Healthy Eating

In this section, you'll learn the basics of putting together a nutritious meal, which foods have health-boosting benefits, and how to stay energized all day long.

Did you know that a healthy diet — one low in calories and consisting of moderate amounts of high-quality carbs, lean protein, and healthy fats — can help improve your health, your appearance, and even your mood? It’s true. Here you’ll discover my best tips for keeping hunger at bay — and what to eat to feel great from the inside out. (For more information on a sensible eating plan, visit my online diet program!)


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The Juicing Craze: Health or Hype?

Does this thirst-quenching trend truly promote health, or is it all just hype?
Learn the pros and cons of this popular fad.

Is Coffee Dehydrating?

You've probably heard that caffeine is extremely dehydrating - that used to be the conventional wisdom, and it's what I was taught, too. But in this case, common knowledge was incorrect. Let's set the record straight...

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Enjoy Summer Parties Without Gaining Weight

Kick back, relax and enjoy summery cocktails, BBQ fare, and tasty desserts without gaining a pound.

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Foods for a Good Sex Life

Throughout history, many foods have been attributed the power to improve sex and combat erectile problems. Give these foods a try to spice things up in the bedroom.

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Food Remedies on PBS

I’m talking about disease-fighting items in your kitchen cabinets that can truly change your life and change the way you look at food forever. Tune in to PBS for my "Food Remedies" special

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Why You Can't Always Trust Food Labels

Most people are now aware of the health risks associated with consuming trans fats. Find out how to make sure your food is totally free of trans fats.

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Do You Need An Exercise Makeover?

If you're getting bored doing the same exercises over and over again, you risk losing your drive - and giving up on your workouts altogether. Follow these suggestions and get out of your slump.

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Jumpstart Your Diet in 2 Simple Steps

Kids are headed back to school for a fresh start, so why not embark on your own new beginning - with a diet and exercise overhaul?

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3 Ways to Get Dinner on the Table Fast

I know many of you are overworked, stretched thin, and sleep-deprived - all of which makes it overwhelming to even consider cooking healthy, low-cal meals at home. For all you "no time to cook" people, here are 3 strategies that will get you in and out of the kitchen in a hurry. 

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Tips and Tricks to Avoid the Freshman Fifteen

Buffet-style eating can be a big concern if you're watching your weight, whether you're headed to college or boarding a week-long cruise. Get my tips for eating smart when the menu is out of your hands.

FALL 2015: Crash Course on Healthy College Eats

College eating can be tricky, but study stress and alcohol-induced munchies won’t take you down if you’re prepared to take them down first.  Here are some simple strategies for controlling your cravings, beating weight gain, and generally staying on top of your game.

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Healthy College Eats: Morning Meal Plan

Hitting the books? Here's why you shouldn't bail on breakfast. 

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Healthy College Eats: Midday Munchies

Snacking between classes? Here's how to choose strategically. 

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Healthy College Eats: Dining Hall Dos & Don’ts

For many, the college dining hall spells trouble. Here's how to make sure your dinner plate doesn't translate to the dreaded freshman 15. 

Healthy College Eats: Hangover Helpers

Party a little too hard? Here's how to bounce back in no time. 

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Healthy College Eats: All-Nighter Energizers

Planning an all-night study session? Plan it well and keep your brain sufficiently fueled. 

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Healthy College Eats: Exam Brain-Boosters

College exams add a level of stress to university life. Find out how to fuel up so you can grab that A+. 

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Healthy College Eats: Smart Snacks

Need go-to snack options that are no-fuss and no-muss? My new snack company has you covered. 

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Three Ways to Beat Weekend Waist-Busters

Are you sticking to a healthy eating plan all week, only to have your diet goals destroyed on weekends? Here's how to stop the cycle. 

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Avoid These Restaurant Red Flags

When you're browsing a restaurant menu, it's sometimes difficult to distinguish healthier dishes from fattening fare. Here's how to translate the menu.

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5 Ways to Lighten Up Your Favorite Foods

One of my favorite things to do as a nutritionist is tweaking fattening recipes from magazines, cookbooks, and my favorite restaurants to create my own slimmed-down versions. Here are my best calorie-slashing ingredient swaps!

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Good Fats, Good Life

Great news: You don't have to avoid dietary fat to stay healthy. I have a number of tasty suggestions to incorporate good fats into your diet. Ready to dig in?

How to Get More Flavor in Every Meal

Love the delicious taste of butter, but not all the fat and calories it adds to meals and snacks? Here's how to enjoy the flavor without undoing your diet.

Summer Lovin’ with Good Fats

Enjoy healthy fats all summer long with these delicious ideas, from the grill to scrumptious splurges after dinner. Read more.

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Go Ahead and Indulge! Diet-Friendly Chocolate Fixes

Indulge in chocolate without derailing your diet with these delicious finds! Read more.

