A Chicken Strip Lover’s Take on Health

Meet Kayla

Hello, my name is Kayla and I’m a chicken strip-aholic. Breaded bites of poultry, fried and dipped in ranch dressing is my usual order at any restaurant. Being a writer for Swanson Health Products, I’ve been exposed to the importance of health and wellness.  So while delicious, my unhealthy love of chicken strips/nuggets/fingers is something I’m working to overcome. Since there aren’t any Chicken Strips Anonymous groups in my area, I’m going it alone. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to give up my favorite dish completely, but I’m hoping being surrounded by health on a daily basis will inspire me to incorporate nutrition into my life. A self-described newshound, I’m on the health beat, ready to report on interesting health stories and give you my take on the health news that affects you.

Bean Dip Duo: Tangy Bean Dip & Healthy Hummus

Saturday, January 21, 2012 by Kayla M
Organic Canellini White Kidney BeansJust in time for Super Bowl, we have two great-tasting dip recipes for you to serve at your football party. But unlike other Super Bowl fare (pizza, hot wings, etc.) these dips are actually healthy—low in calories and sodium and high in fiber.

First is our recipe for Healthy Hummus, which features Eden Foods Garbanzo Beans. Otherwise known as chickpeas, garbanzo beans are a staple of the Middle Eastern diet. Added to the garbanzo beans is Once Again Nut Butter’s Organic Tahini, which is made...Read More »

Go Crazy for Cranberries

Thursday, November 24, 2011 by Kayla M
Organic Dried CranberriesAlong with the traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cherry pie, cranberries are a permanent fixture at my Thanksgiving table. And I’m not talking about the kind of cranberries that come in a jellied glob, with the rings from the tin can still visible. I mean real cranberries – the fresh ones, from the grocery store’s produce aisle.

I just don’t love the taste of the small, plump, red berries – I also love how healthy cranberries are. Did you know that cranberries are on the list of...Read More »

Cook It Up with Swanson – Spiced Apple Cake

Thursday, October 20, 2011 by Kayla M
Did you know that before Swanson sends out a recipe email to our customers, employees make the recipe to make sure it will turn out and taste good? In addition to taste-testing the recipes, we’re also filming some of them being made so our customers can see how it’s done.

When I found out I would be part of the team creating the recipe video, I had to laugh. Then I had to ask if they were sure they wanted me anywhere near a kitchen. Everyone is well aware of the fact that cooking is not my forte....Read More »

The Pioneers of the Natural Health Movement

Monday, August 15, 2011 by Kayla M
When major discoveries were being made in the health fields during the 1920s, the natural health industry began to take off. During the same decade that brought us vitamins D, E and K, the roaring 20s gave the birth of the natural health movement. Fueled by scientific confirmation that healthy diet and lifestyles lead to healthy bodies, the natural health and vitamin industries would eventually merge into one movement, with the help of the pioneers of the nutrition revolution, especially Dr....Read More »

L-Tyrosine--Natural Energy Booster

Thursday, August 4, 2011 by Kayla M
When life is constantly on the go, feeling fatigued is the norm. Get through your hectic schedule without resorting to double espresso shots, caffeinated sodas or energy drinks with L-Tyrosine. This natural health option was recently highlighted on The Dr. Oz Show in a segment called “7 Days to Regain Your Energy”.

How does this natural energy booster help your body? L-Tyrosine is a non-essential amino acid that the body synthesizes from another amino acid called phenylalanine. While tyrosine is...Read More »

New Sunscreen Regulations & Vitamin D

Thursday, June 23, 2011 by Kayla M
You’ve probably been reading or listening to recent news reports about new regulations in the sunscreens industry. It’s recommended we put on sunscreen every time we venture outside – especially during the summer when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. By stopping the sun’s rays from getting absorbed by our skin, we’re also blocking our body’s natural source of vitamin D. It’s hard to know what sunscreen to buy and how to make sure we’re getting enough D when blocking the sun’s rays. How...Read More »

We’re Giving Away the Farm! (Plus 82 Swanson Shopping Sprees!) [CLOSED]

Monday, May 2, 2011 by Kayla M
Here at Swanson Health Products, we’re teaming with our friends at New Chapter to give you the farm! Well, okay, we’re not really giving you a farm – we’re just sending you on vacation to one. But it’s not just any ordinary farm. Finca Luna Nueva is a biodynamic farm and luxurious ecolodge inside the rainforest of Costa Rica.

It's part of our Give Away the Farm Sweepstakes. The winner (along with their guest) will receive a free, 3-night, once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Finca Luna Nueva, located...Read More »

Swanson Customer Spotlight: Meet Robert

Friday, April 29, 2011 by Kayla M
Robert H.Customer Spotlight: Robert H.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Swanson Customer since 2000

Fast Facts
I am a writer. I have two children: Matt (21) and Laura (18). The other member of my family is my pet cat. As a lover of the outdoors, my hobbies include astronomy, exploring nature, camping in the forest, biking, collecting wild herbs and morel hunting. I also enjoy photography and spending time learning.

My Regimen for a Healthy Body & Mind
My basic health routine includes keep both my body and mind healthy. I eat for my blood...Read More »

Do You Know Your Vitamin History?

Thursday, April 7, 2011 by Kayla M

Finding the Links between Food & Health

Earlier this week, I was working on a project that required me to research the history and discovery of vitamins. As a history buff, this was a fun assignment. I admit that while I know about the uses and health benefits of nutritional supplements, I didn’t know a lot about the history of vitamins before I started my research. What I found was interesting and thought it was worth sharing. After all, you never know when you’ll be on Jeopardy or Who Wants to...

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Top 9 Supplements for Heart Health

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 by Kayla M
Heart supplementAs we say goodbye to American Heart Month 2011, we hope you spent February exploring ways you can improve the health of your heart and prevent America’s number one killer: cardiovascular disease. The most important thing you can do for heart health is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise can go a long way to supporting a healthy cardiovascular system. Nutritional supplements also help you maintain heart health. These are some of the top vitamins and supplements that benefit the...Read More »