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Here is a selection of articles written by Jennifer or quoting her as an expert.

 

Tips for Eating Healthy When You’re Traveling

You’re about to get on a flight and your stomach is growling. After dragging your luggage around the entire airport terminal in search of something satisfying and nutritious, all you have to show for your efforts is an over-priced burger and fries.

 

How to Stay Healthy While Working From Home

In theory, it’s easier to be healthy when you’re working from home: No office snacks or donuts, you can cook healthy meals, and work out whenever you want. Win-win-win, right?

 

You’re Reading Nutrition Labels All Wrong

So you looked at the calories. But what else is on that confusing, long label that you’re missing?

 

5 Smarter Snacking Strategies for Weight Loss

Snacking is sometimes a bad word in the weight-loss community, but that’s only if you’re munching on sugary, carb-heavy foods throughout the day (we’re looking at you, mini muffins). Smart snacking, on the other hand, can help you control your cravings, fill up on important nutrients and maintain your energy levels. Try these five strategies to help you crush your cravings.

Top 4 Things Nutritionists Look For On A Food Label

In an ideal world, you’d only be eating foods that lack labels.

How to Turn Your Kid Into a Person Who Likes Food

It’s not always easy, but with these clever and practical tips, you might have some luck convincing your kids to eat their vegetables and try new things.

10 Things to Learn About Weight Loss From ‘This Is Us’

In the series premiere, Kate (played by Chrissy Metz), has an emotional breakdown over her weight-loss struggle and vows, “I’m going to lose the damn weight.” And we’ve been cheering our girl on throughout Season 1.

15 Carbs Nutritionists Want You To Eat More Of

In the last few years, carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap, blamed for everything from our obesity and diabetes epidemics to heart disease and other health woes.

This is what happens to your body when you don’t eat breakfast

When schedules are full and sleep is scarce, it can be easy to let breakfast fall by the wayside. A sit-down meal of cinnamon oatmeal, scrambled eggs, and cut fruit might feel like a weekend luxury, not an ordinary day’s habit.

Why you should add collard greens to your plate, and 6 tips for cooking them

Collard greens, which have punctuated many a Southern plate for decades, might not be the first side dish you reach for — but maybe they should be. While they have a reputation for being tough and bitter, these cruciferous vegetables are packed with vitamins A, K and C, and they’re high in fiber, calcium and protein.

9 Tricks to Make Your Diet a Little More Mediterranean

Time and again, the Mediterranean diet earns top marks for heart health, brain function, mental well-being, and even longevity. And you don’t have to move to the Greek isles to reap the rewards. Here’s how to introduce health-boosting Mediterranean foods into your diet without renewing your passport.

   

Eat This, Not That! At the Mall

Ahh, the mall food court: An American icon, where you can be wooed by the sugary smell of a cinnamon roll at one turn and bite the bait of a teriyaki chicken sample at the next. If you get caught in the food court trap during this holiday season, here’s what you should eat and what you should avoid at all costs.

 

28 Tips From Nutritionists for a Healthy Thanksgiving Feast

Enjoy your dinner without sabotaging your diet with these healthy tips in mind
Thanksgiving is a day of appreciation; a time when we get together with family and friends to celebrate the many aspects of our daily lives that we often take for granted.

 

How to start cooking with kids

Cooking with kids can be a fun family activity, especially when the kids are outfitted with their own gear.

Cooking together and family meals have been shown to decrease childhood obesity and help carry good habits into adulthood, said Jennifer Glockner, nutritionist and author of “Teddy Tries a Veggie,” a nutrition-themed interactive e-book aimed at ages 4-8.

Salty Foods and Sickly Children

Chicken nuggets. Bagel bites. Ketchup. Burgers. Tacos. A lot of these foods are staples of American kids’ diet. These foods also contain copious amounts of salt, which when consumed in excess increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.

Is it Possible To Raise Your Child Sugar-Free In A Sugary Society?

