Turmeric Is My Golden Child

Turmeric is a popular spice that is known for its bright yellow color. Nicknamed “Indian saffron,” due to being grown in India and throughout Central America. The spice is a staple in many curry & rice dishes, however, if you have been in a grocery store lately, chances are you have seen this spice make bars,…

Beets Bears Battlestar Galactica

Those of you that are lovers of Dwight – sorry this is not a blog post about the best show, it is actually about something better: BEETS!  Beets are easily my favorite vegetable. You can roast them, boil them, eat them raw, drink as a juice or incorporate them into your diet by a powder!…

Break the Fast with Sweet Potato Hash

Every summer growing up, my grandparents would take my sister and I to Cooperstown. Known for the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown is a wonderful summer getaway. We would camp, hike, and then get all dressed up to see an Opera at the Glimmerglass Festival at the Alice Busch Opera Theater. Until recently, I thought this…

Wake Up & Drink that COFFEE!

When I recently visited my sister in her new home, Cali, we visited an adorable coffee shop. On the side of the building while holding our hot cup of java it stated, “Coffee helps those who sleep little and dream a lot…” Nobody else better comes to mind than the fellow student athletes I help….

Cherry Juice & Probiotics

I’ve been living the dream in Oklahoma for 7 months now, and knowing life never slows down makes it very easy to ditch your healthy habits and mindlessly eat! I can’t tell you how many times I eat on-the-go or while doing something else. (Like, writing this post with my new obsession of Girl Scout…

Rethinking the refuel: How athletes can now refuel properly

“Would you like a bottle of water?” “Yes please!” I state, dying of thirst after walking throughout campus and not to mention still dehydrated from running in an indoor track meet the day before. “Actually, we were speaking to your mother,” stated someone from the Penn State compliance office. Shocked. My mother accepted while I…

Christmas with the Bensons

The Bensons are one-of-a-kind, to say the least. My family is made up of a caring mother who is a nurse, a lively father that works around the clock at his law firm, and a sister who shows her strength daily by playing rugby for the USA in addition to studying to be a chiropractor….

Oh My Gourd!

Fall season is in full swing! Whether you are taking time to go apple picking, rake leaves, watch endless amount of football- I do hope you take the time to enjoy another delicious treat, squash! During the fall, winter squash is starting to begin to harvest. Known for their rough, rigid exterior, winter squash can…

Hip Hip Hooray!

John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” And isn’t that the truth. After completing my first marathon I knew something was wrong when I couldn’t move my leg. Luckily, I have a strong father to help carry me to the ER and I was diagnosed with…

Cajun Cinnamon

During the end of May, I was lucky enough to attend the 2017 Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana. This was my first time in New Orleans, I immediately feel in love with the culture, the food, the music- there was just so much to do! This also was my first time attending…

Meatless Monday

Mondays can be hard.  It’s the day you realize the weekend is over. Maybe you’re recovering from a long run, or realizing you didn’t finish your to-do list. However, with every Monday comes a new week to start a new habit, try a new food, or engage in a fresh start. As I think of…

Fueling for the Long Haul

When I first started to run, I would simply put on my running shoes, clip on my iPod nano and take off. Since then, I have purchased numerous pairs of running shoes, broke my iPod (surprisingly does not survive -10 degree snow storms), and have started wearing a hat (need to protect from the strong…