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What’s in a Portion Size?

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Do you pay attention to portion size when calculating calories?

If you’re paying attention to what you eat – or better yet, logging your food – you’re probably familiar with nutrition labels. They tell you how many calories and sugars and vitamins are in packaged foods, and you can look up nutrition info for your unpackaged foods like eggs or vegetables. But while you may or may not know that a morning bowl of cereal can be 130 calories, did you know that those 130 calories come from only 3/4ths of a cup of cereal?

You don’t need to pull out your measuring cups and start measuring out every meal, but do take a look at the nutrition facts of the foods you eat and make a rough guess at how many servings you’re having. Having a better understanding of what you’re consuming won’t necessarily make you healthier, but with that knowledge you can make better informed decisions and be more aware of your diet.

If you do want to become better about sticking to a serving size, there are ways to estimate it by looking at your food as well. One serving of meat, for example, is about the same size as a deck of cards, while a serving of fruit is roughly equivalent to the size of a baseball. And the last joint in your thumb is about the size of a teaspoon.

What do you pay attention to when choosing the foods you eat? Let us know in the comments.

6 Tips to Fuel Your Workouts


Tips on how to fuel your workouts

Exercise and diet go hand in hand when it comes to weight management, whether your goal is to bulk up or slim down. And while that’s largely common knowledge these days, we don’t always think about what we eat around our workouts to help us perform our best. So here are a few tips on how to fuel your workouts to get the most out of them:

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Big Game Snack Strategy 


Today’s guest post comes from Lauren Slayton, the author of The Little Book of Thin and creator of the Foodtrainers blog.

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Whether it’s the World Series for baseball fans, hockey playoffs, or the upcoming football game, I know big games can be exciting. As the mother of two boys I watch it all, but I definitely put more thought into our game day snack spread than any point spread. Priorities… right? Here are some winning (food) plays for game day.

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4 Healthy Holiday Food Substitutes


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I’m so encouraged. Rather than viewing the holidays as a time of unbridled indulgence, then post-indulgence guilt, most people (and hopefully this includes you) are starting to rein it in.

Here at Foodtrainers, rather than clients going MIA until January, they are signing up for our Foodstalking program where we have daily email check-ins. And let’s be clear—I’m not here to insist that you avoid your favorite treats. Rather, I’m suggesting you stick to just those.

So if you’re in the healthy holiday camp, here are my “glutton free guidelines.” read more

5 Hottest Food Trends for 2015



I’m conflicted on the topic of food trends. On one hand I live, breathe and sometimes dream nutrition (pathetic I know). I love to scope out what’s new or innovative, even on the fringe.

On the other hand, I roll my eyes over kale’s overexposure as the “it” vegetable. It’s almost Kardashian-like. Enough, right? If I am forced to pick sides—new or same-old—I’m going with the latest and the greatest.

And so, I bring you five hot food trends coming up in 2015. read more

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 19: Switch up dessert with something healthy

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We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

30 Days to Summer Fit

Dessert can be a pain point for anyone with a sweet tooth who’s also trying to cut back on the calories. But it doesn’t have to be. Which brings us to today’s challenge: Switch up dessert with something healthy.

To help you along with this challenge, here are two great adaptable recipe from Chef Jessica Albertson, who previously provided us with our Day 9 healthy recipe.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 19: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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Maria Menounos’ Everyday Weight Loss Tips

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We have a special guest blog today from actress and TV personality, Maria Menounos! In her new book The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet & Fitness, out today, she highlights Fitbit as one of her faves! Below is an excerpt from the book.



Steps that helped me drop 40 pounds—and keep them off for good.


Set a Deadline
You can’t just say, “I want to lose weight . . . someday.” It’s that kind of loose talk, without a guideline, that discourages you from getting started and undermines success. My goal was to stop overeating, make healthier choices and lose weight slowly over the course of one year. Trying to rush or do crazy crash diets does not give you sustainable results. And I never focused on losing a specific number of pounds. I just knew by the end of a year I wanted to look and feel great, whatever my weight was.


Keep It to Yourself
When you tell others you’re trying to lose weight, you’re just putting pressure on yourself. Weight loss is tough enough—why make it any harder?


Tie It to an Event
If you have a specific event in mind, it gives you extra motivation. Maybe you want to get in shape for an upcoming class or family reunion. Maybe you’re going on vacation or just want to look good on the beach in the summer. My event was the Miss Massachusetts USA Beauty Pageant. I knew there was a swimsuit portion of the show and if I was going to be in a bathing suit in front of thousands of people, I wanted to be in the best possible shape.