Halloween kicks off the holiday season of sugary treats; parents need to know what to do to avoid a sugar fiend

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Tips & Tricks: Expert Advice for Losing Weight

Trying to slim down can be frustrating, especially if you make some common mistakes that sabotage weight loss.

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Food Synergy: How Combining Certain Nutrients Boosts Their Health Benefits

Are some foods better for you when paired, than when eaten alone?

That’s the basics behind food synergy – the idea that certain foods have nutritional ‘friends.’ Eating two complementary foods at the same time enables your body to more effectively absorb the nutrients that each provides.

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That Fabulous, Fat-Filled Fair Food

Let’s face it — we don’t go to the state fair expecting to find healthy food options.

Those choices may be available (maybe?) — but amid the carnival games, rides, and music, great food choices are hard to find.

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8 Healthy Food Trends You Need To Try: A Nutritionist Explains

Americans are starting to move food trends in the right direction. Dominated by the growing purchasing power of millennials, consumers are opting for less processed, more “natural,” clean, local, fresh, and organic ingredients.

As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I’m excited to see Americans making healthier choices. Here are eight popular food trends right now that I can get behind:

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A Deep-Fried Twinkie on Every Plate

There are certain foods we just crave this time of year as all the state and county fair rolls around. And, quite honestly, it’s OK once a year to treat ourselves to some of these deliciously fried foods — corn dogs, funnel cakes, deep-fried bacon burgers, and cotton candy. They won’t kill us if they’re consumed in moderation.

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Freshest Finds at the Farmers Market

The shorter the time between “farm” and “table,” the more nutrition available in fruits and vegetables. So says Ken Immer, president and chief culinary officer of Culinary Health Solutions in Charleston, South Carolina. Across the nation, fruits and vegetables are in full bloom right now — and if you’re smart, you can buy them just off the vine or the branch and serve them at your table.

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16 Kid-Friendly Breakfasts

Mornings get hectic, so it can be easy to skimp on breakfast. Maybe you give your toddler the same frozen waffle with butter every morning. Or you’re lucky if your teen grabs a granola bar on his way out the door. But experts say the a.m. meal is so important that you and your kids deserve better.

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How A Healthy Breakfast In The Classroom Impacts Childhood Obesity And Academic Performance

Breakfast has been called the most important meal of the day, and school breakfast advocates argue that without it, kids won’t perform as well in school. A team of New York University researchers who set out to test whether this is true have made additional progress studying how different factors affect kids’ school performance.

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How To Season Your Food, Sans The Salt

Every five years, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture update their guidelines for healthy eating. According to the most recent edition, Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020, most of us exceed the recommendations for sodium and added calories from sugar and saturated fats, while not meeting the recommendations for fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

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USA Today’s Agriculture – New USDA regulations lead to healthier, locally produced school lunches (Spring 2016)

Walk into almost any school these days and you might just be tempted to stay for lunch. That’s because in recent years, meals for students have undergone a serious nutritional makeover that’s markedly increased their appeal when it comes to appearance as well as flavor.

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8 Nutrition Experts Dish on Their Favorite Books

We know we need to eat well. But knowing exactly how to eat well is where things get tricky. With that in mind, we asked eight nutrition professionals for their number one book recommendation. Add something healthy to your bookshelf with one of these picks.

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30 Foods With More Fiber Than An Apple

Apples aren’t the only food that keeps the doctor away. On top of their energy-revving carb, health-promoting antioxidant, and immunity-fostering vitamin C content, the magic of apples also comes from a different source: their fiber.

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25 Popular Fruits—Ranked By Sugar Content!

Experts say we’re basically shoveling sugar into our mouths by the spoonful, but what does that mean when it comes to eating sweet, antioxidant-rich fruits?

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9 Ways To Raise Kids Who Love Fruits And Veggies (According To Science)

We all know that fruits and vegetables are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. They’re low in calories and contain no saturated fat and no added sugar or salt. And they can help promote health and prevent diseases, including childhood obesity. That’s why, ideally, fruits and veggies should fill at least half of every child’s plate. But getting kids to enjoy eating healthy can often be a huge challenge.

