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The Power of Food - Invoking Wellness from Within

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2:10:22 PM America/Detroit

Some foods increase inflammation in the body and others are “anti-inflammatory.” Why this is important to each one of us is that chronic inflammation in the body can increase the risk of some diseases.Read More
Posted By Jordan Fekete

Eating for Energy

Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:03:23 AM America/Detroit

Sleep habits are, of course, a large contributing factor in our energy levels but there are also many other factors at play. Our eating habits, as well as the foods we choose, also play a role.Read More
Posted By Jordan Fekete

January is National Hot Tea Month!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:53:47 PM America/Detroit

With a chill in the air in Northern Michigan, it certainly feels appropriate to celebrate hot tea! Not only does it provide an inner warmth, but it also contains cell protecting antioxidants. To provide a nerdy-cool fact, green tea, black tea, white tea, and oolong all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, with their differences arising primarily from differences in processing. Herbal teas vary in that they are made from herbs and varying plants…think lavender or chamomile for example.

Now to get back to the antioxidants…tea made from the Camellia sinensis plant contains polyphenols (herbal teas may contain other types of antioxidants). These plant compounds provide antioxidant benefits to do your body good! Preliminary evidence reflects that polyphenols could help prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Beyond tea, some berries such as blueberries are a great source of polyphenols – thanks Graceland, muuah! For an in depth list of food sources of polyphenols, check out this article from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition:

Your Super Fruit Sidekick,

Tara, MS, RDN

Posted By Jordan Fekete

Desk Drawer Snack Stock Up

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3:42:04 PM America/Detroit

One helpful way to ensure the vending machine doesn’t entice you with its mostly non-nourishing options and not feel the need to overly partake in the office birthday cake (which you and I both know generally doesn’t even taste good) is to have loads of healthy snack options in your desk drawer. Here is a list of non-perishable items to help you stock up your desk drawer:

  • Bars (to include at least 3 grams of fiber and some protein for staying power) – lately, we’ve been digging the EPIC bars which are a good source of fiber and protein
  • Dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao for the antioxidants) – because sometime you want something sweet and having this on hand can keep you away from low quality chocolate
  • Graceland fruit – I like to keep blueberries, cherries, and cranberries on hand to mix it up
  • Nuts and nut butters – I love the Naturally Nutty brand of nut butter as they offer great variety and it’s so nutritionally dense
  • Pepitas
  • Popcorn
  • Roasted chickpeas – you can make them at home or, for convenience sake, pick them up at the store
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Tea bags 

Your Super Fruit Sidekick,

Tara, MS, RDN

Posted By Jordan Fekete

GF Friendsgiving 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 9:53:47 AM America/Detroit

This year, we reached out to some of our extremely talented foodie friends to help us create the perfect dishes to bring to your thanksgiving festivities. We think they nailed it!

Upper left: Cherry Apply Stuffing by Gina at Healthy Little Vittles

Upper right: Roasted Veggie Salad by Tara at Bear Necessities

Lower left: Lemon Drizzle Cranberry Cookies by Taryn at Joy Filled Eats

Lower right: Vegan Cherry Pecan Bread Pudding by Jenn at Jenny With The Good Eats

What better way to kick off the start of the holiday season than with dishes straight from the heart? Try one of these mouth-watering creations and let us know how it goes! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Posted By Jordan Fekete

A Well Balanced Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 10:49:24 AM America/Detroit

Ah Thanksgiving, how I do love this special time set aside to show gratitude for all that we have. Also, I thoroughly enjoy the devoted time to spend with my family and share a meal together. Unfortunately, there seems to be the misconception that the meal either has to involve either gluttony or deprivation. I’m here to inform you that this just isn’t so. Through the practice of mindful eating you can find the balance between excess and inadequate and perhaps even get more enjoyment out of eating.

Mindful eating involves using all senses to enjoy your food and respecting your internal cues for hunger and fullness. If this is something that is foreign to you it may take time to learn so be patient with yourself. Trust me, practicing is well worth it as it may improve food selection, lessen the likelihood of overeating, and enhance satisfaction in eating. Here is a quick introduction to get you started eating mindfully:

  • Nourish your body throughout the day by eating healthy and consistent meals as to avoid becoming overly hungry (it’s difficult to eat mindfully when you are ravenous)
  • Practice good self-care (once again, it’s difficult to eat mindfully if you are incredibly stressed)
  • Create a food environment that counters mindless eating (for example, don’t leave bowls of candy or sweets out)
  • Try this mindful eating activity:
    • Prior to eating, using a 1 to 10 scale (1 being uncomfortably full and 10 being very hungry), rate the hunger level of your body. Separate your hunger feeling from a craving or hunger related to your emotions or environment. Think about the rating you gave your physical hunger and fill your plate based on this.
    • During eating, use your senses (sight, touch, smell, and taste) to appreciate the food. Be sure to focus on your food. Pause in the middle of eating to re-check the level of your hunger. If your body still feels hungry then eat more. If you are comfortable then stop, even if food remains on your plate.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Your super fruit side kick,