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The Simplest Diet Cleanse Ever: Sample Menus

Following the Simplest Diet Cleanse Ever and need menu ideas? Here are a few to get you started! Get 3 days worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas.

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Joy Bauer Books

I'm thrilled to announce the launch of my new book, From Junk Food to Joy Food, due out in February. I've transformed more than 120 of your fattening favorites—from cheesecake to chocolate milkshakes and pizza to paella—so you can enjoy them whenever you want. Learn more.

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5 Tips for Building a Healthier Salad

Choosing salads isn't easy — they can contain more calories and fat than you think. Follow these tips to build a healthier salad.

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Top 10 Superfoods

Superfoods keep you healthy and feeling great from the inside out. Find out which 10 foods are especially super!

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Top Nutrition Tips for Marathon Runners

These tips are specifically designed to improve your marathon, as well as your training and recovery. Make nutrition a part of your performance plan.

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8 Foods to Avoid at All Costs

See which unhealthy foods landed a spot at the top of my do-not-eat list! Avoid these 8 foods whenever possible.

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8 Trendy Proteins You Should Be Eating

Protein is the golden child of the nutrition world, but are you tired of the usual options? Liven up your menus with these protein-packed options.

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2012's Trendiest Health Foods

Learn about the latest lentils, the veggies in vogue, the seeds in style, and more. Add these 9 healthy foods to your diet this year.

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The Best Foods to Eat Before...

Wondering what to eat before a workout, job interview, cocktail party, or romantic evening? Discover the ultimate pre-event foods!

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8 Spring Superfoods

Spring has sprung, and it's time to welcome the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that are now in season. Here are eight nutrient-packed superstars to help jazz up your menus.

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My 10 Must-Have Foods for the Fridge

With these simple items on hand, you'll always be able to find something nutritious to eat. Stash these foods in your fridge!

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To 10 Foods for the Freezer

Bare fridge? You can still put together healthy, nutrient-packed meals and snacks in a flash. Stock your freezer with these items.

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What Top U.S. Olympians Really Eat

From sushi to chocolate milk, these standout Olympians share their gold-medal menus. Here's what they really eat!

Fall Produce With Hidden Healing Powers

Fall is a time to embrace delicious dishes that incorporate the nutritious bounty of the season. Create comforting automn fare with these 8 late-harvest foods.

6 Surprising Superfoods

These 6 under-the-radar super foods will promote good health from head to toe. Learn which foods pack a healthy punch!

Peculiar Produce Picks

Ever feel intimidated by some of the more exotic, unfamiliar produce items in the supermarket? Time to turn those eccentric groceries into a special surprise the whole family will love. Try something new!

8 Summer Superfoods You Should Be Eating

It's time to indulge in some of nature's most delicious, vitamin-packed foods. Take advantage of these seasonal picks.

Tips for Guilt-Free Grilling

Fire up the grill! My most popular recipes for burgers, ribs, kebabs, and more are fat on flavor, but light on calories. Give them a try!

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Beat the Heat with These Cooling Foods

Looking for a way to cool off this summer without cranking the AC or subjecting yourself to ice-cold showers? Chill down from the inside out with these refreshing eats.

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Energizing, No-Fuss Breakfasts

Want the formula for an ideal breakfast? Here it is: aim for an "8/4" winning combination. That means, at least 8 grams protein and 4 grams fiber in your AM meal. These delicious breakfast suggestions each hit the mark.

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5 Foods to Avoid in Your 50s

Turning half-a-century can feel a bit daunting, but 50 is just a number, and if you feel young, then you truly are young. To minimize lousy side effects, you can start looking out for a few of the following “red flag” foods… then boot ‘em off the menu.

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Five Age-Defying Foods for the 50+ Crowd

There may be a few—let’s say—less glamorous physical side effects of aging, but scientists confirm that certain nutrients have the power to keep you feeling young inside and out.  Read on for five simple (and delicious!) age-fighting foods you’ll want to add to your grocery list.

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6 Ways to Outsmart Office Food Obstacles

Between catered lunch meetings, coworkers’ birthday celebrations, and communal candy dishes, many of us face job challenges that are both deadline- and diet-related. Here’s an assortment of strategies for beating the top 6 food foes in your office.

Tasty Ways to Enjoy Nuts and Seeds

Learn simple and delicious ways to upgrade your menu using nuts and seeds. Click here.

Exciting news! My Nourish Snacks are now in Starbucks!

So excited to announce that I've partnered with Starbucks to sell some of my deliciously healthy Nourish Snacks. Look for them in a store near you and learn about some of my favorite pairings. Read more.

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7 Strategies for Mastering the Farmers' Market

Planning a visit to the farmers' market? Don't head out until you read this! You'll find tips on how to score the freshest produce and save big. Learn more.

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Game on! Football Fare that Won’t Blow Your Diet

Football season has officially kicked off—but that doesn’t mean your diet has to take a fumble. These healthy recipes will help you tackle your toughest game-day temptations. Read more.