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7 Foods That Are Surprisingly Healthy For You, Despite Popular Belief

When it comes to nutrition, it can get confusing figuring out what foods are healthy and which are bad for you, since new studies pop up all the time with new discoveries about food’s impact. With all this new information, you may realize that there are some foods that are surprisingly healthy for you, and you can feel free to incorporate these into your diet without worry.

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Foods That Sneak Sugar Into Your Weight-Loss Meal Plan

Can cutting out sugar help you lose weight? Well, we answered that question in a post previously, the gist of which is that sugar isn’t pure evil, but it can slow weight loss down to a sluggish crawl. “It’s in EVERYTHING,” says Amanda Santucci, a holistic nutritionist from Boston. “Sugar is the number one thing people have the most difficulty understanding because it is hidden in nearly everything they eat. It’s just under the guise of different terms.”

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21 Mouthwatering Spiralizer Recipes

From zucchini (aka zoodles) to celeriac spaghetti (vegetti), spiral shaped food is just more fun. And it’s better for you. With one simple tool, you can boost the nutritional profile, lower carb counts, ditch gluten, and/or veganize any meal. By the way, a spiralizer doesn’t just make things twirly curly; the game-changing gadget can turn onions into rings, potatoes into chips, and more.

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8 Foods I Recommend Kids Eat Organic: A Nutritionist Explains

As a registered dietitian nutritionist with a focus on families, I’m often asked “Is organic food really a better choice for kids?” My stance is that what we feed kids should contribute health benefits without potentially harming them.

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Are You Overdosing on Protein?

Jennifer Glockner, a registered dietitian/nutritionist in Southern California and author of “Teddy Tries a Veggie,” says we need protein primarily to build and repair our body’s cells, yet it’s just one component of a healthy meal.

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The Surprising Reason Chris Martin Only Eats Six Days A Week

Chris Martin recently revealed that he feels better than ever since following the “6:1 diet,” in which he consumes nothing but water for one day a week. But Jennifer Glockner, a registered dietitian nutritionist and mindbodygreen contributor, stresses that fasting isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re easily bothered by low blood sugar symptoms like dizziness and headaches.

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6 Mindful Eating Tips

Healthy eating goes beyond just eating fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed junk food. Our relationship with food can play a role in our health, both mentally and physically, and adopting mindful eating habits is a great way to improve how we eat. You may have only heard of mindfulness in the context of meditation, but the practice can be utilized in how you prepare and consume meals.

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Want Longer And Healthier Hair? Start Eating These 6 Foods

Those who want longer, thicker hair know the struggles of waiting patiently for your hair to grow out. You may have bought supplements and fancy beauty products and stayed away from the blow dryer in an attempt to gain a few inches, but there may be one important factor you’re not paying attention to: Your diet.

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6 Tips To Adopt Mindful Eating Habits For A Healthy Relationship With Food

Healthy eating goes beyond just eating fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed junk food. Our relationship with food can play a role in our health, both mentally and physically, and adopting mindful eating habits is a great way to improve how we eat.

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23 Incredible Tea-Based Desserts

Walk into any mall in America and you’ll inevitably see a supplement shop peddling enormous plastic barrels of chemicals that claim to shred fat and boost your metabolism. There are more mysterious powders in those places than you’ll find backstage at a Coachella festival.

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Cookie Exchange: Better Baked Goodies for Healthy Holidays

It’s everywhere. In the office. At home. At parties. No, we’re not talking holiday Muzak. We’re talking Holiday Cookie Temptation.

And while we’d never urge you to completely forgo Nana’s NuttyChewyAwesome cookies that remind you of your childhood, maybe take just a couple bites and then feast on some healthier cookies.

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The 9 Foods I Recommend Kids Eat Every Day: A Nutritionist Explains

As a registered dietitian nutritionist, one of my favorite things about my job is empowering kids to become healthy eaters. I look at every meal and snack as an opportunity to provide little ones with valuable nutrients and teach them great habits for life.