Posted By Jordan Fekete

Why Meditate?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 2:58:56 PM America/Detroit

Meditating can be used to manage stress and contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle.Read More
Posted By Jordan Fekete

Have Yourself a Healthier Halloween

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 2:42:24 PM America/Detroit

Halloween is super fun for children and adults alike. With that said, all the candy that’s around this time of year is not super great for the body. Of course a little bit is fine but how do you keep your intake to “a little bit” when it is given out for free by the hoards?! Here are a few ways to help accomplish this:

  • Stock up on healthy snacks - Keep lots of healthy snacks around that appeal to your family. This way if you are feeling pulled to eat too much of the candy you’ve gathered you will have other tasty and healthy alternatives to turn to.
    • Related note: Graceland now offers 1 ounce packages so you and your kids can have your own personal, pre-portioned, snack pack.
  • Practice mindful eating – Mindful eating is important to practice in general but let’s focus on the candy issue here. When you are going to eat a piece of candy be sure to eat it mindfully. To achieve this choose the type of candy that you like the most, sit down, and give the candy your full attention. Put away your smart phone, turn off the television, and focus only on eating the candy. This way you get to actually enjoy the candy you are eating and will hopefully be less inclined to eat more.
  • Try a candy buy back - The day after Halloween have your children choose a few of their favorite candies to keep and eat as they see fit. They can trade in the rest of their candy to you to “buy” a small toy from their favorite store. My family does this each year and it feels like it offers the best of both worlds. They are happy because they get a little candy AND a cool toy and I’m happy that they aren’t loading up on candies all day.

Your super fruit sidekick,


Posted By Jordan Fekete

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:30:23 AM America/Detroit


  • The rinsed and dried whole seeds from your carved pumpkins (about 1 cup)
  • Nutritional yeast to taste
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil
  • ½ c dried whole cranberries
  • ½ c pistachios


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees (Fahrenheit)
  2. Add the seeds and oil to a bowl, sprinkle with nutritional yeast and salt, and mix.
  3. Place the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until crispy (be sure to stir the seeds periodically). Once they’ve achieved the desired crispiness remove from the oven and let cool.
  4. Mix seeds with cranberries and pistachios and enjoy!

Tools for this recipe

  • Baking sheet
  • Mixing bowl

Nutritional highlights

  • Pumpkin seeds are a great natural source of magnesium which has been associated with heart health, blood sugar control, and blood pressure control.
  • A fun fact about pistachios is that they house prebiotic fiber. This type of fiber offers food for the beneficial bacteria in your belly helping facilitate a healthy gut ecosystem. A favorable gut ecosystem is supportive of immune health!
  • Dried cranberries offer the proanthocyanidin antioxidant and, as you’ve heard me mention in the past {preach it guuurl}, a high daily antioxidant load is important for cell protection in the body.


Your super fruit sidekick,

Tara Rybicki

Posted By Jordan Fekete

National Honey Month: Infused Lavender Honey

Thursday, September 20, 2018 1:35:47 AM America/Detroit

It’s National Honey Month…but seriously who needs an excuse to celebrate honey! First of all it’s delicious and second raw honey includes a plethora of beneficial components that you can feel good about putting in your body. In case you’re wondering what the difference is between regular honey and raw honey, it is simply that raw honey has not been pasteurized or processed. Here are a few reasons to choose raw honey:

  • It retains a high antioxidant level including the antioxidants from the bee pollen that it contains!
  • It nourishes the body by providing vitamins and minerals
  • It provides the body with enzymes to help with digestion
  • And if you are out of cough syrup and in a pinch, it can be used as a cough suppressant

Table sugar just can’t compare. Now with that being said, it is still an added sugar so I definitely wouldn’t recommend it in excess.

A new take on this old favorite is to infuse your raw honey with lavender. This is seriously so easy.

1)     In a sterile jar place two small bunches of fresh culinary lavender

2)     Pour 1 cup of raw honey over the lavender

3)     Daily, for about a week, turn the jar upside down and later in the day back upright again

4)     Carefully remove the lavender bunches and enjoy

{Disclaimer: never give any form of honey to infants under 12 months of age – these tiny humans can be harmed by the bacterial spores housed in honey.}

Your Super Fruit Sidekick,

Tara Rybicki

Posted By Jordan Fekete
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