Cut Back Slowly
Now that you know what you’re eating, it’s time to deal with some of those problem areas. I used to be able to eat seven slices of pizza in one sitting. I decided to make this one of the first things I cut back on. So instead of seven slices I would eat six. A week later I cut back to five slices. When I was finally down to three slices, I incorporated a healthy salad. By cutting back slowly, it was easier!


30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 9: Shake up your diet


We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

30 Days to Summer Fit

It’s day 9, and hopefully you’ve worked up a few sweats by now. But being healthy doesn’t just mean burning calories; it’s also about eating right. So we’re shaking it up for today’s challenge: shake up your diet. Whether you do this by switching out your snacking with something healthy, trying a new healthy recipe, or master your fridge, try something new today!

To get things started we’ve turned to Chef Jessica Albertson to share one of her favorite recipes.

I have done many many odd jobs in the frenzied restaurant/cooking world and this one thing has become my greatest pet peeve along the way. Here it goes… divine inspiration will strike for that evening’s meal, the craving and longing for the smells from the oven will set in, but my refrigerator and pantry will not have half the ingredients I need. Alas, as a new mom, a typical day does not usually allow for an extra trip to the grocery store, bodega, or even a fruit stand, unless they sell diapers too. How have I escaped from the delivery menus and cereal for dinner cycle? Find, practice and cherish adaptable recipes.

These are recipes that give you guidelines, a method or a simple technique you can use over and over again with all the ingredient substitutions your pantry will allow. Below is one of my favorite weeknight, weekend, every day, all day recipes that is easy enough I can make it while the baby finishes his bottle.

Day 9: Shake up your diet

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Fitbit’s Spring Clean: Hack the Farmer’s Market for the Best Spring Produce

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A trip to your weekly farmer’s market – it sounds so easy breezy.  Fresh produce at direct-to-shopper prices? There’s nothing wrong with that.

But in reality, navigating a farmer’s market isn’t always a piece of cake…er…ripe fruit.  Unlike a supermarket where everything is well thought out and categorized, a farmer’s market can be rather unorganized. Vendors compete for visibility and sell similar products. There’s both organic and conventional produce. Much is in season, while other fruits and veggies may be coming in or out of season.

Why shop in season? When buying local produce, there’s usually an abundance of crop when produce is in-season. And more crop means lower cost. Produce usually has a better taste during it’s season/peak season, and when harvested at its peak, has the maximum amount of available nutrients.

Going in prepared can be the difference between getting tasty, in-season produce and going home underwhelmed. So here’s our handy guide to shopping in-season this spring, as well as helpful tips on when it’s OK to go conventional and when to splurge on organic. Lastly, shopping in season gives you and nice variety of fruits and vegetables year-long. Because let’s be honest — in most places, you simply can’t get berries in winter!

Spring Produce: What’s in Season?

  • Artichokes – In season from March to December. Peak season from March to May. Artichokes are best when the leaves are tightly clung together, as open leaves will have a more bland taste. Avoid brown spots as much as possible and definitely choose the heavier, meatier artichokes for the best quality.
  • Apricots – May to August, peaking from May through July. Choose fruits that are darker yellow and orange in color and avoid bruises. You want plump yet slightly firm, especially if you’re eating them whole and not using them for pies or jams. read more

Fitbit’s Spring Clean: Tips to Master Your Fridge


It’s time to hang up your winter coat! We’re sharing 12 healthy “hacks” from our experts to help jumpstart new spring routines. Today’s post is from Lauren Slayton, the author of The Little Book of Thin.


Lauren headshot smallLauren Slayton is the author of The Little Book of Thin and created the Foodtrainers blog. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and appeared on Allure, In Style, Cooking Light, Self, WebMD, The New York Post, Good Morning America and The Today Show.

We’ve all been there. You come home at the end of the day, pull open the fridge door and wonder what you should eat. If you’re like many people, your fridge may look full. But if wilted lettuce, old pickles, and four different types of mustard sound familiar, I’m here to help. There’s no better place to start that spring cleaning than with your refrigerator. Feeling good isn’t about willpower, it’s about planning. Here are some easy steps to plan-it-fit.

First up, purge. I know, it’s a strange word coming from a nutritionist, but you need to be able to see what’s actually in the fridge. The rule is that if you haven’t used a food this winter, it can go. Or as I tell my clients, “One season, no reason.”

Next, have a smaller middle shelf. Put items you want to eat at eye level. You’re more likely to eat the first things you see. So place pre-cut veggies and fruit front-and-center at eye level.

Once you’re purged and organized, fill your fridge with these 10 staples:

  1. Omega 3 Eggs – Calorie for calorie, no food provides more staying powder than a couple of eggs. You can hard boil 4-6 in advance or make an omelet using leftover cooked vegetables or greens. read more