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The 7 Best Salads You Can Order at Fast-Casual Restaurants

The salad is often the biggest calorie bomb on a restaurant’s menu. However, there are some good options out there—you just have to know what to look for, says Jennifer Glockner, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and author of Teddy Tries a Veggie, the first book in the Smartee Plate e-book series for kids. If you’re trying to eat clean, here are your best options.

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Keep these 6 foods out of the freezer

On long winter days, it’s nice to sidle up to your freezer and defrost a glorious container of homemade tomato sauce made from the bountiful harvest of summer. However, there are some foods you should never put into a deep freeze in the first place. Here are six foods to avoid freezing:

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Unhealthiest Hanukkah Foods and How to Make Them Healthy

When it comes to celebrating Hanukkah, you probably think of fried and oily foods. Believe it or not, but these cooking methods are on purpose. The fried foods custom is referring to the miracle of Hanukkah, which is centered on oil. The popular fried foods include potato pancakes (latkes) and jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot).

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16+ Most Important Foods to Buy Organic for Baby

As parents, we want to make sure we’re feeding our kids healthy foods, but we realize it isn’t all that simple. There are some fruits, veggies, and meats that are best bought organic in order to steer clear of pesticides, growth hormones, and antibiotics.

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5 Reasons It’s Near Impossible to Order a Clean Hot Chocolate

Yes, we’re sorry to be the bearer of news that’ll ruin campfires this fall and après-ski in the winter, but it turns out the only way to have a clean hot chocolate is to make it yourself, says Jennifer Glockner, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and author of the Smartee Plate e-book series.

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16 Tailgating Food Swaps for Weight Loss

Those fun few hours before the game are a great way to catch up with friends and get pumped up for a riveting few hours of gridiron action, but most tailgate parties are full of tempting foods that can dramatically derail your weight loss efforts. Does that mean you have to skip out on the fun to keep your waistline in check?

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The 24 Best Toppings for Overnight Oats

Loaded with energy-boosting complex carbs, filling fiber, and 10 grams of muscle-building protein per half-cup serving, oats are a fat-burning superfood you should eat every day.

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20 Delicious Yogurt-Based Recipes for Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss, fat burning and fitness fuel, few foods are more powerful than yogurt. Among the best yogurt brands, you can find varieties that offer up to 20 g of protein for less than 150 calories. And protein aside, it’s loaded with probiotics that aid in digestion, plus calcium and vitamin D, which are essential for bone health.

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19 Amazing Fall Superfood Recipes

The fall harvest produces a cornucopia of superfoods: Pumpkin, pears, apples and butternut and acorn squash. High in belly-slimming fiber, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids — and low in calories — they have demonstrated fat-burning properties. We’ve rounded up our favorite fall superfood recipes from Instagram foodies. They’re certain to please your taste buds and nourish your body.

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Young & Hungry

Too many families are held captive by fatty foods and packaged meals, overburdened by massive portion sizes and processed sweets and snacks. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard. It can be both fun and delicious.

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The 5 Healthiest Fall Soups from Your Favorite Lunch Spots

Fast-casual restaurants around the country are putting some very clean options on their menus, says Jennifer Glockner, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and author of the Smartee Plate e-book series.

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8 Foods Skinny People Will Be Eating This Fall

These healthy, hearty staples, easy to find at your favorite grocery store or farmer’s market, are chock-full of nutrients that help your body run optimally and burn fat. This year, it can be swimsuit season all year long.

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Nutritionists and Dietitians Dish on What They Would Never, Ever Eat

Nutrition experts weigh in on the foods that definitely don’t deserve a place on their plates.
This article was picked up by the Huffington Post.

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6 Secrets to Packing a Better School Lunch (Plus 5 New Ideas to Try This Fall)

“There are so many ways to come up with new, fresh ideas for kids’ lunches and when you do, they’ll be so much happier—and more likely to eat what you pack,” says Glockner.

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Alumna sinks teeth into promoting healthy eating with e-book

UCLA alumna Jennifer Glockner created the “Smartee Plate” series, aiming to promote the importance of eating healthy.
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