Category: Nutrition Essentials

Fueling for Finals: 5 Healthy Snack Ideas

By Rachel Reynolds, MS, RD, LDN It is all too easy to forget about nourishing your body during final exams when it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. Eating well during final exams can give you an extra edge. Incorporating balanced snacks throughout the day can help […]


The 6 Major Food Groups

Each of the food groups below has an important place in your diet every day. You’re probably familiar with the first five, but the last group may surprise you. Download our Food Group Choices Chart for a handy list of nutritious foods in each group. Whole grains and starchy vegetables Choose whole grains rather than […]


Despite the low-fat trend, certain dietary fats are essential for your health. When it comes to fat, the kind of fat you consume is critical. Fat is an efficient source of energy, providing 9 calories per gram. Protein and carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram!  Fat also aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, […]


Proteins are building blocks that play a role in all types of cells within your body. The amount you need depends on your age, weight, activity and health. Protein is found in an abundance of food so most people get enough through a healthful diet.  It’s particularly important to include protein in a meal or […]


Carbohydrates have a terrible reputation but forget what you’ve heard. For most people, 50% of the calories in your diet should come from carbohydrates.  Your body and brain require an energy source to function and carbohydrates provide glucose, a type of sugar, to help get you through your day with a little oomph. When you […]

Nutritional ABCs

Actually, the ABCs of nutrition are the CPFs: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. These are the three basic macronutrients that all foods are made of. Any of these nutrients can provide energy, but your body responds to them in different ways. Foods contain micronutrients too, the vitamins and minerals essential to health and body processes. And […]

Top 5 Ways to Eat Smart

1. Give your brain the steady supply of glucose it needs all day long by including a nutrient-rich carbohydrate source (fruit, vegetable, or whole grain) with your meals and snacks. Their natural fiber package is the original time-release capsule. We’ve made this easy with our 1+2+3 solutions. 2. Balance out the high levels of Omega-6 […]

Who Needs Sargent Choice?

Sargent Choice foods aren’t just for people who want a healthy weight. They’re also for people who want to improve their tennis game … or their grades. Would you like to have more energy? Better concentration? Feel less hungry between meals? Feel better about yourself? Very simply, everyone who eats can benefit from eating well. […]

Water: A Key Food Ingredient

Want more food for fewer calories? Check out the water content of what you’re eating. Ever consider that a teeny chocolate truffle contains more calories than an entire head of lettuce? For most people, it’s not hard to eat a box of crackers in one sitting but it’s pretty difficult to consume a whole bag […]

Meal Planning 1+2+3

Looking to eat more healthfully? With a simple meal planning approach, eating right can become easier.  Once you understand basic nutrients and how your body responds to them, you can plan what you eat based on when you’ll eat next. Let’s say you have a 3-hour lab each week. Last week, you had a Sargent […]