health care professionals for a long time. Studies have shown that the diet has positive effects on heart health, anti-cancer properties and could potentially extend life. This is thought to be due to the high antioxidant, fiber, and healthy unsaturated fatty acid content. The Mediterranean diet encompasses…

Ketogenic Diet

I have been fortunate to work with patients on the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, and very low carb diet. This diet helps to put patients in ketosis, which means they use fat as their main fuel source rather than glucose. This diet is highly effective at helping control seizure…

Staycation in Grand Rapids, MI

If you are staying or visiting Grand Rapids, MI this spring break, make sure to check out my top 5 favorite activities! Watch the video here.    

Breakfast: A Meal for the Entire Family

According to the USDA, only 44 percent of Americans are eating breakfast every day, yet 93 percent of Americans say it is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is well known to promote a healthy weight by preventing overeating later in the day. Breakfast eaters are also less likely to develop chronic diseases…

3 drinks to make this NYE

  Raspberry Mint Bellini  Refreshing and light with a mint flavor twist. Truly tastes like the holidays in a glass. Another plus to this drink, it’s absolutely stunning to look at!  Ingredients: 4oz Prosecco ½ oz Chambord 2 drops mint extract Garnish: Mint sprig 3-4 fresh raspberries Preparation: Place fresh raspberries in the bottom of a…

Hosting a healthy holiday brunch

The holiday season tends to mean high-calorie treats and excessive snacking. Making healthy decisions during the holiday season does not have to be difficult. First step, start the day with a healthy, well-balanced meal. Since many will be hosting friends and family over the holiday, why not treat your guests to more than pastries. This…

Time to get vocal about shopping local.

I recently filmed a segment in collaboration with the sous chef I work with at one of our local farmers’ markets. We got to hang out with some Michigan farmers and discuss how important it is to shop local from an environmental, economical, and health perspective. The farmers market can honestly be overwhelming. Especially on…

Those Summertime Blues

I had a segment this morning on one of Michigan’s most profitable crops…blueberries! I had the opportunity to work with Bryan, our absolutely fantastic Sous Chef at the hospital. His ideas are always brilliant and definitely bold. I can’t help but think we make a pretty spectacular team with our outlandish ideas. After spending so…

“Superfoods” Science based or a marketing term?

A few month ago, I had the opportunity to make my media debut on a local news station. It was an incredible experience and I have been fortunate to continue doing segments to this day. Although at the time of my first segment, I felt a combination of excitement and extreme fear. I think my biggest fear…