Mary Noon

Nutrition Expert

Recent Articles

Kids in the Kitchen

9 Fun Treats You Can Make in the Kitchen with Your Kids

Making meals to satisfy everyone’s taste these days can get to be tiring. With kids around the house, why not let them become more involved? Some of these simple recipes and ideas can be made alone or with little supervision depending on your child’s age. Cooking is a skill and...

Legumes

Two Recipes: Make Beans Your Secret Nutritional Weapon During COVID-19

Yes, everyone is talking about buying beans. They are inexpensive, healthy and last a very long time canned or dried.  But what if you are not a fan? There are so many unique ways to incorporate this powerhouse food into your routine without just serving up a plate of bland...

Woman eating salad.

A Dietitian’s Tips to Help You Through COVID-19 Isolation

As we practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and minimize trips to the supermarket, here are a few points to keep in mind when considering our nutrition status and that of our family. No one food or supplement will protect you from getting the virus — no...

Avoiding the flu this winter.

One Way to Avoid the Flu: The Secret’s in Your Food

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a vaccine, but there are other ways to bolster our immune system. They include: Getting enough sleep. Lowering stress. Increasing physical activity. Maintaining a healthy weight. Eating more whole foods rich in protein and antioxidants. As a nutritionist, I want...

Gifts for the Kitchen

A Dietitian’s Good-for-You Holiday Gift Guide

As the days count down, are you still looking for meaningful gifts for those few left on your holiday shopping list? I try to consider gifts that can make 2020 more healthy and productive. Maybe a couple of these ideas will pique your interest enough to check out further. For...

Black Bean Wrap

Skip the Fake-Meat Burgers: Try These Plant-Based Recipes

Plant-based burgers are becoming popular and are not only available at your local grocery store but also at the top national fast-food chains. The two top contenders are the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat burger. These burgers tout not only a high protein burger from plants but also a juicy...

Healthy Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Fall Classic: Healthy Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Pumpkin anyone? It’s fall, which means it’s pumpkin season. Pumpkin is certainly an appropriate choice in a healthy diet. Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A, potassium, fiber and antioxidants like beta-carotene. One cup cooked is only 49 calories, with 12 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber and no fat....

Baked Tomato and Egg Cups

Fall Nutrition: Baked Tomato and Egg Cups; Apple Oatmeal Custard

It’s fall and schedules are colliding with kids getting back to school and you getting out the door on time for work. But don’t forget to fuel your day with a healthy breakfast. It will not only give your body energy, but also provide important nutrients for your health. Besides...

Roasted Salmon Recipe

Heart-Healthy Recipe: Oven-Roasted Salmon With Spice Rub, Orange

Fish is recommended to be eaten twice a week for its heart-healthy benefits, according to the American Heart Association. These benefits are attributed to the polyunsaturated fat known as omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon and other fatty fish are especially rich in this type of fat. Whenever possible select wild salmon...

Carbohydrates

Mediterranean vs. Keto Diet? Here’s The Scientific Lowdown on Carbohydrates

With high-carb, low-carb, no-carb, the diet landscape is confusing and everyone has a different take on how or if carbohydrate foods fit onto our daily plates. The top-rated Mediterranean Diet promotes healthy carbs and the keto diet calls them toxic. Let’s look at carbohydrates through the lens of the science...

Diet Changes

Overhaul Your Diet With These One-a-Day Tweaks

Just by making one small change a day, we can improve our nutritional and health status. Try to make easy changes first and continue to work on it every day until it becomes a habit. After all, we make on average 226 decisions about food each day (according to scientists...

Nutrition Month

It’s Nutrition Month! Celebrate With These Healthful Tips

You have probably heard of National Nutrition Month but didn’t realize who was behind it. In 1973, the American Dietetic Association (now known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) initiated the first National Nutrition Week. It has since graduated to the entire month of March. Here’s how the Academy...

Best Diets

This Diet Helps Fight Crohn’s Disease Inflammation

Treating Crohn’s disease involves controlling inflammation, as data suggests a diet with less processed foods, refined sugar and unhealthy fat can help. This is more Mediterranean vs. traditional Western diet. These choices offer protective properties and are part of a nutrient-rich diet: 1.  Protein foods help rebuild and heal the...

Super Bowl Party

A Dietary Strategy for Your Super Bowl Party (And A Super Turkey Chili Recipe)

What does the Super Bowl have in common with Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and weddings? A lot of food that might not be good for you. Root for your favorite team — and let’s assume that’s the New England Patriots — but make sure you handle the gastronomic temptations wisely. Here’s...

Party

How to Resist Eating, Drinking Too Much at the Next Party

Remember, holidays and celebrations of all sorts come every year and all year long like Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and weddings.  That’s a lot of food and drink that might not be good for you. You need to be prepared to handle them wisely. Here’s how: •    Do not allow parties...

Fresh Vegetables

How to Turn A Veggie Hater to a Veggie Tolerator

If there’s ever a time to try to eat more vegetables, it’s now. It’s summer, that long-awaited time when we relax a bit more and venture a bit farther. This is also the time when gardens thrive and farmers markets open. It brings me pleasure knowing I am eating locally...