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FitTeen Food School: Peanut Butter


Peanut Butter is a spread made from ground, dry roasted peanuts. It has become a favorite staple in the average American diet; thanks to its versatility and delicious taste! Peanut butter has a great nutritional profile, however; some types can contain additives, such as sugar, that can lower the nutritional value. A standard serving of peanut butter will have around 150…

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Lessons from Dance


I believe that dance and music are two of the greatest gifts ever given to the world. Surprisingly, this wasn’t always my mindset. At first, I was against ever taking ballet classes because I believed the misconception that only little girls in tutu’s did ballet. I remember a close friend consistently telling me this wasn’t the case, though I chose…

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Prioritizing YOU


You have to take a step back and make time for yourself! I’ve learned this through trial and error. Taking the time to recharge your emotional, mental and physical state can help prevent yourself from being stressed out with the busyness of teenage life! Neil Fiore, Ph.D., a psychologist in Berkeley, California says, “Research shows that to be productive and creative,…

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FitTeen Interview; Alaina Middleton


This week I had the opportunity to interview Alaina Middleton, an athletic and ambitious teenager! I hope you find inspiration from her answers to the given questions. She answered extremely thought-out and reminded me of my time dancing and the emotions I felt during that time of my life. Enjoy her article! 1.) Q: “When did you begin dancing and…

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Raspberries: “Nature’s candy”


Raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber. These red berries contain powerful antioxidants that fight against cancer, heart and circulatory disease. Raspberries are high in ellagic acid which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Some of my friends freeze this fruit and call it “nature’s candy.” It’s rich color and sweet juicy taste definitely makes it…

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Get active!


I recently had the opportunity to speak in a local teen health class. It was an amazing experience and I enjoyed sharing my knowledge of fitness and nutrition with the students. Apart of my speech was informing everyone of the importance of getting active and eating nutritiously starting at a young age. I asked a compelling question to get their…

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Healthy Snacking


I tend to eat more little snacks through-out the day as compared to large meals. It’s what works best for me and I have some tips for intentional snacking that I think will be helpful to you. Snacking isn’t “bad” if you choose to do it in moderation and make healthy choices. Just because you’re watching T.V does not mean…

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B.M.I


BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It’s a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height. BMI is used a tool to indicate whether a person is underweight, overweight, obese or at a healthy weight for their height. If a person’s BMI is out of the healthy range, their health risks may increase. With the rise…

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FitTeen Food School: Asparagus


This green stalk of vitamins is my friend. I love to sauté asparagus with olive oil and sea salt over medium heat. It tastes delicious and I like eating green veggies that taste great! Asparagus has lots of soluble fiber, which makes it a perfect food to eat if you’re looking to slim down and tone up. Your body digests…

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Considerable Pressure

Considerable Pressure


Today I am sharing an essay I wrote this week titled, Considerable Pressure. This topic is close to my heart as it’s all about ballet and the hidden pressures that so many dancers, including myself, have gone through. Considerable Pressure Becoming a professional ballet dancer was all that I could envision for myself. In the year 2011 I began to…

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